French Toast With A Twist

by HEAB on June 3, 2010

First the bad news: My lips are funky. They are red and burning and feel like they are covered in wax. Anyone else ever experience this? This used to happen to my mom whenever she drank wine, but trust me, I’ve had no wine lately. I’m wondering if it’s some type of allergic reaction or a yeast thing? Also, my hair is falling out – I mean I’m not balding or anything, but I’m shedding worse than my dogs these days. Oh, and I’m anemic, but apparently that’s pretty common among pregnant women and might explain all the shedding. So, not feeling so hot at the moment, but now onto the good news…

My yummy breakfast!

Following the advice of Susan, my waffle muse, I thawed 2 Nature’s Path Flax Plus with Figs frozen waffles in the fridge overnight, and used them to make French toast waffles this morning. First I coated each waffle with some batter (1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk whisked together with 1 egg, a few drops of almond extract, and cinnamon).


I then fried each waffle in my skillet until nice and crisp, flipping once.


While I cleaned up the kitchen, I let the waffles bake in a 375Ā° toaster oven for about 5 to 10 minutes.


Breakfast: French toast waffles with 1 grapefruit, and syrup for dipping, not drizzling (because that’s how professional waffle eaters do it šŸ™‚ ).


So yummy. You could add some stevia to the batter for a sweeter batter. Speaking of stevia, would you like some? I thought you might. The folks NuNaturals would like to offer 4 HEAB readers the chance to win 1 box of stevia powder packets (50 count) along with 1 bottle of liquid vanilla stevia drops. To win, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite dietary source or iron. šŸ™‚


Jenny G June 5, 2010 at 6:06 am


jenny (green food diaries) June 5, 2010 at 1:05 am

my favourite source of iron – definitely green smoothies, with spinach in them. a TON of spinach… i am pretty hardcore with my green smoothies (ie. no fruit). hahaha. definitely could use stevia for those.

ladybugbeauty June 5, 2010 at 12:55 am

Hey Heather,

You know I am a big fan of green juice and green smoothies but I also loveeee my spinach.
I have a korean side dish I make once a week for H and I. Check out this link – mega simple to make and yummmmy.

I am also very tired in this second trimester. I tried a supplement of iron but my bod didn’t like them much… back to my greens.

Laurie June 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I have to take a daily prescribed iron supplement and I eat beef ONCE a week. Usually a grilled or baked burger.

Anisha June 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

i’ve got to go with spinach as my favorite source–in the form of green monsters!

Stacey K. June 4, 2010 at 7:21 pm

I get my a lot of my iron from SPINACH! Green Monsters are fabulous!

Amy H June 4, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Oat bran cereal. Okay, it might not be LOADED with iron, but it’s a start!

Katherine: What About Summer? June 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm


Vicky June 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm

My all time favorite source of iron is SEAWEED! Seaweed salads are AMAZING! Any sea vegetable packs an awesome iron punch, by the way! And where in the world does one find liquid vanilla stevia drops??? I have been searching all the stores, but to no avail???

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Vicky, My Whole Foods sells the liquid vanilla drops in the supplement section. Hope you find some soon, and I wish I liked seaweed. I like arame okay, but that’s about it. I need to eat it more often. Thanks for the reminder!

erica June 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I like to get my iron through cacao (!!), pumpkin seeds, and spinach!

Hope June 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm

My favorite iron source would have to be spinach…. I heart it. But remember if you eat it with a source of vitamin C absorption is increased!

Sarah (from See Sarah Eat) June 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Definitely spinach! Thanks for the giveaway šŸ™‚

Karina June 4, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I probably like mine best in a green smoothie!

Danielle June 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Spinach!! Perfect cooked, raw, or in a delicious green smoothie. I love versatile foods šŸ™‚

Sandra June 4, 2010 at 12:54 pm

My favorite source is spinach. Every morning for my daughter and myself I blend a junk load of spinach into my oat cakes recipe or into my oatmeal.

Emily June 4, 2010 at 12:41 pm

I joined a CSA this season and I have Kale coming out of my ears, eyes, nose and mouth! I’m thinking this is a pretty good source or iron, no?

The Coconut Mama June 4, 2010 at 12:18 pm

Cast Iron! I cook everything in my cast Iron pan. Its a great way to get Iron into your diet. Also, grass fed beef and grass fed beef liver are great sources of Iron. I try to eat beef 2-3 times a week…I’m working on the liver though…Its kinda gross =(.

I also drink a green drink everyday. I buy mine from Alakvision. I also love simple wheatgrass juice.

Isn’t being pregnant fun? =) I lost some hair at the beginning of my pregnancy too. Then I didn’t lose any for a long time and my hair got super thick.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Coconut Mama, Yes, endless hours of fun. šŸ˜‰ However, I know it will all be worth it in the end. Thanks for all the advice! šŸ™‚

Margie June 4, 2010 at 11:37 am

I was anemic during my second pregnancy, even while eating TONS of greens. Apparently heme iron sources (meat) are better absorbed than non-heme sources (greens, legumes, molasses, iron-fortified cereal, etc.). I think that’s why I started craving bison burgers, even though I hadn’t touched red meat in over a decade. Another thing, take your iron supplement with a little orange juice, but not with caffeine or dairy (not a problem for you, obviously). Also drink a little OJ with your morning oatmeal and the iron will be better absorbed. Sorry if this is a repeat!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 11:39 am

Thanks Margie – I’ve been craving OJ lately. Good excuse to buy some more! šŸ™‚

Kaye Stain June 4, 2010 at 11:24 am

My favorite Dietary Source of Iron is BEANS, oatmeal, quinoa, pepitas, and maple syrup!! (not together though).

Kaye Stain June 4, 2010 at 11:19 am

I have had my lips do the same thing…..I have researched the cause and have come up empty, however, I did find relief, Cortizone smoothed over the lips like chapstick does the trick every time!! Believe me, I have tried everything else!! I have had it happen 2 times in the past year. These french toast waffles look incredible!! Trying them ASAP!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 11:23 am

Sorry about your lips Kaye, but good to know I’m not the only one. Thanks for the Cortizone tip!

Amisha June 4, 2010 at 10:38 am

Love, love, love Lentils! Ohhh..and dates, but they are second.

Kathi June 4, 2010 at 10:32 am

Kale. I think I have kale chips every day. Love them. I also love to saute spinach with a little garlic and red pepper flakes and top it with fish. So yummy! Have never tried Stevia would love to give it a try.

Debbie June 4, 2010 at 10:04 am

Well you won’t like this answer! Buuuuuutttttt! If it were me….I would probably lay off the wheat and gluten…no flour at all! I would be eating fruits, nuts, meat and veggies. I think the reason for the red waxy lips is the wheat! AKA….baby takes all the good stuff from you and you get what is left over….sorta kidding here. But, I was never allergic to anything until after I had my babies…..and wheat was a BIG ONE!

Good luck, you are very healthy in so many ways…just try leaving the wheat out for a week and see what happens! I will continue my prayers and throw wonderful energy your way for you and the baby.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 11:00 am

Debbie, That is so interesting. I’ve heard of women developing food allergies during pregnancy. My one wheat love these days is cereal, but there are plenty of gluten free brands out there that I love. Thanks for the tip – I’m honestly going to think about this. Thanks too for your prayers…I need them. šŸ™‚

Sara @ Fro Yo Foodie June 4, 2010 at 9:57 am

Your waffle creations are so inspiring! I finally bit the bullet and bought coconut flour yesterday! However I was too lazy to pull out the waffle iron this morning, so I made pancakes. They were delicious and SO filling!

My favorite sources of iron are: kale, beans (all types), seaweed salad, and shrimp!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 11:01 am

Sara, So happy you enjoyed your coconut flour! I know it’s pricey, but I usually only use 2 TBSP per recipe, and my bag lasts me a while. Hope you enjoy some coconut flour waffles soon! šŸ™‚

JillyB June 4, 2010 at 9:51 am

My favorite source of iron is lean red meat! Every so often I get a big craving, and I take it as a sign that I must need some iron. I figure if I only eat red meat once a month or so, I can splurge on a filet each time. šŸ™‚

P.S. I got some ground ostrich meat at our farmer’s market the other week, and it was delicious. Try it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 11:02 am

JillyB, I made ostrich burgers once and totally overcooked them! However, I will try again. Hope you and Stef are doing well!

alli June 4, 2010 at 9:45 am

french toast waffles?! genius! i am so making those this weekend!

i’m going to have to say spinach! popeye knew what he was talking about šŸ™‚ cooked spinach has higher iron content, but i prefer it raw so when i am eating it raw—usually in a smoothie, i always make sure to add an orange or other fruit high in vit c as it helps the body absorb the iron better.

i found this website of how much iron is in certain foods:

i hope you get to feeling stallar soon!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 11:04 am

Thanks for the link alli!

Laura E June 4, 2010 at 9:33 am

Thanks so much for the opportunity! I eat spinach daily and a lot of the bars I buy have a good amount of iron in them. Oh and does the steak in a Philly Sub count? šŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 11:03 am

Laura, Yep, totally counts in my opinion! šŸ˜‰

Lauren June 4, 2010 at 9:31 am

Oysters. Mmmmm

Laura Foster June 4, 2010 at 9:21 am

My own homemade Roasted Kale Chips with sliced almonds is my best IRON MADAIN meal šŸ™‚

idreamoftahini June 4, 2010 at 9:11 am

I came back on to tell you that I was looking at the iron content of items in my home.

