I’m tucked up in bed with tonsillitis, Maxine has had a terrible cold; each time I look at Social Media someone else is ill. So, to welcome in 2015, our Top 5 posts for January are going to be all about boosting our immune systems.
Let’s get started with five recipes full of our immune systems best friend; Vitamin C. I always think of oranges, when I think of Vitamin C, but it turns out that this lot all contain more nutrients than oranges:
- Half a cup of chopped chilli peppers delivers 107.8 mg of vitamin C. So you should definitely give this Lamb Kofte with Spicy Quince from BoBo Brussels a try.
- A cup of chopped red bell pepper contains nearly three times more vitamin C than an orange – a whopping 190 mg. Red peppers are also a great source of vitamin A, which promotes eye health. Which means this Spinach, ricotta and lardon stuffed pancakes with a roasted red pepper sauce from 365 Things I Learned in My Kitchen not only sounds delicious, but is also REALLY good for you.
- Research shows that eating papaya can help clear your sinuses and strengthen your bones. A one-cup serving delivers 88mg of vitamin C. If you want to try something a little different while giving your immune system a boost, check out this quick and easy Chicken and Green Papaya dish from Un Peu Gay Dans Le Coings.
- It doesn’t matter how you cook it, eating a small head of cauliflower gives you a 127.7 mg dose of vitamin C, plus 5 grams of fibre and 5 grams of protein. Could this Cauliflower Horseradish Soup from Princess Misia actually be the perfect winter dish?
- One serving of kiwi (about 2 fruits) boasts 137 mg of vitamin C. The fuzzy fruit is also rich in potassium and copper. Making it the perfect fruit to add to your cocktail. Check out this wonderful Kiwi Gin from La Cuisine A Quatre Mains.
If you have any other recipes that are packed with vitamin C, I’d love to see them – please leave them in the comments below.
Michelle of Very Hungry Explorer is originally from London. She now splits her time between Brussels and the rest of the Europe. She started blogging 2009 while on a trip to Alaska, so she could stay in touch with her Mum and it all just went from there. When she isn’t eating, Michelle is studying to TEFL and frequently plays her music above the recommended volume level. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.