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French Toast With A Twist

June 3, 2010

First the bad news: My lips are funky. They are red and burning and feel like they are covered in wax. Anyone else ever experience this? This used to happen to my mom whenever she drank wine, but trust me, I’ve had no wine lately. I’m wondering if it’s some type of allergic reaction or a yeast thing? Also, my hair is falling out – I mean I’m not balding or anything, but I’m shedding worse than my dogs these days. Oh, and I’m anemic, but apparently that’s pretty common among pregnant women and might explain all the shedding. So, not feeling so hot at the moment, but now onto the good news…

My yummy breakfast!

Following the advice of Susan, my waffle muse, I thawed 2 Nature’s Path Flax Plus with Figs frozen waffles in the fridge overnight, and used them to make French toast waffles this morning. First I coated each waffle with some batter (1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk whisked together with 1 egg, a few drops of almond extract, and cinnamon).


I then fried each waffle in my skillet until nice and crisp, flipping once.


While I cleaned up the kitchen, I let the waffles bake in a 375° toaster oven for about 5 to 10 minutes.


Breakfast: French toast waffles with 1 grapefruit, and syrup for dipping, not drizzling (because that’s how professional waffle eaters do it 🙂 ).


So yummy. You could add some stevia to the batter for a sweeter batter. Speaking of stevia, would you like some? I thought you might. The folks NuNaturals would like to offer 4 HEAB readers the chance to win 1 box of stevia powder packets (50 count) along with 1 bottle of liquid vanilla stevia drops. To win, simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite dietary source or iron. 🙂

  1. June 3, 2010 10:23 am

    Oh shucks, HEAB, you always have the best ideas!

    Pleae tell your lips to feel better 😦 😦

  2. Christin L. permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:23 am

    Spinach and chia seeds are probably my favorite ways to get iron… and I eat one or the other or both practically every day!! 🙂

  3. June 3, 2010 10:25 am

    Those waffles look awesome! I never thought to make then into French toast.

    My favorite source of iron is spinach!

  4. mwoody permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:26 am

    I like to get my iron from eating beef protein. I am a Guy who is also a very vigorous weightlifter with hopes of possibly progressing to natural bodybuilding one day. Beef and the protein and iron in it are great for me

  5. Felicia permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:28 am

    SPINACH! and good quality red meat 🙂

  6. Alex permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:29 am


  7. June 3, 2010 10:32 am

    Filet! Cooked medium. 🙂

  8. June 3, 2010 10:33 am

    good red meat (steak please!) is the best. ok, fine, and spinach too 🙂 love the french toast waffle idea 🙂

  9. Alicia permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:34 am

    I am anemic as well so I try to eat things like spinach daily and I take an iron supplement.

    By the way, those waffles looked great!

  10. greenbean permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:35 am

    gotta be kale!

  11. June 3, 2010 10:38 am

    Wow, such a simple idea but why haven’t I thought of it before! I love it, might give it a try with my Vans apple cinnamon waffles this weekend.

  12. amsterwill83 permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:38 am

    French toast waffles?! I am amazed.

    Fave sources of iron have to be spinach and the occasional steak!

    Amanda (WannaBe Chef)

  13. June 3, 2010 10:40 am

    I think the same thing happened to my lips one time. It was really strange. Worse than being chapped, they were sore and felt like the skin was covered with crinkly paper. Fortunately it went away after a few days and never returned. I have no idea what caused it, or what cause it to go away. I hope your lips and hair get back to normal soon.

  14. Gwen permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:42 am

    My doc told me my storage iron is a bit low, so I’ve been trying to up my dietary iron as well. My two favorite sources are lentils and kale, both of which I’ve been consuming copious amounts of lately. Especially kale in the form of kale chips, which I learned about on this very blog. Thank you HEAB for my new favorite food!

    Also, iron is more readily absorbed by the body when eaten in conjunction with something containing Vitamin C. I haven’t tried it, but I bet lemon or lime juice sprinkled over kale chips before baking would be tasty!

    Hope those lips feel better!

  15. Josie permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:42 am

    maple syrup!!! there is iron in that, right?!

  16. jackie permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:43 am

    i like using nutritional yeast for iron. i put it on popcorn, mix it in with veggies and even top it on slices of toast or eggs.

  17. ccarroll permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:43 am

    hey heather, i’ve had that reaction in a major way from eating mango skin. i guess it causes a poison ivy-like rash in some people. i’ve also gotten a minor version of the same type of rash from eating kiwi skin (not every time i eat it, though). i found that putting coconut oil on my lips helped a lot (it would also probably help if you’re having some kind of yeast issue).

  18. June 3, 2010 10:44 am

    Josie – I know there is iron in blackstrap molasses. I should start using it for dipping!

  19. June 3, 2010 10:46 am

    Gwen, So glad you are enjoying your kale chips, and I love the idea of lime juice before baking. I’ve been on a lime kick lately – thanks for the tip!

  20. June 3, 2010 10:47 am

    Thanks Emily – me too!

  21. maren permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:48 am

    i love spinach! good in sweet and savory dishes!

  22. June 3, 2010 10:49 am

    ccarroll, Interesting. It happened right after I ate a J. Alexander’s veggie burger, but on the side I had the veggie of the day – beefsteak tomatoes. I’m wondering if it was the tomatoes as I eat that veggie burger all the time. Coconut oil sounds great, thanks for the tip!

  23. Hailey permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:50 am

    I was anemic once as well. The best source of iron for me as a vegan was sprouted beans (which have almost as much as red meat) and kale chips with sprouted sesame seeds and other yummy toppings!

  24. Angie permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:52 am

    Chia seeds are for sure my fav way to get iron!

  25. runRedrun permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:53 am

    Sea veggies supposedly have a lot of iron in them, so I’ve been making salads out of that. Also, I love the combination of tahini and molasses. Molasses has iron, right?

  26. A.B. permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:54 am

    I probably eat most of my iron via spinach, but I really love pumpkin seeds, too! Oddly enough, some of my favorite spices, like curry powder and cinnamon, are also sources of iron. 😀

  27. Kristen permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:55 am

    I would say spinach and nutritional yeast as my favorite for iron. I pretty much eat spinach daily for dinner and top nutritional yeast over roasted veggies. Taste just like cheese… I might even dip corn chips in dry nutritional yeast, yes I know sounds weird but good! =)

    Are you taking any new medication because I’ve had this experience like you with my lips. I actually went to the doctors and found out I had thrush… it doesn’t only happen in your mouth and tongue, it can also be spread to your lips. Mine were swollen and waxy =( Hope you feel better soon!

  28. June 3, 2010 10:59 am

    Burning lips is a CLASSIC sign of a food reaction. Foods that may never have caused you issue, now that you are carrying another human’s hormones on board…well, all bets are off. Avoid common triggers like fish, shellfish, gluten, dairy, soy…as I know you are already really careful but some ppl can be intolerant to nightshades or chocolate or whatever…you just never know, but that’s a food reaction. Period.

    Next, the hair. Also hormonal. Most women lose their hair AFTER they give birth. It’s a little secret that no one tells you that you will lose about 20% of your hair post partum. I wished someone had told me! Not that there’s anything you can do about it…and likely won’t care. There is something about your beautiful baby that makes it all worth it…but so sorry you’re shedding now! I remember those days.

    On to something way more fun…you waffle toasts…YUM!!!! GREAT THINKING!

    Enter Me: Fave dose of plant based iron is beets. I never, ever took iron pills or prenatals and as a vegan, still well over normal limits 🙂 Beets are a preg woman’s bff!


  29. June 3, 2010 11:00 am

    I was anemic when I was pregnant too. Floradix liquid iron supplement fixed me up. It’s weird tasting but works well.

  30. Teresa permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:04 am

    Daily Spinach consumption goes on here. Unfortunately I also have to go the iron supplement route nowadays.

  31. Ozlem permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:05 am

    Ditto. I am always anemic. Not so good. Definitely supplement it now. In addition to the pre natals. I love nu stevia products count me in. My favorite sources?? I say beans, beans, beans.. Legumes and using my cast iron skillet which I heard somewhere that is good. Thanks!!

  32. Ashley permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:07 am

    well being anemic, and vegan makes iron important and tough – i love spinach and quinoa but my favorite source is seaweed! i love a good seaweed salad and it’s so good for you!

  33. June 3, 2010 11:13 am

    Lately, spinach in my green monsters every morning. Love love love.

  34. Courtney permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:14 am

    I wish I liked spinach, but I have an aversion to all leafy greens (I know, that is sacrilegious on this blog!)–their texture makes my stomach turn 😦 I get most of my iron from beans and fortified cereals. Feel better HEAB!!

  35. Sarah L. permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:16 am

    Spinach is my favourite iron-rich food. I eat it everyday in my smoothies… yum!

  36. avryan permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:16 am

    beets. i could eat ’em all day everyday.

  37. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:20 am

    it looks a lot better after cooking than it does while soaking in egg! haha

  38. mal permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:20 am

    spinach!! i love to eat huge green smoothies packed with spinach and iron.

  39. pastorleanne permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:23 am

    I’m a spinach fan, and try to get most of my iron that way – but once in awhile, I do enjoy a good steak :o).

  40. Liz permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:23 am

    My favorite source of iron, other than the occasional perfectly seared filet mignon, is SPINACH!!! Such a versatile and wonderful green!!!

  41. Kassi permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:25 am

    I love your blog Heather 🙂 I’ve recently started reading a few on a daily basis and I always look forward to your new recipes and tips. This sounds delicious, I’ll have to have a decadent breakfast morning one weekend — we all deserve something tasty every now and then, right? 🙂

    Sorry to hear about your lips, that’s no good.

    As for the iron, I’d say spinach and chia are my favorite sources. I also take a supplement as well.

  42. Katheryn permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:26 am

    My favorite source if iron is spinach. Yum! Hope your lips feel better soon.

