According to the World Health Organization, iron deficiency, including iron deficiency anemia, is one of the top nutritional disorders in the world. Personally, I’ve dealt with iron deficiency anemia in the past and its symptoms include everything from a lack of energy, shortness of breath, headache, irritability, and dizziness. Iron is an essential mineral in the production of blood cells. The body needs iron to make the oxygen-carrying proteins hemoglobin and myoglobin. It’s important to note the differences between plant foods and animal foods when it comes to iron content. Plant foods are classified as non-heme iron, as iron is not attached to heme proteins and is absorbed at a rate of 2-20%. Animal foods are classified as heme iron, as iron attaches to proteins called heme proteins; heme iron is absorbed at a rate of 7-35%. Nevertheless, I’ve been able to correct and increase my iron stores on a mainly plant-based diet by making sure I eat iron-rich plant foods often. This Super Spirulina Iron-Rich Smoothie Bowl definitely helps, as it has several iron-rich foods including blackstrap molasses, kale, spirulina, chia seeds and pumpkin seed butter. Other plant foods high in protein include tempeh, tofu, lentils, peas, white beans, quinoa, swiss chard, collard greens, sunflower seeds, cashews, unhulled sesame, pistachios and pine nuts. Other things you can do to increase your absorption of iron from plant sources include eating it with vitamin C-rich foods and avoiding caffeine. I hope you’ll enjoy this smoothie bowl with your favourite toppings!