I forgot that they always tell people who give blood to eat raisins, although it’s not as high as some foods.

Also pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds have a decent amount of iron. They are easy to throw on and in everything.

Wow – with everyone’s great suggestions and all the great yummy sources of iron………how is it that any of us are iron deficient, lol. I need to start making sure I add vitamin c rich foods to my high iron foods too. Hmm a good reason to have lots of spinach, kale, etc. salads, with a vitamin c rich fruit, lots of nuts and seeds. Hmmm….i wonder if a molasses dressing would be any good šŸ™‚

Oh and I also try to cook a lot on my cast iron skillet. They say it’s good for helping your food absorb extra iron from the skillet.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 10:57 am

Thanks for all the suggestions Idreamoftahini! Yes, I need to dust off my cast iron skillet. I used to use it all the time, but I haven’t been cooking much of anything lately. Time to get back in that kitchen! šŸ™‚

marie June 4, 2010 at 8:52 am

Spinach is definitely my favorite source of dietary iron, and I eat it every single day.

Hope your lips feel better soon!

Elizabeth June 4, 2010 at 8:47 am

Spinach or beans are my favorite sources!

emilie June 4, 2010 at 8:40 am

spinach!!! i could literally find a way to work it into every meal without actually trying OR tasting it!

lori ghany June 4, 2010 at 8:40 am

omg those french toast waffles look delicious! are they illegal in some states? just kidding. I am anemic and iron low too. I noticed I have been craving/eating pistachios lately as a snack and found out they are high in iron. According to what I have been reading about pistachios “they have more iron by weight than any other nut fruit or vegetable”. I love pistachios and also raw baby spinach leaves in salads, alone, or in a green smoothie šŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

Oh my gosh – thank Lori. I LOVE pistachios, and I didn’t know they were high in iron. How exciting. šŸ™‚

samantha June 4, 2010 at 8:28 am

since i rarely eat red meat, i’m going to go the boring route and say spinach! it’s just so good. mm, garlic spinach.

A @ Please Don't Eat Me! June 4, 2010 at 8:12 am

awwwww!!! you poor thing! the lip thing sounds like a yeast thing though (think a previous commenter mentioned thrush?) i think when you are preggers you are more prone to yeast infections and stuff.. and YEA its nasty but you can get it in your mouth!!! ive had it happen.. even in the last couple of years.. (TMI- wicked gross!!!!)
my favorite source of iron is spinach, but i take iron supplements too just to be on the safe side, im really lazy with my veggie intake sometimes..
um, im totally making waffles this way tomorrow morning! holy crap they look SO FRICKIN good!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:34 am

A, Yeah, I was wondering it was a yeast thing b/c that used to happen to my mom – she couldn’t drink anything fermented and would drink her wine through a straw. So funny. Nothing going on inside of my mouth, but today my lips are all cracked. Not swollen so much anymore, and so I think they are healing. So weird!

jem June 4, 2010 at 8:11 am

i absolutely love seafood, so i guess my favourite source of iron would be mussels!…

Bethany June 4, 2010 at 8:01 am

SPINACH!! I seriously can’t get enough these days!!

Stephen June 4, 2010 at 8:01 am

Tempeh! Mmm tempeh, soo good

Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries June 4, 2010 at 7:56 am

What an amazing idea! I have two whole boxes of Maple Cinn waffles ready to be french toastified. My favorite source of iron is almonds! I heard awhile ago they were rich in iron but I never actually confirmed that now that I think about it… hmm let’s just hope it’s true šŸ™‚

Kristy June 4, 2010 at 7:52 am

At one point, I was eating 2 bags of spinach a day, a multivitamin, and any possible plant iron there is – seemingly plenty of iron. I was still anemic. The doc told me that plant heme just isn’t absorbed well – especially if you eat a very high fiber diet. It moves through so quick you don’t have time to absorb it. I was on iron pills (with no side effects) for 6 months and got my iron level back up to normal. I feel sooooo much better, and my level actually hasn’t dropped like I thought it would. I may eventually have to take iron again, but that’s okay. No one’s going to trick me into eating beef just for some iron!

Hanna M. June 4, 2010 at 7:50 am

Sesame seeds are a great source of iron and lots of other good stuff: calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. šŸ˜€ And they’re so easy to incorporate in food, both savoury and sweet: throw them in salads (toasted), in vegetable stews, in pancake (or waffle!) batter, in bread dough, cereals, soups… You name it! And then you have tahini… Yum!
Hope you’ll feel better soon– I know how it feels being not exactly sick, but loosing hair and feeling unwell and not liking too much to look in the mirror… It will pass šŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:35 am

Thanks Hanna. šŸ™‚

Mel June 4, 2010 at 7:46 am

Baby Spinach!!! Smoothies, salads, soups, etc. I can’t get enough!!!

Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) June 4, 2010 at 7:37 am

I like a big spinach salad topped with black beans, with some orange slices thrown on top (vitamin C = better iron absorption from vegetarian sources.) And maybe some feta cheese thrown on top too, not that it has any iron in it. šŸ˜‰

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:36 am

Sarah, Ha ha – feta makes everything better! šŸ™‚

Katie June 4, 2010 at 7:08 am

Spinach! I will eat it with anything, and I’m always finding ways to sneak it into my meals.

victoria June 4, 2010 at 7:03 am

My fave source of iron is SPINACH!!!!!, spinach ANYTHING!!!! i am almost green …sometimes orange from my baby carrot addiction :)…bring the rainbow!!!!…..your lips being chapped maybe lack of Vitamin D…are you getting your daily sun exposure??? with sunscreen…..of course…..I absolutely LOOOVE your site; I am a physician and find your site to be very accurate, and i love the way you write; keep up the amazing work!!!! good luck with your baby :)))))

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:37 am

Thanks Victoria! I try to get outside everyday, and I also take liquid Vitamin D3 drops – it’s helped in so many ways. Love that stuff. Thanks again for your kind words and for reading. šŸ™‚

Zeus' Mom June 4, 2010 at 6:36 am

My favorite source would be sesame halva — ha ha. Or maybe just tahini + anything.

Hope your lips are doing better!

tiffany June 4, 2010 at 6:25 am

spinach in green smoothies, and beans in well… everything! i hope your lips feel better — probably a food allergy. it happens to my brother with apples.

lila June 4, 2010 at 5:48 am

im kind of anemic too, so i try to eat tender red beef (cooked with fresh tomatoe and garlic) served along with some cold lentil salad. i could share the recipes some time..greek and tasty!kisses from sunny and beautiful greece to you an your readers!oh!and i hope i win!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:32 am

Lila, I love all Greek food and would love to hear your recipe!

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) June 4, 2010 at 5:43 am

What an AWESOME idea! Why didn’t I think of that?? haha

Hope your lips feel better!


melissa June 4, 2010 at 5:25 am

I like getting my iron from chia seeds!

I hope you start feeling better soon and am glad you are taking care of yourself!

Jan June 4, 2010 at 4:16 am

Be careful, Heather, to make sure that you are upping your iron stores while you are pregnant as well as AFTER. I struggled with anemia not only during my pregnancy, but afterwards. It was compounded by the fact that the sight of raw red meat made me want to throw up, so I always had to have hubby make steaks (lean ones!) or eat out. A real problem occurred after my pregnancy because I was nursing and my baby boy wasn’t gaining weight. They were just about to put him on formula when my husband took me out and got me a huge steak dinner and a beer. At the morning weight in at the doctor’s office, little baby Andrew had gained weight! More importantly, I started to eat more as well, including good iron sources. Yee gads! It was hard to even think about eating with this new little person who was colicky and didn’t sleep much! So make sure you eat well after giving birth, too! For some reason I “felt” anemic and tired unless I was eating good quality, lean beef one or two times a week. No amount of spinach did it for me like a good steak!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:27 am

Jan, Thanks so much for the advice. I was just telling CD that hamburgers didn’t sound good (we have a freezer full of grass fed ground beef), but I could definitely go for some flank steak. I’m planning on buying some today. šŸ™‚

Ibu June 4, 2010 at 2:30 am

Favorite source of iron: Spinach and beans..

bananasforbananas June 4, 2010 at 1:30 am

Spinach. You should could prob just call me popeye with how much I eat. I literally put it in everything from my smoothies to salads….dessert is the next step!

sarah June 4, 2010 at 1:01 am

Leafy greens! Great idea with the waffles, quick easy way to make french toast… yum!

Hayley @ Breath of Fire June 4, 2010 at 12:49 am

I didn’t know chickpeas were good sources of iron until I read the comments! I was going to say bison was my fave (hey, I live in Colorado) but now I gotta pick the chicks.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:28 am

Hayley, I loved how common bison burgers were in Colorado. EVERY restaurant served them – I miss that!

Lexi June 4, 2010 at 12:01 am

SPINACH!!!!! i love green monsters thanks to angela at oh she glows šŸ™‚ I’d love to try Nunaturals as well!

izzy June 3, 2010 at 11:15 pm

As an anemic who isnt a fan of red meat, I gotta get my iron in! LOVE my spinach, soy beans and lentils!


Paige June 3, 2010 at 11:02 pm

SPINACH! Yum. Daily. I crave it.

Danielle June 3, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Favorite iron source – a tie between beans and spinach!

Laura June 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm

Oh well now that’s just brilliant!

