How To Get More Vitamin C - Plus A Recipe!

Denise Austin
by Denise Austin | 

Vitamin C is a nutrient that most people think about during the winter months to help prevent the flu and pesky winter colds. Well Vitamin C is important to get in the warmer months too! Since Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant, it can help strengthen your body's natural defenses and could even help reduce the risk of heart disease.

I always suggest trying to get your vitamins and nutrients through foods. Not only will this encourage you to eat more whole foods, but eating a well rounded diet will keep you full longer and keep your energy levels up! Here are some of my favorite foods that contain Vitamin C to eat this time of the year:

  • Citrus Fruits - Oranges, Lemons, Grapefruits
  • Strawberries
  • Bell Pepper
  • Kiwi
  • Tomatoes

And here’s a wonderful Citrus Salad Recipe that will really kick up your Vitamin C intake! It’s fresh, delicious and so good for you!

Citrus Salad Recipe

  • 2 oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 2 grapefruits, peeled and segmented
  • 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, chopped


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey (or maple syrup for vegan option)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. Mix oranges, grapefruits, red bell pepper and red onion in a large bowl.
  2. Mix olive oil, lemon and lime juice and honey to make dressing. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
  3. Add fresh herbs, toss, chill and enjoy!

I hope you love this Citrus Salad Recipe. Give it a try at your next gathering, or make it as a simple side for grilled chicken this week. If you love this recipe, you can find even more simple, delicious, and nutritious meal ideas on my app!

Let’s live FIT, HAPPY and HEALTHY - together!!