Do you like Shirley Temple? Ever seen Rebecca of Sunny Brook Farms and the annoying little girl who sings the spinach song? Cracks me up, and every time I eat spinach I think about that song!
When I found out that I am slightly anemic I went on a hunt to figure out how to get my iron up (and hopefully my energy) without taking a bunch of iron supplements. I have a wonderful Aunt who is a Natropath by trade so I asked her for advice first. This what she recommended:
GREEN SMOOTHIES w/Whey Protein Powder
I found both of these at Trader Joe’s. She also said rice protein powder would work—but NO SOY! I’m not putting the B-12 in my smoothie, they go under the tongue, I’ve been taking one in the morning and one in the evening along with my prenatal vitamins.
What’s a GREEN SMOOTHIE? Basically spinach and fruit, thus the reason for the title. :o) Another important thing she said, take some vitamin C with the iron (green smoothie) for better absorption. So this is what I have been doing:
I took spinach (iron), peaches (vitamin C) 1/2 banana, a scoop of protein powder (iron), Kefir (you could also use yogurt without artificial sweeteners or water or milk) and piled them in my Magic Bullet.
Wah Lah! A GREEN SMOOTHIE! It tasted great! The protein powder is vanilla flavored, so that’s pretty much what the smoothie tasted like. I’ve been making myself 1 each day before lunch (mid-morning). I think it’s too soon to tell if my iron is getting any better, but I’m hopeful!
So if your having some iron issues like I am, just remember:
“You gotta eat your spinach baby, that the only thing to do. It’ll keep you kinda healthy too. And what it did for Popeye it will do for you!”