Pregnancy Diet: Tips for Meeting Increased Iron Needs
Hi, I'm Jessie, food editor at EatingWell. And I'm Nicci, EatingWell's nutrition expert. We're here in the Test Kitchen to show you how to meet your increased iron needs during pregnancy. So, one quick way is just to top a side salad with some chicken and turn it into a main course. Your body absorbs iron best from meat and poultry, but that doesn't mean that you need to load up on those foods. If you consume a little bit of vitamin C with a plant-based source of iron, then it helps your body to absorb the iron better. So a couple of quick tricks you can do: just top iron-fortified cereal with some sliced strawberries that are rich in vitamin C. Or you can mix some tomato salsa with some black beans. It's great as a burrito filling, or you could even use it as a dip. So for more tips on eating healthy while you're pregnant, go to eatingwell.com, where good taste meets good health.