Mama Needs Iron.

A few months ago I was hosting/attending baby showers left and right – well now all those friends are having babies! I’ve snuggled more babies the last 6 weeks than I have in years. I’m not complaining.

Baby Paisley - born June 25, 2014

Baby Paisley – born June 25, 2014

Snuggle ’em when they’re happy, and give ’em back when they cry – it’s perfect.

A good friend of mine, Paige, had her baby girl (Olivia) less than 2 weeks ago. I was able to get my fill of newborn baby snuggles in this last week. Paige had a really tough delivery and as a result, had become very anemic. Her husband texted me to see if I had any good smoothie recipes with iron and of course I jumped at the chance to make her a few of my favorites!

Iron SmoothiesHere’s what she got:

I chose these smoothies for a few reasons:

  1. Wheat grass is rich in iron. Iron regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells and supplies fresh oxygen to the body.
  2. Raw cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man at a whopping 7.3mg per 100g.  This compares to beef at 2.5mg per 100g. Just another reason why you should never give up chocolate. 😉 Or that’s my reasoning anyway…
  3. Plant-based iron is more easily absorbed when paired with Vitamin C – hence the lemon and cherries.        

Yogi Smoothie (wheatgrass)                                 Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

Yogi Smoothie (Wheatgrass)Chocolate Cherry Smoothie

 

These smoothies are Baby Olivia approved!

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