Real Foods 101: Cooking with Bell Peppers
Bell peppers are delicious and great additions to your meals as they are excellent sources of carotenoids (antioxidants), Vitamin C, A, and B6. As with most veggies they are also low in calories making them a pound for pound benefit to you and your body goals. When preparing bell peppers for use in your meals be sure to remove the seed pod and the connecting fibers inside the pepper in order to maximize the sweet taste.
Bell peppers are an outstanding source of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory phytonutrients, suggesting that they are beneficial in the prevention of cancer.
Choosing bell peppers in the market is intuitive. Choose a product that shown no signs of decay or damage, and is vibrant in color. The stem should be firm and fresh looking and the pepper should feel relatively heavy for its size in comparison to other types of peppers.
Sautee peppers minimally in ordet to preserve the integrity of the nutrients, around 3 minutes. Also try them sliced and raw as a substitute for chips with a dip like hummus for a healthy snack.
Check out our video on cooking with bell peppers below, and send us a note on what you prepare with peppers in your kitchen. For great recipes using whole ingredients only check out one of our favorite cookbooks.
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