Many Children Need More Iron. Here is How They Can Get It.
Just returning from another wellness check-up for my little one. The iron level is still too low! Low iron can lead to mental deficiency, delayed motor skills and other health problems. That is nothing that I want to put my child through and I am sure no other mother does either! Although I feel like I am totally failing her as a mother. I will not wallow in Momma-Guilt! I have taken to the internet and found ways to integrate more iron into her diet that she will actually eat! Need your children to eat more iron? Have no fear! I have found some solutions that hopefully does not involve a fight and food thrown on the floor! These food options will be quick, easy, and chock full of iron!
There are a wide variety of beans to choose from including kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, and black beans. All of these have a different level of iron with chickpeas and soybeans with the most iron per cooked cup. Beans are such a versatile iron source that can be mixed in sauces, soups, and stir-fries. The big upside for beans is that they make great finger food when cut in half! This enables your little one to feel that empowerment of being even more independent.
Eggs are a great source of protein and iron! Scrabble up a couple of these in the morning or boil a few for lunch. The options are near endless when it comes to ways to cook and serve this delicious food.
Honestly, I find this word impossible to say correctly but it is a super food of nutrition! It has high amounts of protein and iron. Quinoa even comes in different packages with seasonings for quick preparation. If you have not tried it before, then it is definitely worth a shot.
Fortified Baby Oatmeal
Currently, this is a tricky food to get my little one to eat. I used to be able to just mixed oatmeal with water and she would gomble it up. Now, I can only sometimes sneak it into her yogurt. I had to get smarter. The great thing about the fortified oatmeal is that it creates some awesome bite size pancakes that will be thoroughly enjoyed before anyone realizes they were healthy!
Beef and dark poultry meat are perfect to put some extra iron in the diet. Make some homemade meatballs or chicken tenders that everyone will enjoy and will be packed with iron as an added benefit.
Spinach is a great one to integrate into smoothies with delicious fruit to hide any hint of dark green iron goodness that may turn your little one off. You could also go full out and make a spinach salad with strawberries and vinaigrette then hope your little one does not just pick out the strawberries.
What ways do you get your little one to eat their share of iron?
Please let us know in the comments! I am always needing more ideas!
**disclaimer, I do not pretend to be an expert, but rather just sharing the knowledge and experiences that I have personally. Please read the disclaimer**