Let me start by saying I LOVE food. Growing up with a Caribbean family my natural eating habits consisted of dishes packed with flavor, carbs, and what we call in our home island soul food. I am happy to share that in my new found journey of eating island soul food in moderation, watching what I eat, and eating clean has been quite a success. I’m not only focusing on foods that benefit my overall health but I am also focusing on foods that help me look my best such as vibrant skin, healthy hair and nails. Foods rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene or Omega Fatty Acids. Which is why I am sharing my new found obsession with Red Bell Peppers. Of course I am no stranger to the fresh sweet red bell pepper as it’s in many of our Caribbean dishes but I was thrilled that one of my favorite peppers is actually a super food! Let’s quickly break down the red bell pepper with these alluring fun facts:
1. Red bell peppers contain almost 300 percent of your daily vitamin C intake. That’s almost double the amount than oranges and citrus fruits! Perfect for skin as vitamin C helps build collagen, which ensures beautiful skin.
2. Red bell peppers are a great source of vitamin B6 (helps your body make neurotransmitters) and magnesium (a mineral that helps develop strong bones and connective tissues).
3. Red bell peppers are high in vitamin A, which helps to support healthy eyesight and improve sperm quality.
4. Red bell peppers are packed with antioxidants. The combined effects of vitamin A, E, and C create a great antioxidant capacity, and with lycopene in the mix, the red bell pepper becomes a top notch super food.
5. Red bell peppers have a mild thermogenic action that increases our metabolism without increasing our heart rate and blood pressure like hot peppers do. So eat away to burn more fat!
6. A medium red bell pepper is only about 37 calories! So if you are trying to lose weight don’t sacrifice the red bell peppers- they’re beneficial.
I have been eating my red bell peppers raw and adding them in literally everything such as breakfast omelets, salads, flat bread meals, pasta, and even in my smoothie. Join this red bell pepper obsession with me!
Did you know? Green bell peppers are just unripe red bell peppers that are not fully mature…