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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Folic acid and spinach

"Inadequate folic acid levels: women who were low in folic acid in the first trimester of pregnancy were found to have higher rates of IUGR. Folic acid levels need to be adequate before pregnancy if at all possible. Supplements are widely available, and folic acid is easily obtained from food sources. High levels of folic acid are found naturally in lentils, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, pinto beans, asparagus, and many other foods. It is easy to obtain enough folic acid from food sources if you do not take supplements."

See also this great article on folic acid in our foods.

Guess what has a ton of folate in it, as well as iron and B vitamins....spinach. I've really begun to think of it as the miracle pregnancy food.

So, here's my favorite spinach recipe:)

Boil enough water to cover 1 lb spinach. Boil spinach for 1 min only, remove, and drain. Add 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 garlic clove, and 3 Tbl olive oil. Mix and enjoy. I love this stuff:) But that's me:)

1 comment:

Courtney said...

I love drinking green smoothies- spinach, rice milk, frozen bananas and other frozen fruit/berries. Yummm! They also help alleviate morning sickness.

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