Getting more nutrients in your diet doesn't mean stocking up on supplements -- what you eat and how you cook makes a difference, too. Get the most from your meals with these tips from Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, author of the Nutrition and You series, and Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet.
1. Get More: Iron
Iron helps transport oxygen throughout the body, which helps keep you from feeling fatigued. Iron is better absorbed in the company of vitamin C, says Keri Gans, RDN, author of The Small Change Diet. One delicious way to do that: Serve spaghetti with meat sauce. The meat provides the iron, and the tomatoes in the sauce supply the vitamin C.
2. Get More: Water-Soluble Vitamins
Cooking can diminish water-soluble vitamin levels present in your food because they're sensitive to water and heat. Gans and Joan Salge Blake, MS, RD, LDN, author of the Nutrition and You series, both suggest steaming