Gaby June 3, 2010 at 10:05 pm

Aw man, I thought I was the genius that had invented the waffle french toast! I guess great minds think alike šŸ™‚
I’m sorry you’re feeling bad! That lip thing has actually happened to me too, they got SOO swollen, I looked deformed….but I can’t remember what I ate that caused it. Do you take antihistamines? I know I took a lot of benadryl.
You’ve gotten over 150 iron ideas already so I don’t think I could come up with anything new, but keep it in perspective that this and what follows will be the most rewarding, life changing event of your life- mini HEAB!!! I sure hope baby likes almond butter too!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:31 am

Gaby, Ha ha – the French Toast waffle – I have Susan to thank for that one. So, yes, you and she think alike, and you are both brilliant. I woke up with crusty lips this morning – so I think they are healing. So weird, but I think it was an allergic reaction to a beefsteak tomato. Hope it doesn’t happen again!

Nicole June 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I recently found out that I am “slightly anemic” and was just looking for ways to up my iron intake. My favorite high iron foods are flax and pumpkin seeds and spinach.

Melissa June 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

i found this recipe to help with anemia amongst a whole host of other issues…
1 TBLS Blackstrap Molasses
Hot Water
3/4 cup almond milk

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 4, 2010 at 8:26 am

Thanks melissa, That actually sounds pretty tasty to me. Hm, with a little coconut milk ice-cream, I’d have a molasses smoothie. šŸ™‚

Lisa June 3, 2010 at 9:33 pm

I’d say spinach, like everyone else šŸ˜€

Samantha June 3, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Spinich…or a nice juicy medium rare steak!

Erica June 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

My favorite way to get iron is kale and spinach!

Michelle June 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm

I take a vitamin for my iron level, and eat lots and lots of spinach. When I went to donate blood, they said I had a great iron level šŸ™‚

Maggie June 3, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Oo I want I want!! My favorite dietary source of iron is… Spinach. I think. Tuna would be a close second.

Tami June 3, 2010 at 9:14 pm

My favorite source would be red meats! And beans too!

Purplemoonflower123 June 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

My favorite source for iron is green leafy veggies, like spinach & kale. Love that stuff! I would like to try the liquid stevia. Sounds interesting!

Natalie @ cinnamonbums June 3, 2010 at 9:01 pm

my favorite source of iron is spinach! (especially when blended in a green smoothie, yumm)

btw french toast waffles is such a great idea! best of breakfast foods!

Barbara June 3, 2010 at 8:56 pm

My favorite sources are Fortified cereals/Oatmeal (iron enriched provide 100% of the 18mg recommended value), and spinach.
Does taking a dietary supplement count? I would say SPA TONE is my favorite. It’s a water source form of iron that is safe for pregnancy, colitis, chrones etc and does not cause constipation! They come in these convenient little sachets! I have gotten many clients on them (pregnant or anemic) and they love them!
The hair falling out is quite common, and could be attributed to hormones/iron! Make sure you are getting plenty of Omega 3’s (DHA esp), biotin, silica etc all help strengthen hair. Anemia could definitely be causing hair loss, as could a B vitamin deficiency! Hope you feel better soon Heather!
ps- best sources of iron per serving are 1.chicken liver 2.beef 3.clams 4.dark meat turkey.
Best non meat sources: 1. 100% iron enriched cereal 2.fortified oats 3.soybeans 4.lentils 5.kidney beans 6.lima 7. navy beans/black beans and 8.Black Strap Molassas! (you should start baking! -molassas bean brownies!!!) Tofu is a good source too! Maybe an Asian stir fry with molassas, beans, spinach, Salmon lol!

Hope this helps somewhat!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Thanks Barbara – that helps a lot. I know my Omega 3 levels have been super low lately, and I’m trying to up them. I actually liked chicken livers as a child, but we always ate them fried. Will have to look into a healthier version. Oh, and molasses bean brownies? I like the way you think! šŸ™‚

Jenna June 3, 2010 at 8:49 pm

My fav source would probably be spinach, but I also love beets & lentils!

Runeatrepeat June 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Beans are my fave way to get iron šŸ™‚

Carly June 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Susan’s a genius, isn’t she?

My favourite iron source are bivalves, namely mussels and clams!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Carly, Yes, she is. šŸ™‚

Gina G June 3, 2010 at 8:16 pm

sorry about your lips Heather! i don’t think that has happened to me before =(
my favorite way to get iron is a juicy burger cooked by my Dad =D

Amanda Y. June 3, 2010 at 8:09 pm

My favorite source is steak really, but something maybe more important that just sources of iron for you to note–calcium can interfere with iron absorption, so to maximize, don’t eat them together. Also if your diet is real high in fiber or if you have too much zinc or vitamin E, they can all block iron. Hope this helps along with other recommendations of what to eat!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Thanks Amanda – it does!

Sarah June 3, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Spinach and broccoli. Nom nom nom.

april June 3, 2010 at 8:02 pm

My favorite is bison! I’m not a big red meat eater, but bison is delicious!

rebecca lustig June 3, 2010 at 7:59 pm

ive actaully made a version of french toast waffles before. sooo delicious!


maris June 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

i love me some oatmeal :), i know it doesn’t have a ton of iron, but it’s a good vegetarian friendly source!

bitesandbliss June 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Dang, how’d those turn out? Since the waffle are already crispy did they turn out like a super crispy version of french toast? Sounds yummy any way they came out!

As for iron, dark dark greens and tons of veggies!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Bitesandbliss, The French toast waffles were good but a little soggy. However, loved the flavor.

Alyson June 3, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Favorite iron sources: bison and tofu!

nicole gray June 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Sorry about your lips! I’m not sure why that is happening. My favorite source of iron is my green smoothie each morning. I use dark leafy greens and fruit. I use a lot of spinach.

Dea June 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm

cook in a cast iron pan, lots of dark greens and nettles. (in the pregnancy tea I’ll send you, I was on vacation and everything was hairy right before I left)
also the hair loss post pregnancy is pretty annoying too. I feel like I lose a whole head of hair every day! It’s insane!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 8:18 pm

Dea, No worries. Glad to know I’m not the only one losing hair! Need to dust off my cast iron skillet – it’s been a while. Hope you are doing well and that you enjoyed your vacation!

Marianne in Auburn June 3, 2010 at 7:40 pm

I struggle with iron too….low ferritin levels for almost three years. I try to eat lots of greens (spinach, kale, chard) with veggies high in Vitamin C. I also eat lots of beans as well as whole grains. For awhile there I was taking spoonfuls of molasses but that got old real quick. I tried red meat for awhile but I have never been a red meat eater so that didn’t last long.
I take iron pills every other day and have tried alot of different brands….lots of stomach issues with iron pills!!
I have been meaning to email you to tell you congratulations and that I am so happy for you. Hormones are so crazy and I am glad it worked out!! Let me know if you need some Auburn gear for your little Heablet!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Marianne, Some other commenters suggested this: Apparently, it does not cause the same side effects that most iron supplements do. I’m going to look into it myself.

Thanks so much for your kind words regarding the HEABlet. If it’s a girl, I will definitely have to get here a little Auburn cheerleading outfit, or if she is anything like me growing up, perhaps a football jersey would be a better choice. Much to my mother’s dismay, I was a total tomboy and refused to ever wear a dress! šŸ™‚

MarathonVal June 3, 2010 at 7:24 pm

I have a green smoothie at least 5 days a week – today mine contained about 5 c. of spinach!!! And I also love chia seeds for my iron intake, as well šŸ™‚

PeonyJen June 3, 2010 at 7:13 pm

Oh, so many! But, mostly, grass-fed beef. Hmmm mmmm.
I feel so good after consuming.

Ellie June 3, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Spinach in everything! I feel like popeye sometimes…

Kelly June 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

I wish I knew more vegetarian sources of iron!! I try to incorporate as much spinach into my diet as possible! I make green monsters with spinach, orange juice and ice so that the vitmain C will help my body absorb the iron from the spinach. šŸ™‚

Maria June 3, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Cooking in a cast iron skillet actually helps with the iron intake, but it can be a pain to clean up (since it’s so darn heavy!). Green smoothies are always yummy with banana, almond milk, and tons of spinach!

Meghan June 3, 2010 at 6:53 pm

Your waffles look so yummy and crispy!! I jut tried that recipe and mine were flimsy and kind of soggy?

I hope you are feeling better, Heather! I have a pregnant friend who developed all sorts of allergies and seemed to have similar irritations. You may have developed a new allergy too?

Oh, and I like a good filet mignon every once in a while:)

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Meghan, Sorry your waffles were kind of soggy. Mine weren’t super crisp either, but perhaps baking them a little longer in the oven might help? I also didn’t mention this in my post, but I allowed the egg/almond milk batter to drip off each waffle for about a minute or so before frying – just put them on a cooking rack over a paper towel. I always manage to leave out a step – sorry about that! And yes, filet mignon – love one myself every so often. Hope you enjoy the rest of your evening! šŸ™‚

chasingcasey June 3, 2010 at 6:42 pm

That recipe sounds DELICIOUS. I will definitely have to try it.

Tara June 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm

those waffles look divine!
my favorite sources of iron are beans of all kinds šŸ™‚

Susan June 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

YesyesandYES!!! I love this breakfast on days when I can’t decide between waffles or french toast then I realize I can have my two favourite breakfasts and eat them too šŸ˜‰ Dipping is for champions!!! Plus, it’s more fun to eat šŸ˜‰

Hope your lips are feeling better!! I wonder if you’ve developed an allergic reaction in pregnancy? I hear of that happening sometimes…

Oh, and my favourite source of iron is cream of wheat.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Susan, Yes, thank you so much for all of your wonderful waffle ideas!

