As a vegan or vegetarian you are probably more than used to people questioning where you are getting your protein and B12 from. Another key ingredient to be aware of in your diet is iron. Giving up meat, poultry and dairy are just the first steps to living a vegan life. In order to remain committed to your lifestyle choice, you have to also remember to maintain a good, well balanced diet to stay healthy.
Women especially are at a high risk of developing Anemia, especially more so after pregnancy. At an average women between the ages of 19-50 need 18mg of iron daily. Besides the usual “eat your green leafy veggies” we’ve found 5 other quick sources of iron that are easy to incorporate into your daily meals and routine.
Need an instant boost of energy? Try adding some Spirulina powder to your juice or smoothie. You can also stir a small teaspoon into a large glass of water and drink it first thing in the morning. It does have a very earthy taste to it so if you aren’t brave enough to gulp it down add it to your favorite drink or pancake batter. Besides being high in iron, Spirulina also helps boost your immunity,
Sea Weed Snack (Nori):
We find roasted sea weed to be the best and most nutritious munchy when you are craving some spice and need a low calorie option to snack on. Sea Weed snacks come in a variety of flavors such as Kimchi, Wasabi, plain salt and many others. It is a Korean food which we discovered during our factory visit to Korea. For recommended brands, you may try Thrive Market Sea Weed, Annie Chuns, Tory’s Seaweed Snack.
No surprises here! You’ve probably grown up hearing the benefits of pomegranate juice if you’ve been a vegan or a vegetarian all your life. It’s a super fruit in the sense that it has protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber and sugars too. More importantly, it has iron and calcium. It is enriched as well as minerals like potassium and copper other than a host of vitamins. It excellently increases hemoglobin in your blood and supports healthy blood flow. You will feel lesser exhaustion, dizziness, weakness that are typical symptoms of anemia. Have about 200mg in the morning on an empty stomach or drink up some pure juice. Brands we recommend are POM and Lakewood.
Make a delicious soup for yourself in 10 minutes using Beetroots! You will need:
1 Cup of chopped Bottle Gourd
1/2 Cup chopped Beetroot
1 Cup Spinach
1 t-spoon Vegetable stock paste
2 Cups of Water
Add all the above ingredients into your pressure cooker and cook for about 3-4 whistles on medium flame. Blend mixture in a blender and strain. Add your favorite vegan butter and salt to taste. Garnish with some chopped parsley.
Lucky Iron Fish:
Doctors will often recommend slow release iron tables to people with anemia. While these have side effects, we found that incorporating the Lucky Iron Fish as an alternative to your diet will have absolutely no side-effects. (Except that you’ll feel more energy and good overall!) It’s the ONLY kind of fish we’d ever add to our meals. Simply boil the Lucky Iron Fish in 4 cups (1/4 gal., 1L) of water for 10 minutes with a drop of lemon, citrus or other form of acidity and receive a significant portion of your daily required iron intake. You can simply drink the iron infused water or use it to make your favorite caffeine free drinks. The Lucky Iron Fish is also great when cooking soups, stews, sauces or to make rice, quinoa and oatmeal. See tasty recipes here.
Hope you enjoyed reading this information Gunas Girls! Stay healthy, stay beautiful and committed!