Iron Woman Gingerbread Smoothie

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Before I became a vegan, I never really put much thought into getting the proper amount of vitamins and minerals. When I was struggling with an eating disorder, I would restrict my calories to an unhealthy level, exercise intensely 7 days a week, and eat mostly processed ‘fat-free’ foods. When my body couldn’t take the starvation any longer, I binged on sugary processed junk food, often consuming 2,000-2,500 calories in a single sitting. Round and round the emotional rollercoaster went for years.

Not surprisingly, aside from being miserable, I also suffered from vitamin deficiencies, including low iron levels. Deep down I was concerned that I was harming my body, but I was so caught in the disorder I didn’t feel like I could change. I also felt like being a certain size or weight was much more important than being healthy.

IMG 0649 2 thumb   Iron Woman Gingerbread SmoothieBoy, how things can change.

Slowly but surely I turned a new page in my life, by renewing my focus on my health and decreasing my focus on my weight. I took all that negative energy and flipped it into something positive.

These days I don’t care much about calories, but I do care about eating quality food and getting proper nutrients.

These days I don’t care about the number on the scale, but I do want to feel in shape and fit into my clothes.

These days I don’t care if something is fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb, but I do care if it makes me feel good when I eat it.

These days I don’t care if every day is the picture of perfect health, but I do strive for an overall balance in the “big picture”.

These days, I’m a whole lot happier than I used to be.

And those vitamin levels? Right where they should be.

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Blackstrap molasses is one of my favourite vegan iron sources! And so fitting for September 1st.

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In two tablespoons of molasses you get a powerhouse of iron and other nutrients:

  • 7 mg of iron
  • Approx 350 mg calcium (more than a glass of cow’s milk!)
  • Over 1000 mg potassium
  • As well as Vitamin B6, magnesium, copper and more

 

For more info about molasses, check out World’s Healthiest Foods.

I LOVE this smoothie. It tasted like a big bowl of gingerbread, much like my Gingerbread Vegan Overnight Oats.

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Be sure to enjoy this smoothie (and other iron rich foods) with Vitamin C to help the iron absorb and also avoid consuming it with caffeine which decreases the absorption. Other iron-rich foods include whole grains, sunflower & pumpkin seeds, dried herbs, lentils, cooked spinach, tofu, beans, dried apricots, cocoa powder, etc. It is generally recommended that adult females need between 15-18 mg of Iron per day, but everyone’s needs will differ depending on activity level, menstruation, and other factors.

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I told Eric how much iron was in this smoothie and he said, “That’s good, but does it taste like motor oil?”

I almost spit the smoothie across the room from laughing. Oh brother.

Lululemon Giveaway Winner!

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The winner of my $50 Lululemon giveaway is…#293- Danielle!! She wrote, “Love your blog, you’re too kind with the giveaways!”

Congrats! I emailed you this morning to collect your shipping info. :)

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Danielle September 1, 2011

I’m the winner! Thank you Angela! Your blog is great and well worth the daily visit even without the bonus :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

Congrats!!

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jenny September 1, 2011

Love it! Just got back from a run and wanting something different. I have all these ingredients! You ROCK Angela!

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Rachel @ The Avid Appetite September 1, 2011

What a great idea! I never thought to add molasses…this will be perfect for the fall!

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kelly September 1, 2011

happy anniversary (a day late)! i’ve been reading your blog for years now, and i never knew when your anniversary was (or i just didn’t remember). anyway, i just got engaged, and we are getting married a year from today. i hope that my fiance and i can be as happy as you and eric. you are such a role model to me, i constantly think that i want to be you when i grow up (i am 22, but i still think of myself as a kid). reading about your struggles and recovery with your ED makes me think that one day i might be able to overcome mine as well. thanks for all the encouraging posts that you make, they really do help.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

Congrats on your engagement Kelly! Thanks for your positive feedback. Goodluck with your journey.

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Bev Weidner September 1, 2011

AM.A.ZING.

I could doggy paddle through that. YUM.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

omg I just got the most hilarious mental image of that!

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Lola September 1, 2011

How much oats do you put into this recipe? I’ve never made overnight oats before, but this recipe totally speaks to me! I LOVE black strap molasses and I’ve been craving molasses cookies lately so this might curb that craving!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

This is a smoothie, but I do have an overnight oats gingerbread too! :) http://ohsheglows.com/2010/09/10/the-blackstrap-reunion/

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Lola September 1, 2011

Wait!! NO OATS!! It’s a smoothie. The bowl threw me off! :)

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Amber K September 1, 2011

I never would have thought to add molasses to a smoothie! What an awesome idea! Although I would definitely want to start out with just a bit, because I’m not sure if I could handle 2 tbsp at once!

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Rachel September 1, 2011

This smoothie looks great! I’ve struggled with anemia this past year, so I’m always looking for ways to sneak in non-heme iron… I never would’ve thought to add molasses to a smoothie!

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Ashley@MyFoodNFitnessDiaries September 1, 2011

I definitely need to try this smoothie! My iron levels are low, so this is perfect. I really liked your encouraging thoughts too!

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Alexis (hummusapien) September 1, 2011

Happy anniversary!! You two are adorable :) you have totally inspired me to go buy molasses and make this smoothie! Love your creations!!

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 1, 2011

I always forget about molasses as a great source of iron and calcium. I try to pay attention to my intake of both of those nutrients so I should really try to use it more! Gingerbread flavoured breakfasts are a great idea for that. :D

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Cait @ Cait hates Cake September 1, 2011

I had NO idea that molasses was actually good for you. Thanks for enlightening me!

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Kristen @ Popcorn on the Stove September 1, 2011

Never would have thought that molasses would have a ton of iron in it!

