Why Vitamin C
Also known as ascorbic acid, Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that can reduce inflammation, improve white blood cells, and fight free radicals, among other things. So, adding more of it to your diet is imperative. The recommended daily dose is 90mg for men and 75mg for women. Your daily intake shouldn’t exceed 2,000mg, so be careful when combining foods high in Vitamin C!
1. Red Sweet Peppers
A little known fact about red peppers, aside from their divine taste, is that they’re packed with Vitamin C. There’s around 210mg in one large bell pepper, and about 115mg in a serving (typically one cup). Even if you get canned peppers, you’ll still supply your meals with the much-needed vitamin.
Oranges are likely the second most popular association with Vitamin C after lemons. The aromatic citrus contains nearly 83mg ascorbic acid, which makes it the perfect refreshing snack packed with water and antioxidants. If you like citrus fruits, add grapefruit to your orange juice as it too is rich in Vitamins, including C and A. With its added magnesium, potassium, and calcium, grapefruit should also make it to your grocery list.
With more than 75mg of Vitamin C per serving, kiwis are a fantastic source of antioxidants, fiber, potassium, and other nutrients, making them a fantastic snack or addition to your smoothies.
Did you know that just three ounces of broccoli contain more than 80mg of Vitamin C? Add that it is packed with immune-supporting zinc, vitamins E and K, and iron, and you have a fantastic ingredient to add to soups, dishes, and smoothies.
5. Brussels Sprouts
Brussels sprouts are often neglected yet incredibly rich in nutrients veggies that have a lot to bring to the table. Aside from approximately 70mg of Vitamin C, they are also abundant in sulfur, which has a positive effect on our gut health. To get the most out of Brussels sprouts (and avoid bloating due to its high sulfur levels), it’s best to steam them in hot water first.
All that’s left now is for you to put your grocery list together, and let’s get shopping!