UPDATE: This post originally ran on January 9th but with all the snow we’ve gotten on the East Coast lately, we felt like we could use a nice boost of vitamin C to stay healthy!
It’s that time of year. Sickness time. The weather is cold, germs are a-plenty, and our immune systems are working overtime to keep us at our healthiest. You’re likely already aware of vitamin C’s effect on the immune system — it does wonders for it — so making sure that we get ample amounts of this into our system is a definite must. When I hear vitamin C, the first thing that comes to mind is…
Oranges. They’re full of it. In fact, 1 medium-sized orange has over 100% of your average daily value of vitamin C. But today I want to let you in on a little secret… there are plenty other fruits and vegetables that contain just as much – or MORE – vitamin C. Personally, I love oranges. I love the smell, the taste, and the mess I make while eating them… but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up. So, if you’re looking for a new way to get this incredible vitamin into your system, here are 5 non-orange ways to do it!
1. Brussels sprouts
One cup of these little nuggets is all you need, with 124% of your average daily value of vitamin C. Try sauteing some with a little garlic and olive oil. Mmm.
I’d have never thought that kiwi could be a good source of vitamin C. At just two inches in diameter, one kiwi supplies you with more than your daily allotment, at 102%! Should you find yourself somewhere vacationing somewhere warm, throw a kiwi or two into some frozen fruit pops to keep your immune system pumping before returning to the cold.
3. Bell peppers
Depending on the color, a bell pepper can offer you anywhere between 150% and 570% of your daily value — crazy! Yellow has the highest vitamin C content, and while green has the lowest in relation, we’re still talking an immense amount vitamin C, whatever the color. Get your fill with this delicious red quinoa chili.
One cup of chopped kale has 134% of your daily value of vitamin C, with almost an identical amount of vitamin A! We love love love kale around here, and recommend trying any (or all) of these: spicy kale chips, detox smoothie, kitchari, spaghetti squash and kale gratin.
5. Mix and match
Make yourself an immune-system-boosting meal by combining any of these into a delicious salad or smoothie! And in case you’re looking for some more ingredients to add, here’s a quick list of some more foods high in vitamin C!
Stay healthy, everyone!
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