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Top 15 Highest Vitamin C Foods And Easy Recipes You Can Follow!

Top 15 Highest Vitamin C Foods And Easy Recipes You Can Follow!

Vitamin C is a star player when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s popular in a variety of fruits and vegetables and has benefits that extend far beyond keeping the common cold at bay.

From fighting heart disease to promoting healthy skin and eyes, Vitamin C is essential and versatile. We’ve composed a list of foods, their benefits, and an assortment of recipes to implement them into your diet.

1. Peppers (190mg per cup)

This bright, colorful vegetable is rich in dietary fiber, folate, vitamin C, and plenty of other vitamins. Add them to a variety of recipes, consuming them raw or cooked.

They serve as a crunchy, flavorful replacement to high-calorie, low-nutrient snack foods, and are great companions to savory dishes and entrees. They are also rich in carotenoids, which help protect you from heart disease.

2. Guava (377mg per cup)

Guava is considered to be a super fruit. It is used in the treatment of common colds, digestive problems, high blood pressure and more.

It’s also used as a nervous relaxant, perfect for after a workout or an energy boost. Additionally, guava serves as a natural skin toner, skin hydration, and promotes healthy hair growth. Here’s a handful of ways to implement guava into your diet.

3. Papaya (188mg per 1 medium size papaya)

The once rare fruit is a tropical treat that’s readily available for most of the year. Add it to your diet for the long run, as it’s rich in not only Vitamin C, but helps fight the risk of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.

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Papaya promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and is an ally in eye health as it fights off macular degeneration. Papaya is a versatile fruit in these recipes.

4. Oranges (36mg per 1 medium size orange)

A quick and refreshing snack food, oranges can be a great boost of energy. Vitamin C foods like oranges contain phytochemicals that protect against cancer, helps prevent kidney disease, lower cholesterol, and help maintain blood pressure.

There is much more to oranges, too, when you consider what you can do with them in recipes.

5. Kale (80.4mg per cup)

Vitamin C foods like kale are low in calories, high in fiber and have zero fat. But surprisingly, kale has the one-up on its beloved cousin spinach.

Including kale in your diet provides nutrients that support healthy skin, hair and bones, as well as healthy digestion and a reduced risk of heart disease. You may turn your nose up at kale, but that may be because the right recipe hasn’t been discovered for you.

6. Kiwi (84.36 mg per 1 kiwi)

They may be tiny but never underestimate the power of the kiwifruit. It packs a powerful antioxidant punch with significant amounts of over 20 vital nutrients.

Kiwis are high in energy and keep the calorie count down, making it one of the Vitamin C foods that are excellent companions for people trying to lose weight. Kiwi can be a versatile fruit, too. Take a look at these recipes.

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7. Strawberries (97.61mg per cup)

The robustly sweet, vivaciously red fruit is, without a doubt, one of the most popular fruits. It finds itself in savory and sweet recipes alike, but one of its most significant health benefits may not be so obvious.

Strawberries help promote eye health, fighting against free radicals and filling in nutrient deficiencies that are commonly linked to eye issues.

8. Grapefruit (71.8mg per cup)

Vitamin C foods like grapefruit help with weight loss, promote healthy skin and fight cancer. One of the things not often discussed is how Vitamin C foods can help prevent the risk of developing asthma.

Grapefruit is one of those fruits commonly associated with breakfast, so here are some ideas to quickly amp up your morning.

9. Pomelo (115.9mg per cup)

Also known as the Chinese grapefruit, pomelo is the largest fruit in the citrus family. It is loaded with vitamin C, Vitamin B and beta-carotene.

Pomelo is also rich in folic acid and is highly recommended for pregnant women. Pomelo also helps in a variety of ways, including boosting your immune system. You might find this pomelo salad recipe delightful.

10. Broccoli (81.17mg per cup)

Broccoli, rich in Vitamin C, K, and dietary fiber, is a fighter against cancers, especially against breast cancer.

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It promotes healthy bones, prevents arthritis and ulcers, and is great for detoxification. Broccoli can be a culinary addition in almost everything, it seems.

11. Tomatoes (28.78mg per 1 medium size tomato)

Tomatoes can reduce the amount of damaged done to your body by smoking cigarettes. Tomatoes contain coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid that work to protect the body from carcinogens that are produced from cigarette smoke.

Regardless if you smoke or not, you can add tomatoes to your diet with some easy recipes.

12. Pineapple (78.87mg per cup)

Pineapple is an immensely nutritious fruit and bears significant health benefits. One of those benefits is its ability to reduce the inflammation of joints and muscles.

Pineapples also help break down complex proteins, making it an excellent supplemental food.

13. Mango (57.34 mg per 1 medium size mango)

Mangoes have an assortment of acids that help maintain the alkali reserve in the body.

It also helps prevent heat stroke and promotes a strong immune system. Here’s some inspiration for mango recipes.

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14. Brussels Sprouts (633.52mg per cup)

Count the lean vegetable in the Vitamin C foods category, as it contains just 28 calories in half a cup when they’re boiled.

That amounts to just under 100mg of Vitamin C. Brussels sprouts make for a great snack or side dish.

15. Cantaloupe Melon (20.19mg per 1/8 medium size cantaloupe melon)

The path to a healthy skin can be quickly paved with small consumptions of cantaloupe melon. One cup of cantaloupe satisfies the daily recommended serving of Vitamin C.

The superfood is packed with beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in the body and helps promote healthy skin by thinning the outer layer of dead skin cells that can clog pores and cause blemishes. If you want to do more with your cantaloupe, here’s some ideas.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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