But where do you get your IRON?!
I was never a good cook. like ever.
It's taken me a lot of trials and tribulations in the kitchen to learn how to cook for our plant-predominant family. I get a lot of questions about where we get sources of certain nutrients, so I am going to write up a few posts to help answer the questions.
You see, when people hear that we are raising Luca plant-based, a lot of them look in astonishment and start to dial the number of Child Protective Services.
I won't digress into my thoughts on this reaction. Instead, I will spread positive energy and help to send out some education, because it took me a lot of reading and learning to make sure our family was doing ok nutrition-wise.
So here is question number 1: where do you get your iron?!
I found this awesome infographic from @plantyou who I follow on instagram.
Here are some plant-based recipes for your family to try that incorporate some iron-rich sources
- Lentils: Last night I made some AWESOME Vegan sloppy joes
- Hemp seeds, flax seeds, and oats: All of these can be found at most grocery stores. I toss a tablespoon into smoothies we make at home, or into our FAVORITE Oatmeal Bake (minus the drizzle on top) and Oatmeal cups that I have in the freezer all the time so we have quick breakfast available (Luca devours these like an animal)
- Soy products: baked tofu takes up the flavor of whatever you make it with. Try tossing it in with your pasta and marinara sauce next time.
- Soy products: Soy milk. When we transitioned Luca off of breast milk at 1 year, he went to full-fat soy milk. I like Silk brand, but West Soy has a good brand that is fortified as well.
- Peas, spinach, chickpeas/beans: Toss all of these in a salad with this BOMB salad dressing
- Chickpeas/beans: try out this awesome falafel that I like to make a batch of and freeze some for future meals
Now I'm super hungry.