Iron-tastic Ruby Red Grapefruit & Baby Spinach Salad


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Lots of good things have happened this year already. Too many to list, really. But, without a doubt, the absolute best thing that has happened to me in the last six months is this: I discovered that I have a severe iron deficiency.

For years and years I have been absolutely exhausted most of the time. And I’ve always thought this was totally normal. I put my constant fatigue down to a crazy work life. So I couldn’t stay awake after 9pm at night? So I needed several days to get over a day of activity? So if I didn’t get 10 hours sleep per night I couldn’t function? That was normal, right? WRONG! It’s not!

When I mentioned one day to my doctor that my hair had started to snap off she did some tests. It turned out that I had an extremely low iron reserve count and so I was put on an very high dosage of iron tablets. All I expected was to have my hair grow in healthier. What I got was my energy back.

I feel great! And I didn’t even know I felt crap in the first place!

In a bid to maintain my new vigour I am supplementing my daily 1200 mg of Ferrous Sulphate with an iron rich diet. Lots of green vegetables, red meat and red wine. Sounds like my kind of diet. ;)

Apparently the body can have difficulty soaking up iron from leafy greens. Eating vitamin C rich foods along with these vegetables can improve this absorption. Which is why I can often be found snacking on the following salad.

It’s very pretty too.

Ruby Red Grapefruit & Baby Spinach Salad

Large handful of baby spinach
1 ruby red grapefruit
Black olives
Extra virgin olive oil
Black pepper

  • Remove peel from grapefruit using a knife. Half the fruit and remove all pith. Some juice should have seeped from the fruit at this point. Pour this into a small bowl.
  • Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a good grinding of black pepper to the grapefruit juice. Mix well using a fork.
  • In a bowl toss the spinach and dressing until the leaves are lightly coated. Remove the spinach to a large plate.
  • Add grapefruit slices and olives and a little more pepper.

13 thoughts on “Iron-tastic Ruby Red Grapefruit & Baby Spinach Salad

  1. This post is very informative! A friend of mine also has iron deficiency, but she’s getting better now.

    I love grapefruit in salad. :d

  2. looks pretty but I can’t stomach the sourness of the pink grapefruit! I bought a grapefruit juice a while back and just couldn’t drink it!

    But I understand the iron deficiency thing – I get it every now and again and find tablets help – it is a pain but makes you try and eat well at least! And it must be a great thing to rediscover your energy reserves.

  3. Lucy – Dark chocolate, you say? That I didn’t know. :)

    Anh – Glad you’re friend is getting better too!

    Johanna – The red grapefruit isn’t quite as sour as the yellow or pink. That said, I sometimes eat limes so I’m perhaps not someone you want to listen to on the subject of sourness.

    Nora – Refreshing is a perfect word for it. :)

  4. Simple salads are so wonderful as they are good for you and EASY to fix! I love fruit in salads. So many ways to use it. I also love throwing in a few pecans, walnuts, pine nuts to give it some crunch! Keep drinking that red wine – it really is good for you!

  5. This is a great summer salad and perfect as I too have an iron deficiency.
    I just posted a new recipe for ginger cookies, which contain unrefined molasses which is apparently high in iron – thought the quantity in the recipe is small I keep telling myself this so I can have just one more :)

  6. Deb – Totally agree, Deb. Adore pecans especially. Unfortunately, they are extremely pricey across here.

    Erika – Didn’t know molasses was iron-rich. Will definitely check out your recipe. :)

  7. Wendy,

    Good to know that you’re feeling better – my grandmother has the same problem and we all know how bad it is.

    Your salad is delightful! I love spinach and I bet it’s wonderful paired with something citrus.

    Thank you for visiting my blog – I’m glad because now I know yours, too!

  8. Not as exciting a suggestion as Lucy’s dark chocolate but a good one if you eat it regularly – it’s worth picking out a breakfast cereal that is fortified with iron. Love the leafy spinach and grapefruit/vitamin C combo – much more imaginative than the usual glass of orange juice on the side!

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