Are you getting enough iron during your pregnancy? Iron carries oxygen and delivers it to you and your babies cells. Your iron needs double during pregnancy and if you’re not getting enough, you can start to feel very lethargic and may experience lightheadedness or dizziness. A severe iron deficiency can cause premature birth, low birth weight, and even infant mortality. Iron is especially important during the third trimester when your blood volume doubles. If you’re taking a prenatal vitamin and are following a healthy, balanced diet, you likely don’t need to worry about falling short of iron. But if you’re recent lab work showed that you were low in hemoglobin, you would benefit from eating more iron-rich foods on a daily basis. Start by making this iron-rich recipe for pregnancy!
These lemon and garlic steak zoodles are a great iron-rich recipe for pregnancy. Steak is rich in bioavailable iron and paired with zoodles, is a tasty way to get those nutritious veggies in without the carb load of pasta. The simple swap of zoodles for pasta can also help you better regulate your blood sugars. If you’ve got gestational diabetes, this is a healthy recipe for you, but it’s also a healthy recipe for pregnant women without gestational diabetes.
Here’s the replay of Jennifer’s Live Cooking Class when she made this:
|Cook Time||30 minutes|
- 1 pound 100% grass-fed sirloin steak
- 3 zucchini
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 lemon juiced and zested
- ¼ cup bone broth
- 1 cup parsley chopped
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Salt and Pepper
- Cut steak against the grain. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add steak strips. Season with salt and pepper.
- Spiralize zucchini
- Mince garlic, zest and juice lemon
- Add minced garlic to skillet and flip steak strips.
- Add lemon juice, zest, red pepper flakes and broth. Bring to a simmer.
- Add in zoodles and let soften. 3-4 minutes. Plate and enjoy!
Recipe by Jennifer Schlub.