Your best choice is legumes! Legumes include peas, beans (like kidney, chick peas, etc.), lentils, soy, and peanuts. Not only do legumes offer a large amount of fiber (approximately 5 g for ½ cup serving) they are also higher in iron than most vegetables. Chick peas contain the highest amount of iron with a ½ cup serving providing 6.3 mg. This meets about half of your iron needs for the day! Check out our Quick Recipes: 30 minutes or Less section for delicious recipes that include legumes (especially chick peas!).
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