An ideal ingredient for a salad, lovely with some hummus as an afternoon snack and such a cool plant to have in your home! However, this sweet veggie can be part of a smoothie too! So this week we bring you the Bell Pepper!
- Scientifically known as Capsicum annuum. The bell pepper is a member of the nightshade family, which also includes potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant
- The bell pepper is a good source of Vitamin E, which we all need to keep our skin and hair in optimal condition
- Lutein is an enzyme in bell peppers that helps to support healthy eyesight, especially night vision
- Bell peppers contain a substantial amount of fiber (1 cup contains 2.5 grams of fiber, with the daily recommendation of 21-25 grams for women). Consuming a sufficient amount of fiber, contributes to a healthy digestive system, and reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes as well
- Feeling stressed? Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 and magnesium. This vitamin and mineral combination calms your nerves. Vitamin B6 is also a natural diuretic, so munch on these to reduce bloating
- Sweet red peppers can activate thermogenesis and increase your metabolic rate, which means it’s a great vegetable to add to your diet if you are trying to shed some pounds
Tip: Maximize the total amount of vitamin C, by allowing the vegetable to ripen. A higher vitamin C content means a higher antioxidant capacity!