Tasty Recipes to Boost Your Iron Intake

Feeling tired? Low iron levels could be to blame. Iron is necessary for metabolizing proteins, fighting fatigue, improving athletic performance, as well as hemoglobin and red blood cell production. A mineral, iron can be found in both heme (animal sources) and non-heme (plant-based) sources. Heme iron, like the kind found in beef, is more readily absorbed than non-heme iron, like the kind found in lentils, though both require vitamin C for proper uptake, which can be as simple as a squeeze of fresh lemon on your meal. The following iron-rich recipes deliver on taste, nutrition and weeknight ease, with options from breakfast to dinner for both vegetarians and omnivores alike.