Plan your menu with your nutritional needs in mind. “Iron can be low if you’re not eating a well-balanced vegetarian diet because iron is absorbed more efficiently from animal rather than plant sources,” says registered dietitian Vandana Sheth, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Women need 18 milligrams of iron per day, so to bump up your intake, look for iron-fortified foods, like cereal or bread. Eat foods high in vitamin C such as strawberries, citrus fruits and tomatoes with iron-rich foods to boost absorption. Or choose foods high in both iron and vitamin C, like broccoli and bok choy, says Smithson.