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Red peppers can play a role in weight loss! Peppers are low in calories, which helps with weight loss. Grab fresh red peppers instead of potato chips as a healthy snack. You still get that same crunch with a lot fewer calories.
Red peppers are mature green peppers. They are mild in taste, which makes them a great snack raw or cooked. Red peppers do not contain any fat, are low in carbohydrates, and are rich in fiber and vitamins C and A. Fiber helps with the digestive system and vitamins C and A help to protect your eyes and skin.
Peppers also contain a chemical called capsaicin, which may help to increase the rate at which the body burns fat. With all these positive things, why wouldn’t you pick up some red peppers next time you’re at the store?
Adding red peppers to your meal will not only add color, but also good flavoring. I like to buy a variety of colored peppers and cut them up in my salads. I’ve also cut up fresh red peppers and made a low-fat veggie dip as a healthy snack when company is over.
Just last night I made kabobs with red peppers and shrimp to put on the grill. Add a little seasoning and you have a low-calorie, low-fat, and fun meal. You can also go online and search for a low-fat recipe to make stuffed peppers. Red peppers are something different to incorporate into your fresh summer meals!
Add red peppers to your salads, omelets, chicken tacos, whole-wheat pasta with ground turkey, or just add peppers on top of your grilled chicken sandwich. Have fun and get creative with red peppers this summer!
Corporate health and wellness programs are making strides in encouraging healthy eating, so look in your onsite cafeteria for these and other healthier options.