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Superfood Highlight: Peppers

Bell peppers are an all-around superfood. They are packed with vitamins and nutrients and can be worked into colourful recipes the whole family will love.

We are particularly big fans of these colourful veggies because they also bring with them a whole host of eyesight-related benefits.

With generous amounts of vitamins A, C, and B6, plus health-boosting carotenoids like lutein, zeaxanthin, beta-carotene, and lycopene, peppers contribute to healthy sight in a number of different ways. Here are some of the finer details.

Now that you know how the helpful components found in peppers can support strong eyesight, here are a few ways to work them into your next meal. The following recipes will give you a healthy shot of nutrition—with a side of unforgettable taste.

Yellow Pepper and Chicken Linguini

With this recipe, you can put a healthy twist on a popular pasta. Here, you can add flavour and nutrients to your dish by adding chopped pepper slices, along with a little spinach for even more eye-healthy ingredients; similar to peppers, spinach contains high amounts of lutein and zeaxanthin. Bring out your favourite sauce pan and give this a try tonight.

Try this recipe: Yellow Pepper and Chicken Linguini from the FYidoctors Eats for your Eyes Cookbook.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup

Here’s a creamy and vitamin-packed comfort food recipe that requires only a few ingredients. It also doesn’t contain cream, which helps keep the calorie and fat content in check. This soup can act alone as a lunch entrée or pair nicely with a beef or chicken main course for dinner.

Try this recipe: Roasted Red Bell Pepper Soup from allrecipes.com.

Vegetarian Stuffed Red Bell Peppers

If your family is vegetarian, or you’re simply looking for a tasty side dish, try preparing this fresh and savoury creation. It includes a tangy mix of lime juice, onion, garlic, parsley and mint and combines that with quinoa and granny smith apple slices. Then, everything is loaded into a pepped and roasted to tender perfection. Once your dinner guests get a taste of this combination, you can be sure they’ll be asking to come back again soon.

Try this recipe: Vegetarian Stuffed Red Bell Peppers from allrecipes.com.

Filipino Pork Adobo

This traditional recipe unites a variety of flavours into a delectable dish. The mix of pork with soy sauce, red peppers, garlic, vinegar, and bay leaves make dinner feel like a special occasion, yet it doesn’t require any out-of-the-ordinary ingredients.

Try this recipe: Filipino Pork Adobo from the FYidoctors Eats for Your Eyes Cookbook.

 

Peppers are an incredible contributor to eye health, and a handy go-to ingredient, so it’s no wonder we call them a superfood!

Now it’s your turn to think of new creative ways to use this prized produce in your next meal. Or, visit the recipe section of FYidoctors blog for more healthy eating inspiration.