Who knows what the lip thing is – I’ve had several commenters that experienced the same problem, and I’m going to do my research. I think it may have been an allergic reaction to a tomato which is so weird as tomatoes have NEVER given me problems. We shall see.

Have a good night Susan!

VM June 3, 2010 at 6:29 pm

I hope you feel better soon! You are so sweet!
I usually take iron supplements because I, too, am anemic, but not pregnant šŸ™‚

Kassi June 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Thanks for your reply Heather! Sometimes it seems like people with these beautiful blogs are in some other universe and super busy creating tasty foods for us. I agree that we deserve something tasty every day. I’ve always loved good, wholesome natural food. As a graduate student in my last year, however, I have been very bad with food and my health in general. I’ve officially taken a stand recently and will not eat poorly anymore! Your blog is an inspiration to me and there are numerous recipes that I will definitely try once I build up my pantry. For now, it’s been very simple veggie based dishes with snacks of fresh fruit. I’m on my way and I am very excited to try out your fantastic recipes. Thank you, again, for such inspiring posts.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:23 pm

You’re welcome Kassi. Best of luck to you, and I hope you enjoy all the recipes! Thanks again for reading. šŸ™‚

Sweet Cheeks June 3, 2010 at 6:13 pm

currently chia seeds are my favorite source of iron! They give me so much energy!

diana June 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Great waffle french toast idea! I am anemic and B12 deficient. I love kale chips!!!! ANd spinach salad… greens, greens, greens!

Laura June 3, 2010 at 6:05 pm

First of all, please don’t enter me in your giveaway, I don’t think NuNaturals would be impressed with paying shipping costs all the way across the Atlantic… but more importantly, Med school has swallowed me up again, and coming back I have to say soooo many congratulations to you and CD! I think you and he will be amazing parents, and so, so deserve it! I’m sorry that you’ve had a rough first trimester or so, my Mum tells me it gets better in the second, and subsequent pregnancies are much more smooth. I get that funny lip thing, often before I develop blotches on my face- after I’ve eaten certain things, but can’t quite work out what… but its not angular chellitis I don’t think- that would involve cracked skin at the corners of your mouth, I know parts of your immune system become slightly depressed when you are pregnant to allow the growth of non-self (don’t you hate sciencey speak?!), so maybe its doing funny things- or had you just eaten something with chillies in?!… it makes me sad that lots of people are still unaware of how spinach doesn’t contain much absorbable iron in it, due to the presence of oxalates- and you def. don’t want to mix oxalates with calcium rich foods… Red meat, kale/cabbage/bok choy, beans/lentils, blackstrap molasses, sesame seeds, broccoli, seaweeds (although not sure of safety when carrying a little one), wheatgerm/bran, egg yolks with a source of vitamin c, lemon, lime juice, fruit, tomatoes… plus loads of great suggestions above- oooh can you get Marmite in Nashville (or the U.S.?) that is a really good source too, although I’m not sure if you’re in the ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ camp! I think teff has quite a lot of iron in it too (yey!) Also don’t drink anything with tanins (I think!) e.g. tea around eating, as that prevents iron uptake. Oh no. Ridiculously long comment. Bad, bad me. *snaps the textbook shut* Sorry! Off to dream about failing exams ;( But once again, congratulations!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Laura, I always love your comments, and I’ve missed you. I’m sure you’ll do fine on your exams – you will! Yes, I eat my spinach, but I prefer it with a side of beef. šŸ™‚

Yeah, the corners of my mouth are all cracked – happened right after I ate a beefsteak tomato. So, I’m thinking that’s the culprit. Weird as I’ve never had a problem with tomatoes, but you’re right – the body does strange things during pregnancy. So, we shall see.

Thanks for the congrats, and best of luck on your exams!

Natalie June 3, 2010 at 6:04 pm

What a great idea – I love it šŸ™‚

sarah June 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm

definitely a nice grass fed steak – with a side of spinach šŸ™‚

Terrie June 3, 2010 at 5:30 pm

When I was iron-deficient while preggers, they told me to put extra raisins in my oatmeal each morning. I loved it!!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Terrie, Roger that – just ate a bowl of Raisin Bran. Love raisins too! šŸ™‚

Katie June 3, 2010 at 5:19 pm

Love the waffle idea!

I always cook my veggies in cast iron, which I’ve been told leaches more iron into your food than taking a supplement. As for food sources – spinach and legumes.

KELLY June 3, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I love to get my iron from backstrap molasses! =)

jvegegirl June 3, 2010 at 5:16 pm

I would say oat yogurt!

runnergirl June 3, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Definitely leafy greens!

Jennie June 3, 2010 at 5:14 pm

Spinach is my go-to source of iron. I am anemic so I make sure to have some spinach everyday, usually in the form of a green monster! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway šŸ™‚

Sara June 3, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Kale is my favorite!

eatmovelove June 3, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I LOVE your creations lately.

I seriously think you should do a cookbook HEAB…I can’t believe you don’t have a book deal actually considering your “journey” – have you ever considered/entertained that idea?

As for Iron – I love lean flank steak ;)…but definitely spinach and I think chickpeas are a small source of iron so hummus!

But I can only choose one …so EGG YOLKS!!! Small amount – but it’s there šŸ˜‰

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Eatmovelove, Honestly, never thought much about a book…but I do dream about flank steak fairly often. šŸ˜‰

Kellie June 3, 2010 at 4:49 pm

I try to eat spinach daily. I don’t eat meat, so I really try to keep my iron up. I lost my hair when I was pregnant too. Then during my third tri it got thick again. Pregnancy does weird things to your body.

Ellen June 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm

chickpeas and lamb would have to be my top two good sources of iron. i love spinach, but its iron is actually not very usable to the body so don’t rely on it!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Ellen, I LOVE lamb. Will eat more of it!

keira June 3, 2010 at 4:39 pm

BEANS. eat them almost everyday, just started experimenting with making my own hummus. Another great idea is making tacos with kidney beans on lettuce wraps with salsa delicious šŸ™‚

Keegan June 3, 2010 at 4:37 pm

I take PopEye’s lead… spinach!!
Must try these french toast waffles, they would hold up much better than my GF bread I think.

Laurie June 3, 2010 at 4:31 pm

I love roasted pumpkin seeds for a good iron source!

Andrea June 3, 2010 at 4:25 pm

Definitely kale for me. My mom makes a Portuguese kale soup that I absolutely love!!

elaine June 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm

thanks for holding this awesome giveaway. would love to try the powder stevia!! my favorite iron source is spinach and i find that buying frozen organic spinach is the way to go! cheaper, but with ALL the nutrients!

Amy June 3, 2010 at 4:19 pm

1 tablespoon of spirulina has 11% of you iron for the day.

“Spirulina iron is easily absorbed by the human body. It is theorized that its blue pigment, phycocyanin, forms soluble complexes with iron and other minerals during digestion making iron more bioavailable. Hence, iron in spirulina is over twice as absorbable as the form of iron found in vegetables and most meats.”

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Thanks Amy! Heard only good things about spirulina but only had it once from a juice bar. Should buy some for smoothies.

Katherine June 3, 2010 at 4:05 pm

1) The pictures for this breakfast make them look AMAZING! šŸ™‚

2) I have two favorite sources of iron. I love broccoli because you can do so many things with it! Raw or cooked – broccoli is awesome!
My second favorite, like so many other HEAB readers is spinach. I have been on a spinach kick! I will eat it raw or, lately, cooked in my dinners or omelettes.

Joanna June 3, 2010 at 4:03 pm

I like to get Iron from lean beef, spinach, or raisins!

Jenn June 3, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Aww Heather, I know whatca mean! All of my hair started shedding a while ago due to an iron deficiency and what my doctor recommended since Iā€™m a vegetarian?
Lots of dried fruit! (Iā€™m a sucker for raisins) He also recommended beans, almonds, kale, broccoli, spinach and brown rice! Hope that helps! šŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:28 pm

Thanks Jenn – it does. In fact, just finished off a big bowl of raisin bran. šŸ™‚

shirley June 3, 2010 at 4:00 pm

oooh, i was anemic for more than a year in high school. ’twas not fun šŸ™ my doctor had me eat half a pound of beef a day…ground beef (which is basically what i ate every day!) still turns me off.

my favorite source of iron though would have to be spinach. eggs are good too šŸ™‚

Brooke June 3, 2010 at 3:55 pm

kale chips! although i’m not entirely sure how much calcium is left after they bake in a 400 degree oven. woops.

Kristine June 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm

My favorite dietary source of iron is spinach. Love it in smoothies!

elyse June 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Heather, I had the EXACT same two issues with both pregnancies. Those lips are awful and painful, and the anemia will leave you bone tired. I’m about to save you a BUNCH of trial and error!

Lips: Mometasone Furoate Cream USP, 0.1% (from E. Fougera & Co., prescription).

Iron: Floradix Iron + Herbs. No constipation, fast energy uptick.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:40 pm


Brianne June 3, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Spinach for sure! Whether in a green monster, spinach salad, in pasta or on a sammie!

runnerforever June 3, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Spinach!! I also make sure to take one iron pill with a vitamin C at a time when I am not consuming calcium.

Candy June 3, 2010 at 3:34 pm

Spinach and leeks are my favorite iron sources. And those waffles look AMAZING.

