16 of the Best Vitamin C Recipes to Beat the Common Cold

From Valerie's Kitchen

The risotto recipe is packed with one of the best vitamin C foods for kids

Think vitamin C is only found in oranges? Think again. Boost those immune systems with these Vitamin C foods for kids that will upgrade your family’s daily dose of this all-important vitamin, starting with breakfast all the way through dessert. Doing this might even help stave off some of the impending sick days we know are on the horizon. From healthy Dole Whip to irresistible Brussels sprouts, these foods are high in vitamin C and worthy of any winter menu.


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Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Garlic Parmesan Cream

Oat & Sesame

Brussels sprouts are an excellent choice if you want to boost your vitamin C consumption. And if you’re looking for a recipe that’ll be a winner with kids and adults alike, you’re in luck. This dish is a comfort food classic, sporting bacon, and a cheesy sauce. Click on over to Oat & Sesame for more!

Healthy Dole Whip

Almost Supermom

If you’re a fan of Disneyland’s Dole Whip, we’ve got a double dose of good news. We have a recipe that not only promises a healthy version of your favorite treat but also includes a good dose of vitamin C, thanks to pineapple. Grab your Mickey Mouse ears and get the recipe from Almost Supermom.

Broccoli Cheddar Risotto

Savory Tooth

Broccoli actually has more vitamin C than an orange, so it’s a great green bet for your family’s diet! This recipe from Savory Tooth is a kid-friendly way to welcome broccoli to your dinner table—and it doesn’t require constant stirring! 

Zucchini Pizza Casserole

The Seasoned Mom

Zucchini is a good source of vitamin C (the skin especially), and this recipe is great for a quick and delicious dinner. It has the melty cheese and pepperoni of your favorite pizza, but with a healthy twist. Best of all, it’s a dump-and-bake kind of meal! Get the recipe from The Seasoned Mom.

Lemon Chicken Veggie Bake

Chelsea of A Duck’s Oven

Oranges may get a lot of the vitamin C glory, but lemons are a powerhouse source, too. The best way to take advantage? This one-dish meal that’s homey, tasty, and bursting with lemon flavor. Get the recipe here.

Broccoli Tots

Gimme Delicious

If your tots love tots, you’ve got to give this version, courtesy of Gimme Delicious, a try. Here, broccoli is the star, along with its hefty dose of vitamin C. Plus, they’re baked, not fried, and perfect for a snack or main meal.

Roasted Cauliflower Corn Chowder

Valerie’s Kitchen

Cauliflower has a surprising amount of vitamin C, but the trick is finding a kid-friendly recipe spotlighting this particular veggie. Cue this chowder that pairs roasted cauliflower with sweet corn, bacon bits, and cheesy goodness. Get the recipe from Valerie’s Kitchen.

Stuffed Red Peppers

My Second Breakfast

Just a cup of red bell peppers has a whopping amount of vitamin C and this recipe uses whole peppers in a super delicious way! They’re also so easy to make that kids can even help out. Get the recipe here.

Mango Smoothie Bowl

Downshiftology

This colorful smoothie bowl isn’t just a beautiful way to start your day. It’s also chock-full of healthy fruit, including vitamin C-rich mangos. And if you don’t live in a tropical climate? Just grab the majority of your ingredients from the frozen aisle. Get the recipe from Downshiftology.

Salmon Teriyaki with Pineapple Salsa

Dinner at the Zoo

We have just one word for this salmon dish: yum! It gets points for being easy to whip up, and there’s also a pineapple salsa full of fresh flavor and vitamin C. It sounds like a dinner winner to us! Get the recipe from Dinner at the Zoo.

Strawberry Agua Fresca

Lola’s Cocina

There are tons of ways to enjoy strawberries and their sweet vitamin C benefits, but we’re partial to this three-ingredient agua fresca. It’s a perfect summer drink (or a perfect drink if you want to pretend that it’s summer). Get the recipe from Lola’s Cocina.

Crispy Kale Chips

Ronit Shaked via Unsplash

We salute you if you’ve got a kid who will eat kale chips. This homemade version is ultra-easy to make and features all the fantastic nutritional perks of kale (including vitamin C!). Get the recipe here.

The Green Goblin Smoothie

Lindsey Johnson

Not only can you prep all the ingredients for this smoothie ahead of time, but you can also feel good about those ingredients (Think healthy superfoods: spinach, oranges, pineapple, and banana.). Get the recipe here.

Kiwi Popsicles

homemade popsicles
Catherine McCord of Weelicious

Did you know kiwi is a killer source of vitamin C? It also makes an excellent popsicle—and this no-fuss recipe is proof! Grab dixie cups and frozen peas (yes, peas!), and you’re halfway to enjoying a delish frozen treat. Get the recipe here.

Coconut Tangelo Rice Pudding

Toni via Boulder Locavore

The vitamin C train doesn’t have to stop at dinner. Give your dessert the extra boost with this delicious creamy coconut tangelo rice pudding recipe from Boulder Locavore. Tangelos (a hybrid of mandarin oranges and tangerines) have a tangy kick that pairs well with creamy coconut milk.

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