Beans for Iron

Beans are packed with iron and are among the richest sources of this nutrient. You can boost absorption of iron from beans by pairing them with vitamin C-rich foods like citrus fruits, leafy greens, potatoes, and peppers. Here are five ways to ensure that you’re making good use of the iron in beans:

  • Cook beans in tomato sauce
  • Add a bag of fresh or frozen spinach to a pot of bean soup
  • Add chopped red and green pepper to cooked or canned beans and flavor with any salad dressing
  • Add pineapple chunks to baked beans
  • Top a baked potato with cooked black beans and season with spicy salsa