Next up in the Healthy Foods A to Z Series is foods that start with C! I really feel like I found several options for this letter. I’m quite proud of myself. Some of these foods that start with C, I didn’t even know!
These food items will leave your stomach satisfied and feeling great. Have fun checking out this list of “C” letter foods!
Food that starts with the letter c (in no particular order)
I think we all know what a cactus is.
A cactus is a plant that is characterized by its ability to store water and survive in dry climates. But did you know they are edible?
According to WebMd, the health benefits include
- Managing cholesterol
- Boosting the immune system
- Controlling blood sugar
Cacti can come in many different forms such as fruits, vegetables, herbs and medicines. The health provided by a cactus can be achieved through eating or drinking them.
The most common way people eat cacti is by drinking them as a juice or straight up eating the fruit.
Carrots are tasty, crunchy vegetables that can be eaten raw or cooked.
While carrots are known for improving vision, they also have many other benefits!
- healthy eyesight
- healthy skin and immunity
- lower the risk of some cancers like lung cancer and colorectal cancer
- dietary fibers to keep your digestive system running well
Carrots are one of the most popular vegetables because they’re nutritious and easy to cook. They can be eaten raw but you may want to peel them first if you don’t have dental protection because their texture is rough on teeth.
How do you eat a carrot? You can simply peel it with a vegetable peeler then enjoy! If steamed or boiled instead, try slicing them into pieces first before adding them in the pot so they don’t overcook either way. Roasting whole carrots give them an extra sweetness too – just make sure not to forget about flipping halfway through cooking time!
This may come as a surprise, but chocolate is actually healthy for you! So if you get that mid afternoon craving, go ahead and enjoy a piece!
One story suggests that Christopher Columbus first introduced America to what we know as chocolate today.
Chocolate is a sweet, typically brown food product made from cocoa beans. Chocolate can be eaten as it is or melted and used in cooking to add flavor. The most common form of chocolate pieces are called “chips”. These are basically small disks that have been sheared into smaller pieces so they melt quickly with heat (instead of you biting down on them). A typical way to eat this type of chocolate is by dipping fruits and other foods like pretzels or marshmallows into the melted mixture.
Health benefits include
- improved blood flow throughout your body which reduces the risk for heart disease
- lower bad cholesterol levels
- antioxidant effect against cardiovascular disease
There’s also a variety of studies that show how chocolate is good for your brain too.
Cauliflower is a vegetable that is full of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. It also has a distinct taste and feel to it. One of the most common ways to eat cauliflower is roasted.
You can roast it in your oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes, until the edges are crispy to make cauliflower chips or as an alternative to fries with your meal!
The health benefits of cauliflower include beta-carotene which helps boost immune system functions, low calorie content which helps maintain weight; and omega-3 fatty acids that promote cardiovascular health.
Corn on the cob
Corn on the cob is a type of sweetcorn usually eaten by shucking the corn and removing the husk, then eating it with your fingers. Corn on the cob can be boiled, grilled, or microwaved.
The health benefits from eating this vegetable includes
- folate which helps promote proper neurological development in new infants
- low glycemic index which aids in weight loss
- potassium for muscle function, blood pressure regulation
- antioxidant effects
Cherries are small red fruits that grow on trees. Cherries have a sweet taste and are often used in desserts.
The health benefits of this fruit is that it is
- high in antioxidants which help protect your body against damage from free radicals
- they are also rich in Vitamin C which boosts the immune system, fights off colds
- reduces the risk of certain cancers like lung cancer and colorectal cancer
- high levels of potassium which helps regulate heart rate and blood pressure
- vitamin K which promotes bone strength and healthy teeth.
You can eat cherries by biting into them or by making a cherry pie!
The chili pepper is one of the most popular spices in modern cooking. It’s the main ingredient in many spicy dishes, like Spanish tapas and Thai curries for example. Chili peppers can be eaten raw but you may want to remove the seeds first before eating if you don’t have dental protection because they are hot!
