Oh the Iron-y! 34 Whole30 Recipes with an Iron Boost
I’m a little iron deficient. Okay, maybe more than a little.
I’m so iron deficient that it’s gotten to the point where my boyfriend gets suspiciously excited whenever I announce I’ll be having spinach for lunch.
If you’ve also been diagnosed with an iron deficiency, you’ll know that it can take a big toll. In my case, I’ve experienced my fair share of body fatigue, tiredness and weakness. I’m constantly looking for tasty ways to incorporate iron-rich foods in my diet in hopes that it’ll help. Because, you know… it can’t hurt to eat healthy foods that might make you feel less crappy.
When I began the Whole30 diet, I was surprised that I couldn’t find an existing list like this.
So, I decided to research healthy foods that are rich in iron and narrowed it down to the ingredients that are Whole30 compliant.
Sorry, quinoa. You’re cut from the team.
The most difficult goodbye was to dark chocolate. We shared a tearful embrace as we said our goodbyes, and now I’m covered in melted dark chocolate.
Once I had my list of Whole30 approved ingredients, it was time for the best part: spending several hours browsing recipes with food photography so damn good I wanted to lick my screen. I may have drooled a little. Or a lot.
Oh, and psst - this probably goes without saying - but I am not a doctor or an expert. If you suspect you have iron deficiency, please speak with your physician.
But without further ado, 34 Whole30 recipes that’ll give your day a small iron boost…
Breakfast, the best meal of the day.
Did you know that turkey contains high amounts of iron? I didn’t even realize it until doing my research for this post today! We all think of beef as the reigning king of iron-rich protein, but this amazing breakfast recipe above has me craving turkey. Craving turkey when it’s not Thanksgiving… who would’ve thought?
Spinach is probably a no-brainer for incorporating iron into your diet, right? Any time I can add spinach into my diet, I do. Wilted spinach is particularly great in breakfast casseroles, quiches, muffins, or scrambles for breakfast.
Beef AND bacon? Don’t mind if I do.
Although broccoli is not nearly as high in iron as our dear friend spinach, it’s still fairly rich in iron compared to other veggies.
Lunch… TASTY AND EASY TO RE-HEAT.
I won’t lie - I nearly cried when I learned that broccoli cheese soup wasn’t Whole30 compliant. The Wooden Skillet to the rescue! Blend up almond milk, cashews and nutritional yeast for a Whole30 approved swap-in.
Don’t forget the scoop of cauliflower rice before serving.
The salad dressing recipe contains “honey” as an ingredient, so ditch that dressing and go with your favorite Whole30 friendly dressing.
Dinner - the whole enchilada… err, fajita?
Shrimp and grits are the ultimate comfort food, particularly for someone who grew up in the south. I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I’m definitely intrigued. If you cook this, let me know how it goes! I’m very curious.
It can’t get easier to cook or to clean than preparing dinner on one pan. Insert heart eye emojis here.
For those moments when you’d give up your left arm for a burger. These would also work great with ground beef (of course).
Something on the side?
Even the ranch dressing recipe is Whole30 approved. Your mouth will thank you.
Honestly, you can never go wrong with roasted vegetables. So simple and so flavorful.
Even if you’re not looking for ways to incorporate iron-rich foods into your diet, I hope this
What are your go-to recipes when you’re doing a round of Whole30? Let me know in the comments below.