Boost Your Iron with a Little Snack!

I’ve been having trouble getting all my iron lately, and I really want to get it through my foods and avoid supplements whenever possible.  There’s been a lot of talk going around on Nutrimirror lately regarding this and several folks mentioned pepitas.  Just one ounce  has 4.1 mg of iron – this is 23% of my daily iron requirement!

I mixed an ounce of raw pepitas with an ounce of raisins and 1/4 of a Trader Joe’s  72% Cacao Dark Chocolate Bar.  It’s so good, I’m packing it to take to work every day.  I also ordered some cacoa nibs, so when they get here I’ll try them in the mix too.

It’s a high-calorie snack, but check out the approximate nutritional stats:

Calories 301
Total Fat 16.8 g
Saturated Fat 5.3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 18 mg (1%)
Total Carbohydrate 33 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g (20%)
Sugars 20 g
Protein 8 g
Vitamin A 27 µg
Vitamin C 1 mg
Calcium 37 mg
Iron 5 mg (30%)
I realize a lot of people want to avoid fats , but our bodies need some fat in our diet in order to absorb certain nutrients and without them, those things are going to go straight down the uh…well…you know.  😉
Also, since I made it myself and used no-salt pepitas, I know exactly what’s in it and don’t have to worry about high salt or sugar content either.
Back later with another tasty way to boost that iron…cya!


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4 responses to “Boost Your Iron with a Little Snack!

  1. Carrieredhead

    Susan! I am so happy to see you have a blog! I do too, but I haven’t really made it public knowledge.

    I hope you write here and share your photography and life! This is so cool!

    I haven’t eaten pepitas in a long time. I go on kicks with food.

  2. Lee

    Pepitas are always one of my favorite Cape May snack. I buy them right on the board walk before I find my spot in the sand. Never knew they were healthy little guys!

    • Really? The seagulls didn’t get them? I remember getting fries there when I was with you, and a huge flock swooped in on me – it was like out of that Hitchcock movie! I’d never experienced such aggressive gulls before – they were in my hair, ripping the fries right out of my hands…I just let go of them and ran! lol

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