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 1, 2011

Just as someone recovering from an eating disorder, posting the number of calories you used to restrict to can be EXTREMELY triggering for those still suffering. It makes it feel like a competition to see who can restrict the most. Just something to be aware of.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

Thanks for your feedback Alex, I didn’t think of that but I’ll remove it.

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Alex @ Raw Recovery September 1, 2011

Thank you for being so receptive

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

No problem Alex, thanks!

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MindyG September 1, 2011

I kept thinking… this would be sooooo good with some pumpkin added!! Does pumpkin have vitamin c? I thought it would because of the orange color, and then realized I was confusing vita c with betacarotene. :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

its very high in vitamin A, and has a bit of Vitamin C too

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Nicole @ giraffelegs September 1, 2011

ohhh super intrigued by this gingerbread smoothie!

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Rebecca September 1, 2011

Yum, so good to know about molasses and iron! This is a great fall smoothie. And I bet if you added some SPINACH you could up the iron even more! ;)

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Cyndi September 1, 2011

Love this post, thanks for the reminder of what’s important!

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Nikita September 1, 2011

I’ve struggled a lot with anemia. I even made my mom anemic when she was pregnant with me!
Now I make sure to consume lots of spinach, lentils, garbanzos, and whole grains. I don’t usually have much a problem any more unless I give blood more than a couple times a year.

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Laura September 1, 2011

This smoothie has me thinkin of christmas time!
i love gingerbread, all the better in drinkabe form :)
I can relate with what you put your body through, and am trying to get to that healthy happy place as well. You give me hope that I can reach it!

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Sam September 1, 2011

I never would have thought to put molasses in a smoothie but this is genius! I know i need more iron, and I have the exact same molasses in my fridge right now. I think this smoothie will be entering my life! It helps that it looks delicious too!

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Leanne @ Healthful Pursuit September 1, 2011

I gotta say, love the recipe… but I’m in complete denial that Fall is coming. So, I’ve tagged this post for later. I can’t come to terms with gingerbread yet :’(

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katie@ KatieDid September 1, 2011

who knew something so sweet and tasty was beneficial for your health! You could even throw some spinach in there if you wanted a super iron woman smoothie!

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Beach Bum Beauty September 1, 2011

I learn something new every day, was never sure what to do with molasses and it just sits in my cupboard gathering dust. This is a winter warmer. oops, did I just say the W word? *runs and hides*

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Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} September 1, 2011

This is a fabulous idea! I always forget about my blackstrap molasses as a great source of iron. I’ll be making this smoothie very soon. :-)

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Carrie September 1, 2011

Great suggestions for using molasses. I can’t wait to try this recipe. Another good source of iron is using cast iron pots and pans for cooking. With a little care these are fantastically non-stick and so nice to cook with.

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Trainer Kjirsten @ Balanced Healthy Life September 1, 2011

This looks like a msut make asap recipe! I love all things gingerbread!!! Just in time for a crisp fall morning!!! Thanks for sharing!

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Max@flavortogofast September 1, 2011

I’ve seen many smoothies and o-oats combos but this one seems quite special! I’m very tempted to try and especially with adding some yummy crystalized ginger!

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Jess September 1, 2011

I can’t wait to try this! Molasses is one of my favorite ways to sneak in iron—it makes everything taste so rich and delicious : )

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lynn @ the actor's diet September 1, 2011

loooove molasses. i don’t have it at home but now i’m thinking i should!

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Jennifer September 1, 2011

I’m always running low on iron too… I think its genetic! definitely going to make this one.. it looks divine! perfect for the first day of september! :)

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Brittany @ Runwithbritt September 1, 2011

Nothing says back to school and it’s almost Christmas like Gingerbread! I can’t wait to make this!

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Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga September 1, 2011

I JUST POSTED a comment on another blog about blackstrap molasses and how it’s amazing for iron levels. Between beets (nature’s queen of iron) and blackstrap and dark leafy greens, I never took one iron pill while pregnant, thank goodness b/c they are not fun.

I love this smoothie and love your story and how far you’ve come!!! I posted yesterday, Diet vs. Exercise and fleshed out some of my own thoughts on things, including almost exactly this “These days I don’t care if something is fat-free, sugar-free, or low-carb, but I do care if it makes me feel good when I eat it.”-

Amen girl :)

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The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh September 1, 2011

Yes please!! I am so ready for Fall/the holidays it’s not funny and gingerbread is one of my favorites. The smell alone is heaven but put heaven in a bowl and that = a happy belly!

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Nichole September 1, 2011

This looks awesome, and I can’t wait to try it. I know it sounds weird, but I’m obsessed with molasses because it’s such a sneaky, tasty, healthy ingredient. I’m thinking I might try this with my vanilla coconut milk!

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Jessica September 1, 2011

yay for fall flavors!! Woo-hoo!

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erika September 1, 2011

Sounds great and am going to try it but what did you pair it with as far as vitamin c foods, maybe the receipe can call for some pumpkin seeds so people don’t skip the pairing of foods.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

I just take a vitamin C tablet usually (unless im eating something rich in vit C)

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Laura September 1, 2011

Hey Angela,

As someone who is working towards recovery from an eating disorder, I was wondering if you have any strategies for the day after over-eating, to prevent getting sucked into the binge-purge cycle. My bingeing has reduced a lot, but once in a while it happens and it’s difficult for me not to turn to my old friend, restriction, the next day. Anything that’s worked for you?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) September 1, 2011

Hey Laura! Great question. I wrote a post on this a while back that you may be interested in: http://ohsheglows.com/2009/11/14/how-to-get-back-on-track-after-indulging/

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Meredith September 1, 2011

This looks sooo yummy! I love blackstrap molasses – I’m currently out, must restock!

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