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Twice Baked Potatoes 

Iron is important in a soccer player's diet  and no...not pumping iron at the gym! Iron is needed by blood cells to carry oxygen through our body, including our muscles. Having iron in your diet is essential for energy and performance!

Vegetarian sources of iron are not as well absorbed as iron from meat, but pairing iron rich foods with sources of vitamin C (such as oranges, red peppers, cauliflower, and tomatoes) increases absorption.  

For a vegetarian meal with plenty of iron and vitamin C, try these delicious twice baked potatoes:

Ingredients 

 - 4 baking potatoes - 4 green onions, chopped
 - 1 cup cheddar cheese  - A sprinkle of sea salt and pepper
 - 2 cups steamed broccoli, chopped          

Directions
  1. Bake the potatoes at 400°F (200°C) for 45 minutes, or until they are tender when pierced with a fork  let them rest until they are cool enough to handle.
  2. Slice the top off each potato, lengthwise, and scoop the flesh out into a mixing bowl.
  3. Stir in the cheddar cheese, broccoli, green onion, salt and pepper  mash well to combine the ingredients and then evenly stuff the mixture back into the potato shells.
  4. Place on a baking sheet and bake until the potatoes heat through and the cheese melts and begins to brown  about 20 minutes or so.

Try experimenting with different fillings, which can include ham, mushrooms, peas, and more. Be sure to eat the skin of the potato, as it is packed full of iron and other important nutrients!