  43. Jennifer permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:26 am

    Well of course I love spinach, but apparently cocoa is higher in iron per 200 cals than it is so I’ll go with that. Mmmmm….cocoa powder!

    And, yes, red meat too – particularly moose stew!!!

    Jennifer in Newfoundland

  44. June 3, 2010 11:29 am

    Another amazing breakfast! How do you do it Heather? 🙂

  45. Katirie permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:36 am

    Guinness Beer (obviously i am NOT pregnant, haha)! My other (non-alcoholic) sources of iron would be chickpeas and meat.

  46. June 3, 2010 11:40 am

    Mmm, French toast waffles — great idea! There’s iron in the multi-vitamin I take every day, but I also think all the green I eat help keep my levels up. I have a much better iron level now than I ever did as a (junk-eating) non-vegetarian!

  47. June 3, 2010 11:43 am

    oh girl! I hope you feel better. That does not sound like fun. But on the upside- what a yummy meal! I made similar french toast last night 🙂 For Iron- beans and greens!!

  48. Vanessa permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:44 am

    I love Edamame! A half cup of cooked soybeans contains 4.4 mg of iron and 149 calories. I have this as part of my lunch almost every day. But I know soy does not agree with you. I think I am going to try your french toast waffles this weekend. Yummy

  49. Little Bookworm permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:48 am

    I hope your lips get better soon Heather!

  50. June 3, 2010 11:53 am

    lean beef is my go-to source for iron because heme iron is more easily absorbed! so i put it in spaghetti sauce, sloppy joes, taco salad, etc…

  51. Stefanie permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:55 am

    That is just pure genius. I’ll have to get some waffles and try that out.

    My favorite source of iron would be greens of any kind. Also, I heard chocolate has more iron then red meat so that is a plus for splurging on chocolate.

    I hope you feel better soon. Have a great day. 🙂

  52. robin permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:57 am

    Spinach all the way! A waiter recently told me that horse meat is an excellent source of iron, but that’s not something I’m really interested in exploring.

    Re: hair loss, that is totally common, and it happened to me and started immediately when I found out I was pregnant (I ended up miscarrying for totally unrelated reasons during my first trimester so this was not a longterm problem). My husband and I could not believe the amount that would fall out when I would wash and then blow dry my hair, it was insane. My hairdresser assured me it was normal, as did my doctor, but I’m also anemic so I wonder if there is a connection?

  53. Michelle permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:57 am

    Broccoli is my favorite source of dietary iron. I am also a maple syrup dipper, not drizzler 🙂

  54. June 3, 2010 11:58 am

    Just call me Popeye – spinach is the best!

  55. Tracy permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:02 pm


    The shedding could definitely be from the anemia. That happened to me during my second pregnancy. Get some iron and feel better soon!

  56. June 3, 2010 12:02 pm

    Spinach is my favorite, especially in green monsters! 🙂

    I love the idea of french toast waffles – YUM!

  57. June 3, 2010 12:03 pm

    I’d have to go with spinach or a nice, medium-rare steak. Prime rib. With salt. 🙂

    Hope your lips get better!

  58. Mandy permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:03 pm

    I’m actually low on iron most of the time. So i have prescribed iron pills…but those aren’t so delicious.

    So my favourite way to get iron naturally is red meat (steak…mmmmmm) or dark green leafy veg like kale in a smoothie.

  59. Amanda @ Organic Eats permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:04 pm

    That’s easy for me – spinach! And those waffles look yumm-o! 🙂

  60. Heather permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:04 pm

    Oh no, I hope you’re feeling better!

    My favorite source of iron is greens. Or tempeh. Or beets. I like them all! Possibly together for an iron explosion.

  61. Talia permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:05 pm

    Hey HEAB!

    Hope your lips feel better and back to 100%!

    My favorite source of iron is most definitely spinach. I love it in salads, shakes, sandwiches and and especially omelets!

    Have a great day!


  62. Brandi permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:05 pm

    yum. french toast waffles sound awesome!

    Iron = spinach, kale, lean grass-fed beef, salmon, tuna, beans.

  63. June 3, 2010 12:06 pm

    Sorry to hear about your lips and hair issues. Hope you get some relief soon!

    What a fabulous idea to make french toast waffles! Maybe one day I’ll be brave enough to break away from my usual plain toasted eggos to french toast! 😉

  64. June 3, 2010 12:11 pm

    KALE. mmmm. I crave it!

  65. June 3, 2010 12:11 pm

    Sounds like your lips are chapped – get them checked out if the problem persists, I say.

    Favorite source of iron… does chocolate count? 😀

  66. June 3, 2010 12:13 pm

    Spinach in green monsters. nomz nomz nomz. 🙂

  67. June 3, 2010 12:14 pm

    French toast waffles.
    I’m jealous of your baby. All that awesome food.

  68. June 3, 2010 12:15 pm

    As for Iron, I love me some spinach.

    As for your lips, I had something very similar happen to me when I went on vacation in Colorado. I attribute it to the fact that I went skiing and it was *really* windy (which made little snow tornadoes which were not fun to ski through) and I figured that my lips were kind of sun/wind burned. But that burning and waxy feeling was definitely there.

  69. Jami permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:16 pm

    lima and navy beans!

  70. June 3, 2010 12:16 pm

    lentils are a good source of iron. mix with some spinach and nutritional yeast and you’re good to go.

  71. June 3, 2010 12:17 pm

    hmmm….sometimes mango, pineapple, or papaya will cause that reaction. I guess its the amount of fructose. Not for certain though.
    I love eating ostrich. Its a lean red meat that very high in iron. So yummy!! We like to make ostrich burgers or even ostrich meatloaf.

  72. Grace permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:19 pm

    YUM – local cow is my favorite 😉
    Using the cast iron skillet helps a bit too.
    Hope you feel better.

  73. Ashley S permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:22 pm

    OMG I’d LOVE to win this! It’s SO expensive at the store. My fav source for iron is broccoli, could eat a pound of it!

  74. Allison permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:25 pm

    Spinach is my fav

  75. June 3, 2010 12:26 pm

    It’s a tie between spinach and broccoli….yum!

  76. June 3, 2010 12:28 pm

    Lately, my favorite source of iron are Grass Fed Buffalo Burgers (aka Bison) ! I buy the ground meat at whole foods. For Memorial Day, I BBQ’d Hamburger patties with Diaya Cheddar Cheese on top. The Bison Hot Dogs are Fantastic as well. GO IRON & Meaty delicious-ness!
    Hope your lips feel better 🙂

  77. June 3, 2010 12:30 pm

    Spinach is definitely my go-to source for iron (even if I don’t eat it daily)!

  78. June 3, 2010 12:30 pm

    Definitely spinach! Hardly a day goes by that I don’t eat some!


  79. Nicole permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:32 pm

    A spinach and lentil salad with lemon dressing (add lemon in order to absorb the iron in the spinach).

  80. June 3, 2010 12:34 pm

    OMG…trying that recipe STAT! It’s the best of both worlds…french toast AND waffles!

    My favorite source of iron? A nice, medium-rare 6 oz filet mignon from a good steak restaurant. But that’s not terribly realistic for the everyday, is it? So I guess my runner-up source would have to be spinach! 😀

  81. Lori permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:37 pm

    beans, beans, the magical fruit! hahaha! all things beans!

  82. June 3, 2010 12:37 pm

    All these waffle creations have got me craving them! Going to have to break out the waffle iron this weekend! French toast with waffles, fantastic!

  83. mama permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:38 pm

    i need some more stevia stat! i like to get iron from beans mostly!! My hair use to fall out when my diet was pretty low in healthy fats, but i know you said you noticed you were lacking a bit in that area a few days ago anyway! It might just be a symptom of pregnancy! Do you have “What to Expect When Youre Expecting?” It might say in there!

  84. Stephanie permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:39 pm

    BEEF baby! 🙂 Spinach and chia seeds both frequent my diet often as well!

  85. Vani permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:40 pm

    I’ve been dying t0 try nunaturals!
    Fave iron source = blackstrap molasses, or dark greens 🙂

  86. randiliz permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:43 pm

    Hi Heather!! Change in hair texture is a symptom of pregnancy. I’m sure includes your hair falling out. Before pregnancy I rarely ate red meat…maybe a few times a year. But ever since I’ve been pregnant I’ve been craving it! I figure the baby must need iron so I’m just going with it. My favorite source for iron is buffalo meat. I eat it every other week in chili form, burger form, stew form, or just nice buffalo steak. Mmmmm, low in fat & cholesterol but also satisfies baby’s craving. 🙂 It must be just what I needed because at the last blood draw my OB said my hematocrit % was right on target. Get on it mama, that baby needs iron!

  87. June 3, 2010 12:44 pm

    SPINACH. I eat at least one HUGE salad everyday. I also put it into my eggs and smoothies.

  88. June 3, 2010 12:44 pm

    Those waffles look AMAZING!!

    and my favorite sources of iron are spinach and white beans!!

  89. Wendy F permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:44 pm

    Lentils – love lentil soup, curried lentils, lentils in salads, lentils in chili – lentils period!

  90. Katie permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:45 pm

    I love to put LOTS of spinach in my smoothies. Green monsters rock.

  91. June 3, 2010 12:49 pm

    Those waffles look awesome – I have to try the oven trick! I love spinach and tofu.

  92. Kimmy permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:49 pm

    As a former anemic myself, I have learned to love my iron sources in the form of wild venison, grass fed lean cuts of beef, spinach, cream of wheat, & good ole cheerios! Did you know one bowl has almost half of your daily requirement? But that’s assuming you absorb it all – which isn’t likely without hemi sources. Bring on the red meat! Good luck building up your iron stores!

    P.S. I LOVE my liquid stevia drops & use them almost every morning in my greek yogurt at breakfast. I would be over the moon to restock 🙂

  93. Torrie permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:53 pm

    Mm waffle french toast sounds AWESOME! I’ve been following your blog for a couple months now but haven’t had a chance to comment. I like your style – it’s healthy, but not restrictive to a certain “style” of eating. Love it!

