Vitamins A Through E: Consuming Essential Nutrients

Vitamins are essential nutrients for our bodies and play a critical role in much of our bodily processes. Nowadays, more and more people are finding that they have deficiencies of particular vitamins, causing them to become more conscious of bodily health and their vitamin intake. Much of what we consume is attributed to the presence of these nutrients in our bodies — and if we lack a sufficient amount of one food group, we lack a certain vitamin.

Vitamin A is found in foods such as liver, egg yolks, sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and cantaloupe. Vitamin B is present in foods such as turkey, tuna, chile peppers, bananas, potatoes, and nuts. Although most people think of orange juice when thinking about vitamin C, papaya has one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C. Vitamin C can also be found in bell peppers, strawberries, broccoli, kiwi, pineapple, and kale. The sunshine vitamin, vitamin D, can also be ingested via foods such as salmon, sardines and herring, cheese, mushrooms, and milk. And finally, vitamin E, which is usually attributed to skin, is found in foods like mustard greens, Swiss chard, and red bell peppers.

Here are some creative recipes that will give your body a surge of a particular vitamin.

Click here for a Chicken Liver Parfait Recipe to get your dose of vitamin A.

Click here for a Chipotle Turkey Chili Recipe to get your dose of vitamin B.

Click here for a Papaya Salsa Recipe to get your dose of vitamin C.

Click here for a Poached Salmon Recipe to get your dose of vitamin D.

Click here for a Mustard Greens with Quinoa and Chickpeas Recipe for your dose of vitamin E.