Did you know that bell peppers have more vitamin C than an orange?  A red bell pepper has about 152 mg of Vitamin C while an orange has about 96 mg of Vitamin C.  Also, a red bell pepper has 3726 IU of Vitamin A in it.  Remember, Vitamin B and C are water soluble vitamins which means it is important to consume regular amounts everyday.  Vitamin A is a fat soluble vitamin, which means you can consume needed amounts over a longer period of time.  Beside the Vitamin C and A you will also consume some Vitamin B, especially B6.  And don’t forget, you will consume all of these nutrients with very little calories and some fiber along the way.

Peppers are also a versatile food.  The best is to eat them raw.  Slice them up and use them as a snack or add them to a salad.  Remember, when you cook vegetables, you will lose some nutrients.  A bell pepper can easily be stuffed with more nutrients.  Add some quinoa, buckwheat or rice to add some plant based protein.  Peppers can be roasted or added to casserole type dishes to bump up the nutrient intake.

Don’t ignore peppers.  What are some clever ways you can insert them into your daily diet?

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