    My favourite source of iron would be beans or spinach! I love love love beans in nearly everything!

  94. June 3, 2010 12:54 pm

    Mmm, spinach, spinach, spinach. I can’t get enough of the stuff.

  95. Erika permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:54 pm

    Sorry to hear about the anemia..I know just how awful that feels. I took an iron supplement for years, and that REALLY helped. Other than than, I load up on spinach. Did you know that Molasses is an excellent source of iron, too? Check it out!

  96. Carlee permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:55 pm

    Beans. I love beans.
    I also just found out shellfish – like clams and mussels are a really good source of iron.

  97. June 3, 2010 12:57 pm

    Not gonna lie, I had to Google iron-rich foods because I really didn’t know my favorite source of iron, lol. So after looking it up, I’d have to say it’s either spinach or nuts. 🙂

  98. Alina permalink
    June 3, 2010 12:57 pm

    I like organic grass-fed beef from my local farmer for my iron.

    Apparently, when you are pregnant, the baby needs a lot of vitamin D, so pregnant women can become deficient. Also, hair loss is supposed to be a symptom of vitamin D deficiency. I was actually experiencing more hair loss than usual in the winter (I live in Canada), and it went back to normal after I started taking 5,000 IU a day of D3.

  99. June 3, 2010 12:58 pm

    I’ve never had french toast waffles before! Looks very yummy! 🙂

    I love almonds and spinach for iron!

  100. June 3, 2010 1:02 pm

    Pastured beef liver is good – it has huge amounts of B12, the lack of which is a little known cause of anemia. Greens are good, too, as well as bison.

    If you’re desperate and need a real food supplement floradix is a great brand. It helped me recover from a substantial blood loss during my last birth.

  101. molly b permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:03 pm

    I am anemic, too! My favorite sources of iron are from lentils, spinach, and quinoa! I have been ding to try the liquid vanilla stevia. And now I know what I am making for breakfast tomorrow!

  102. molly b permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:03 pm

    I am anemic, too! My favorite sources of iron are from lentils, spinach, and quinoa! I have been dying to try the liquid vanilla stevia. And now I know what I am making for breakfast tomorrow!

  103. nikkionlunch permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:03 pm

    Hmm, three of my favorite sources are almonds, fresh spinach, and raw broccoli.

    Recently I’ve discovered some intersting ways of getting at raw broccoli because of having too much to eat really quickly before it went bad 🙂
    – I had a burger that needed a little spicing up. I also had broccoli with me, so I put it on top with a smidgeon of mustard. DELISH!
    – I also put it on top of half a bagel with a bit of lite veggie cream cheese so it would stick. It was a glorious breakfast

    I also tend to have more spinach on sandwiches than anything else but I love it.

    I hope you feel better, HEAB! I can’t imagine the lip thing. That’s gotta stink. I’m miserable when my lips are even slightly chapped.

  104. Vicki A. permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:03 pm

    I love a nice steak and cereal for iron.

  105. Danielle permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:05 pm

    Love me some black beans and spinach for iron! Mmm.

  106. June 3, 2010 1:06 pm

    Ohh sorry to hear about the lips/hair/iron problems 😕 I’m sure they’re all connected in some way. Favorite sources of iron include: pumpkin seeds, quinoa, and spinach!

  107. CarolineR permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:07 pm

    SPINACH! Hope the lips get better! Gotta be annoying.

  108. Jessica permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:10 pm

    I always had great success taking Floradix Liquid Iron + Herbs when I was pregnant (7x, lol). Not dietary, per se, but a gentle herbal concoction that is very effective.

  109. June 3, 2010 1:14 pm

    I get lots of good iron from my daily (large) dose of chia and lots o spinach!!

  110. Alicia permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:16 pm

    Broccoli and spinach are the best, use them in eggs for the morning and saute at night.

  111. June 3, 2010 1:16 pm

    Spinach is also my source of iron!

    Poor honey – hope your lips get better soon!

    One time I kept putting Vaseline on my chapped lips in the sun while we were having a garage sale and in the morning I woke up with one big Angelina lip! I had to go to work like that – so embarrassing.

  112. June 3, 2010 1:17 pm

    Like Popeye I loves me spinach!

  113. Becky permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:20 pm


  114. Jill permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:21 pm

    Spinach! and beans. Hope you start feeling better! The waffles look extra yummy!

  115. Brandy permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:22 pm

    Lately it’s been raisin bran! So good!

  116. Audrey Davis permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:24 pm

    I love roasted broccoli for all of its iron!

  117. sal permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:26 pm

    dark leafy greens! Every time I used to try to donate blood, I would get turned away for being anemic. I haven’t tried since I have started eating kale in excessive amounts… I bet I would pass, now!

  118. jacob c permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:26 pm

    One of the best sources of heme iron..

    I didn’t read the comments, but the lip issue sound like an alergic reaction to something. I had a bad reaction a few years ago that landed me in the ER within 60 minutes unablet to see or breathe, and that is exactly how it “started” out- hot, red, swelling, tingling lips.

  119. Susannah permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:27 pm

    Ooh I heart spinach and kale, especially in my breakfast green smoothie! My mouth is watering at the idea of french toast waffles! I can’t wait to try them!

  120. Carolyn permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:33 pm


    hope you feel better soon, that little heablet will make it all worth it!

  121. June 3, 2010 1:36 pm


    And great idea for waffles.

  122. June 3, 2010 1:37 pm

    French toast waffles, brilliant!!

    And I always go for spinach to up my iron.

  123. June 3, 2010 1:39 pm

    AH! I eat beans and lentils to get my iron, and take a multi-vitamin.

  124. June 3, 2010 1:43 pm

    I can’t lie, my favorite source of iron is lean, grass fed, farmers market BEEF!

  125. Abbey permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:47 pm

    Lentils! And raw oysters! I hope I win, I cannot find the Nu Naturals brand anywhere near me 😦


  126. June 3, 2010 1:48 pm

    Dude that looks Ah… wait for it … mazing.

  127. Dani permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:48 pm

    I eat spinach like its my JOB. Green monster smoothies, omelettes, salads, and just about anything else I eat that is not already spinach based either goes with a bed of spinach underneath or a sprinkle of spinach on top. I’ll be Popeye soon!!

  128. Rachel permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:49 pm

    Hands down leafy greens, I love them! Kale and spinach are at the top of my list 🙂

  129. June 3, 2010 1:52 pm

    Almond Milk! That’s what my French toast was missing this morning! (Though I somehow managed to deal since it was stuffed with ricotta cheese and fresh blueberries.) 🙂

    I love beans. Black beans, white beans, garbanzo beans… I’m excited to hear that chia seeds are a good iron source. I’m getting my first shipment next week. They are nowhere to be found in Wisconsin!

  130. June 3, 2010 1:53 pm

    Grass fed ground beef-Yum!

  131. Lissa permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:55 pm

    Spinach for me! Cooked, salads…however it is I love it and have it every day!

    THANK YOU for the waffle french toast idea!!! Say hello to my dinner tonight! 😀

  132. June 3, 2010 1:55 pm

    My favorite source of iron is chickpeas!

    Did you know they had more iron than spinach – pretty cool, eh?

    I know you can’t do much sweets…….but what about sneaking in some molasses? Molasses is high in iron as well, but it is a from of sugar.

    The lip thing definately sounds like an allergy with the tingling. Did you eat anything new or put anything on your skin that is new?

    I struggle with the iron thing too. Even when I wasn’t vegetarian/vegan I’ve always been low on iron.

  133. Hannah J permalink
    June 3, 2010 1:56 pm

    clams and apricots all the way!
    and those waffles look absolutely positively scrumptious 😛 who ever thought of introducing waffles and french toast was brilliant!

  134. June 3, 2010 1:59 pm

    My favorite source of iron is DEFINITELY green monster smoothies. One time, I added an entire bag of spinach, 1 1/2 bananas, and 1 cup of vanilla almond milk. SO good. So good for me, too!!

  135. Jess permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:00 pm

    Kale and chia seeds!!

    I’ve also had that weird lip thing, although I don’t know from what…

  136. emily permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:02 pm

    I get my iron from spinach. like popeye.

  137. Tricia permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:09 pm

    I hope you feel better!

    My favorite source of iron is spinach, green monsters specifically 🙂

    Oh I like raisins a lot too which have a good iron source…I wonder if dark chocolate covered raisins count??

  138. crolyn permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:17 pm

    nice visual on the lips and hair heabs… :-() Can you send me tester email please? testing laptop…thanks

  139. Carolyn permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:18 pm

    it’s really me…hehe

  140. Holly permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:18 pm

    Ouch about your lips—and I would say the hair is a direct result of the iron deficiency…

    My favorite source of your missing nutrient is dark green veggies (spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc). Not much of a red meat eater so I have to make sure to eat my veggies!! 🙂

    Hope you feel better!

  141. MaryZ permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:21 pm

    Spinach! I eat tons of eat and am chronically low on iron. I hope your lips are feeling better!

  142. June 3, 2010 2:22 pm

    Spinach is by far my favorite…but also dark cocoa sure packs a bunch and is a yummy addition to lots of foods.
    Hope your pregnancy starts to get look adorable at least. 😉

  143. Kristina permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:23 pm

    My favorite iron source would have to be spincach! I always buy multiple packages a week – I eat it too fast.

  144. Elizabeth permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:25 pm

    Steak 🙂 with a side of dark leafy greens of course

  145. June 3, 2010 2:28 pm

    I’ve been feeling anemic lately and was talking to my dad about it just the other day! He’s a physician. I was saying “but do you know how much spinach I eat????” and he said that our body actually doesn’t absorb plant-based iron sources that well! So sad. 😦 Good thing I love steak.

