What I Ate Wednesday–Iron Woman
Woohoo – only two days left at work before the Christmas hols, or less if I manage to get away at lunchtime on Friday. It’s also What I Ate Wednesday, which is even more reason to be cheerful. Follow the link over to Peas and Crayons to find out how to join in with WIAW and have a look at some other lovely blogger food.
I’m afraid that there’s no festive food in this week’s WIAW. There’s plenty of chocolate and biscuits floating around the office, but I’ve mostly been resisting, apart from a couple of Quality Street (I like caramel barrels and the solid chocolate one). I promise I’ll try to do better next week. It’s hard to believe that by this time next week the big day will have been and gone and we’ll be floating in the no man’s land between Christmas and New Year.
You might remember that a few months ago I was diagnosed with iron-deficiency anaemia and I had to take high dose supplements for a while. Thankfully my iron levels returned to normal and I started to feel a lot better. However, I think I’ve been a bit complacent about making sure that I’m getting enough iron in my diet and after tracking my daily diet for a while I’m sadly lacking in iron most days. Somehow today I felt motivated to make an effort to include as many iron-rich foods as I could.
Breakfast was a complete triumph! I’ve been very jealous of all of you that have been able to get hold of Dorset Cereals gingerbread porridge, so I decided to make my own version. I admit that it looks a bit of a mess, but it was absolutely divine.
Apple and ginger porridge
- 50g Porridge oats
- Pink lady apple, chopped
- 1/2 cup Rice milk
- 1/2 tablespoon blackstrap molasses
- 15g cracked linseed
- Ginger powder
I cooked the porridge, including the chopped apple, in the microwave and then stirred in the cracked linseed, ginger powder and molasses. I sprinkled more ginger on top because I’m a ginger fiend at the moment.
The oats and molasses gave me my first dose of iron.
I bought a tin of sardines as soon as I found out that I was iron-deficient, but it’s been sitting in my cupboard ever since. I used to eat sardines all the time when I was little, but then I became squeamish about it and have never really got over that. I decided to be a big girl today and took the tin with me to work, along with a salad and a Food Doctor pitta bread.
Sardines are oily fish as well as a good source of iron, so I really wanted to like it. I would say it was half successful because although I managed to eat it all, I did feel a little bit icky afterwards. Next time I might try half a tin on toast or something like that.
You might notice spinach in that salad. My name’s Sarah and I’m addicted to spinach. It’s a bad thing because raw spinach inhibits the absorption of iron. I promise that next time I go to the supermarket I’m going to find some alternative leaves to use in salads so that I’m not so reliant on the green stuff.
I made a stew out of the vegetables I had left over from my organic veggie box for dinner. Thank you to everyone who suggested that I used the winter greens to make a stew, because it was gorgeous!
Into the stew went:
- Winter greens
- Butter beans
- Vegetable bouillon
- Black pepper
Considering how simple it was, this was so flavourful and I was reminded about how enjoyable white potatoes can be. I always think white potatoes get a bad rep, but they are a good source of iron and vitamin C, and sweet potatoes actually contain a chemical that inhibits the absorption of iron.
I’ve been snacking a bit less lately, but there has still been plenty of snackage including:
- 0% greek yoghurt
- Yoghurt covered raisins (addicted!)
- Rice cakes with various toppings
- Lots of fruit
Is there a food that you know is good for you and you’ve been trying to acquire a taste for?
Do you choose particular foods for their nutrient content?