Did you know that a cup of sliced raw green bell pepper contains 12% of your daily value (DV) for vitamin A, but an equivalent cup of sliced red bell peppers contains 104% DV! Red bell peppers provide both color and taste to your meals, along with plenty of both vitamins C and A. They are also a concentrated source of carotenoid phytonutrients that provide powerful antioxidant protection against the oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals. Free radicals play a major role in the cholesterol build-up associated with the increased risk of heart disease, the nerve and blood vessel damage seen in diabetes, the cloudy lenses of cataracts, and the joint pain and damage seen in arthritis. The lycopene and beta-cryptoxanthin found in red bell peppers are associated with promoting a healthy heart and lungs, while theirlutein and zeaxanthin promote vision health.
Healthy Sauteed Red Bell Peppers
While we think of oranges as a rich source of vitamin C, one cup of red bell peppers provides 291% of the Daily Value (DV) for this important nutrient well as 105% DV for vitamin A! So enjoy this quick-and-easy recipe for great taste and great nutritional value.
Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes
1 lb red bell peppers, sliced
2 medium cloves garlic, chopped
5 TBS low-sodium vegetable or chicken broth
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
sea salt and pepper to taste
Optional: goat or feta cheese
Chop garlic and let sit for 5 minutes to enhance its health-promoting properties.
Heat broth in a medium-size stainless steel skillet. When it begins to steam, add bell pepper slices. Cover and cook for 3 minutes.
Uncover and cook for an additional 7 minutes.
Place peppers into a bowl and toss with garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
If desired, top with crumbled goat or feta cheese.
Have a question? Ask a Health & Fitness Professional: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit THE FITNESS UNDERGROUND-LOS ANGELES: http://www.thefitnessunderground.com
Visit the Chopra Center’s Online Store: http://store.chopra.com/?apn=AC0908020
(Use this link for Free Shipping on your first order!)
Visit The Fitness Underground’s Online Store At: http://www.thefitnessunderground.com
GET FIT, STAY WELL AND THRIVE. START MOVING IN A HEALTHIER DIRECTION.
A YEAR FROM NOW YOU MAY WISH YOU STARTED TODAY!
The Fitness Underground-Los Angeles c.2010