  146. June 3, 2010 2:28 pm

    I love SPINACH! And I could eat Kale by the truck load, but I’m not sure if it has a lot of iron in it?

  147. June 3, 2010 2:30 pm

    Spinach and Kale, in fact, I’m surprised that I’m not green yet!

  148. June 3, 2010 2:33 pm

    I the idea of turning waffles into french toast :). Way to reinvent! I get my iron from beans and greens. I love me some legumes! I hope your lips get better soon.

    Have a lovely day!

  149. Lori permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:35 pm

    I do love spinach!
    Hope your lips are better soon. Pregnancy can do weird things to your body. I broke out in hives with my first. I think it was from strawberries. Never had the problem again though…

  150. Christina K. permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:38 pm

    Spinach, walnuts, and grass-fed beef are my favorite sources of iron! Wow, that sounds like a great salad idea to me.

  151. Dana Perel permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:39 pm

    My favorite source of iron has to be oysters! They have more iron than beef.

  152. Laura permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:39 pm

    I love lentils for an iron boost. Hope you’re feeling better 🙂

  153. M.Rose permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:42 pm

    beet greens! braised and topped with a fried egg, mmmm! or combine them with tempeh- which is a rich source of iron, and contains the friendly bacteria necessary for vitamin absorption.
    i recently learned that many iron rich vegetables (such as spinach) are also high in oxalic acid, which prevents iron absorption, unless you combine it with something that counteracts the acid. good to know!

  154. Marie permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:43 pm

    My favorite dietary source of iron would have to be beans. I was born and raised on them. They’re the magical fruit. (That’s what my mom would tell us…:)

    Isn’t pregnancy a crazy thing? You think you have your body all figured, and then whamo! it totally changes. Yeah it’s worth it, but still totally frustrating.

    Being pregnant with my third, I’ve totally appreciated your posts recently. Hang in there and congratulations!

  155. June 3, 2010 2:43 pm

    I am a spinach queen!!! TOTAL IRON LOVE! I am sorry things are so rough right now…boo!

  156. June 3, 2010 2:44 pm

    Such cool idea to make french toast with the waffles, love it!
    I would love to win the vanilla stevia drops, I try not to use them too frequently, but it is the only form of sweetener that I use when I use, so I think I am fine, at least for now.
    Beef and chicken are good sources or iron if you are willing to eat animal protein.
    Another good source of iron are beans! I love beans, chickpeas, white beans and lentils are my very favorites!
    Dark leaves also have lots of it, Kale is a pretty good source. Spinach has lots of iron, but it also is very high in a compound called oxalate which prevents iron absorption, so even if you eat tons of spinach you are not absorbing most of its iron anyway.
    It is good to eat iron rich food in presence of vitamin C as it helps with iron absorption. I like to have spinach salad with orange juice vinaigrette, or kale sauteed with chopped onions, garlic (lots of it, I love me some garlic!) and tomatoes.
    It is normal to have low iron during pregnancy. Are you taking vitamins Heather? It might be a good idea, or at least an iron supplement. It is temporary and soon you will be back to normal levels again.
    About the hair, I had that too during pregnancy, lots of strands falling off my head, but wait until you breastfeed… oh my lord, I thought I was going bald when I was breastfeeding, my hair would come out in wigs, the doctors said it was also normal, so I went with my baby breastfeeding and tried not to pay attention to the hair loss. It all came back nice and strong, so really no worries there!!
    Ah, and one cause of hair loss is sometimes low protein intake. Hair is made primarily of protein, so that can be a sign too. But I bet there might be other explanations for hair loss during pregnancy, this is one that I am aware of (and the low protein is not only during pregnancy, it is true for anyone at any age).
    Better luck with the hair Heather, and keep up with the iron intake, lots of good ideas on the comments I see!

  157. Molly permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:44 pm

    I gotta go with a good old fashion burger (plus spinach on top for extra boost). Its just what my body wants when low on Fe

  158. June 3, 2010 2:45 pm

    I would love to try some stevia! I get my iron from leafy greens, but sometimes (read: most times) I love the unexpected places I find it. I am in love with Blackstrap Molasses. It has an almost bitter taste and is not too sweet- just perfect for my morning oatmeal. I can’t wait to make cookies with it!

    PS- those waffles looked amazing! Why have I never thought to combine my love of waffles and french toast before? I’m going to look for those fig waffles tomorrow at Whole Foods!

  159. Ashlee permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:45 pm

    I have been dying to try Stevia. I know, I know I am way behind on getting on the Stevia bandwagon. 🙂 My favorite way to get iron is in the form of green monsters. I make them everyday. All the spinach and the additional of chia seeds really helped me get my iron levels up.

  160. Molly permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:46 pm

    sorry for repeat, problems w/ the comments, but I was going to say a good old burger!

  161. June 3, 2010 2:47 pm

    Your waffle pancakes look great!! I am new to this whole healthy eating blogging thing but I invite you to check out my blog!

  162. Karissa permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:50 pm

    Mmm!!! that looks great 🙂 I love nuts or spinach

  163. June 3, 2010 2:51 pm

    What a perfect hybrid of my two favorite breakfast foods. I don’t suppose Susan has a recipe for french toast oatmeal? Then we’d really be talking!

    I ❤ spinach for my iron fix!

  164. Amber permalink
    June 3, 2010 2:56 pm

    I totally had the same problem with my lips and I am pretty sure (since you already said you are anemic), that it is something called angular chellitis and it comes from a deficiency in iron and B12. I went vegetarian for awhile and wasn’t watching my iron intake (or b12…) and totally got the same problem. It went away in a couple weeks after taking supplements…

  165. June 3, 2010 3:02 pm

    I turn to spinach for my iron! 1 cup of beans also contains 20% of the DV of iron. You can go with iron-fortified foods, too (like oatmeal!), or simply an iron supplement.

  166. Sarah permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:12 pm

    Dark Chocolate, Spinach, and TOTAL cereal made with whole wheat– at one time, i tried to give blood and my iron count was WAY down…I ate total cereal for a few days and it was up (plus a few extra) and I was okay-ed to give blood. Just thought I’d share!

  167. June 3, 2010 3:18 pm

    Hmm definitely beans!

  168. Alicia permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:25 pm

    Spinach. I fluctuate between being anemic and not and I found that I actually need to increase the amount of vitamin c that i consume in order for my body to absorb all the iron.

  169. megs permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:27 pm

    Spinach, I eat it everyday either in smoothies or a big salad

  170. June 3, 2010 3:29 pm

    The best of both worlds, French toast waffles are brilliant! 🙂

    I like NuNaturals NuStevia a lot! Awesome giveaway 🙂


  171. Lauren S. permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:30 pm

    I have to agree with a lot of the other comments my source of iron is spinach. I like to add it to my smoothies for an added kick without a lot of calories and it doesn’t alter the taste.

  172. June 3, 2010 3:34 pm

    Spinach and leeks are my favorite iron sources. And those waffles look AMAZING.

  173. June 3, 2010 3:35 pm

    Spinach!! I also make sure to take one iron pill with a vitamin C at a time when I am not consuming calcium.

  174. June 3, 2010 3:39 pm

    Spinach for sure! Whether in a green monster, spinach salad, in pasta or on a sammie!

  175. June 3, 2010 3:39 pm

    Heather, I had the EXACT same two issues with both pregnancies. Those lips are awful and painful, and the anemia will leave you bone tired. I’m about to save you a BUNCH of trial and error!

    Lips: Mometasone Furoate Cream USP, 0.1% (from E. Fougera & Co., prescription).

    Iron: Floradix Iron + Herbs. No constipation, fast energy uptick.

  176. Kristine permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:49 pm

    My favorite dietary source of iron is spinach. Love it in smoothies!

  177. Brooke permalink
    June 3, 2010 3:55 pm

    kale chips! although i’m not entirely sure how much calcium is left after they bake in a 400 degree oven. woops.

  178. June 3, 2010 4:00 pm

    oooh, i was anemic for more than a year in high school. ’twas not fun 😦 my doctor had me eat half a pound of beef a day…ground beef (which is basically what i ate every day!) still turns me off.

    my favorite source of iron though would have to be spinach. eggs are good too 🙂

  179. Jenn permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:01 pm

    Aww Heather, I know whatca mean! All of my hair started shedding a while ago due to an iron deficiency and what my doctor recommended since I’m a vegetarian?
    Lots of dried fruit! (I’m a sucker for raisins) He also recommended beans, almonds, kale, broccoli, spinach and brown rice! Hope that helps! 🙂

  180. Joanna permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:03 pm

    I like to get Iron from lean beef, spinach, or raisins!

  181. Katherine permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:05 pm

    1) The pictures for this breakfast make them look AMAZING! 🙂

    2) I have two favorite sources of iron. I love broccoli because you can do so many things with it! Raw or cooked – broccoli is awesome!
    My second favorite, like so many other HEAB readers is spinach. I have been on a spinach kick! I will eat it raw or, lately, cooked in my dinners or omelettes.

  182. June 3, 2010 4:19 pm

    1 tablespoon of spirulina has 11% of you iron for the day.

    “Spirulina iron is easily absorbed by the human body. It is theorized that its blue pigment, phycocyanin, forms soluble complexes with iron and other minerals during digestion making iron more bioavailable. Hence, iron in spirulina is over twice as absorbable as the form of iron found in vegetables and most meats.”

  183. elaine permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:20 pm

    thanks for holding this awesome giveaway. would love to try the powder stevia!! my favorite iron source is spinach and i find that buying frozen organic spinach is the way to go! cheaper, but with ALL the nutrients!

  184. Andrea permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:25 pm

    Definitely kale for me. My mom makes a Portuguese kale soup that I absolutely love!!

  185. Laurie permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:31 pm

    I love roasted pumpkin seeds for a good iron source!

  186. Keegan permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:37 pm

    I take PopEye’s lead… spinach!!
    Must try these french toast waffles, they would hold up much better than my GF bread I think.

