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.
Chinese Crispy Beef & Broccoli Noodles with Kung Pao Chili Oil
Both beef and broccoli bring the iron in this homemade, healthier version of the takeout favourite, broccoli beef. Chili oil binds this meal together, adding serious pow, tang and spicy richness. A squeeze of lime on top or side of sauteed red peppers give you the vitamin C required for greater iron absorption.
Breakfast Skillet With Spinach, Mushrooms and Goat Cheese
Weekend warriors need an energy-boosting breakfast full of iron to get that to-do list conquered. Spinach and eggs bring their iron A game for a lean, green breakfast that will keep you running all day long.