Many individuals are concerned that they will not get enough iron when they start to eat a plant based diet. The truth in the matter is that iron is prevalent in a wide variety of plant foods. In fact, an individual who properly consumes a plant-based diet gets just as much iron as individuals who do not eat plant-based!
Iron is a trace element which is needed by the body for the formation of blood. More than half of the iron found in our blood is in the form of hemoglobin (the red pigment in blood). Hemoglobin helps transport oxygen from the lungs to our tissues, and plays a role in activating enzymatic reactions and is necessary for collagen synthesis. It is also needed for regulation of cell growth and is required for good cognition and behaviour.
The ingredients in this smoothie work together in such a way that the higher-iron foods are readily absorbed by the foods that are higher in vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body absorb non-heme iron into the blood stream more effectively. The spirulina, chia seeds and kale are iron heavy plant foods, whereas the bananas, goji berries, and kale (again) are rich in vitamin C (and thus synergistically work together!). The coconut water is another additional power food that helps replenish electrolytes and thus leaves you feeling fresh and alert!
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- 2 ripe spotty bananas
- 2 cups kale or spinach
- 2 tsp. chia seeds (pre-soaked: to soak chia seeds, soak 1 tbsp. chia in 1 cup water for 10-15 mins)
- Water and flesh from 1 young thai coconut
- 1/4 cup soaked goji berries (it is optional to soak)
Carly is a blogger, raw vegan, and nutrition enthusiast! She emphasizes healthy eating through a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
Carly has taken her life-long passion of helping others and combined it with her passion for eating whole, raw foods, as a means to teach people to become more aware of the foods they eat.
She has inspired and motivated thousands of individuals to critically think about what they put in their movies and to move towards a mind-set that helps them increase their consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables.
She enjoys reading, and learning about the body, food processing mechanisms and has a keen interest in detox and life regeneration.
"Eat fruit, and be happy and energized. Eat greens and other mineral dense vegetables and feel calm and steady. A recipe for good health!"