Lauren S. June 3, 2010 at 3:30 pm

I have to agree with a lot of the other comments my source of iron is spinach. I like to add it to my smoothies for an added kick without a lot of calories and it doesn’t alter the taste.

Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) June 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm

The best of both worlds, French toast waffles are brilliant! šŸ™‚

I like NuNaturals NuStevia a lot! Awesome giveaway šŸ™‚


megs June 3, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Spinach, I eat it everyday either in smoothies or a big salad

Alicia June 3, 2010 at 3:25 pm

Spinach. I fluctuate between being anemic and not and I found that I actually need to increase the amount of vitamin c that i consume in order for my body to absorb all the iron.

Brynne June 3, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Hmm definitely beans!

Sarah June 3, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Dark Chocolate, Spinach, and TOTAL cereal made with whole wheat– at one time, i tried to give blood and my iron count was WAY down…I ate total cereal for a few days and it was up (plus a few extra) and I was okay-ed to give blood. Just thought I’d share!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Sarah, I actually bought some Total Raisin Bran today and just ate a big bowl. Forgotten how yummy it was!

Betherann June 3, 2010 at 3:02 pm

I turn to spinach for my iron! 1 cup of beans also contains 20% of the DV of iron. You can go with iron-fortified foods, too (like oatmeal!), or simply an iron supplement.

Amber June 3, 2010 at 2:56 pm

I totally had the same problem with my lips and I am pretty sure (since you already said you are anemic), that it is something called angular chellitis and it comes from a deficiency in iron and B12. I went vegetarian for awhile and wasn’t watching my iron intake (or b12…) and totally got the same problem. It went away in a couple weeks after taking supplements…

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Amber – good to know. Thank you1

Jenny June 3, 2010 at 2:51 pm

What a perfect hybrid of my two favorite breakfast foods. I don’t suppose Susan has a recipe for french toast oatmeal? Then we’d really be talking!

I <3 spinach for my iron fix!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Jenny, I wouldn’t be surprised – that Susan is rather brilliant. šŸ™‚

Karissa June 3, 2010 at 2:50 pm

Mmm!!! that looks great šŸ™‚ I love nuts or spinach

Ann Claire June 3, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Your waffle pancakes look great!! I am new to this whole healthy eating blogging thing but I invite you to check out my blog!

Molly June 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

sorry for repeat, problems w/ the comments, but I was going to say a good old burger!

Ashlee June 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I have been dying to try Stevia. I know, I know I am way behind on getting on the Stevia bandwagon. šŸ™‚ My favorite way to get iron is in the form of green monsters. I make them everyday. All the spinach and the additional of chia seeds really helped me get my iron levels up.

Graygrrrl June 3, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I would love to try some stevia! I get my iron from leafy greens, but sometimes (read: most times) I love the unexpected places I find it. I am in love with Blackstrap Molasses. It has an almost bitter taste and is not too sweet- just perfect for my morning oatmeal. I can’t wait to make cookies with it!

PS- those waffles looked amazing! Why have I never thought to combine my love of waffles and french toast before? I’m going to look for those fig waffles tomorrow at Whole Foods!

Molly June 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

I gotta go with a good old fashion burger (plus spinach on top for extra boost). Its just what my body wants when low on Fe

Ana June 3, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Such cool idea to make french toast with the waffles, love it!
I would love to win the vanilla stevia drops, I try not to use them too frequently, but it is the only form of sweetener that I use when I use, so I think I am fine, at least for now.
Beef and chicken are good sources or iron if you are willing to eat animal protein.
Another good source of iron are beans! I love beans, chickpeas, white beans and lentils are my very favorites!
Dark leaves also have lots of it, Kale is a pretty good source. Spinach has lots of iron, but it also is very high in a compound called oxalate which prevents iron absorption, so even if you eat tons of spinach you are not absorbing most of its iron anyway.
It is good to eat iron rich food in presence of vitamin C as it helps with iron absorption. I like to have spinach salad with orange juice vinaigrette, or kale sauteed with chopped onions, garlic (lots of it, I love me some garlic!) and tomatoes.
It is normal to have low iron during pregnancy. Are you taking vitamins Heather? It might be a good idea, or at least an iron supplement. It is temporary and soon you will be back to normal levels again.
About the hair, I had that too during pregnancy, lots of strands falling off my head, but wait until you breastfeed… oh my lord, I thought I was going bald when I was breastfeeding, my hair would come out in wigs, the doctors said it was also normal, so I went with my baby breastfeeding and tried not to pay attention to the hair loss. It all came back nice and strong, so really no worries there!!
Ah, and one cause of hair loss is sometimes low protein intake. Hair is made primarily of protein, so that can be a sign too. But I bet there might be other explanations for hair loss during pregnancy, this is one that I am aware of (and the low protein is not only during pregnancy, it is true for anyone at any age).
Better luck with the hair Heather, and keep up with the iron intake, lots of good ideas on the comments I see!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Ana, Thanks so much for all the advice. My prenatals were making me so sick, and so I’ve been taking children’s chewable vitamins and added in an iron supplement today. Also a meat eater, and conscious of getting in plenty of protein these days. I have a lot of hair, and so I’m not too worried. šŸ™‚

Kelly June 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

I am a spinach queen!!! TOTAL IRON LOVE! I am sorry things are so rough right now…boo!

Marie June 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm

My favorite dietary source of iron would have to be beans. I was born and raised on them. They’re the magical fruit. (That’s what my mom would tell us…:)

Isn’t pregnancy a crazy thing? You think you have your body all figured, and then whamo! it totally changes. Yeah it’s worth it, but still totally frustrating.

Being pregnant with my third, I’ve totally appreciated your posts recently. Hang in there and congratulations!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:32 pm

Marie, Yes, it’s crazy. Somedays, I wonder where my body went – I don’t feel like myself at all. Thanks for understanding and congrats to you as well! šŸ™‚

M.Rose June 3, 2010 at 2:42 pm

beet greens! braised and topped with a fried egg, mmmm! or combine them with tempeh- which is a rich source of iron, and contains the friendly bacteria necessary for vitamin absorption.
i recently learned that many iron rich vegetables (such as spinach) are also high in oxalic acid, which prevents iron absorption, unless you combine it with something that counteracts the acid. good to know!

Laura June 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

I love lentils for an iron boost. Hope you’re feeling better šŸ™‚

Dana Perel June 3, 2010 at 2:39 pm

My favorite source of iron has to be oysters! They have more iron than beef.

Christina K. June 3, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Spinach, walnuts, and grass-fed beef are my favorite sources of iron! Wow, that sounds like a great salad idea to me.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Christina K. Yeah, me too. šŸ™‚

Lori June 3, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I do love spinach!
Hope your lips are better soon. Pregnancy can do weird things to your body. I broke out in hives with my first. I think it was from strawberries. Never had the problem again though…

Mandiee June 3, 2010 at 2:33 pm

I the idea of turning waffles into french toast :). Way to reinvent! I get my iron from beans and greens. I love me some legumes! I hope your lips get better soon.

Have a lovely day!

saltytooth June 3, 2010 at 2:30 pm

Spinach and Kale, in fact, I’m surprised that I’m not green yet!

Kyle June 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I love SPINACH! And I could eat Kale by the truck load, but I’m not sure if it has a lot of iron in it?

caronae June 3, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I’ve been feeling anemic lately and was talking to my dad about it just the other day! He’s a physician. I was saying “but do you know how much spinach I eat????” and he said that our body actually doesn’t absorb plant-based iron sources that well! So sad. šŸ™ Good thing I love steak.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Caronae, Me too. Ate some beef brisket for lunch today. YUM!

Elizabeth June 3, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Steak šŸ™‚ with a side of dark leafy greens of course

Kristina June 3, 2010 at 2:23 pm

My favorite iron source would have to be spincach! I always buy multiple packages a week – I eat it too fast.

hypki June 3, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Spinach is by far my favorite…but also dark cocoa sure packs a bunch and is a yummy addition to lots of foods.
Hope your pregnancy starts to get look adorable at least. šŸ˜‰

MaryZ June 3, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Spinach! I eat tons of eat and am chronically low on iron. I hope your lips are feeling better!

Holly June 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Ouch about your lips—and I would say the hair is a direct result of the iron deficiency…

My favorite source of your missing nutrient is dark green veggies (spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc). Not much of a red meat eater so I have to make sure to eat my veggies!! šŸ™‚

Hope you feel better!

Carolyn June 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

it’s really me…hehe

crolyn June 3, 2010 at 2:17 pm

nice visual on the lips and hair heabs… :-() Can you send me tester email please? testing laptop…thanks

Tricia June 3, 2010 at 2:09 pm

I hope you feel better!

My favorite source of iron is spinach, green monsters specifically šŸ™‚

Oh I like raisins a lot too which have a good iron source…I wonder if dark chocolate covered raisins count??

emily June 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

I get my iron from spinach. like popeye.

Jess June 3, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Kale and chia seeds!!

I’ve also had that weird lip thing, although I don’t know from what…

Lauren (Clean Eats in the Dirty South) June 3, 2010 at 1:59 pm

My favorite source of iron is DEFINITELY green monster smoothies. One time, I added an entire bag of spinach, 1 1/2 bananas, and 1 cup of vanilla almond milk. SO good. So good for me, too!!

Hannah J June 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm

clams and apricots all the way!
and those waffles look absolutely positively scrumptious šŸ˜› who ever thought of introducing waffles and french toast was brilliant!

idreamoftahini June 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm

My favorite source of iron is chickpeas!

