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Vegetable juice is so yummy and is always a healthy option. I first wrote this post over on another blog I used to run back when I was pregnant. Just so there's no confusion, I'm not pregnant now, but I decided to repost this recipe as I originally wrote it. Hope you enjoy!
High Iron Vegetable Juice
If you don't already know, I'm about to have my second baby. There's a lot less anxiety with the pregnancy since I more or less know what to expect. I've been having contractions for almost a month now, but we had our first real false alarm on Tuesday night. That would have meant our little guy was going to be 6 weeks early. I'm glad he has decided to hang in there, and hopefully we'll have a full term baby.
At 35 1/2 weeks pregnant, I am sure ready to be done with these symptoms. At least for this second baby my feet and ankles haven't swollen up as thick as tree trunks like they did with my first baby. This time around, I'm having a lot more aches and pains though. But for sure the most annoying pregnancy symptom that I've had with both pregnancies now is craving dirt.
The Main Problem
Dirt, sand, and ice. Do you know what it's like craving something that is non-edible? It can drive a person insane! Well, at least the ice is edible. But the ice craving is really just a substitute for the dirt and sand. Since I'm not crazy, I have not given into craving dirt or sand. But I did drive to Sonic in the middle of the night last week just to get a cup of ice (I love how their ice is so easy to crunch with my sensitive teeth.)
Before you start thinking I'm a total weirdo, this dirt craving (also known as Pica) is actually pretty common in pregnancy. I was so relieved to hear this with my first baby. When you crave non-edible things like dirt and sand, it could mean that you have a slight iron deficiency. So, although I have been taking my prenatal vitamins, I figured I'm just not getting enough iron since the craving is still there.
Vegetables High In Iron
I knew that I wanted to get more iron through my diet, so I hit the internet to do a little research. I learned that for iron to be properly absorbed by your body, you also need to consume vitamin c. Also, in dealing with another common late pregnancy symptom, I figured if I was going to be consuming more iron, I also wanted to make sure to get enough fiber.
After seeing the options for iron, vitamin c, and fiber found in fruits and vegetables, I decided the way to go was a juice. I happen to LOVE vegetable juice, so this seemed like my perfect solution. This juice is a blend of spinach, tomato, beet, carrot, cucumber, Swiss chard, kale and parsley. Yum!
Things I'm most looking forward to consuming after the baby arrives:
Things I never want to consume:
Unfortunately, the dirt craving still hasn't completely disappeared. In fact, I think I might go out for my substitute cup of Sonic ice right now. But, the juice seems to really help in calming the craving down. Plus, if you're like me and enjoy vegetable juice, it's pretty delightful.
High Iron Vegetable Juice
- 2 cups raw baby spinach
- 1 medium tomato
- 1 medium beet and it's leaves
- 2 medium carrots
- 1 snacking size cucumber
- 1 small leaf Swiss chard
- 3 leaves kale
- 5-7 sprigs of parsley
- Process all ingredients in a juicer, stir and enjoy.
Disclaimer: I am in no way a medical professional. This post is not meant to diagnose an Iron deficiency nor is it meant to treat such a deficiency.
Hi, I’m Jordan – a work at home mom with 3 super fun little boys. I love entertaining guests and want to help you make entertaining easy!