  187. keira permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:39 pm

    BEANS. eat them almost everyday, just started experimenting with making my own hummus. Another great idea is making tacos with kidney beans on lettuce wraps with salsa delicious 🙂

  188. Ellen permalink
    June 3, 2010 4:45 pm

    chickpeas and lamb would have to be my top two good sources of iron. i love spinach, but its iron is actually not very usable to the body so don’t rely on it!

  189. June 3, 2010 4:49 pm

    I try to eat spinach daily. I don’t eat meat, so I really try to keep my iron up. I lost my hair when I was pregnant too. Then during my third tri it got thick again. Pregnancy does weird things to your body.

  190. June 3, 2010 5:01 pm

    I LOVE your creations lately.

    I seriously think you should do a cookbook HEAB…I can’t believe you don’t have a book deal actually considering your “journey” – have you ever considered/entertained that idea?

    As for Iron – I love lean flank steak ;)…but definitely spinach and I think chickpeas are a small source of iron so hummus!

    But I can only choose one …so EGG YOLKS!!! Small amount – but it’s there 😉

  191. Sara permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:13 pm

    Kale is my favorite!

  192. Jennie permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:14 pm

    Spinach is my go-to source of iron. I am anemic so I make sure to have some spinach everyday, usually in the form of a green monster! Thanks for hosting such a great giveaway 🙂

  193. runnergirl permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:15 pm

    Definitely leafy greens!

  194. jvegegirl permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:16 pm

    I would say oat yogurt!

  195. KELLY permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:18 pm

    I love to get my iron from backstrap molasses! =)

  196. June 3, 2010 5:19 pm

    Love the waffle idea!

    I always cook my veggies in cast iron, which I’ve been told leaches more iron into your food than taking a supplement. As for food sources – spinach and legumes.

  197. June 3, 2010 5:28 pm

    runRedrun, yes, blackstrap molasses is a great source of iron.

  198. June 3, 2010 5:29 pm

    Mama, yes, I have that book and need to do some more research.

  199. June 3, 2010 5:30 pm

    When I was iron-deficient while preggers, they told me to put extra raisins in my oatmeal each morning. I loved it!!!

  200. June 3, 2010 5:31 pm

    Lindsey, Hamburgers don’t have much appeal lately, but hot dogs sure do. I didn’t know they made bison hot dogs – must find those soon. Thx!

  201. June 3, 2010 5:33 pm

    VeggieGirl, Duh. Of course! 🙂

  202. June 3, 2010 5:35 pm

    Robin, Good to know it’s not just me. Yeah, I’m amazed at how much hair is in the shower after I wash it. I save it to show CD – it’s crazy. Sorry to hear about your miscarriage. 😦

  203. June 3, 2010 5:37 pm

    Annie, Boredom and hunger. 😉

  204. June 3, 2010 5:39 pm

    Kassi, So honored that HEAB made your list of daily reads. Thanks for the support, and yes, we all deserve something tasty *EVERY* day in my opinion. 🙂

  205. June 3, 2010 5:43 pm

    Kristen, Yeah, I was wondering if it was yeast related b/c that was my mom’s problem. Wine and other fermented beverages did this to her lips every time she drank them, but if she used a straw, she was fine. So funny watching her drink red wine with a straw. Hehe. Nope, no new medications, but the waxy burning sensation started right after my lunch yesterday when I ate a veggie burger with a side of beefsteak tomatoes. Not sure what the cause – weird.

    Oh, and I think your nooch + corn chips sounds like a delicious combo! 🙂

  206. June 3, 2010 5:45 pm

    Averie, Yeah, the burning waxy lips started right after I ate a veggie burger with a side of beefsteak tomatoes – NIGHTSHADES, right? I’m wondering if that’s the cause. Weird.

    Beets – roger that. Love them. MUST BUY SOON. 🙂

  207. June 3, 2010 5:46 pm

    Courtney, Not a huge fan of greens myself these days – so not so sacrilegious. Did get in some spinach today, but enjoyed my fortified cereal much more. 😉

  208. June 3, 2010 5:49 pm

    Randiliz, Good to know – I love bison. Will pick some up soon. Glad to hear your levels are good!

  209. June 3, 2010 5:51 pm

    Idreamoftahini, The lip thing happened right after I ate a beefsteak tomato. So, I’m thinking that was the culprit. Weird as I’ve never had an issue with tomatoes before.

    Yes, I think I might replace my maple syrup with some blackstrap molasses for a while. Thx for the tip. 🙂

  210. June 3, 2010 5:54 pm

    JacobC, Yes, CD loves his oysters. I’ll have to tell him to make me some soon. Sorry about your allergic reaction. Thankfully, mine wasn’t that bad, but the lips are still burning 36 hours later. 😦

  211. sarah permalink
    June 3, 2010 5:55 pm

    definitely a nice grass fed steak – with a side of spinach 🙂

  212. June 3, 2010 5:56 pm

    Jessica, Yes, several others recommended the Floradix – thanks! I’ll look for it.

  213. June 3, 2010 5:58 pm

    Alina, Yes, I supplement with vitamin D3 liquid drops, but I’ve been really bad about taking them. Thanks for the reminder!

  214. June 3, 2010 5:59 pm

    Erika, yes, blackstrap molasses – I need to pick some up and use if for waffle dipping! 🙂

  215. June 3, 2010 6:00 pm

    Thanks for reading Torrie. 🙂

  216. June 3, 2010 6:04 pm

    What a great idea – I love it 🙂

  217. Laura permalink
    June 3, 2010 6:05 pm

    First of all, please don’t enter me in your giveaway, I don’t think NuNaturals would be impressed with paying shipping costs all the way across the Atlantic… but more importantly, Med school has swallowed me up again, and coming back I have to say soooo many congratulations to you and CD! I think you and he will be amazing parents, and so, so deserve it! I’m sorry that you’ve had a rough first trimester or so, my Mum tells me it gets better in the second, and subsequent pregnancies are much more smooth. I get that funny lip thing, often before I develop blotches on my face- after I’ve eaten certain things, but can’t quite work out what… but its not angular chellitis I don’t think- that would involve cracked skin at the corners of your mouth, I know parts of your immune system become slightly depressed when you are pregnant to allow the growth of non-self (don’t you hate sciencey speak?!), so maybe its doing funny things- or had you just eaten something with chillies in?!… it makes me sad that lots of people are still unaware of how spinach doesn’t contain much absorbable iron in it, due to the presence of oxalates- and you def. don’t want to mix oxalates with calcium rich foods… Red meat, kale/cabbage/bok choy, beans/lentils, blackstrap molasses, sesame seeds, broccoli, seaweeds (although not sure of safety when carrying a little one), wheatgerm/bran, egg yolks with a source of vitamin c, lemon, lime juice, fruit, tomatoes… plus loads of great suggestions above- oooh can you get Marmite in Nashville (or the U.S.?) that is a really good source too, although I’m not sure if you’re in the ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ camp! I think teff has quite a lot of iron in it too (yey!) Also don’t drink anything with tanins (I think!) e.g. tea around eating, as that prevents iron uptake. Oh no. Ridiculously long comment. Bad, bad me. *snaps the textbook shut* Sorry! Off to dream about failing exams ;( But once again, congratulations!

  218. diana permalink
    June 3, 2010 6:05 pm

    Great waffle french toast idea! I am anemic and B12 deficient. I love kale chips!!!! ANd spinach salad… greens, greens, greens!

  219. June 3, 2010 6:07 pm

    Caronae, Me too. Ate some beef brisket for lunch today. YUM!

  220. June 3, 2010 6:13 pm

    currently chia seeds are my favorite source of iron! They give me so much energy!

  221. June 3, 2010 6:20 pm

    Laura, I always love your comments, and I’ve missed you. I’m sure you’ll do fine on your exams – you will! Yes, I eat my spinach, but I prefer it with a side of beef. 🙂

    Yeah, the corners of my mouth are all cracked – happened right after I ate a beefsteak tomato. So, I’m thinking that’s the culprit. Weird as I’ve never had a problem with tomatoes, but you’re right – the body does strange things during pregnancy. So, we shall see.

    Thanks for the congrats, and best of luck on your exams!

  222. Kassi permalink
    June 3, 2010 6:21 pm

    Thanks for your reply Heather! Sometimes it seems like people with these beautiful blogs are in some other universe and super busy creating tasty foods for us. I agree that we deserve something tasty every day. I’ve always loved good, wholesome natural food. As a graduate student in my last year, however, I have been very bad with food and my health in general. I’ve officially taken a stand recently and will not eat poorly anymore! Your blog is an inspiration to me and there are numerous recipes that I will definitely try once I build up my pantry. For now, it’s been very simple veggie based dishes with snacks of fresh fruit. I’m on my way and I am very excited to try out your fantastic recipes. Thank you, again, for such inspiring posts.

  223. June 3, 2010 6:21 pm

    Terrie, Roger that – just ate a bowl of Raisin Bran. Love raisins too! 🙂

  224. June 3, 2010 6:23 pm

    You’re welcome Kassi. Best of luck to you, and I hope you enjoy all the recipes! Thanks again for reading. 🙂

  225. June 3, 2010 6:24 pm

    Eatmovelove, Honestly, never thought much about a book…but I do dream about flank steak fairly often. 😉

  226. June 3, 2010 6:25 pm

    Ellen, I LOVE lamb. Will eat more of it!

  227. June 3, 2010 6:26 pm

    Thanks Amy! Heard only good things about spirulina but only had it once from a juice bar. Should buy some for smoothies.