Did you know they had more iron than spinach – pretty cool, eh?

I know you can’t do much sweets…….but what about sneaking in some molasses? Molasses is high in iron as well, but it is a from of sugar.

The lip thing definately sounds like an allergy with the tingling. Did you eat anything new or put anything on your skin that is new?

I struggle with the iron thing too. Even when I wasn’t vegetarian/vegan I’ve always been low on iron.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Idreamoftahini, The lip thing happened right after I ate a beefsteak tomato. So, I’m thinking that was the culprit. Weird as I’ve never had an issue with tomatoes before.

Yes, I think I might replace my maple syrup with some blackstrap molasses for a while. Thx for the tip. šŸ™‚

Lissa June 3, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Spinach for me! Cooked, salads…however it is I love it and have it every day!

THANK YOU for the waffle french toast idea!!! Say hello to my dinner tonight! šŸ˜€

Evan Thomas June 3, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Grass fed ground beef-Yum!

Katrina June 3, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Almond Milk! That’s what my French toast was missing this morning! (Though I somehow managed to deal since it was stuffed with ricotta cheese and fresh blueberries.) šŸ™‚

I love beans. Black beans, white beans, garbanzo beans… I’m excited to hear that chia seeds are a good iron source. I’m getting my first shipment next week. They are nowhere to be found in Wisconsin!

Rachel June 3, 2010 at 1:49 pm

Hands down leafy greens, I love them! Kale and spinach are at the top of my list šŸ™‚

Dani June 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

I eat spinach like its my JOB. Green monster smoothies, omelettes, salads, and just about anything else I eat that is not already spinach based either goes with a bed of spinach underneath or a sprinkle of spinach on top. I’ll be Popeye soon!!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm

Dude that looks Ah… wait for it … mazing.

Abbey June 3, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Lentils! And raw oysters! I hope I win, I cannot find the Nu Naturals brand anywhere near me šŸ™


L @ Whole Wheat Or Bust! June 3, 2010 at 1:43 pm

I can’t lie, my favorite source of iron is lean, grass fed, farmers market BEEF!

Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife June 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm

AH! I eat beans and lentils to get my iron, and take a multi-vitamin.

Morgan June 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

French toast waffles, brilliant!!

And I always go for spinach to up my iron.

Jennifer (take the day off) June 3, 2010 at 1:36 pm


And great idea for waffles.

Carolyn June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm


hope you feel better soon, that little heablet will make it all worth it!

Susannah June 3, 2010 at 1:27 pm

Ooh I heart spinach and kale, especially in my breakfast green smoothie! My mouth is watering at the idea of french toast waffles! I can’t wait to try them!

jacob c June 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

One of the best sources of heme iron..

I didn’t read the comments, but the lip issue sound like an alergic reaction to something. I had a bad reaction a few years ago that landed me in the ER within 60 minutes unablet to see or breathe, and that is exactly how it “started” out- hot, red, swelling, tingling lips.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:54 pm

JacobC, Yes, CD loves his oysters. I’ll have to tell him to make me some soon. Sorry about your allergic reaction. Thankfully, mine wasn’t that bad, but the lips are still burning 36 hours later. šŸ™

sal June 3, 2010 at 1:26 pm

dark leafy greens! Every time I used to try to donate blood, I would get turned away for being anemic. I haven’t tried since I have started eating kale in excessive amounts… I bet I would pass, now!

Audrey Davis June 3, 2010 at 1:24 pm

I love roasted broccoli for all of its iron!

Brandy June 3, 2010 at 1:22 pm

Lately it’s been raisin bran! So good!

Jill June 3, 2010 at 1:21 pm

Spinach! and beans. Hope you start feeling better! The waffles look extra yummy!

Becky June 3, 2010 at 1:20 pm


April June 3, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Like Popeye I loves me spinach!

Carbzilla June 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Spinach is also my source of iron!

Poor honey – hope your lips get better soon!

One time I kept putting Vaseline on my chapped lips in the sun while we were having a garage sale and in the morning I woke up with one big Angelina lip! I had to go to work like that – so embarrassing.

Alicia June 3, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Broccoli and spinach are the best, use them in eggs for the morning and saute at night.

Tara June 3, 2010 at 1:14 pm

I get lots of good iron from my daily (large) dose of chia and lots o spinach!!

Jessica June 3, 2010 at 1:10 pm

I always had great success taking Floradix Liquid Iron + Herbs when I was pregnant (7x, lol). Not dietary, per se, but a gentle herbal concoction that is very effective.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:56 pm

Jessica, Yes, several others recommended the Floradix – thanks! I’ll look for it.

CarolineR June 3, 2010 at 1:07 pm

SPINACH! Hope the lips get better! Gotta be annoying.

Danielle (Runs on Green) June 3, 2010 at 1:06 pm

Ohh sorry to hear about the lips/hair/iron problems šŸ˜• I’m sure they’re all connected in some way. Favorite sources of iron include: pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and spinach!

Danielle June 3, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Love me some black beans and spinach for iron! Mmm.

Vicki A. June 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I love a nice steak and cereal for iron.

nikkionlunch June 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Hmm, three of my favorite sources are almonds, fresh spinach, and raw broccoli.

Recently I’ve discovered some intersting ways of getting at raw broccoli because of having too much to eat really quickly before it went bad šŸ™‚
– I had a burger that needed a little spicing up. I also had broccoli with me, so I put it on top with a smidgeon of mustard. DELISH!
– I also put it on top of half a bagel with a bit of lite veggie cream cheese so it would stick. It was a glorious breakfast

I also tend to have more spinach on sandwiches than anything else but I love it.

I hope you feel better, HEAB! I can’t imagine the lip thing. That’s gotta stink. I’m miserable when my lips are even slightly chapped.

molly b June 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I am anemic, too! My favorite sources of iron are from lentils, spinach, and quinoa! I have been dying to try the liquid vanilla stevia. And now I know what I am making for breakfast tomorrow!

molly b June 3, 2010 at 1:03 pm

I am anemic, too! My favorite sources of iron are from lentils, spinach, and quinoa! I have been ding to try the liquid vanilla stevia. And now I know what I am making for breakfast tomorrow!

Shannon June 3, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Pastured beef liver is good – it has huge amounts of B12, the lack of which is a little known cause of anemia. Greens are good, too, as well as bison.

If you’re desperate and need a real food supplement floradix is a great brand. It helped me recover from a substantial blood loss during my last birth.

Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy June 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I’ve never had french toast waffles before! Looks very yummy! šŸ™‚

I love almonds and spinach for iron!

Alina June 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I like organic grass-fed beef from my local farmer for my iron.

Apparently, when you are pregnant, the baby needs a lot of vitamin D, so pregnant women can become deficient. Also, hair loss is supposed to be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency. I was actually experiencing more hair loss than usual in the winter (I live in Canada), and it went back to normal after I started taking 5,000 IU a day of D3.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:58 pm

Alina, Yes, I supplement with vitamin D3 liquid drops, but I’ve been really bad about taking them. Thanks for the reminder!

Kelsey @ CleanTeenKelsey June 3, 2010 at 12:57 pm

Not gonna lie, I had to Google iron-rich foods because I really didn’t know my favorite source of iron, lol. So after looking it up, I’d have to say it’s either spinach or nuts. šŸ™‚

Carlee June 3, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Beans. I love beans.
I also just found out shellfish – like clams and mussels are a really good source of iron.

Erika June 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Sorry to hear about the anemia..I know just how awful that feels. I took an iron supplement for years, and that REALLY helped. Other than than, I load up on spinach. Did you know that Molasses is an excellent source of iron, too? Check it out!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Erika, yes, blackstrap molasses – I need to pick some up and use if for waffle dipping! šŸ™‚

Katie June 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm

Mmm, spinach, spinach, spinach. I can’t get enough of the stuff.

Torrie June 3, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Mm waffle french toast sounds AWESOME! I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now but haven’t had a chance to comment. I like your style – it’s healthy, but not restrictive to a certain “style” of eating. Love it!

My favourite source of iron would be beans or spinach! I love love love beans in nearly everything!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 6:00 pm

Thanks for reading Torrie. šŸ™‚

Kimmy June 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm

As a former anemic myself, I have learned to love my iron sources in the form of wild venison, grass fed lean cuts of beef, spinach, cream of wheat, & good ole cheerios! Did you know one bowl has almost half of your daily requirement? But that’s assuming you absorb it all – which isn’t likely without hemi sources. Bring on the red meat! Good luck building up your iron stores!

P.S. I LOVE my liquid stevia drops & use them almost every morning in my greek yogurt at breakfast. I would be over the moon to restock šŸ™‚

Run Sarah June 3, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Those waffles look awesome – I have to try the oven trick! I love spinach and tofu.

Katie June 3, 2010 at 12:45 pm

I love to put LOTS of spinach in my smoothies. Green monsters rock.

Wendy F June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Lentils – love lentil soup, curried lentils, lentils in salads, lentils in chili – lentils period!

Stephanie June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Those waffles look AMAZING!!

and my favorite sources of iron are spinach and white beans!!

