This version of a traditional shepherd's pie features carrots, lentils and corn beneath a crown of mashed potato topping – a comfort food perfect for a seasonal winter's evening before donating life-saving blood plasma the next day! It's vegetarian, so you'll be digesting less fat from red meat, and packed with fiber, iron and protein. Follow below for ingredients and how to make it!
This easy recipe is chocked full of iron and fiber to boost your immunity and keep you a successful donor. The sweet potato fritters are crispy on the outside but tender inside, and the paprika-flavored pinto beans are a great vegetarian substitute for healthy protein. Here's what you'll need and how to make it:
For our last #wellnesswednesday iron-rich recipe post in December, B Positive Insider is serving up a grilled fish taco recipe that will elevate your iron levels but not your fat intake. The trick to grilling the fish so that it has that fried food taste is to coat the fillets with an Adobo rub and make sure the grill is hot and well-oiled.
Happy Wednesday! B Positive Insider here to introduce a new trend of blog posts for healthy iron-rich recipes: Wellness Wednesday! Every Wednesday in December I'm going to deliver a healthy recipe that is fun to make, eat, and produce a successful plasma donation.
This week's recipe is ham and broccoli pasta salad. There are a few other things in this salad aside from the ham and broccoli, but both are rich in iron so eating the combination boosts your levels two-fold, and the peppers will provide you a lot of Vitamin C, B6, and potassium! It's a great make-ahead easy entrée with colorful additions that will keep your taste buds buzzing.
Hey there! B Positive Insider here to tell you all about oxygen and protein as they relate to your plasma donation in this next installment of the ABCs of plasma!
Oxygen is carried throughout your body by red blood cells. Because your red blood cells are returned to you during the donation process, oxygen doesn't exist in the plasma you provide. However, sometimes we are unable to return your blood to you, which results in a red blood cell loss, or RBC loss. Unfortunately when this happens, you are deferred for 8 weeks; just as in a whole blood donation.
One of the many reasons we defer for this amount of time is because you lost many red blood cells that can't carry oxygen your body needs throughout the circulatory system, and it is very dangerous for your health if you donate before those 8 weeks. To avoid this happenstance, make sure you do all you need to do to prepare for your best donation every time!
Hey there! B Positive Insider here to bring you M & N – for "marrow" and "nutrition".
Bone marrow is the flexible tissue inside your bones and produces red blood cells, in a process called haemopoiesis. Haemopoietic stem cells have the ability to form red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, and these stem cells are sometimes used to treat leukemia, bone marrow failure, lymphoma, and other immune disorders.
Your plasma donation comes into the picture when one of these diseases causes someone to need a bone marrow transplant. A person may need a transplant because their bone marrow is unable to make blood cells that adequately fight off infection from abnormal cells, so you need to help them with your healthy plasma!
Hello again! B Positive Insider here to bring you the letters K and L, for "K+" and "liquid"!
So, you're probably wondering what "K+" is. Well, it is the element symbol for potassium, and potassium serum exists in your blood to help your nerves and muscles communicate. When someone has low potassium levels it can be dangerous; you may experience nausea, muscle cramps or weakness, dehydration, low blood pressure, and confusion.
It is very important that you as a donor keep your potassium levels high so that your body can perform at its best after donating several times. You can do this by eating bananas, lean meats, lentils or pinto beans, and drinking soy or animal's milk. A potassium supplement may also be a good idea for some donors. Low potassium levels could also cause irritability, so good potassium levels will keep you happy too!
Hey there! B Positive Insider here to bring you the letters "G" and "H" for "Geography" and "Hematocrit", respectively.
Our donors must live within 35 miles of a B Positive Plasma center to be eligible for the program. Plasma centers like ours are community based and must limit donors to a specific radius. We do accept full-time students who live at universities within 35 miles of our centers as long as they bring their student ID with them.
There are two exceptions to this requirement:
- If you are a student attending and living full-time at a college or university within 35 miles of our donation center
- You are a member of the military stationed within 35 miles of our donation center
Hey there! B Positive Insider here with your next two letters in our alphabet saga: E and F! These letters are pretty exciting because they deliver facts on donor "eligibility" at B Positive Plasma and shed some light on specific clotting factors, specifically "factors VIII and IX", that are normal in your blood plasma, but problematic in people with Hemophilia A and B.
In order to be eligible to participate in B Positive's program, you must:
Be a healthy adult between 18-65 years;
Weigh 110-400 pounds;
Live within a 35 mile radius of one of our donation centers;
Have a valid photo ID;
Original proof of Social Security Number;
A proof of address, such as a copy of your lease agreement or tax forms, if the address on your ID is not where you currently live; and
Be a full-time student with proof of ID if living at a university within 35 miles of our center if your permanent address is not in the area.
Certain instances may bar you ineligible to donate plasma, such as pregnancy, recent tattoos or piercings, some international travel, and some medical conditions and medications. Please feel free to contact us anytime, and your questions will be answered by a qualified member of our staff!
Your health and nutrition are critical to a successful plasma donation. Adequate sleep, hydration, and a healthy diet are all important to keep you feeling well, your plasma yellow and acceptable for collection, and money in your pocket! That is why your friendly B Positive Insider has compiled a list of tips to follow to remain healthy and successfully donate plasma.