With Winter around the corner (or being here right now, we don’t know when you’re reading this) you’ve no doubt thought about increasing your Vitamin C.
There’s an easy, non-think way to boost your Vitamin C intake leading into and throughout winter, this will ensure you’re taking advantage of all of the potential benefits that Vitamin C can give you.
Add a frozen smoothie into your day. Yes, that is it, use Super Cubes as your smoothie base and add in a few more Vitamin C enriched food and you have the perfect winter smoothie for yourself.
You probably know that Vitamin C useful for the immune system, but were you aware that it can help do so much more in the body?
Well, read on to find out what other potential benefits Vitamin C has for you.
What’s the story on Vitamin C?
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that your body can’t make, so we must get it from our diet (what we eat).
And when we say we, we’re only referring to humans, other primates and guinea pigs.
For all you cats, dogs and horses that may be reading, you don’t have to worry about getting Vitamin C from your diet, your body makes its own.
So you can stop hounding (get it?) your human for skimping on your Vitamin C leading into winter.
Vitamin C has many different uses inside the body, notably:
- Helping to improve iron absorption
- Improving immune function
- Assist with healing wounds
- Used for collagen production, which is a building block of connective tissue like your bones and teeth
- Acts as an antioxidant
So, now that we know what it does, let’s see how we can bump up your Vitamin C levels from smoothies!
Your smoothie base
If you’re using a Ready to Blend Smoothie Pack, go for one that’s high in Vitamin C already.
Makes sense doesn’t it?
Now, unfortunately for us Vitamin C isn’t something commonly recorded on a food label.
So usually you’ll have to check the ingredients for high Vitamin C foods (you can read more on this below).
An easy solution for you (If possible) is to check the portion of Vitamin C rich foods in your smoothie, e.g. Acai is a great source of vitamin C, but not if its only 0.1% of the ingredients.
Then you can see what overall percentage of Vitamin C you’re getting with your frozen smoothie.
What can you add to your smoothie?
Here are some common foods that are high in Vitamin C and can go well mixing into your smoothies
Citrus fruits like oranges, papaya, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemons and limes are great to add and also give a bit of zing to the flavour of your smoothies.
All your favourite berries can be added as they are generally Vitamin C boosting ingredients, especially strawberries, blueberries and blackberries.
Even the humble capsicum is quite high (high in C that is).
While most at the Super Cubes office have never tried Capsicum in a smoothie, we can see how the sweet, juicy capsicum can add some YUM to your blend as well.
Dark leafy greens also contain some Vitamin C, though not as much as the foods we have listed above.
There are some ‘Superfoods’ you can put in.
Most of these will be available as powders in your favourite health food store or online.
They pack a Vitamin C punch so you won’t need to add much to your smoothie.
Most of these have a great taste as well!
- Kakadu Plum - An Australian native
- Rose hip
- Acerola cherry
- Acai berry
- Camu-Camu berry
(Vitamin) C this before you start
Here are some extra ways to optimise your Vitamin C levels:
- Reduce your sugar intake, it increases the requirements for Vitamin C
- Cooking foods in water and throwing it out (the water that is) will decrease the Vitamin C levels
- Cooking with high heats also does this. If you’re hoping to warm up your smoothie, make sure to stay by the stove and don’t let it get too hot!
- Gut health, gut health and gut health. If you have any issues with absorption, it’s going to decrease the amount of Vitamin C you can get from your foods!
Boost your Vitamin C with Frozen Smoothies
Most of your fruit and vegetable based smoothies are going to contain a great amount of Vitamin C.
But sometimes you want a bit more, especially after reading about all the possible ways Vitamin C may help you out (especially immune function leading into and throughout winter).
So, as a rule, add in some of your favourite fruits, veggies and superfoods to make it a super-dooper charged smoothie!
Once you do this, you know you’ll have yourself covered in the colder months.
Now you just have to find the motivation to get out of bed when it’s cold and that’s a whole different problem.