Andie June 3, 2010 at 12:44 pm

SPINACH. I eat at least one HUGE salad everyday. I also put it into my eggs and smoothies.

randiliz June 3, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Hi Heather!! Change in hair texture is a symptom of pregnancy. I’m sure includes your hair falling out. Before pregnancy I rarely ate red meat…maybe a few times a year. But ever since I’ve been pregnant I’ve been craving it! I figure the baby must need iron so I’m just going with it. My favorite source for iron is buffalo meat. I eat it every other week in chili form, burger form, stew form, or just nice buffalo steak. Mmmmm, low in fat & cholesterol but also satisfies baby’s craving. šŸ™‚ It must be just what I needed because at the last blood draw my OB said my hematocrit % was right on target. Get on it mama, that baby needs iron!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Randiliz, Good to know – I love bison. Will pick some up soon. Glad to hear your levels are good!

Vani June 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’ve been dying t0 try nunaturals!
Fave iron source = blackstrap molasses, or dark greens šŸ™‚

Stephanie June 3, 2010 at 12:39 pm

BEEF baby! šŸ™‚ Spinach and chia seeds both frequent my diet often as well!

mama June 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm

i need some more stevia stat! i like to get iron from beans mostly!! My hair use to fall out when my diet was pretty low in healthy fats, but i know you said you noticed you were lacking a bit in that area a few days ago anyway! It might just be a symptom of pregnancy! Do you have “What to Expect When Youre Expecting?” It might say in there!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:29 pm

Mama, yes, I have that book and need to do some more research.

Kati June 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

All these waffle creations have got me craving them! Going to have to break out the waffle iron this weekend! French toast with waffles, fantastic!

Lori June 3, 2010 at 12:37 pm

beans, beans, the magical fruit! hahaha! all things beans!

The Fit Collegiate June 3, 2010 at 12:34 pm

OMG…trying that recipe STAT! It’s the best of both worlds…french toast AND waffles!

My favorite source of iron? A nice, medium-rare 6 oz filet mignon from a good steak restaurant. But that’s not terribly realistic for the everyday, is it? So I guess my runner-up source would have to be spinach! šŸ˜€

Nicole June 3, 2010 at 12:32 pm

A spinach and lentil salad with lemon dressing (add lemon in order to absorb the iron in the spinach).

Jenny Juliana June 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Definitely spinach! Hardly a day goes by that I don’t eat some!


Natalie June 3, 2010 at 12:30 pm

Spinach is definitely my go-to source for iron (even if I don’t eat it daily)!

Lindsey June 3, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Lately, my favorite source of iron are Grass Fed Buffalo Burgers (aka Bison) ! I buy the ground meat at whole foods. For Memorial Day, I BBQ’d Hamburger patties with Diaya Cheddar Cheese on top. The Bison Hot Dogs are Fantastic as well. GO IRON & Meaty delicious-ness!
Hope your lips feel better šŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Lindsey, Hamburgers don’t have much appeal lately, but hot dogs sure do. I didn’t know they made bison hot dogs – must find those soon. Thx!

Lauren @ Eater not a runner June 3, 2010 at 12:26 pm

It’s a tie between spinach and broccoli….yum!

Allison June 3, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Spinach is my fav

Ashley S June 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm

OMG I’d LOVE to win this! It’s SO expensive at the store. My fav source for iron is broccoli, could eat a pound of it!

Grace June 3, 2010 at 12:19 pm

YUM – local cow is my favorite šŸ˜‰
Using the cast iron skillet helps a bit too.
Hope you feel better.

lindsay June 3, 2010 at 12:17 pm

hmmm….sometimes mango, pineapple, or papaya will cause that reaction. I guess its the amount of fructose. Not for certain though.
I love eating ostrich. Its a lean red meat that very high in iron. So yummy!! We like to make ostrich burgers or even ostrich meatloaf.

kathleen June 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

lentils are a good source of iron. mix with some spinach and nutritional yeast and you’re good to go.

Jami June 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

lima and navy beans!

Shelly June 3, 2010 at 12:15 pm

As for Iron, I love me some spinach.

As for your lips, I had something very similar happen to me when I went on vacation in Colorado. I attribute it to the fact that I went skiing and it was *really* windy (which made little snow tornadoes which were not fun to ski through) and I figured that my lips were kind of sun/wind burned. But that burning and waxy feeling was definitely there.

Ilana June 3, 2010 at 12:14 pm

French toast waffles.
I’m jealous of your baby. All that awesome food.

lilinomz June 3, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Spinach in green monsters. nomz nomz nomz. šŸ™‚

VeggieGirl June 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Sounds like your lips are chapped – get them checked out if the problem persists, I say.

Favorite source of iron… does chocolate count? šŸ˜€

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm

VeggieGirl, Duh. Of course! šŸ™‚

mayapamela June 3, 2010 at 12:11 pm

KALE. mmmm. I crave it!

homecookedem June 3, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Sorry to hear about your lips and hair issues. Hope you get some relief soon!

What a fabulous idea to make french toast waffles! Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to break away from my usual plain toasted eggos to french toast! šŸ˜‰

Brandi June 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm

yum. french toast waffles sound awesome!

Iron = spinach, kale, lean grass-fed beef, salmon, tuna, beans.

Talia June 3, 2010 at 12:05 pm


Hope your lips feel better and back to 100%!

My favorite source of iron is most definitely spinach. I love it in salads, shakes, sandwiches and and especially omelets!

Have a great day!


Heather June 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Oh no, I hope you’re feeling better!

My favorite source of iron is greens. Or tempeh. Or beets. I like them all! Possibly together for an iron explosion.

Amanda @ Organic Eats June 3, 2010 at 12:04 pm

That’s easy for me – spinach! And those waffles look yumm-o! šŸ™‚

Mandy June 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’m actually low on iron most of the time. So i have prescribed iron pills…but those aren’t so delicious.

So my favourite way to get iron naturally is red meat (steak…mmmmmm) or dark green leafy veg like kale in a smoothie.

Graze With Me June 3, 2010 at 12:03 pm

I’d have to go with spinach or a nice, medium-rare steak. Prime rib. With salt. šŸ™‚

Hope your lips get better!

Jess @ Jessica is Getting Fit June 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm

Spinach is my favorite, especially in green monsters! šŸ™‚

I love the idea of french toast waffles – YUM!

Tracy June 3, 2010 at 12:02 pm


The shedding could definitely be from the anemia. That happened to me during my second pregnancy. Get some iron and feel better soon!

Sara June 3, 2010 at 11:58 am

Just call me Popeye – spinach is the best!

Michelle June 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

Broccoli is my favorite source of dietary iron. I am also a maple syrup dipper, not drizzler šŸ™‚

robin June 3, 2010 at 11:57 am

Spinach all the way! A waiter recently told me that horse meat is an excellent source of iron, but that’s not something I’m really interested in exploring.

Re: hair loss, that is totally common, and it happened to me and started immediately when I found out I was pregnant (I ended up miscarrying for totally unrelated reasons during my first trimester so this was not a longterm problem). My husband and I could not believe the amount that would fall out when I would wash and then blow dry my hair, it was insane. My hairdresser assured me it was normal, as did my doctor, but I’m also anemic so I wonder if there is a connection?

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Robin, Good to know it’s not just me. Yeah, I’m amazed at how much hair is in the shower after I wash it. I save it to show CD – it’s crazy. Sorry to hear about your miscarriage. šŸ™

Stefanie June 3, 2010 at 11:55 am

That is just pure genius. I’ll have to get some waffles and try that out.

My favorite source of iron would be greens of any kind. Also, I heard chocolate has more iron then red meat so that is a plus for splurging on chocolate.

I hope you feel better soon. Have a great day. šŸ™‚

Whitney June 3, 2010 at 11:53 am

lean beef is my go-to source for iron because heme iron is more easily absorbed! so i put it in spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, taco salad, etc…

Little Bookworm June 3, 2010 at 11:48 am

I hope your lips get better soon Heather!

Vanessa June 3, 2010 at 11:44 am

I love Edamame! A half cup of cooked soybeans contains 4.4 mg of iron and 149 calories. I have this as part of my lunch almost every day. But I know soy does not agree with you. I think I am going to try your french toast waffles this weekend. Yummy

Erica June 3, 2010 at 11:43 am

oh girl! I hope you feel better. That does not sound like fun. But on the upside- what a yummy meal! I made similar french toast last night šŸ™‚ For Iron- beans and greens!!

Anna (twelve22) June 3, 2010 at 11:40 am

Mmm, French toast waffles — great idea! There’s iron in the multi-vitamin I take every day, but I also think all the green I eat help keep my levels up. I have a much better iron level now than I ever did as a (junk-eating) non-vegetarian!

Katirie June 3, 2010 at 11:36 am

Guinness Beer (obviously i am NOT pregnant, haha)! My other (non-alcoholic) sources of iron would be chickpeas and meat.

Annie@stronhealthyfit June 3, 2010 at 11:29 am

Another amazing breakfast! How do you do it Heather? šŸ™‚

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:37 pm

Annie, Boredom and hunger. šŸ˜‰

Jennifer June 3, 2010 at 11:26 am

Well of course I love spinach, but apparently cocoa is higher in iron per 200 cals than it is so I’ll go with that. Mmmmm….cocoa powder!

And, yes, red meat too – particularly moose stew!!!

Jennifer in Newfoundland

Katheryn June 3, 2010 at 11:26 am

My favorite source if iron is spinach. Yum! Hope your lips feel better soon.

Kassi June 3, 2010 at 11:25 am

I love your blog Heather šŸ™‚ I’ve recently started reading a few on a daily basis and I always look forward to your new recipes and tips. This sounds delicious, I’ll have to have a decadent breakfast morning one weekend — we all deserve something tasty every now and then, right? šŸ™‚

Sorry to hear about your lips, that’s no good.

