By Dr Megan Chircop
The first thing you think about when vitamin C is mentioned is citrus fruit, especially an orange. But, is this the best choice.
How about we compare an orange and red capsicum per 100 grams?
* Red capsicum has 3 times the amount of Vitamin C than an orange.
* Red capsicum has 1/2 the amount of calories than an orange.
* Red capsicum has 1/2 the amount of sugar (3.5g) than an orange (8g).
And the winner is RED CAPSICUM!
Next time you reach for the fruit bowl, perhaps re-think your snack choice and opt for sticks of capsicum instead.
Maximise the benefit by pairing roasted red capsicum with lean grilled red meat, such as a barbecued steak. The vitamin C will aid in increasing the iron absorption from the steak.
Our favourite side dish that heroes red capsicum is PIPERADE.
Here is the recipe...
Piperade (Gluten-free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Dairy-free)
A French side dish full of lovely Provencal flavours. Pairs perfectly will grilled meat or a fish fillet.
1 tsp olive oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 small capsicums, thinly sliced
200 grams tomatoes, diced
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp basil leaves, chopped
1 Tbsp parsley, finely chopped
2 Tbsp oregano leaves, chopped
1 Heat olive oil in a large saucepan. Sauté onion and capsicum until slightly softened.
2 Add tomatoes, salt, sugar, vinegar and herbs. Simmer for 20 mins or until slightly glazed.
Yield: Approx. 100g per serve
Nutrition (per serving): 53 calories, 1.3g protein, 6.7g net carbohydrates, 2.5g fiber, 1.4g total fat.
* Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
The Body Sculptors Australia team prides itself on developing nutritious recipes that are absolutely delicious. You will wonder why you have not eaten like this your whole life when food tastes this good.
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At Body Sculptors Australia, we believe in NOURISHING YOURSELF from the inside out! Because YOU are worth it. And good health, happiness and confidence comes from within.
Understanding your own nutritional requirements can often be confusing, especially as we age and our hormones change. I am in my 40s, a single mum to a 6yr old daughter, whom has boundless energy and I want to keep up. So I understand how difficult it can be and how time-poor we all are and therefore put ourselves last, especially as parents.
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