Tasty Recipes to Boost Your Hemoglobin

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 08:07
Chef Frank Terranova

Chef Frank Terranova of Johnson & Wales University created some recipes for boosting your hemoglobin levels. 

Now that's Cooking With Class... Enjoy! 

Black Bean Burritos 

The Iron Green Machine Smoothie 

Kale Salad with Sesame Dressing

Hemoglobin Levels and Blood Donation

Sometimes people who want to donate life-saving blood are temporarily deferred because their hemoglobin level is too low. A hemoglobin level of 12.5 or above is required for women to safely donate, and a hemoglobin level of 13.0 or above is needed for men to safely donate. Lower levels can happen when your body lacks iron and low hemoglobin is the most common deferral. Fatigue can be a symptom of low iron. 

The Rhode Island Blood Center recommends doing two things to keep your hemoglobin levels up: 

1. Take a daily multi-vitamin with at least 18 mgs of iron. Do not have dairy products or additional calcium supplements one hour before or 2 hours after taking your multivitamin with iron. The calcium may interfere with iron absorption.

2. Increase the amount of iron rich foods you regularly eat in your diet.

Learn more about foods you can eat boost your iron levels.