Beans and tomatoes
Dynamic duo because: Combined, they help boost your iron intake for better brain and muscle function.
Our bodies absorb up to 33 percent less non-heme iron (found in plant foods such as beans, edamame, leafy greens and fortified cereals) than heme iron (found in animal-based foods such as beef, fish and chicken). “You can significantly increase your absorption of non-heme iron by consuming it with a source of vitamin C, including oranges, tomatoes and berries,” says Magee. Vitamin C helps change non-heme iron to a form that is more easily absorbed by our bodies. Iron is necessary for producing hemoglobin, which transports oxygen to muscles and the brain. Low levels of iron can lead to fatigue, weakness and poor concentration.
Try this: For a quick salad, mix iron-loaded beans such ?as kidney and edamame with vitamin C-packed tomatoes, chopped red bell peppers and steamed broccoli.