Due to my father infecting me with his germs, the last few days have been less ‘seize the day’ and more sneeze the day. As a believer in holistic health, I like to treat illness via food and lifestyle and use pills as a last resort. So, whilst the cold and flu tablets remained firmly in their packet, I hunted down all the top sources of immune boosting vitamin C I could find in my house.
This citrus bowl is jam packed full of vitamin C, antioxidants and gut friendly ingredients.
Did you know vitamin C cannot be made by the body so it has to be eaten, hence why malnutrition and a diet devoid of vitamin C leads to ailments such as scurvy. Despite boosting the immune system, vitamin C also aids wound healing, prevents skin ageing and pigmentation, reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and aids the absorption of essential minerals like iron.
Great sources of vitamin C:
- Fruits: guava, black currants, kiwi, oranges, lemons, strawberries, papaya, pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon, acerola cherries
- Vegetables: red & green bell pepper, kale, broccoli, brussel sprouts, peas, cauliflower, tomatoes
- Herbs: parsley, coriander, chives, thyme, basil
Plus, superfoods like:
- more vitamin C than any other food on the planet (1/2 tsp = 400% of RDA)!
- source of potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and carotenoids
- amino acids to boost energy
- anti-viral a.k.a anti flu
- balances mood, acting as an anti-depressant
- natural detoxifies to aid liver health
- helps prevent and treat cancerous cell growth, heart disease, high blood pressure and gout
- 6 × more vitamin C than oranges
- more iron per gram than red meat
- alkalising minerals potassium, calcium and magnesium (a more alkaline body is less susceptible to disease)
- high in fiber (makes up for almost half of each serving) which acts as a prebiotic to help good gut bacteria flourish
- reduces spikes and crashes in blood sugar levels
It’s time to sneeze the day and say vitamin C you later germs!
1 frozen banana*
1 frozen satsuma (or 1/2 frozen orange)
1 fresh satsuma (or 1/2 fresh orange)
1/3 cup frozen courgette (or sub for ice)
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 tsp baobab powder
1/2 tsp camu camu powder
1/2 tsp Kiki health alkaline infusion (optional)
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cacao (optional)
1 scoop vegan vanilla protein (I use Rev Foods)
1 cup nut milk
*Notes: very ripe (brown & spotty skinned) bananas work best. Chop them up & freeze for at least a few hours. I use 1 large banana or i’ll use 2 if they’re small/’fun’ size (where is the ‘fun’ in a tiny banana???)
Bee pollen (contains nearly all the nutrients the human body needs, including vitamin C)
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
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