On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m sharing 5 iron-rich foods to add to your grocery cart to improve muscle recovery after a workout.
That’s right, we’re talking the kind of iron found in your food, not the stuff you’re pumping at the gym.
But first, let’s see how well you know your iron.
In the comment section below, tell me the first food that comes to your mind when you think of the mineral, iron.
All right, thank you for participating.
We all know you need to pump iron to Live Lean.
But do you also know why it’s important to consume the mineral iron in your diet?
Consuming iron is especially important for women who, how should I say this, have a “monthly visitor”.
Iron is an important mineral to help you recover faster from your workouts, and keep your energy and immune system high.
Think about it, iron helps deliver oxygen from your red blood cells to your muscles.
See how this could be important when you’re pumping iron in the gym?
Here’s the typical recommended daily amount (RDA) of iron for men and women:
Premenopausal women obviously require more, because of their “monthly visitor”.
Before I give you the top 5 iron-rich foods, let me clarify how iron-rich foods can be broken down into 2 categories.
Live Lean Tip: to increase your non-heme iron absorption, combine plant based iron-rich foods with foods high in vitamin c, like citrus fruits and bell peppers.
Vitamin C helps absorb non-heme iron.
All right, let’s keep it moving.
Now that you know the benefits of iron and how much you need in your diet, here are the best 5 iron-rich foods for fitness.
We all know beef is packed with muscle building and fat burning protein.
But did you know, in just 3 ounces of beef, there’s approximately 5mg of iron, which equals 66% of your RDA.
Try the Steak & Spinach Salad recipe on page 72 of my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook for a delicious way to add more beef to your diet.
Oysters are also pumped full of calcium, and are also known to be a natural aphrodisiac.
In other words, they help in the bum-chic-a-wow-wow department, you feel me?
In just 3 oz of oysters, there’s approximately 6 mg of iron, which equals 74% of your RDA.
I like oysters as a quick snack from a can, especially if they’re in olive oil.
However, if the oysters are made with or stored in vegetable oils, just wash it off with water.
Damn that’s good.
All right, let’s move on to the plant based non-heme iron-rich options.
Listen to your boy Popeye, because spinach is loaded with iron.
In 1 cup of spinach there is approximately 6mg of iron, which equals 80% of your RDA.
Spinach is also loaded with vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, calcium, and potassium to help build stronger muscles.
Go try my 3 Minute Egg and Spinach Omelet recipe on page 57 of my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook for a quick way to add more spinach in your diet.
Tomatoes are packed with antioxidants to help keep your skin looking younger.
1 cup of tomatoes also has approximately 3mg of iron, which equals 42% of your RDA.
Try my Perfect Steak and Spinach with Cherry tomatoes recipe on page 68 of my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook to add more of each of these iron-rich foods to your diet.
A small potato contains approximately 3mg of iron, which equals 34% of your RDA.
Try my Dreaming of Hawaii Sweet Potatoes recipe on page 107 of my Eat Clean Live Lean Cookbook for a delicious sweet potato dish.
If you’re concerned about your iron being too low, or in some cases too high, get a blood test done by your doctor.
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Brad Gouthro is the founder of Live Lean TV, a media company focused on helping men and women “Live Lean” 365 days a year. Brad’s programs and content have helped millions of people all over the world learn how to get in shape, and more importantly, sustain it for life.