By Jacqueline Samaroo
Vitamin C has a wide range of benefits for your general health. Most people recognize this fact which is why vitamin C supplements are so hugely popular. But, there are plenty of nutritious and delicious natural vitamin C foods you can turn to, too.
They give you all the goodness of vitamin C, including vitamin C for hair growth. Plus, eating whole foods is the best way to get all the nutrients your body needs.
If you’re wondering exactly what does vitamin C do for your hair, then be sure to read: 4 Amazing Benefits of Vitamin C for Hair Growth.
Here’s a list of the 9 vitamin C-rich recipes we’ve rounded up for you.
We searched through a ton of recipes on the internet and gather together nine tasty, easy-to-prepare recipes that are rich in vitamin C. Try one (or a few) and let us know what you think!
- Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler
- Baked Potato
- Stuffed Peppers
- Vegetable Stir Fry
- Kale and Pink Grapefruit Salad
- Southern-Style Turnip Greens
- Tropical Fruit Salad
- Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
- Fresh Kiwi Juice
We’ve also included a vitamin C foods list with each recipe, so you know exactly where you’ll be getting this important nutrient from. Bon appétit!
Best Ever Blueberry Cobbler
Vitamin C foods: Blueberries and orange juice
Prep. Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 40 mins
Total Time: 1 hr
This blueberry cobbler features a cakey topping over a sweet, tasty filling. It’s a wonderful way to enjoy the benefits of vitamin C for hair growth and a great reason to have dessert first!
Start by creaming butter and sugar, then adding an egg and some vanilla extract. Next comes a mix of flour, baking powder, and salt. Drop the combined mixture, a tablespoon at a time, over a filling of blueberries, sugar, and orange juice. Pop it into the oven and bake.
This popular recipe has an average of 4+ stars from over a thousand ratings, which is pretty impressive. A few reviewers do suggest adding a bit of cinnamon to up the flavor of the cobbler, so you might want to give that a try.
Vitamin C foods: Potatoes
Prep. Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 50 mins
Total Time: 52 mins
This is a super easy recipe that shares a simple trick for ensuring your potato gets cooked through on both sides – flip it halfway through baking!
Start by poking the potato a few times with a fork and setting it to bake. After half the time, take it out and brush it all over with melted butter or olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and bake the rest of the way.
Your reward is crunchy potato skin on the outside and soft, creamy potato on the inside. Dig in!
Vitamin C foods: Bell peppers and tomatoes
Prep. Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 45 mins
Total Time: 55 mins
Yellow, red, and green bell peppers (in that order) are some of the highest sources of vitamin C. Throw in some tomatoes and you have a colorful, vitamin C-rich dish to delight dinner guests with.
Fry up some onion, beef mince, and garlic. Add tomatoes, oregano, beef stock, and ketchup, then season to taste. Let it cook while you season and roast the pepper halves. Stuff the peppers with the mince mix and complete baking. Sprinkle over some mozzarella or cheddar cheese along with some basil leaves and serve.
Kids will love helping to prepare (and eat!) these yummy vitamin C-rich foods. And, you get the chance to spend some quality time with them in the kitchen. It’s a win-win dish!
Vegetable Stir Fry
Vitamin C foods: Bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, and carrots
Prep. Time: 15 mins
Inactive Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Blanch some bell peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, snow peas, and carrots. Sauté garlic in a wok (or large skillet or frying pan with slanted sides) before adding sugar, oyster sauce, salt, pepper, corn flour, and water. Lastly, add the veggies to the wok and stir-fry until done. Healthy and sooo good!
Note: If you want to know what is the best source of vitamin C in this dish, we placed them in order for you in the list.
Kale and Pink Grapefruit Salad
Vitamin C foods: Kale and pink grapefruit
Active Time: 15 mins
Green, leafy, vegetables are good sources of both iron and vitamin C. This kind of makes them extra-special foods to have in your diet. Why? Our bodies absorb iron much better when vitamin C is present and it uses that iron to carry oxygen to the growing cells of the hair follicles.
Kale is one of the best green, leafy sources of vitamin C and a good source of iron. Grapefruit is from the citrus fruits group – well-known for their juicy vitamin C content.
You begin this tangy salad by preparing the grapefruit – peeling it and cutting out the wedges. You then make a dressing from the grapefruit juice and olive oil with salt and pepper for seasoning. The dressing is poured over thinly sliced kale to wilt the leaves before the salad is brought together: the grapefruit wedges, kale, and avocado slices. Simple and yummy!
Southern-Style Turnip Greens
Vitamin C foods: Turnip greens
Prep. Time: 35 mins
Cook Time: 60 mins
Total Time: 95 mins
Turnip greens are another leafy, green source of both vitamin C and iron.
To make this good-for-your-hair dish, start by cutting up some turnip greens. Next, dice up some salt pork that you have prepared by rinsing it and removing the tough skin. Cook the pork in a large pot until crispy then add onion. Add water, the turnip greens, black pepper, and crushed red pepper flakes along with some sugar (if you wish). Allow it to boil and then simmer until done. Mmmm!!
Tropical Fruit Salad
Vitamin C foods: Kiwifruit, Pineapple, papaya, mango, raspberries, and lime juice
Prep. Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 min
Total Time: 11 mins
Cut the pineapple, papaya, and mango into chunks and cut the kiwifruit into slices. Place them and the raspberries in a bowl and pour a mixture of honey and lime juice over them. Give it a toss and garnish it with sprigs of mint, if you like. All done!!
The fruits in this salad are all very well-placed on the vitamin C foods list. But, don’t stop now to figure out what does vitamin C do for your hair – just dive right in!
Vitamin C foods: Strawberries
Prep. Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Who says decadent and healthy can’t coexist? This sumptuous dish proves that you can have BOTH decadent and healthy at the same time!
Wash and dry some strawberries. Melt milk chocolate and white chocolate in microwaveable bowls. Dip the strawberries first in the melted milk chocolate and then in a topping of your choice. (Check out the recipe for a list of suggested toppings.) Lastly, drizzle melted white chocolate from a fork over your strawberries. Chill, serve, and enjoy!
Fresh Kiwi Juice
Vitamin C foods: Kiwifruit
Prep. Time: 3 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Total Time: 3 mins
So what can you use to wash down all the yummy foods we’ve looked at so far? Some cool kiwifruit juice, of course!
Simply blended the scooped out pulp of kiwifruit with sugar, salt, and water. Serve over ice cubes and add a slice of kiwifruit to the rim of the glass for a bit of fanciness – that’s it. Three minutes to refreshingly awesome!
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