Eating a plant-based diet can put you at risk of low iron. The side effects of low iron, like forgetfulness, fatigue, and irritability, can be prevented by focusing on whole foods that provide iron, folate, B vitamins, and vitamin C.
There’s nothing worse than a bad mood that could be prevented by eating right!
Enter blackstrap molasses. Blackstrap molasses provides 20% of your daily iron needs in just one tablespoon. This dark, rich syrup not only contains iron, it’s also packed with calcium, magnesium, vitamin B-6, and selenium. Each of these nutrients is useful for good mood, fighting inflammation, and improving metabolism. Blackstrap molasses is also a potent antioxidant, especially when compared to other sweeteners, and should be included in the diet to help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illnesses.
Here are three tasty smoothie recipes that feature blackstrap molasses:
1. Banana-Vanilla Smoothie
Featuring banana, hemp seeds, and chia, this smoothie provides plant proteins, omega-3 fats, and the many benefits of blackstrap molasses. Recipe here.
2. Super Green Smoothie
Dark green leafy veggies are packed with folate, a vitamin used by the body to make red blood cells and needed to prevent anemia. Dark green veg + molasses = Blood tonic. This smoothie features spinach, avocado, and a mix of vitamin C-rich fruits. Recipe here.