We always say “eat your vitamins and since cold and flu season is right around the corner we want to focus on vitamin C. We’ve always heard that Vitamin C can help prevent you from getting the cold or Flu, but this isn’t entirely true. While consuming vitamin C rich foods can help with cold and flu symptoms, it doesn’t entirely prevent them, it does however reduce the length of being sick and also helps decrease the severity of symptoms. In these times, anything that can help boost our immune system is so important. So, what are some great ways to include more vitamin C in your diet?
Eat Your Vegetables
Vitamin C is water soluble which means that when you cook your veggies and fruits you may lose some of their vitamin C benefits. You better off eating them raw. We all know that some vegetables are better raw than others so we made a list of our favorite ones.
Best Raw Vegetables:
Bell Peppers, spinach, kale, chili peppers, chard, broccoli, mustard spinach,
Obviously you can’t always go the raw route, and while it is best to eat your veggies raw to get the most vitamin C, it’s perfectly fine to cook them too.
Vitamin C Rich Vegetables
Brussel Sprouts, white potatoes, cabbage, turnip greens, sweet potatoes, winter squash, cauliflower
Eat Your Fruit
It goes without saying that there are a lot of vitamin C rich fruits, and of course there are many ways that you can eat them. You can add them to your oatmeal, cereals, yoghurts or smoothies. We suggest keeping a bowl of fruit out in your kitchen. Whenever you crave a sweet snack it’ll be your go to choice.
Vitamin C Rich Fruit
Strawberries, kiwis, oranges, clementines, papaya, guava, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, raspberries, blueberries, watermelon, tomatoes
Load Up on Some Sauerkraut
We already mentioned that cabbage is loaded with vitamin C, so naturally Sauerkraut or Kimchi would be too. Add them as a side dish to any of your lunch or dinner meals and soak up all of their immune boosting benefits.