We all know the feeling of a winter cold coming on – the sniffles, aches, and sore throat. Your first thought is probably to get some vitamin C in your body quickly, and you’d be right! Vitamin C helps to boost your immune system and repair tissue damage, thus making the duration of the common cold much shorter. There are lots of other health benefits of taking vitamin C, including preventing heart disease, increasing bone density, and fighting muscle soreness after a workout. Women should have at least 75 mg of vitamin C per day, and men should have 90 mg per day. But before you reach for an orange or pour yourself a glass of orange juice, consider these other foods with a much higher vitamin C content!
Brussels sprouts have 74 mg of vitamin C per cup! We know these might not be your favorite veggie, but we’ve found a way to cook them that is super delicious. It’s no secret that roasting vegetables brings out their natural flavor. This dish takes lightly-salted and roasted sprouts and tosses them in a balsamic and honey glaze. The combination of tart and sweet highlights the earthy, slightly bitter taste of the Brussels sprouts. Get the recipe here!
2 cups of raw kale have 80 mg of vitamin C! We recently discovered how easy and versatile kale is. Cooked or raw, there are endless preparations for this deliciously bitter superfood. Packed with antioxidants like beta-carotene and vitamin C, this dark leafy green is the perfect base for a hearty salad. Get our favorite kale salad recipe, and pair it with our honey mustard vinegarette!