Food Facts: C

So, the letter C has a hell of a lot of foods associated to it. Rather than ramble on, here’s the last two posts;

A / B / C / D / E / F / G / H / I / J / K / L / M / N / O / P / Q / R / S / T / U / V / W / X / Y / Z

And let’s crack on;

Fruits.

Cherry
– Vitamin C: skin benefis, from healing UV damage, to preventing wrinkles
– Potassium: benefits heart health
– Copper: helps maintain healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves and immune function
– Manganese: an essential vitamin to help the breakdown of protein
Perfect as a snack or within desserts

Clementine
– Vitamin C
– Potassium
– Folic acid: helps to make healthy red blood cells
– Beta-cryptoxanthin: a carotenoid that helps change vitamin A into what’s needed in our bodies.
– Antioxidants that are good for bone health
Best eaten as a snack or within oats

Cucumber
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin K: great for blood clotting properties and bone health
– Magnesium: needed to help maintain normal nerve and muscle function
– Potassium
– Manganese
Best used in salads, when juicing or dipped into hummus

Cantaloupe Melon
Beta-carotene: works the same way as beta-cryptoxanthin
– Vitamin C
– Folate: for cell function and tissue growth
– Potassium
– Vitamin K
– Choline: helps the body synthesize cell membranes
– Calcium: aids us in building bones, allowing blood to clot, muscles to contract and heart health
Perfect to eat alone as a snack or dessert

Courgette
– Vitamin A: great for eye health
– Manganese
– Potassium
– Vitamin K
– Magnesium
– Folate
– Copper
– Phosphorus: for bone health and strength
– Vitamin B6: this helps to regulate emotions (serotonin, dopamine and GABA)
– Thiamine: allows the body to use carbs as energy
Botanically a fruit but use this as a vegetable. It’s great roasted or tossed into stir fries and stews

Vegetables.

Carrot
– Vitamin A
– Biotin: plays an important role in fat and protein metabolism
– Vitamin K1
– Potassium
– Vitamin B6
I love to just snack on carrots but they’re also great roasted, boiled or steamed. Carrot and chilli soup is also a personal favourite of mine

Corn
– Vitamin C
– Thiamine
– Folate
– Magnesium
– Potassium
Barbecued and smothered in butter is my favourite way to eat corn, although that’s not healthy at all

Cauliflower
– Vitamin C
– Vitamin K
– Vitamin B6
– Folate
– Pantothenic acid: helps the metabolism
– Potassium
– Manganese
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
I love using cauliflower as my substance for a curry, it’s also delicious in tacos!

Celery
– Vitamin C
– Anti-inflammotory compounds
– Flavonoids: helps to ward off everyday toxins
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin K
– Magnesium
– Iron: nessecary for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells
I feel like you either love or hate celery, perfect for adding to soups, stews and bolognese

Cabbage
– Vitamin K
– Vitamin C
– Folate
– Manganese
– Vitamin B6
– Calcium
– Potassium
– Magnesium
Boiled cabbage is one of my favourites!

Nuts, Grains & Legumes.

Cashew
– Vitamin E: helps to prevent liver damage
– Vitamin K
– Vitamin B6
– Calcium
– Potassium
– Magnesium
– Folate
– High protein (18g per 100g)
I love cashews in a trail mix, alone or as a nut butter

Coconut
– Manganese
– Selenium: fights oxidative stress and helps defend the body from chronic conditions
– Copper
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Iron
– Zinc: good for the immune system
Personally, I only use coconut milk/cream when making curries or soups

Chia seeds
– Calcium
– Manganezse
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Zinc
– Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
– Potassium
– Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
– Vitamin B2: essential for breaking down food, allowing us to absorb nutrients and maintain tissue
I love making chia pudding, adding to my daily porridge or popping on top of yoghurt

Honestly, tomorrow’s post is going to feel short changed compares to todays mammoth one!

Make sure to stay tuned on here for more, as well as on my instagram for illustrations and much more!

Love, always – B
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