Iron Intake on Summer Weekends

Summer is here! Like me, I’m sure you’re ready to say goodbye to winter and finally enjoy the hot weather.  As we head into summer weekends, here are some ideas on ways to enjoy the food, fun and sun while making sure you and your family are keeping up your iron intake.

Enhance Absorption with These Top 10 Vitamin C Rich Foods

Strawberries? Brussel sprouts? Yes, please! Vitamin C helps your body to better absorb iron. Add these Vitamin C rich foods to your plate or glass this weekend to help you better absorb your iron. As an added bonus, some of these foods are locally grown in the summer!

10 Clever Ways to Get More Iron into Your Child’s Diet

Hosting a BBQ this weekend? Here are 10 clever ways to get your fussy eaters to eat more iron – #3 and #4 sound like a perfect addition to a backyard fiesta!

Adding ‘Superfoods’ to Your Diet in 2015

We’re hitting the halfway point for the year. If you made a new year’s resolution to eat better in 2015, consider adding these superfoods to your plate this weekend!

Top 12 Iron-Rich Foods for Vegans & Vegetarians

For my vegan and vegetarian friends, there are still plenty of foods to eat that are great sources of iron and taste great on the BBQ. Did you know one large potato has 3.2 mg of iron?

Cheers to the weekend!

Top 12 Iron-Rich Foods for Vegans & Vegetarians

Even though you may not be eating meat – or as much meat as the average person – iron deficiency doesn’t have to be a problem. The risk of having low iron is definitely higher when you cut (or limit) meat from your diet, since the heme iron found in meat is easier to absorb than the non-heme iron in plant-based foods.

If you make the effort to choose vegan or vegetarian-friendly foods that are high in iron, there are ways to help keep your iron in check. For instance, I’ve come up with a list of the top 12 iron-rich foods suitable for vegans and vegetarians:

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Vegetarian or Vegan Doesn’t Have to Mean Iron Deficiency…

Are you a vegetarian, vegan, or flexitarian? What’s a flexitarian, you ask? According to the Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary that officially listed the word in 2012, a flexitarian is “one whose normally meatless diet occasionally includes meat or fish”, in other words, a semi-vegetarian!

With an estimated 4% of Canadians living a vegetarian lifestyle, as many as 40% of North Americans living a flexitarian lifestyle, and an unknown (but growing) number of people following vegan diets, iron deficiency in these groups is worth a mention – allow me to explain why…

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