Popeye wasn’t wrong about this super-food. With a reputation for being incredibly healthy, spinach packs around 20 different vitamins and minerals, while being one of the highest natural sources of iron.
Just one cup of cooked spinach will provide your body with 6.4 milligrams of irony goodness in just 40 calories. That’s more than a steak, and over one third of your daily requirements in one delicious side dish!
With almost double the iron of a steak; 100 grams of soybeans contain just over five milligrams of iron, making them one of the easiest ways to reach your daily quota.
These little gems are also a source of eight essential amino acids, making them the only complete non-animal protein, and what’s more, they’re abundant in fibre, calcium and B vitamins. Try adding these gems to your soups or salads for a great tasting iron kick.
Plenty of vegetarians share a concern in reaching their daily protein and iron requirements; but thanks to lentils you can kill two birds with one delicious stone!
With 3.3 milligrams of iron and 26 grams of protein per 100 grams, lentils come in at a close second from soybeans. They’re also rich in potassium, fibre and vitamin B1.
From curry and soup, to burgers and pastas, there’s really no limit as to what you can whip up using these bad boys.
Somewhere along the line, potatoes got confused as a starchy ball full of calories, rather than the delicious super-food they really are.
One medium potato, cooked with the skin on, contains 3.2 milligrams of irony goodness. That’s almost one fifth of your daily needs! And since these fluffy nuggets also contain generous amounts of vitamin C, you can be sure that every last bit will be absorbed by the body.
You can make: Ultimate Potato Salad
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Because we just had to include something sweet! We bet you’ll be thrilled to discover that a huge eight milligrams of iron can be found in just 100 grams of delicious dark chocolate – that’s almost 45 per cent of your daily needs.
Now we don’t suggest that you make this a daily habit – because we’re talking about a lot of calories here, but for a midnight snack or movie night binge? Why not.
Everything in moderation, right?