Follow these tips to increase your iron intake:
Eat foods high in Vitamin C. Vitamin C increases iron absorption. Some good sources are citrus fruits and juices, strawberries, cantaloupe, mango, kiwi, cabbage, tomatoes, green pepper, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
Eat lean meats. The iron in red meat is absorbed more easily than that from organ meats (livers, hearts, and kidneys), which are also high in cholesterol.
Eat dried beans, peas, or lentils. These are low in cost and provide lots of iron and protein.
Read labels to select iron-rich products. Choose cereals, breads and pasta products whose labels read “whole grain,” “enriched,” “fortified,” or “essential vitamins and minerals added.”