Red peppers are called a superfood for a reason. They contain 300 % of your required vitamin c intake (twice that of green peppers) which is not only a powerful antioxidant but also helps with the absorption of iron.

They are also a great source of vitamin B6 which is a natural diuretic to prevent bloating and helps to break down and digest proteins, and form red blood cells. The combination of vitamin B6 and magnesium is effective in reducing anxiety and lessening symptoms of PMT.  They are extremely high in vitamin A, good for vision and boosting the immune system.

Lycopene is what makes peppers red which has been successfully tested in the prevention of cancers primarily prostate and lung. To top it off red peppers are crisp and incredibly sweet, and help with weight loss as your body burns calories digesting them. They increase your metabolic rate and are full of water too, which keeps you full.

With red peppers in the fridge you can add great nutrition, and colour to any meal. Weight loss is easier when the food tastes good so make sure to try a few recipes, they’re simple and fast. You’ll be amazed how good you’ll feel and how fast you shift the pounds with no hunger or feelings of deprivation.

That’s why we have prepare a 3 part series of Red Pepper’s recipes just for you! Here it is the first of three tasty, easy and full of vitamins recipes.

Healthy Recipe – Red Pepper Healthy Pizza

Serves 1

Ingredients:

1 small wholemeal wrap (6inch)-70 calories

¼ cup/60 mls cottage cheese OR 1oz/30g low fat cheddar OR 1oz/30g mozzarella

½ small courgette

¼ large red pepper, cut into strips

4 mange tout or sugar snap peas

4 cherry tomatoes

½  tablespoon chopped basil and garlic chopped finely mixed with 1 dessertspoon olive oil and a little salt

½ teaspoon rosemary (optional)

1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes

Method:

Place wrap on grill pan under medium grill for 2 minutes on either side.

Sprinkle cheese evenly over wrap and grill for 1 minute

Mix garlic, oil and basil and spread evenly over cheese, then arrange chopped courgette, red pepper, tomatoes and mange tout.

Grill for a further 2-3 minutes and top with rosemary and parsley.

Blog Post by Claire Jackson