Sweet Bell Peppers

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Flickr: Katili

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Flickr: cobblucas

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Flickr: jdn

Foods Included

Red, Green, Yellow, Orange, and Purple Bell Peppers

Description

Sweet bell peppers are glossy, bell-shaped vegetables that come in a variety of colors. Green and purple bell peppers taste slightly bitter compared to the much sweeter red, orange, and yellow bell peppers.

Buy It

  • Look for firm, shiny, bright colored peppers with no browning or soft spots.

Store It

  • Store peppers in plastic bag in refridgerator for 3-4 days.

Cook It

  • Wash before using them; cut around stem then pull on it to remove core and seeds; cut pepper in half and trim remaining membrane.
  • Eat them raw, grilled, sauteed, or roasted; microwave in covered dish with a little water for 4-6 min or until tender

Why It's Great

  • Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
  • B Vitamins helps our cells grow and stay healthy.
  • Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Vitamin K helps our bodies heal quickly.
  • Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full.  Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin are important for keeping our eyes and skin healthy. 

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