As for the iron, I’d say spinach and chia are my favorite sources. I also take a supplement as well.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:39 pm

Kassi, So honored that HEAB made your list of daily reads. Thanks for the support, and yes, we all deserve something tasty *EVERY* day in my opinion. šŸ™‚

Liz June 3, 2010 at 11:23 am

My favorite source of iron, other than the occasional perfectly seared filet mignon, is SPINACH!!! Such a versatile and wonderful green!!!

pastorleanne June 3, 2010 at 11:23 am

I’m a spinach fan, and try to get most of my iron that way – but once in awhile, I do enjoy a good steak :o).

mal June 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

spinach!! i love to eat huge green smoothies packed with spinach and iron.

Katherine: What About Summer? June 3, 2010 at 11:20 am

it looks a lot better after cooking than it does while soaking in egg! haha

avryan June 3, 2010 at 11:16 am

beets. i could eat ’em all day everyday.

Sarah L. June 3, 2010 at 11:16 am

Spinach is my favourite iron-rich food. I eat it everyday in my smoothies… yum!

Courtney June 3, 2010 at 11:14 am

I wish I liked spinach, but I have an aversion to all leafy greens (I know, that is sacrilegious on this blog!)–their texture makes my stomach turn šŸ™ I get most of my iron from beans and fortified cereals. Feel better HEAB!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Courtney, Not a huge fan of greens myself these days – so not so sacrilegious. Did get in some spinach today, but enjoyed my fortified cereal much more. šŸ˜‰

atastelife June 3, 2010 at 11:13 am

Lately, spinach in my green monsters every morning. Love love love.

Ashley June 3, 2010 at 11:07 am

well being anemic, and vegan makes iron important and tough – i love spinach and quinoa but my favorite source is seaweed! i love a good seaweed salad and it’s so good for you!

Ozlem June 3, 2010 at 11:05 am

Ditto. I am always anemic. Not so good. Definitely supplement it now. In addition to the pre natals. I love nu stevia products count me in. My favorite sources?? I say beans, beans, beans.. Legumes and using my cast iron skillet which I heard somewhere that is good. Thanks!!

Teresa June 3, 2010 at 11:04 am

Daily Spinach consumption goes on here. Unfortunately I also have to go the iron supplement route nowadays.

Dani June 3, 2010 at 11:00 am

I was anemic when I was pregnant too. Floradix liquid iron supplement fixed me up. It’s weird tasting but works well.

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) June 3, 2010 at 10:59 am

Burning lips is a CLASSIC sign of a food reaction. Foods that may never have caused you issue, now that you are carrying another human’s hormones on board…well, all bets are off. Avoid common triggers like fish, shellfish, gluten, dairy, soy…as I know you are already really careful but some ppl can be intolerant to nightshades or chocolate or whatever…you just never know, but that’s a food reaction. Period.

Next, the hair. Also hormonal. Most women lose their hair AFTER they give birth. It’s a little secret that no one tells you that you will lose about 20% of your hair post partum. I wished someone had told me! Not that there’s anything you can do about it…and likely won’t care. There is something about your beautiful baby that makes it all worth it…but so sorry you’re shedding now! I remember those days.

On to something way more fun…you waffle toasts…YUM!!!! GREAT THINKING!

Enter Me: Fave dose of plant based iron is beets. I never, ever took iron pills or prenatals and as a vegan, still well over normal limits šŸ™‚ Beets are a preg woman’s bff!


Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Averie, Yeah, the burning waxy lips started right after I ate a veggie burger with a side of beefsteak tomatoes – NIGHTSHADES, right? I’m wondering if that’s the cause. Weird.

Beets – roger that. Love them. MUST BUY SOON. šŸ™‚

Kristen June 3, 2010 at 10:55 am

I would say spinach and nutritional yeast as my favorite for iron. I pretty much eat spinach daily for dinner and top nutritional yeast over roasted veggies. Taste just like cheese… I might even dip corn chips in dry nutritional yeast, yes I know sounds weird but good! =)

Are you taking any new medication because I’ve had this experience like you with my lips. I actually went to the doctors and found out I had thrush… it doesn’t only happen in your mouth and tongue, it can also be spread to your lips. Mine were swollen and waxy =( Hope you feel better soon!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Kristen, Yeah, I was wondering if it was yeast related b/c that was my mom’s problem. Wine and other fermented beverages did this to her lips every time she drank them, but if she used a straw, she was fine. So funny watching her drink red wine with a straw. Hehe. Nope, no new medications, but the waxy burning sensation started right after my lunch yesterday when I ate a veggie burger with a side of beefsteak tomatoes. Not sure what the cause – weird.

Oh, and I think your nooch + corn chips sounds like a delicious combo! šŸ™‚

A.B. June 3, 2010 at 10:54 am

I probably eat most of my iron via spinach, but I really love pumpkin seeds, too! Oddly enough, some of my favorite spices, like curry powder and cinnamon, are also sources of iron. šŸ˜€

runRedrun June 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

Sea veggies supposedly have a lot of iron in them, so I’ve been making salads out of that. Also, I love the combination of tahini and molasses. Molasses has iron, right?

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 5:28 pm

runRedrun, yes, blackstrap molasses is a great source of iron.

Angie June 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

Chia seeds are for sure my fav way to get iron!

Hailey June 3, 2010 at 10:50 am

I was anemic once as well. The best source of iron for me as a vegan was sprouted beans (which have almost as much as red meat) and kale chips with sprouted sesame seeds and other yummy toppings!

maren June 3, 2010 at 10:48 am

i love spinach! good in sweet and savory dishes!

ccarroll June 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

hey heather, i’ve had that reaction in a major way from eating mango skin. i guess it causes a poison ivy-like rash in some people. i’ve also gotten a minor version of the same type of rash from eating kiwi skin (not every time i eat it, though). i found that putting coconut oil on my lips helped a lot (it would also probably help if you’re having some kind of yeast issue).

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 10:49 am

ccarroll, Interesting. It happened right after I ate a J. Alexander’s veggie burger, but on the side I had the veggie of the day – beefsteak tomatoes. I’m wondering if it was the tomatoes as I eat that veggie burger all the time. Coconut oil sounds great, thanks for the tip!

jackie June 3, 2010 at 10:43 am

i like using nutritional yeast for iron. i put it on popcorn, mix it in with veggies and even top it on slices of toast or eggs.

Josie June 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

maple syrup!!! there is iron in that, right?!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

Josie – I know there is iron in blackstrap molasses. I should start using it for dipping!

Gwen June 3, 2010 at 10:42 am

My doc told me my storage iron is a bit low, so I’ve been trying to up my dietary iron as well. My two favorite sources are lentils and kale, both of which I’ve been consuming copious amounts of lately. Especially kale in the form of kale chips, which I learned about on this very blog. Thank you HEAB for my new favorite food!

Also, iron is more readily absorbed by the body when eaten in conjunction with something containing Vitamin C. I haven’t tried it, but I bet lemon or lime juice sprinkled over kale chips before baking would be tasty!

Hope those lips feel better!

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 10:46 am

Gwen, So glad you are enjoying your kale chips, and I love the idea of lime juice before baking. I’ve been on a lime kick lately – thanks for the tip!

emily June 3, 2010 at 10:40 am

I think the same thing happened to my lips one time. It was really strange. Worse than being chapped, they were sore and felt like the skin was covered with crinkly paper. Fortunately it went away after a few days and never returned. I have no idea what caused it, or what cause it to go away. I hope your lips and hair get back to normal soon.

Heather Eats Almond Butter June 3, 2010 at 10:47 am

Thanks Emily – me too!

amsterwill83 June 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

French toast waffles?! I am amazed.

Fave sources of iron have to be spinach and the occasional steak!

Amanda (WannaBe Chef)

Miranda @ Mirandasjeans June 3, 2010 at 10:38 am

Wow, such a simple idea but why haven’t I thought of it before! I love it, might give it a try with my Vans apple cinnamon waffles this weekend.

greenbean June 3, 2010 at 10:35 am

gotta be kale!

Alicia June 3, 2010 at 10:34 am

I am anemic as well so I try to eat things like spinach daily and I take an iron supplement.

By the way, those waffles looked great!

Heather June 3, 2010 at 10:33 am

good red meat (steak please!) is the best. ok, fine, and spinach too šŸ™‚ love the french toast waffle idea šŸ™‚

Jessica @ How Sweet June 3, 2010 at 10:32 am

Filet! Cooked medium. šŸ™‚

Alex June 3, 2010 at 10:29 am


Felicia June 3, 2010 at 10:28 am

SPINACH! and good quality red meat šŸ™‚

mwoody June 3, 2010 at 10:26 am

I like to get my iron from eating beef protein. I am a Guy who is also a very vigorous weightlifter with hopes of possibly progressing to natural bodybuilding one day. Beef and the protein and iron in it are great for me

Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin June 3, 2010 at 10:25 am

Those waffles look awesome! I never thought to make then into French toast.

My favorite source of iron is spinach!

Christin L. June 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

Spinach and chia seeds are probably my favorite ways to get iron… and I eat one or the other or both practically every day!! šŸ™‚

Chocolate-Covered Katie June 3, 2010 at 10:23 am

Oh shucks, HEAB, you always have the best ideas!

Pleae tell your lips to feel better šŸ™ šŸ™

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