  228. June 3, 2010 6:28 pm

    Thanks Jenn – it does. In fact, just finished off a big bowl of raisin bran. 🙂

  229. June 3, 2010 6:29 pm

    I hope you feel better soon! You are so sweet!
    I usually take iron supplements because I, too, am anemic, but not pregnant 🙂

  230. June 3, 2010 6:30 pm

    Christina K. Yeah, me too. 🙂

  231. June 3, 2010 6:32 pm

    Marie, Yes, it’s crazy. Somedays, I wonder where my body went – I don’t feel like myself at all. Thanks for understanding and congrats to you as well! 🙂

  232. June 3, 2010 6:32 pm

    YesyesandYES!!! I love this breakfast on days when I can’t decide between waffles or french toast then I realize I can have my two favourite breakfasts and eat them too 😉 Dipping is for champions!!! Plus, it’s more fun to eat 😉

    Hope your lips are feeling better!! I wonder if you’ve developed an allergic reaction in pregnancy? I hear of that happening sometimes…

    Oh, and my favourite source of iron is cream of wheat.

  233. June 3, 2010 6:35 pm

    Ana, Thanks so much for all the advice. My prenatals were making me so sick, and so I’ve been taking children’s chewable vitamins and added in an iron supplement today. Also a meat eater, and conscious of getting in plenty of protein these days. I have a lot of hair, and so I’m not too worried. 🙂

  234. June 3, 2010 6:36 pm

    Jenny, I wouldn’t be surprised – that Susan is rather brilliant. 🙂

  235. June 3, 2010 6:37 pm

    Amber – good to know. Thank you1

  236. June 3, 2010 6:39 pm

    Sarah, I actually bought some Total Raisin Bran today and just ate a big bowl. Forgotten how yummy it was!

  237. June 3, 2010 6:40 pm

    Elyse, THANK YOU.

  238. Tara permalink
    June 3, 2010 6:40 pm

    those waffles look divine!
    my favorite sources of iron are beans of all kinds 🙂

  239. June 3, 2010 6:42 pm

    That recipe sounds DELICIOUS. I will definitely have to try it.

  240. June 3, 2010 6:43 pm

    Susan, Yes, thank you so much for all of your wonderful waffle ideas!

    Who knows what the lip thing is – I’ve had several commenters that experienced the same problem, and I’m going to do my research. I think it may have been an allergic reaction to a tomato which is so weird as tomatoes have NEVER given me problems. We shall see.

    Have a good night Susan!

  241. Meghan permalink
    June 3, 2010 6:53 pm

    Your waffles look so yummy and crispy!! I jut tried that recipe and mine were flimsy and kind of soggy?

    I hope you are feeling better, Heather! I have a pregnant friend who developed all sorts of allergies and seemed to have similar irritations. You may have developed a new allergy too?

    Oh, and I like a good filet mignon every once in a while:)

  242. June 3, 2010 7:00 pm

    Meghan, Sorry your waffles were kind of soggy. Mine weren’t super crisp either, but perhaps baking them a little longer in the oven might help? I also didn’t mention this in my post, but I allowed the egg/almond milk batter to drip off each waffle for about a minute or so before frying – just put them on a cooking rack over a paper towel. I always manage to leave out a step – sorry about that! And yes, filet mignon – love one myself every so often. Hope you enjoy the rest of your evening! 🙂

  243. Maria permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:01 pm

    Cooking in a cast iron skillet actually helps with the iron intake, but it can be a pain to clean up (since it’s so darn heavy!). Green smoothies are always yummy with banana, almond milk, and tons of spinach!

  244. June 3, 2010 7:01 pm

    I wish I knew more vegetarian sources of iron!! I try to incorporate as much spinach into my diet as possible! I make green monsters with spinach, orange juice and ice so that the vitmain C will help my body absorb the iron from the spinach. 🙂

  245. Ellie permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:08 pm

    Spinach in everything! I feel like popeye sometimes…

  246. PeonyJen permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:13 pm

    Oh, so many! But, mostly, grass-fed beef. Hmmm mmmm.
    I feel so good after consuming.

  247. June 3, 2010 7:24 pm

    I have a green smoothie at least 5 days a week – today mine contained about 5 c. of spinach!!! And I also love chia seeds for my iron intake, as well 🙂

  248. Marianne in Auburn permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:40 pm

    I struggle with iron too….low ferritin levels for almost three years. I try to eat lots of greens (spinach, kale, chard) with veggies high in Vitamin C. I also eat lots of beans as well as whole grains. For awhile there I was taking spoonfuls of molasses but that got old real quick. I tried red meat for awhile but I have never been a red meat eater so that didn’t last long.
    I take iron pills every other day and have tried alot of different brands….lots of stomach issues with iron pills!!
    I have been meaning to email you to tell you congratulations and that I am so happy for you. Hormones are so crazy and I am glad it worked out!! Let me know if you need some Auburn gear for your little Heablet!!

  249. June 3, 2010 7:41 pm

    cook in a cast iron pan, lots of dark greens and nettles. (in the pregnancy tea I’ll send you, I was on vacation and everything was hairy right before I left)
    also the hair loss post pregnancy is pretty annoying too. I feel like I lose a whole head of hair every day! It’s insane!

  250. nicole gray permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:47 pm

    Sorry about your lips! I’m not sure why that is happening. My favorite source of iron is my green smoothie each morning. I use dark leafy greens and fruit. I use a lot of spinach.

  251. Alyson permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:54 pm

    Favorite iron sources: bison and tofu!

  252. June 3, 2010 7:54 pm

    Dang, how’d those turn out? Since the waffle are already crispy did they turn out like a super crispy version of french toast? Sounds yummy any way they came out!

    As for iron, dark dark greens and tons of veggies!

  253. maris permalink
    June 3, 2010 7:58 pm

    i love me some oatmeal :), i know it doesn’t have a ton of iron, but it’s a good vegetarian friendly source!

  254. June 3, 2010 7:59 pm

    ive actaully made a version of french toast waffles before. sooo delicious!


  255. June 3, 2010 8:02 pm

    My favorite is bison! I’m not a big red meat eater, but bison is delicious!

  256. Sarah permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:03 pm

    Spinach and broccoli. Nom nom nom.

  257. Amanda Y. permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:09 pm

    My favorite source is steak really, but something maybe more important that just sources of iron for you to note–calcium can interfere with iron absorption, so to maximize, don’t eat them together. Also if your diet is real high in fiber or if you have too much zinc or vitamin E, they can all block iron. Hope this helps along with other recommendations of what to eat!

  258. June 3, 2010 8:15 pm

    Marianne, Some other commenters suggested this: Apparently, it does not cause the same side effects that most iron supplements do. I’m going to look into it myself.

    Thanks so much for your kind words regarding the HEABlet. If it’s a girl, I will definitely have to get here a little Auburn cheerleading outfit, or if she is anything like me growing up, perhaps a football jersey would be a better choice. Much to my mother’s dismay, I was a total tomboy and refused to ever wear a dress! 🙂

  259. Gina G permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:16 pm

    sorry about your lips Heather! i don’t think that has happened to me before =(
    my favorite way to get iron is a juicy burger cooked by my Dad =D

  260. Carly permalink
    June 3, 2010 8:16 pm

    Susan’s a genius, isn’t she?

    My favourite iron source are bivalves, namely mussels and clams!

  261. June 3, 2010 8:18 pm

    Dea, No worries. Glad to know I’m not the only one losing hair! Need to dust off my cast iron skillet – it’s been a while. Hope you are doing well and that you enjoyed your vacation!

  262. June 3, 2010 8:18 pm

    Thanks Amanda – it does!

  263. June 3, 2010 8:19 pm

    Bitesandbliss, The French toast waffles were good but a little soggy. However, loved the flavor.

  264. June 3, 2010 8:22 pm

    Carly, Yes, she is. 🙂

  265. June 3, 2010 8:24 pm

    Beans are my fave way to get iron 🙂

  266. June 3, 2010 8:49 pm

    My fav source would probably be spinach, but I also love beets & lentils!

  267. June 3, 2010 8:56 pm

    My favorite sources are Fortified cereals/Oatmeal (iron enriched provide 100% of the 18mg recommended value), and spinach.
    Does taking a dietary supplement count? I would say SPA TONE is my favorite. It’s a water source form of iron that is safe for pregnancy, colitis, chrones etc and does not cause constipation! They come in these convenient little sachets! I have gotten many clients on them (pregnant or anemic) and they love them!
    The hair falling out is quite common, and could be attributed to hormones/iron! Make sure you are getting plenty of Omega 3’s (DHA esp), biotin, silica etc all help strengthen hair. Anemia could definitely be causing hair loss, as could a B vitamin deficiency! Hope you feel better soon Heather!
    ps- best sources of iron per serving are 1.chicken liver 2.beef 3.clams 4.dark meat turkey.
    Best non meat sources: 1. 100% iron enriched cereal 2.fortified oats 3.soybeans 4.lentils 5.kidney beans 6.lima 7. navy beans/black beans and 8.Black Strap Molassas! (you should start baking! -molassas bean brownies!!!) Tofu is a good source too! Maybe an Asian stir fry with molassas, beans, spinach, Salmon lol!

    Hope this helps somewhat!

  268. June 3, 2010 9:01 pm

    my favorite source of iron is spinach! (especially when blended in a green smoothie, yumm)

    btw french toast waffles is such a great idea! best of breakfast foods!

  269. June 3, 2010 9:03 pm

    My favorite source for iron is green leafy veggies, like spinach & kale. Love that stuff! I would like to try the liquid stevia. Sounds interesting!

  270. June 3, 2010 9:03 pm

    Thanks Barbara – that helps a lot. I know my Omega 3 levels have been super low lately, and I’m trying to up them. I actually liked chicken livers as a child, but we always ate them fried. Will have to look into a healthier version. Oh, and molasses bean brownies? I like the way you think! 🙂

  271. Tami permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:14 pm

    My favorite source would be red meats! And beans too!

  272. June 3, 2010 9:24 pm

    Oo I want I want!! My favorite dietary source of iron is… Spinach. I think. Tuna would be a close second.

  273. Michelle permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:24 pm

    I take a vitamin for my iron level, and eat lots and lots of spinach. When I went to donate blood, they said I had a great iron level 🙂

  274. Erica permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:29 pm

    My favorite way to get iron is kale and spinach!

