Staying healthy through cold and flu season can feel like an impossible challenge. As that season is finally nearing its end, you may nonetheless feel like you and your kids are walking through a world covered with nasty little germs that are out to get you. You can’t wrap your kids in bubbles (as much as you might like to), and it’s highly unlikely that you’ll be able to keep them inside at home until spring, but there are a few things that you can do to improve their odds of staying healthy–and adding vitamin C to your diet and theirs is at the top of the list.
Vitamin C has plenty of benefits. In addition to being a wonderful cold and flu fighter that will help boost your immune system, preventing you from getting sick in the first place or reducing the length of your illness, vitamin C is also known to boost brain function, rebuild tissue and blood vessels, and increase your body’s ability to process calcium.
But where are you supposed to get it? What foods are highest in vitamin C, and how do you add them into your diet successfully?
Berries, berries, berries. Strawberries, in particular, are known to have high levels of vitamin C–one serving holds about half of your daily needs. Of course, the amount you should be taking in increases if you are or have been sick.
Citrus fruits. Oranges are known for being high in vitamin C, but the rest of the citrus family isn’t exactly lacking–and in fact, grapefruits may actually contain more vitamin C than oranges! Citrus juice like orange and grapefruit may also contain high levels of vitamin C, but make sure that you’re not getting more sugar than fruit in your juice.
Kiwi. This tiny little fruit packs a heavy vitamin punch, with even more vitamin C than an orange!
Fruit is probably the easiest source of vitamin C to incorporate into your diet or your kids’. It can be eaten just like it is or blended into a smoothie and enjoyed on the spot–no need to prep, season, or add anything! However, there’s another source of vitamin C that you should consider in your balanced diet:
Vegetables! You often don’t think of vegetables as being high in vitamin C, probably because your mind turns to fruits first, but there are plenty of vegetables that carry a vitamin C punch! Peppers, broccoli, and cauliflower all carry high levels of vitamin C. Enjoy them raw, on their own or with a homemade hummus or other dip. Also, don’t forget about dark, leafy greens. If you’re fighting a cold or flu bug, a big salad might be one of the best things you could do for yourself.
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