5. Spinach: 3.5mg Iron (19% DV)
One feature of spinach that helps it with its reputation as a healthy vegetable is its iron content, placing it in the top 5 foods high in iron. It’s a food that helps keep your body alkaline and contains antioxidants that will help your body fight off damage from free radicals, making it one of the more important foods you can eat.
You’ll want to opt for organic spinach whenever possible, as it is a very absorbent vegetable and conventional spinach will have soaked up the pesticides and herbicides sprayed on it during the growing season.
Spinach contains an array of phytonutrients in addition to its iron content, and is consistently ranked as one of the healthiest foods you can eat. Do everything you can to get more spinach into your diet, especially during the spring and summer months.
Tips for eating more: Adding spinach to a smoothie instantly makes it a green smoothie and not only gives you more iron but also gives you fiber, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C. Try using baby spinach in place of lettuce in salads and on sandwiches.