Every Sunday should involve pancakes.
Preferably pancakes with over 30 grams of protein in them! I made Monica‘s Protein Packed PB Pancakes and they were awesome. I used Greek yogurt instead of cottage cheese. I used to eat cottage cheese religiously until a little over a year ago, when I bought some from Wal-Mart… it was expired… I was permanently scarred… and I swore I would never buy it again 🙂
These would be the perfect breakfast to make in a big batch and stick them in the freezer for days you won’t be eating lunch for a while. I went on a marathon Ikea shopping trip (let’s just say we were in the store for over 3 hours) and I didn’t eat lunch until over 7 hours after I ate these pancakes. I was hungry, but I wasn’t going to die of hunger any time soon. My mom kept asking me, ‘Do you need to eat?’ Yeah, I’m the person that likes to eat every three hours or I get a little fussy. At least everyone recognizes it 🙂
I’m glad my diet has so much protein in it lately, because I went to the gym to lift weights today. I’m still learning about the correlation between protein intake and building muscle, but it can’t hurt, right? I did 60 minutes on the elliptical and some arm weights. One of my strength training sessions for the week is already knocked out, and it feels so good!
There is another part of my diet that I feel is lacking, and that’s iron. I really want to donate blood, but every time I try, I’m turned away for having low iron. I’ve only been able to donate once, and I was just barely over the limit for acceptable iron content.
Most everyone that I talk to about this thinks it’s because I’m a vegetarian, because the only time I was able to give was when I was 17 and wasn’t a vegetarian. But, even when I was eating meat, I ate it very rarely, and the rest of my diet certainly wasn’t providing with me enough iron.
The last time I went, I was a few months into being vegan, and was making a huge effort to eat iron rich foods with foods high in Vitamin C (apparently it helps your body absorb iron.) I was JUST under the limit! So frustrating. I have AB negative blood, which less than 1% of Americans have, so it’s kind of like liquid gold. I feel obligated to donate!
My sister has the same problem, and we’ve been tested for anemia and white blood cell count, which are fine. My doctor DOES like to screw up our bloodwork and switch our results around, which can lead to her prescribing me medicine that I’m allergic to but my sister is not, but I digress… that’s a story for another day 🙂
Anyway, I want to give again, and I want to make sure my iron levels are up. I need to find that bag of lentils I know is hiding in my cabinet! Iron-rich foods containing non-heme iron (iron from plant sources) are:
- Cooked beans and lentils
- Pumpkin seeds
- Blackstrap molasses
- Canned beans
- Baked potato with skin
- Enriched pasta
- Canned asparagus
Apparently grains, vegetables like spinach and sweet potatoes (!!) soy products, red wine, and coffee and tea are iron inhibitors. Uh oh!
In addition to making sure I’m eating enough iron, I’ve been taking a multi-vitamin every day until my appointment on Wednesday and I’ll see if that makes a difference. I don’t take any supplements currently, but I figure it can’t hurt. I eat a balanced diet for the most part, but it couldn’t hurt to fill in the gaps.
What do you think about taking supplements? Do you donate blood? If you can, you should! My dad donates as often as he can and at last count has donated over 10 gallons!