You know those vacations that you need a vacation to recover from? Had me one of those last week.
I just got back from an amazing trip to Europe (with a bachelorette party, a wedding and many late nights thrown in the mix), and have entered full. on. recovery. mode. There will be no sign of cheese, bread, beer or, dare I say, red wine, over the next week for this chick.
I can feel my immune system on the verge of shutting down. It happens, I anticipated this. #worthit. Luckily, I’ve got a few power moves to help knock out a cold when I feel it coming on. What I’ve found most effective is cranking up the vitamin C, combined with echinacea supplements, oil of oregano and a daily glass of warm water with lemon, ginger, raw honey and cayenne pepper. While vitamin C may not prevent any sort of sickness, it can definitely cut it short and relieve some suffering. Since it’s water soluble, the body doesn’t store it in large amounts. That means we gotta up our intake through food.
Before you start chugging Tropicana, hear me out. Oranges are a good source of vitamin C, but other foods can give you way more bang for your buck. If you want to go with the oranges, eat them as is or juice directly from the fruit. A cart of conventional orange juice will just provide tons of added sugar and make you feel worse. Instead, try one of these foods with more vitamin C than oranges:
1. Red bell peppers
One red bell pepper has three times as much vitamin C as an orange. Yup, three times. This Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup is a favorite to make when I’m feeling crappy.
2. Green bell peppers
Less than its cousin red, but still a great source of Vitamin C. Add green peppers to salads, soups, chili, fajitas … whatever, really. These guys are versatile.
I’m admittedly not a huge fan of papaya, but it’s full of VC and it’s easy to cover up the taste in a smoothie. See a few immunity-boosting smoothie recipes below!
Exotic, I know. But if you can get your paws on some guava, it’s LOADED with vitamin C. This one also makes for a good smoothie ingredient.
I freaking love kiwi, but it’s so annoying to peel. Most grocery stores have cartons of kiwi already peeled and sliced, because really when you’re feeling crappy you don’t want to peel & slice, you know? Sometimes they even cut them into stars. It’s like they know you need a feel-good moment in the form of star-shaped fruit.
Other good options:
- Miso soup
- Brussels Sprouts
- And yes, oranges
- Kiwi Strawberry, Reboot with Joe
- Vitamin C Surge, Nutrition Stripped
- Kiwi Berry Punch, Simple Green Smoothies
- Detox Papaya Smoothie, The Healthy Chef
- Guava Health-Kick Smoothie, When Life Gives You Coconuts
Do you have a go-to immunity-boosting recipe, supplement or practice?