Pumping Iron: 7 Power Foods to Fight Anemia During Pregnancy

Photo by: Joy the Baker
Spinach
I actually love spinach. Is that weird? It's one of my favorites. I love mixing it with pasta and cottage cheese but also, having it on a salad. Spinach is one of the ... more 
Photo by: Joy the Baker
Spinach
I actually love spinach. Is that weird? It's one of my favorites. I love mixing it with pasta and cottage cheese but also, having it on a salad. Spinach is one of the top rich in iron veggies to stock-up on.

Make Spinach Tomato Orzo Soup
Ingredients:
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb spinach, fresh or frozen, defrosted
1 - 15 oz can diced Italian tomatoes (with oregano and basil)
1 lb package orzo pasta
2 quarts chicken or vegetable stock
2 quarts water
olive oil

Directions:
1. Preheat a large soup. Drizzle with olive oil. Add onions and saute until tender. Add garlic and saute for 2 - 3 minutes. Add canned tomatoes, spinach, chicken or vegetable stock and water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium.
2. Add orzo cook for 12 - 15 minutes, or until orzo is tender.

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Tue, Sep 11, 2012 4:28 PM EDT
Being anemic is something I've battled with for the last ten years, ever since the birth of my first child. It's rough. But this time around, I am hoping to turn to iron-rich foods to keep my iron levels and energy up. With just 8 weeks left in my pregnancy, I want things to be smooth sailing from here on out. Luckily, there are are lots of delicious foods that also happen to be high in iron! Here are 7 iron-power foods that will definitely be in high rotation in my diet for the next few weeks. - By Casi Densmore-Koon



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