Spinach and Lemon
According to Emma, we absorb up to 33 percent less iron from leafy green vegetables than we do from meat, which can make a vegetarian or vegan diet difficult when it comes to getting enough iron. However studies have show that eating green leafy vegetables and beans with vitamin C-rich foods, such as lemon or beetroot, can increase absorption substantially. Which is what you want considering low iron can lead to fatigue, weakness and poor concentration.
What not to do: "Drinking coffee or tea with meals inhibits a large percentage of iron absorption from the food you eat," says Emma. If you do drink coffee or tea, make sure it's at least 30 minutes either side of a meal.