Healing Food Series: Bell Peppers

We’re kicking off July by continuing with my series on foods that can heal the body and bolster good gut health. If your unfamiliar with what this is you can read more about it here. This month we’re focusing on bell peppers, in all its various colors.

All peppers are grown as green peppers. They begin changing color gradually into yellow, orange and finally into the red, depending on how long they stay on the vine. Peppers are low in calories and rich in vitamin C and other vitamins and minerals. Due to their many health benefits they make an excellent addition to a healthy diet. Below I’ve listed several ways in which peppers are known for their healing properties.

  1. Bell Peppers contain adequate amounts of carotenoid such as beta-carotene and lutenoid to help maintain eye health.
  2. Boost Immune System: Bell peppers are rich in vitamin C which is essential for your immune system to ward off infectious bacteria to protect your body from its adverse effects.
  3. Nourishing for fetus: You can reap plenty of nutrients along with the high content of folate from any bell pepper for the healthy development of the fetus.
  4. Improves digestive health due to the high niacin (a B Vitamin) content found in them.
  5. Bell peppers are rich in antioxidants. You need plenty of antioxidants as they fight cancerous cells and free radicals in your body to protect it against chronic diseases such as cancer.
  6. Consuming bell peppers in any form can be effective for your respiratory health. The nutrients like potassium, manganese, magnesium and vitamin C are known to combat factors that result in various respiratory problems such as asthma, lung infection, emphysema, etc.

Bell peppers are a versatile vegetable when it comes to cooking but you can consume them raw as well. Not only are they a delicious way to add flavor to your food but they provide plenty of nutrients as well. Green, unripe peppers have a slightly bitter flavor and are not as sweet as those that are fully ripe. I’ve included a roundup of recipes to help you get started incorporating this vegetable into your diet.

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Ground Turkey Italian Stuffed Peppers
Joy, Food, Sunshine

Sheet Pan Roasted Sausage & Potatoes with Peppers
Joy, Food, Sunshine

Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Peppers
Sinful Nutrition

Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Your Choice Nutrition

Whole 30 Approved Stuffed Peppers
Frugal & Fit

Healthy Chicken Fajita Casserole
Family Food on the Table

Italian Lentil and Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Alison’s Allspice

Sheet pan chicken and broccoli with bell peppers
Family Food on the Table

Mexican Stuffed Peppers
Eat Real Live Well

Tabouleh Stuffed Peppers
Live Best

Egg Bites
Key Ingredients

Collard Green Greek Quinoa Wrap
Key Ingredients

Romesco Sauce
Teaspoon of Spice

Crock Pot Thai Chicken
Key Ingredients

Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Kroll’s Korner

 

 

 

 

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By | 2018-07-02T19:43:29+00:00 July 2nd, 2018|Food|2 Comments

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  1. Ginger Hultin July 3, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Bell peppers are so versatile – thanks for all the recipe ideas!

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