With cold season still going strong, protecting kids with an added boost of Vitamin C is another way to ward off winter’s woes. When we think of Vitamin C, usually oranges or orange juice come to mind. But there are lots of other foods high in Vitamin C you can serve your kids to keep them healthy. Incorporate these healthful foods into their diet. It does make a difference.
Sweet Yellow Peppers
Add some vibrant color to a salad or serve with a side of dip or hummus and kids will love the sweet crispness of sweet yellow peppers. ½ cup of sweet yellow peppers provides 152% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin C, covering your kid’s needs (and then some) completely. How about a veggie stir fry for supper tonight?
Kale is a delicious leafy green that provides tons of crunch to salads and tastes great steamed with some seasonings. Not only is it great for the digestion but it provides about half of the Vitamin C needed for the day in just a cup. Swap out the iceberg lettuce for kale and give your kids a kick of Vitamin C.
Kids love kiwis for their fun fuzzy outside and super juicy inside. The subtly sweet taste is always tempting, and the colorful fruit adds dimension to fruit salads and parfaits. One average sized kiwi contains about 80% of the Vitamin C you need for the day, making it a nice change from the more ordinary orange.
Sweet and fun to eat, one cup of strawberries provides about 100% of the Vitamin C required for the day. Red and ripe, kids love them as a snack, sliced over cereal, or mixed into yogurt. They’re like natures candy!
Of course, oranges are always a hit too, with about 80% of the recommended amount of Vitamin C needed for the day. But now you know you can swap them out and still get the healthy dose of C kids (and adults) need.
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By: Melissa A. Kay