Can you tell me what these things have in common?
No, I haven't lost my mind. Not yet anyway. I'll keep you posted.
Spinach has approximately 2.0 - 3.4 milligrams of iron per 1/2 cup serving.
Moose has 3 milligrams of iron per 100 gram serving.
Beans such as black beans, cranberry or pinto contain anywhere from 2.6 - 4.9 milligrams of iron per 3/4 cup serving.
Why does this matter?
Iron is part of the system that produces red blood cells which work to bring oxygen from our lungs to our bodies, it also helps convert blood sugar to energy and helps in the functioning of our immune systems. When you are lacking in iron you may find you are tired and dizzy, suffer from headaches and weakness.
I have learning a lot about iron lately. Vitamin B12 too. Both are necessary in the production of red blood cells. Part of what I have learned is that I am lacking both of them. It's not great news but at least I have an explanation for the issues I have been experiencing. Now I can work toward correcting the problem.
Which brings to me to my garden. I can't grow moose. I'm pretty sure about that. But I can certainly grow spinach, and beans. But what to do with those things once they've been grown? I love spinach salad, and spanokopita. That's a good starting point. But what other ways can I use spinach? And beans are not something I normally eat. I don't dislike them but I don't eat them. I need to start. So I planted soybeans this year to trial.
I'm looking for suggestions. What is your favourite spinach recipe? How do you cook your beans? Part of the trick I think is to find tasty ways to eat these foods. Looking up recipes is okay but I would love to see some recipes that people actually use and love. Let's face it, if it doesn't taste good I won't eat it. So please, send me your favourite recipe, tell me where to find a moose. I greatly appreciate any and all suggestions.