Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Bell Peppers: 5 Reasons To Eat Them!

There's no denying my love and addiction to...

Bell Peppers!

Ooooooh, why hello there little one!

I can honestly say...

I've eaten these juicy delights more than twice a day on more than one occasion! (Peppers Anonymous here I come!)

And (there's no point in hiding the fact)...

These colourFUl babies have been found travelling all over the place with me! (People have noticed! I mean, there are jokes about me and my Peppers! lol)

Work Trip.
Lunch Bag.
Hotel Room Eats :)
Hotel room blogging ;)

There's just something about the overall...

Juiciness and crunchiness of this vegetable that makes me go Mmmm! (Which make 'em that much more difficult to resist!)

They also makes me do silly things.

Having said that, you better believe...

Not a crunch goes by without my being aware of the amazing health benefits Bell Peppers have to offer!

Just look at these juicy babies!

In whatever colour, shape or form they come in:

Red (my fave);
Orange;
Yellow;
Purple (yes purple, although I've never seen them); and
Green

"Each colour of pepper is associated with a different family of phytochemicals", meaning they have many positive physiological effects in the body!


Let's just say...

These babies definitely do you your body good!

So here are 5 reasons you should be eating Bell Peppers:

1. They are rich in Vitamin A, B, C and K (Red Peppers being the most rich in Vitamins);
2. They are loaded with antioxidants (Vitamin A and C) which are agents that can help prevent disease and cancers related to aging;
3. One small pepper has three times the daily allowance for Vitamin C;
4. They are low in calories (offering about 30 cals per half cup) and can help promote weight loss; and...
5. They are a good source of fiber.

Interesting fact: Bell Peppers get their colour the more ripe they become.

Did you know: "Red Peppers have mild thermogenic action that increases our metabolism without increasing our heart rate and blood pressure like hot peppers do", meaning, you can burn more calories by eating them!

Tip: Opt for Red Peppers as they are packed with the most nutrients and health benefits out of the Sweet Bell Pepper family!

So now...

Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate Bell Peppers into your daily eats!

Egg White Omelette:

  1. 8 Egg Whites
  2. Spinach
  3. Red Peppers (diced)
  4. All├ęgro Cheese

  • Mix your protein with vegetables together in a bowl.
  • Heat your pan over medium-high heat and pour in your mixture.
  • Place sliced cheese on one side of your omelette.
  • Turn over one side of your omelette (making a half moon shape) to 'seal the deal'.
  • Flip your half moon over to the other side to cook.
  • When browned, served and eat :)

Scrambled Egg Whites and Chia Seeds topped with Red Peppers
Recipe:
Mango Red Pepper Salsa
Recipe:
BBQ Veggies!
Char Crust Chicken Salad!
Recipe:
Low Carb Chicken Fajita
Recipe:
Pepper Roll Up!
Recipe:
Chicken Bowl
Pan Seared Tuna Steak with One Long Red Pepper!
No Bread Tuna Melt

With all of that being said and shared...

I have one more thing to add and that is:

It's better to eat your Bell Peppers raw to ensure you do not lose the nutrients they have in store for you!

You got it!

Questions FU You:

1. Do you eat Bell Peppers regularly? What's your favourite colour?
2. Cooked or Raw?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

33 comments:

  1. I love the sweet crunch from biting into a pepper. Always have to have some peppers. But now I need to find some purple ones....maybe I'll grow them in my own garden!

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    1. Ahhh me too! The crunchier the better! :) Let me know if you find and try the purple ones!

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  2. wowza! i love bell peppers but i had no idea they were THAT good for you! thanks for all the info! your pics are so funny! love your fun loving personality and humor! now i want to go get some peppers and start cooking!! have a great day! oh, and my favorite color is red, but really i love them all!! SPA love!

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    1. Thanks! Red are my favorite too! Hope you're having a great day :)

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  3. WOW you know me. ;) I LOVE LOVE LOVE MY BELL PEPPERS. <3 I actually JUST bought some purple ones at a farm stand. To be honest, they are probably my least favorite because they don't have a lot of flavor! And red is my fave. :)

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    1. I know you LOVE your peppers Britt! :) I had hoped the purple ones to be sweet...ah well!

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  4. Always love your recipes! I love bell peppers! I knew they were healthy...but didn't know why. Glad I LOVE the red ones! Great post!

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    1. Thank you Katie! :) The red are definitely the best!

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  5. OH!! I would love to have that recipe with peppers and asparagus!!! I am going to try peppers from our garden plain... The crunch should be great!

    http://tothefinishline00.blogspot.com

    SPA sister

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    1. Here's the recipe! http://www.candyfit.net/2011/06/week-6-part-1-sunshine-cupcakes-and.html

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  6. oh girl, i eat at least one red pepper a day :) LOVE them

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  7. Yum! Red and cooked or uncooked - equally good. Delicious. I particularly like the protein + bell pepper (I find that a little odd, I've always called it a capsicum!)...point is, it's super simple and tasty.

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  8. I've actually been told that they can prevent migraines. I don't know if that's true because (and I'm sorry for this) I hate bell peppers. I can handle the yellow or orange in small amounts if they are hidden in something I like, but green? Sorry. No.

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    1. I've never heard of that! Thanks for sharing that piece of info! I very seldom buy the green ones....little to no flavor. Red are by far my fave! :) I'll eat your share of the peppers lol ;)

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  9. I had no idea that red peppers can increase your metabolism! I love bell peppers but definitely don't eat enough of them. Must eat more!

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  10. I always hated bell peppers as a kid - the green ones still aren't my faves. I definitely prefer them cooked, but can eat the yellow, orange, or red raw if they are thinly sliced or finely diced.

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  11. Love this post! I absolutely love bell peppers, especially the red ones! I really like them in my eggs especially or to make stuffed peppers with them!

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  12. I actually really do not like peppers - but I eat them anyway because I know how good they are for me. Because I don't like them much I usually cook them - but I do eat them all the time and they are almost always in our house! :)

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    1. lol! Glad you're eating them...even if you don't like 'em! :)

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  13. For some reason I have a history of getting sick on the red peppers?? Weird, I know. But I still eat them. And my asolute fave colors are the yellow/orange because I like the sweetness.

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  14. I LOVE bell peppers too! Hubby and I eat some raw almost everyday!

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  15. Wow! I only like bell peppers cooked. Great! All the nutrients are lost lol!

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  16. I LOVE LOVE LOVE bell peppers of all colors! YUM!

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  17. peppers are the best, I just roasted up some yellow, red, and orange last night --- mmm so good :)
    reds are my fav too

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    1. Mmmm Mmm!Peppers are definitely the best!

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  18. OK - you are too funny with all those pics! I love peppers but the red, yellow & orange better than green cause they are sweeter than green... never seen purple! YUM! LOVE the recipes - tweet & pin!
    :-)

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    1. Thanks Jody! I seldom buy the green ones cuz they have little to no flavor...but those other colours...wooo they are goooood! :)

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  19. I loove bell peppers- especially red ones! Now I know I picked the right color to love because it helps my metabolism!

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  20. I love them all! My boyfriend never had them until we started dating 2 years ago. Now they are his favorite too. Yup, I did my part to further the bell pepper cause!
    ~Cat

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  21. I love this - I love eating red bell peppers raw, SO good!

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  22. Love this post! Bell pepper are my favorite veggie! And SO pretty :)

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  23. I love bell peppers. I got 2 very happy plants (one green, the other orange) growing in my backyard.

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