If you are a fan of the flavour of molasses, hot molasses is the drink for you! Filled with iron, B vitamins, manganese, selenium, calcium, and potassium, molasses is a sweet alternative for coffee in the morning or an additional nutritional boost if you are on the brink of anemia. Blackstrap molasses is made by boiling down raw sugar three times to make this nutritious, thick and sticky liquid. It is important to use blackstrap molasses as regular molasses is only boiled down twice and this style of boiling does not obtain the same nutritional density. If you have gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, be cautious of the sugar content in molasses and make the choice to use it as a supplement or not.
Most women have found themselves to have anemia or low iron at one point in their life or another. Even I have trouble keeping my iron at a healthy level but try to incorporate iron rich foods into every meal. If you find that you are feeling tired and sluggish or feel like you’re removed from your body, you may want to get your iron and ferritin levels checked with a blood test. Boosting your iron levels can not only physically make a difference to your body but can help with your mental state as well. If you are trying to become pregnant, you can request to get your iron levels checked to see if you should incorporate more iron rich foods into your diet. Obtaining optimal nutrition before you are pregnant can make a huge different throughout your pregnancy and delivery.
As you reach the third trimester, your midwife or doctor will check your iron levels to ensure that you are not suffering from anemia. It is not irregular for iron levels to come back low during this time because you have been making enough blood for you and baby. By incorporating iron rich foods into your diet, you can raise your iron levels in a way that is less harsh on your system. Most women find that iron supplements constipate and cause other digestive upsets but if you are able to draw iron naturally out of the foods around you, you can avoid these feelings altogether. Some examples of iron rich foods are greens like spinach and kale, dried fruit like apricots and prunes, red meat, beans, and of course, molasses!
So if you are a fan of molasses, give a cup of these hot molasses drink a try.
Hot Molasses Drink:
16 ounces of milk/alternative milk of your choice
1 1/2-2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
dash of nutmeg and cinnamon
Put your milk of choice in a pot over the stove and turn to med-high heat. When the liquid is hot, whisk in molasses and spices. At this point, the liquid may get a little frothy on top and it’s absolutely delicious! Transfer into mug and enjoy!
Lemon Molasses drink:
16 ounces hot water
1 1/2- 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
Dissolve molasses into a cup of hot water and squeeze lemon juice on top. Enjoy!