  275. Samantha permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:32 pm

    Spinich…or a nice juicy medium rare steak!

  276. Lisa permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:33 pm

    I’d say spinach, like everyone else 😀

  277. Melissa permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:45 pm

    i found this recipe to help with anemia amongst a whole host of other issues…
    1 TBLS Blackstrap Molasses
    Hot Water
    3/4 cup almond milk

  278. Nicole permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:58 pm

    I recently found out that I am “slightly anemic” and was just looking for ways to up my iron intake. My favorite high iron foods are flax and pumpkin seeds and spinach.

  279. June 3, 2010 10:05 pm

    Aw man, I thought I was the genius that had invented the waffle french toast! I guess great minds think alike 🙂
    I’m sorry you’re feeling bad! That lip thing has actually happened to me too, they got SOO swollen, I looked deformed….but I can’t remember what I ate that caused it. Do you take antihistamines? I know I took a lot of benadryl.
    You’ve gotten over 150 iron ideas already so I don’t think I could come up with anything new, but keep it in perspective that this and what follows will be the most rewarding, life changing event of your life- mini HEAB!!! I sure hope baby likes almond butter too!

  280. June 3, 2010 10:30 pm

    Oh well now that’s just brilliant!

  281. Danielle permalink
    June 3, 2010 10:50 pm

    Favorite iron source – a tie between beans and spinach!

  282. Paige permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:02 pm

    SPINACH! Yum. Daily. I crave it.

  283. izzy permalink
    June 3, 2010 11:15 pm

    As an anemic who isnt a fan of red meat, I gotta get my iron in! LOVE my spinach, soy beans and lentils!


  284. Lexi permalink
    June 4, 2010 12:01 am

    SPINACH!!!!! i love green monsters thanks to angela at oh she glows 🙂 I’d love to try Nunaturals as well!

  285. June 4, 2010 12:49 am

    I didn’t know chickpeas were good sources of iron until I read the comments! I was going to say bison was my fave (hey, I live in Colorado) but now I gotta pick the chicks.

  286. June 4, 2010 1:01 am

    Leafy greens! Great idea with the waffles, quick easy way to make french toast… yum!

  287. June 4, 2010 1:30 am

    Spinach. You should could prob just call me popeye with how much I eat. I literally put it in everything from my smoothies to salads….dessert is the next step!

  288. Ibu permalink
    June 4, 2010 2:30 am

    Favorite source of iron: Spinach and beans..

  289. Jan permalink
    June 4, 2010 4:16 am

    Be careful, Heather, to make sure that you are upping your iron stores while you are pregnant as well as AFTER. I struggled with anemia not only during my pregnancy, but afterwards. It was compounded by the fact that the sight of raw red meat made me want to throw up, so I always had to have hubby make steaks (lean ones!) or eat out. A real problem occurred after my pregnancy because I was nursing and my baby boy wasn’t gaining weight. They were just about to put him on formula when my husband took me out and got me a huge steak dinner and a beer. At the morning weight in at the doctor’s office, little baby Andrew had gained weight! More importantly, I started to eat more as well, including good iron sources. Yee gads! It was hard to even think about eating with this new little person who was colicky and didn’t sleep much! So make sure you eat well after giving birth, too! For some reason I “felt” anemic and tired unless I was eating good quality, lean beef one or two times a week. No amount of spinach did it for me like a good steak!

  290. melissa permalink
    June 4, 2010 5:25 am

    I like getting my iron from chia seeds!

    I hope you start feeling better soon and am glad you are taking care of yourself!

  291. June 4, 2010 5:43 am

    What an AWESOME idea! Why didn’t I think of that?? haha

    Hope your lips feel better!


  292. lila permalink
    June 4, 2010 5:48 am

    im kind of anemic too, so i try to eat tender red beef (cooked with fresh tomatoe and garlic) served along with some cold lentil salad. i could share the recipes some time..greek and tasty!kisses from sunny and beautiful greece to you an your readers!oh!and i hope i win!

  293. June 4, 2010 6:25 am

    spinach in green smoothies, and beans in well… everything! i hope your lips feel better — probably a food allergy. it happens to my brother with apples.

  294. June 4, 2010 6:36 am

    My favorite source would be sesame halva — ha ha. Or maybe just tahini + anything.

    Hope your lips are doing better!

  295. victoria permalink
    June 4, 2010 7:03 am

    My fave source of iron is SPINACH!!!!!, spinach ANYTHING!!!! i am almost green …sometimes orange from my baby carrot addiction :)…bring the rainbow!!!!…..your lips being chapped maybe lack of Vitamin D…are you getting your daily sun exposure??? with sunscreen…..of course…..I absolutely LOOOVE your site; I am a physician and find your site to be very accurate, and i love the way you write; keep up the amazing work!!!! good luck with your baby :)))))

  296. Katie permalink
    June 4, 2010 7:08 am

    Spinach! I will eat it with anything, and I’m always finding ways to sneak it into my meals.

  297. June 4, 2010 7:37 am

    I like a big spinach salad topped with black beans, with some orange slices thrown on top (vitamin C = better iron absorption from vegetarian sources.) And maybe some feta cheese thrown on top too, not that it has any iron in it. 😉

  298. June 4, 2010 7:46 am

    Baby Spinach!!! Smoothies, salads, soups, etc. I can’t get enough!!!

  299. Hanna M. permalink
    June 4, 2010 7:50 am

    Sesame seeds are a great source of iron and lots of other good stuff: calcium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber. 😀 And they’re so easy to incorporate in food, both savoury and sweet: throw them in salads (toasted), in vegetable stews, in pancake (or waffle!) batter, in bread dough, cereals, soups… You name it! And then you have tahini… Yum!
    Hope you’ll feel better soon– I know how it feels being not exactly sick, but loosing hair and feeling unwell and not liking too much to look in the mirror… It will pass 🙂

  300. Kristy permalink
    June 4, 2010 7:52 am

    At one point, I was eating 2 bags of spinach a day, a multivitamin, and any possible plant iron there is – seemingly plenty of iron. I was still anemic. The doc told me that plant heme just isn’t absorbed well – especially if you eat a very high fiber diet. It moves through so quick you don’t have time to absorb it. I was on iron pills (with no side effects) for 6 months and got my iron level back up to normal. I feel sooooo much better, and my level actually hasn’t dropped like I thought it would. I may eventually have to take iron again, but that’s okay. No one’s going to trick me into eating beef just for some iron!

  301. June 4, 2010 7:56 am

    What an amazing idea! I have two whole boxes of Maple Cinn waffles ready to be french toastified. My favorite source of iron is almonds! I heard awhile ago they were rich in iron but I never actually confirmed that now that I think about it… hmm let’s just hope it’s true 🙂

  302. Stephen permalink
    June 4, 2010 8:01 am

    Tempeh! Mmm tempeh, soo good

  303. June 4, 2010 8:01 am

    SPINACH!! I seriously can’t get enough these days!!

  304. jem permalink
    June 4, 2010 8:11 am

    i absolutely love seafood, so i guess my favourite source of iron would be mussels!…

  305. June 4, 2010 8:12 am

    awwwww!!! you poor thing! the lip thing sounds like a yeast thing though (think a previous commenter mentioned thrush?) i think when you are preggers you are more prone to yeast infections and stuff.. and YEA its nasty but you can get it in your mouth!!! ive had it happen.. even in the last couple of years.. (TMI- wicked gross!!!!)
    my favorite source of iron is spinach, but i take iron supplements too just to be on the safe side, im really lazy with my veggie intake sometimes..
    um, im totally making waffles this way tomorrow morning! holy crap they look SO FRICKIN good!

  306. June 4, 2010 8:26 am

    Thanks melissa, That actually sounds pretty tasty to me. Hm, with a little coconut milk ice-cream, I’d have a molasses smoothie. 🙂

  307. June 4, 2010 8:27 am

    Jan, Thanks so much for the advice. I was just telling CD that hamburgers didn’t sound good (we have a freezer full of grass fed ground beef), but I could definitely go for some flank steak. I’m planning on buying some today. 🙂

  308. June 4, 2010 8:28 am

    since i rarely eat red meat, i’m going to go the boring route and say spinach! it’s just so good. mm, garlic spinach.

  309. June 4, 2010 8:28 am

    Hayley, I loved how common bison burgers were in Colorado. EVERY restaurant served them – I miss that!

  310. June 4, 2010 8:31 am

    Gaby, Ha ha – the French Toast waffle – I have Susan to thank for that one. So, yes, you and she think alike, and you are both brilliant. I woke up with crusty lips this morning – so I think they are healing. So weird, but I think it was an allergic reaction to a beefsteak tomato. Hope it doesn’t happen again!

  311. June 4, 2010 8:32 am

    Lila, I love all Greek food and would love to hear your recipe!

  312. June 4, 2010 8:34 am

    A, Yeah, I was wondering it was a yeast thing b/c that used to happen to my mom – she couldn’t drink anything fermented and would drink her wine through a straw. So funny. Nothing going on inside of my mouth, but today my lips are all cracked. Not swollen so much anymore, and so I think they are healing. So weird!

  313. June 4, 2010 8:35 am

    Thanks Hanna. 🙂

  314. June 4, 2010 8:36 am

    Sarah, Ha ha – feta makes everything better! 🙂

  315. June 4, 2010 8:37 am

    Thanks Victoria! I try to get outside everyday, and I also take liquid Vitamin D3 drops – it’s helped in so many ways. Love that stuff. Thanks again for your kind words and for reading. 🙂

  316. lori ghany permalink
    June 4, 2010 8:40 am

    omg those french toast waffles look delicious! are they illegal in some states? just kidding. I am anemic and iron low too. I noticed I have been craving/eating pistachios lately as a snack and found out they are high in iron. According to what I have been reading about pistachios “they have more iron by weight than any other nut fruit or vegetable”. I love pistachios and also raw baby spinach leaves in salads, alone, or in a green smoothie 🙂

  317. emilie permalink
    June 4, 2010 8:40 am

    spinach!!! i could literally find a way to work it into every meal without actually trying OR tasting it!

