Spinach is rich in iron, specifically in nonheme iron. Diet provides two forms of iron: heme and noontime. Nonheme iron is supplied by plants and heme iron is made from haemoglobin and is found in animal flesh. Heme iron is absorbed better but more of something is not always better. A high blood level of stored iron has been associated with increased insulin resistance and heart disease. To enhance iron absorption from plants, include a source of vitamin C with your nonheme- iron rich food. For example, in this recipe I paired strawberries with spinach. Another good example would be adding tomatoes to your spinach salad.
Plant foods that contain a lot of iron are in descending order: Kombu, tofu, dulse, soybeans, dark chocolate, nori, blackstrap molasses, lentils, spinach and tahini.
- 1 cup of filtered water
- 1 cup coconut milk or almond milk
- 4 cups of baby spinach
- 2 large banana, frozen or fresh
- 8 large strawberries
- Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.