The health benefits from this spice include
- capsaicin which improves blood flow
- prevents clogged arteries (arteriosclerosis) due to reduced cholesterol levels
- boosts metabolism
- provides antioxidant effects against cancer cells and other degenerative diseases
Cinnamon is a type of tree bark that makes up one of the oldest and most common spices. Cinnamon has been used for thousands of years as both a food flavoring and an herbal medicine to help cure ailments like indigestion, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea – even lice infestation!
The benefits from this sweet spice include
- anti-inflammatory properties;
- helps regulate blood sugar levels;
- aids in detoxification (removes toxins);
- boosts immune system functions.
I have a great cinnamon tea recipe that is super simple to make!
Cranberries are small red berries that grow on vines. Cranberries have a tangy, acidic taste and can be eaten raw or as part of desserts like jellies for example.
The health benefits from cranberries include
- high levels of vitamin C which helps fight off colds and
- reduce the risk of cancer – especially lung cancer
- it also has properties to help prevent heart disease because they’re rich in antioxidants!
The funniest joke I’ve ever heard was “I cantaloupe because I’m already married.” Still makes me laugh, even though it’s super corny. But other than being the star in jokes, it’s a tasty fruit!
Cantaloupe is a type of melon with sweet orange flesh. The health benefits from this fruit include nutrients like vitamin A and C which help strengthen the immune system, it also has potassium that helps regulate heart rate, blood pressure – as well as bone strength!
Cabbage is a type of vegetable that has been around for centuries. There are many different types and colors, but they all have the same nutritional content.
The health benefits from this vegetable include
- high levels of vitamin C which boosts immune system functions
- helps prevent cancer – especially breast cancer due to its anti-estrogenic properties
- contains beta carotene (pro-vitamin A) for eye development in children
- high levels of fiber which helps digestion
You can eat cabbage by boiling it or adding it in a salad!
More Foods that Start With C
To continue our list of foods that start with c, cashews are next. Cashews are a type of nut that is native to northeast Brazil. They’re known for their creamy texture and rich flavor. Due to the high oil content, cashews can go rancid quickly, so it’s best to keep them in an airtight container and store them in a cool place. Cashews can be eaten raw, but you’ll also find them roasted, salted, or flavored with sauces. To enjoy them on their own, soak them first and then sprinkle some salt on top.
Collard greens are dark, leafy greens that are often served boiled with bacon. They’re also eaten in stews or braised dishes. If you don’t have the time to cook collards, they can be enjoyed raw and juiced into a refreshing drink for hot summer months.
Collard greens are very nutritious. A cup of cooked collards contains 90% Daily Value for calcium, as well as vitamins A and C.
Clementines are a type of citrus fruit that is smaller than an orange and tarter in flavor. They’re also sweeter, which makes them perfect for kids who don’t like the bitterness of oranges or grapefruit. Clementine season only lasts from November to January, so make sure you stock up before they disappear!
Coconuts are a popular fruit that grows in tropical climates all over the world. They can be eaten raw, shredded to make coconut milk or cream from their meat, dried for its floury flesh, or processed into oils and sugar.
The water inside young coconuts is an excellent source of hydration with electrolytes like potassium and magnesium. Older coconuts contain more vitamin B-12 but lack significant amounts of other beneficial nutrients. Coconut oil has been used for centuries in cooking because it’s stable at high temperatures without turning rancid quickly.
Coconut water is a beverage that has become more popular in recent years. It’s high levels of potassium and magnesium make it an excellent drink for athletes.
Chia seeds are a type of seed from the plant Salvia hispanica that is native to Central America and Mexico. They were an important food source for Aztecs not just because they’re nutritious, but also because their hard shell was used as currency!
Chia seeds are high in calcium, protein (one tablespoon has about three grams), omega-‐six fatty acids, antioxidant flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol, zinc, potassium, iron, and magnesium. All these nutrients make them great for fighting fatigue or regulating blood sugar levels.
