I'm pretty sure most of you know that liver is packed with iron and is really beneficial for our health (especially for us, women) but sadly many people either don't like it, or they forget about it. I think taking dietary supplements is such a silly thing to do. Why would you take pills to provide your body with something you can easily get from eating different foods? It's even cheaper!! If you feel weak, you should definitely change up your eating habits and in less than a week I promise you, you will feel way better. And I am not talking about miracle slimming kind of diet, but about a more healthy, balanced lifestyle. I know it's really hard, but it's worth it. I am still in learning process and this exam session doesn't help the situation, but I am really trying to eat more fruits&nuts and drink black tea so that my brain can function properly in these desperate times!
So we women especially need that extra iron intake because of our iron loss during menstrual periods. We normally need 15-18 mg of iron/day and in pregnancy that almost doubles up.
But first, let's talk about the two types of irons.
- Heme iron which you can find in meat and it absorbs more easily. Basically 100 gr of liver (pork, chicken, lamb, turkey or beef) contains 23 mg of iron, which will easily compensate for our iron loss.
- Non-Heme iron which you can find in different plants but our body absorbs only 2-20% of it . So if you don't like liver you can compensate by eating plant based iron rich foods, however you will need a greater quantity of food or you can combine it with vitamin C (orange) to get a higher percentage of absorption
Here is a great little picture I found on Pinterest for those of you who don't like liver.
But for the meat eaters , let's just talk about this delicious liver recipe! It's super easy, in a few minutes you are done with it.
So first, you need to cook the liver, and only at the end you should add the fresh OJ (so that you don't lose the vitamin C by cooking) and maybe some salt but you can easily skip that part. It's all about that sweet/sour taste! We used 1 orange / approx 150 gr of liver.
And for the side we chose brown rice, because it is a great source of Manganese, Magnesium, Copper and Vitamin B3, plus it is rich in fiber, so it is perfect for our health and to keep us on the right track. If you are interested in more details, check this blog out. To give it a special taste, we added some grated orange peel, and voila! Your super healthy lunch is ready! Don't forget to pour the sauce on your rice, because it might be a bit dry!
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Saci & Kinga