Would you believe me if I told you that bell peppers contain more vitamin C than oranges? No? Well it’s definitely true: the red beauties contain twice as much vitamin C as oranges. These beautiful veggies are delicious, versatile and nutritious. They taste great as a snack, in a soup, in a salad, stir-fried or grilled. The peppers are available in different colors and make a great addition to a colorful dish.
Why you should eat more bell peppers
Bell peppers are great sources of vitamin C, also known as an antioxidant. Antioxidants help in de fight against free radicals (thanks for protecting my body Mr. Good Guy Antioxidant!). Besides containing lots of vitamin C, bell peppers also contain vitamin E, B1, B2 and beta carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to protect the surface of the eye, it’s essential for good vision. Bell peppers are very low in calories and the fiber in bell pepper will help you to feel full.
Each color of the bell pepper has its own unique and sweet flavor. Raw bell peppers are great to add in a salad or sliced with a delicious and healthy hummus dip. The vitamin C in bell pepper helps to absorb the Iron in hummus, a great combination don’t you think? You can also roast bell pepper with other delicious veggies or you can make a stuffed bell pepper with quinoa and tomato sauce.
Enough reasons to eat more bell pepper don’t you think? And I’m here to give you some inspiration with this delicious side dish recipe…
Grilled veggies on skewers
- 1 yellow bell pepper
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 medium zucchini
- 1 corn on the cob
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
Wash the bell peppers and zucchini, cut them into large slices. Cook the corn in slightly salted water until tender, drain the corn and cut into thick slices. Mix the olive oil, crushed garlic cloves and cayenne pepper for the marinade together. Prick the corn, bell pepper and zucchini on a skewer. Place the skewers for about 10 minutes on the grill and turn occasionally, brush the skewers frequently with the marinade.