Chickpeas are an ancient legume that were first domesticated in the Middle East. They’re used to make a variety of dishes including falafel, hummus, and dal; they can also be juiced raw for their refreshing taste or canned with some salt added as a side dish. Chick peas provide nearly 20% Daily Value per cup of protein (including all essential amino acids) along with calcium, iron, folate and vitamin C.
Celery has been cultivated for over two thousand years. It’s eaten raw in salads or juiced with other vegetables to create refreshing drinks, but it can also be used as a cooked vegetable by boiling it until tender and then adding butter, herbs, salt and pepper. Celery is rich in vitamin K (a powerful anti-‐inflammatory), potassium, and sodium.
Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K and C as well as potassium. They’re great for people on a low‐carb diet because they have only six grams per cup while providing nearly 20% Daily Value of fiber (including both soluble and insoluble). The skin is edible when cucumber is eaten raw, but it’s usually peeled to avoid the bitterness that some people find unpleasant. This also reduces your risk of contracting foodborne illness from bacteria like E coli or Salmonella.
Cheese is one of the oldest types of food in recorded history, dating back to scenes from ancient Egyptian tombs. The variety available today has exploded due to both trade and advances in technology: there are now more than two thousand different kinds!
Cheese is a great source of protein (one ounce provides about seven grams) as well as calcium, vitamin D, and zinc. If you’re not lactose intolerant cheese can be used with most dishes because it’s so versatile.
Cheesecake is a type of dessert that consists of a crust (either baked, unbaked like for an icebox cake, or both) and one or more layers of cheese. The two most popular types are New York-‐style which has been around since the early 1900s.
Its distinguishing features a savory cream on top with either chocolate shavings or fruit. No Bake Cheesecakes simulate this traditional style but without requiring any baking! Many different flavors exist because they’re so easy to make.
The history behind Cream cheese can be traced back to 1872 when it was first created by William Lawrence for his wife, Ellen.
The original recipe is still a secret but the texture and taste can be mimicked using ingredients like cream or butter mixed with milk fat, cheese salt and citric acid as well as stabilizers that are usually gelatin based. These also give them their signature ivory color! Since they’re so versatile Cream cheeses have been used in everything from cakes (sometimes whipped into frosting) to dips.
Chicken is one of the most popular types of protein.
It’s high in
- B vitamins
Chicken can be added to recipes or just eaten alone. You can boil it, grill it, roast it, or sauté it. Cook it in olive oil, butter, or any other fat. There is no limit with chicken.
Couscous is a North-African dish made from semolina, which is a type of wheat flour. It originated in Morocco and Algeria and was introduced to Europe during the 18th century. Couscous can be eaten as a main course or as an accompaniment to another dish. For example, it might be served with lamb. Couscous is typically eaten with the fingers and has a texture similar to rice.
Couscous can be cooked in different ways, including boiling it for ten minutes or steaming it over simmering water (or broth) until all of the liquid is absorbed. Couscous might also be stuffed with chicken or lamb which are then baked in an oven.
Carbonara is an Italian pasta dish which consists of bacon, egg yolk and Parmesan cheese.
Crepes are thin circle of dough which is cooked in a hot pan and folded around various fillings. The most popular types of crepes are sweet (chocolate, berries or lemon) but savory varieties also exist such as the Lafayette Crepe from France, which contains ham or cheese. Savoury crepes became more common during World War II because they were an inexpensive alternative to other important food items
A chicken curry is typically made with tomatoes, onions, garlic powder, ginger paste/fresh grated ginger root, red chili peppers curcumin powder, tumeric powder salt pepper cilantro leaves and yogurt that have been boiled together after being mixed until it thickens slightly. This mixture is then spread on chicken breasts and baked in the oven. After it is done, the dish can be served with rice or naan bread.
Cookies are small, doughy pieces of sweet baked goods that come in a variety of flavors. The most usual types of cookies (especially those found on the cookie tray) are chocolate chip and sugar
Croissant is a type of pastry that originated in France. The dough is layered with butter, salt and yeast then rolled up into the shape of a crescent. Once it has been baked, it can be eaten fresh or stored for later use as an ingredient in various recipes.