  318. June 4, 2010 8:43 am

    Oh my gosh – thank Lori. I LOVE pistachios, and I didn’t know they were high in iron. How exciting. 🙂

  319. June 4, 2010 8:47 am

    Spinach or beans are my favorite sources!

  320. marie permalink
    June 4, 2010 8:52 am

    Spinach is definitely my favorite source of dietary iron, and I eat it every single day.

    Hope your lips feel better soon!

  321. June 4, 2010 9:11 am

    I came back on to tell you that I was looking at the iron content of items in my home.

    I forgot that they always tell people who give blood to eat raisins, although it’s not as high as some foods.

    Also pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds have a decent amount of iron. They are easy to throw on and in everything.

    Wow – with everyone’s great suggestions and all the great yummy sources of iron………how is it that any of us are iron deficient, lol. I need to start making sure I add vitamin c rich foods to my high iron foods too. Hmm a good reason to have lots of spinach, kale, etc. salads, with a vitamin c rich fruit, lots of nuts and seeds. Hmmm….i wonder if a molasses dressing would be any good 🙂

    Oh and I also try to cook a lot on my cast iron skillet. They say it’s good for helping your food absorb extra iron from the skillet.

  322. Laura Foster permalink
    June 4, 2010 9:21 am

    My own homemade Roasted Kale Chips with sliced almonds is my best IRON MADAIN meal 🙂

  323. Lauren permalink
    June 4, 2010 9:31 am

    Oysters. Mmmmm

  324. Laura E permalink
    June 4, 2010 9:33 am

    Thanks so much for the opportunity! I eat spinach daily and a lot of the bars I buy have a good amount of iron in them. Oh and does the steak in a Philly Sub count? 🙂

  325. June 4, 2010 9:45 am

    french toast waffles?! genius! i am so making those this weekend!

    i’m going to have to say spinach! popeye knew what he was talking about 🙂 cooked spinach has higher iron content, but i prefer it raw so when i am eating it raw—usually in a smoothie, i always make sure to add an orange or other fruit high in vit c as it helps the body absorb the iron better.

    i found this website of how much iron is in certain foods:

    i hope you get to feeling stallar soon!

  326. JillyB permalink
    June 4, 2010 9:51 am

    My favorite source of iron is lean red meat! Every so often I get a big craving, and I take it as a sign that I must need some iron. I figure if I only eat red meat once a month or so, I can splurge on a filet each time. 🙂

    P.S. I got some ground ostrich meat at our farmer’s market the other week, and it was delicious. Try it!

  327. June 4, 2010 9:57 am

    Your waffle creations are so inspiring! I finally bit the bullet and bought coconut flour yesterday! However I was too lazy to pull out the waffle iron this morning, so I made pancakes. They were delicious and SO filling!

    My favorite sources of iron are: kale, beans (all types), seaweed salad, and shrimp!

  328. Debbie permalink
    June 4, 2010 10:04 am

    Well you won’t like this answer! Buuuuuutttttt! If it were me….I would probably lay off the wheat and gluten…no flour at all! I would be eating fruits, nuts, meat and veggies. I think the reason for the red waxy lips is the wheat! AKA….baby takes all the good stuff from you and you get what is left over….sorta kidding here. But, I was never allergic to anything until after I had my babies…..and wheat was a BIG ONE!

    Good luck, you are very healthy in so many ways…just try leaving the wheat out for a week and see what happens! I will continue my prayers and throw wonderful energy your way for you and the baby.

  329. Kathi permalink
    June 4, 2010 10:32 am

    Kale. I think I have kale chips every day. Love them. I also love to saute spinach with a little garlic and red pepper flakes and top it with fish. So yummy! Have never tried Stevia would love to give it a try.

  330. Amisha permalink
    June 4, 2010 10:38 am

    Love, love, love Lentils! Ohhh..and dates, but they are second.

  331. June 4, 2010 10:57 am

    Thanks for all the suggestions Idreamoftahini! Yes, I need to dust off my cast iron skillet. I used to use it all the time, but I haven’t been cooking much of anything lately. Time to get back in that kitchen! 🙂

  332. June 4, 2010 11:00 am

    Debbie, That is so interesting. I’ve heard of women developing food allergies during pregnancy. My one wheat love these days is cereal, but there are plenty of gluten free brands out there that I love. Thanks for the tip – I’m honestly going to think about this. Thanks too for your prayers…I need them. 🙂

  333. June 4, 2010 11:01 am

    Sara, So happy you enjoyed your coconut flour! I know it’s pricey, but I usually only use 2 TBSP per recipe, and my bag lasts me a while. Hope you enjoy some coconut flour waffles soon! 🙂

  334. June 4, 2010 11:02 am

    JillyB, I made ostrich burgers once and totally overcooked them! However, I will try again. Hope you and Stef are doing well!

  335. June 4, 2010 11:03 am

    Laura, Yep, totally counts in my opinion! 😉

  336. June 4, 2010 11:04 am

    Thanks for the link alli!

  337. Kaye Stain permalink
    June 4, 2010 11:19 am

    I have had my lips do the same thing…..I have researched the cause and have come up empty, however, I did find relief, Cortizone smoothed over the lips like chapstick does the trick every time!! Believe me, I have tried everything else!! I have had it happen 2 times in the past year. These french toast waffles look incredible!! Trying them ASAP!!

  338. June 4, 2010 11:23 am

    Sorry about your lips Kaye, but good to know I’m not the only one. Thanks for the Cortizone tip!

  339. Kaye Stain permalink
    June 4, 2010 11:24 am

    My favorite Dietary Source of Iron is BEANS, oatmeal, quinoa, pepitas, and maple syrup!! (not together though).

  340. June 4, 2010 11:37 am

    I was anemic during my second pregnancy, even while eating TONS of greens. Apparently heme iron sources (meat) are better absorbed than non-heme sources (greens, legumes, molasses, iron-fortified cereal, etc.). I think that’s why I started craving bison burgers, even though I hadn’t touched red meat in over a decade. Another thing, take your iron supplement with a little orange juice, but not with caffeine or dairy (not a problem for you, obviously). Also drink a little OJ with your morning oatmeal and the iron will be better absorbed. Sorry if this is a repeat!!

  341. June 4, 2010 11:39 am

    Thanks Margie – I’ve been craving OJ lately. Good excuse to buy some more! 🙂

  342. June 4, 2010 12:18 pm

    Cast Iron! I cook everything in my cast Iron pan. Its a great way to get Iron into your diet. Also, grass fed beef and grass fed beef liver are great sources of Iron. I try to eat beef 2-3 times a week…I’m working on the liver though…Its kinda gross =(.

    I also drink a green drink everyday. I buy mine from Alakvision. I also love simple wheatgrass juice.

    Isn’t being pregnant fun? =) I lost some hair at the beginning of my pregnancy too. Then I didn’t lose any for a long time and my hair got super thick.

  343. June 4, 2010 12:41 pm

    I joined a CSA this season and I have Kale coming out of my ears, eyes, nose and mouth! I’m thinking this is a pretty good source or iron, no?

  344. Sandra permalink
    June 4, 2010 12:54 pm

    My favorite source is spinach. Every morning for my daughter and myself I blend a junk load of spinach into my oat cakes recipe or into my oatmeal.

  345. June 4, 2010 12:57 pm

    Coconut Mama, Yes, endless hours of fun. 😉 However, I know it will all be worth it in the end. Thanks for all the advice! 🙂

  346. Danielle permalink
    June 4, 2010 1:03 pm

    Spinach!! Perfect cooked, raw, or in a delicious green smoothie. I love versatile foods 🙂

  347. June 4, 2010 1:05 pm

    I probably like mine best in a green smoothie!

  348. June 4, 2010 1:53 pm

    Definitely spinach! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  349. Hope permalink
    June 4, 2010 2:26 pm

    My favorite iron source would have to be spinach…. I heart it. But remember if you eat it with a source of vitamin C absorption is increased!

  350. June 4, 2010 2:58 pm

    I like to get my iron through cacao (!!), pumpkin seeds, and spinach!

  351. Vicky permalink
    June 4, 2010 5:08 pm

    My all time favorite source of iron is SEAWEED! Seaweed salads are AMAZING! Any sea vegetable packs an awesome iron punch, by the way! And where in the world does one find liquid vanilla stevia drops??? I have been searching all the stores, but to no avail???

  352. June 4, 2010 5:14 pm

    Vicky, My Whole Foods sells the liquid vanilla drops in the supplement section. Hope you find some soon, and I wish I liked seaweed. I like arame okay, but that’s about it. I need to eat it more often. Thanks for the reminder!

  353. Katherine: What About Summer? permalink
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  354. Amy H permalink
    June 4, 2010 7:13 pm

    Oat bran cereal. Okay, it might not be LOADED with iron, but it’s a start!

  355. Stacey K. permalink
    June 4, 2010 7:21 pm

    I get my a lot of my iron from SPINACH! Green Monsters are fabulous!

  356. Anisha permalink
    June 4, 2010 9:54 pm

    i’ve got to go with spinach as my favorite source–in the form of green monsters!

  357. June 4, 2010 11:32 pm

    I have to take a daily prescribed iron supplement and I eat beef ONCE a week. Usually a grilled or baked burger.

  358. June 5, 2010 12:55 am

    Hey Heather,

    You know I am a big fan of green juice and green smoothies but I also loveeee my spinach.
    I have a korean side dish I make once a week for H and I. Check out this link – mega simple to make and yummmmy.

    I am also very tired in this second trimester. I tried a supplement of iron but my bod didn’t like them much… back to my greens.

  359. June 5, 2010 1:05 am

    my favourite source of iron – definitely green smoothies, with spinach in them. a TON of spinach… i am pretty hardcore with my green smoothies (ie. no fruit). hahaha. definitely could use stevia for those.

  360. Jenny G permalink
    June 5, 2010 6:06 am



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