Wednesday, June 6, 2012

{Healthy Pregnancy}: Iron Rich Beet Juice Recipe

     One of the things women, especially in their last trimester, have a hard time with is keeping their iron levels up. Iron is very important throughout the entire pregnancy but in the last trimester, it's especially crucial because our blood volume increases even more and baby starts to store the mineral for their first couple months of life.
     On top of your regular pre-natal vitamins, there are many wonderful foods that can help supplement your iron as well. Some foods like black strap molasses, dried fruits (including raisins, apricots, prunes), spinach, white beans, pumpkin seeds, and most veggies/fruits that are RED. But beets, they are pretty magical in my mind.
    So here's the juice I just love to make almost everyday.
Ingredients:
1 large beet 
1 pear
3 or 4 carrots
1 red apple (or any apple I have)
1/2 lemon
*you can also add ginger as well but Brian's not a ginger fan and I usually double to make a family batch
1. Cut up the beet, pear, apple and lemon as it works best for your juicer. In order to not have the bitterness of the lemon peel, cut around to avoid the peel, but still keep the inner white stuff. If you don't have a juicer, I would peel all the fruit and cut into pieces to blend and use carrot juice instead of the whole carrots.
2. I put the beets in first, then the carrots, pear, apple and finally the lemon.
3. Drink and enjoy. Oh and the beets can be messy, so if you're wearing something cute, maybe you should put on an apron ;)
Let me know if you try it!
With love,
Maryam
Oh, and have you voted lately?

1 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Maryam,
I love beets as well!
Quick question regarding your move to the Nirth Shore. Was your husband transferred? Just.curious as to what line of work he does. My husband, Jack, is a doctor, and we live in Pawley's Island, SC.
I also enjoy reading about your soon to be three boys. I have four sons. And, get this, they are two sets of twins. The best news is that they are 9 months and 10 days apart in age. The doctor said I am very very fertile as I am a young mom, too. Jack was just starting Duke med when I got pregnant with the first set. I was 22. I LOVE all the commotion that comes with this!
Keep up the enteries!
Thanks for sharing!
PDV

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