Fit Body Fuel: Red Bell Peppers

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This morning I was stuffing a bell pepper with bacon, eggs, and a leek when I thought about how awesome bell peppers are.  (I found the recipe for bacon, egg, and leek pepper stuffing in my copy of the Paleo Cookbook)

A cup of chopped-up red bell peppers has only 40 Calories (2g protein, 9g carbs).  For such a low-cal food, they are packed with the vitamins you need to support your journey to a fit body.

Just one red bell pepper will give you about 20% of your daily Alpha-Tocopherol Vitamin E.  This is a kick-butt antioxidant that busts up the free radicals poisoning your bloodstream.

And guess what?  Red bell peppers have more Vitamin C than oranges!  (Red peppers have about twice as much vitamin C as green ones)

Beta-Carotene from bell peppers is what your body uses to make Vitamin A.  Letting your body make its own vitamin A is a much safer and more effective course than taking a vitamin A supplement.  I always think of A as the “good looks vitamin.”  Here are some of its benefits:

  • Prevents and clears skin infections
  • Helps fix dandruff, dry skin, and wrinkles
  • Protects against sun damage
  • Keeps skin elastic
  • Protects the lining of mouth, nose, throat, and lungs
  • Improves eyesight
  • Destroys free radicals
  • Supports immune system

You can also get plenty of Lycopene from bell peppers, which is one of the best things there is for reducing cancer risk.

I go through about a dozen red bell peppers a week, with a few yellow and orange ones thrown in for good measure.

Usually I chop one up and scramble it with my eggs in the morning and then slice one to eat along with lunch.

Here are a few easy ways to get more (from the Paleo Cookbook)

Bacon and Leek Sandwich

1 small leek, finely sliced
3 slices bacon
2 omega-3 eggs
1tbs olive oil
1 bell pepper half

Place bacon and oil in a frying pan on medium heat, stir consistently for 5-6min, or until bacon has lightly
browned. Remove any excess oil and add leek, stir consistently for 8-10 min or until leek has become soft and tender. Add eggs and stir consistently to scramble into the bacon and leek.

Fill pepper half with mixture.

Grilled Peppers

Cut pepper into strips and place on barbecue over open flame until soft.  (About 5-10 minutes)

When cool, peel off charred skin and use the cooked pepper strips in a salad or as a side.

Beef And Pepper Kebabs

Cut a pound of 1-inch thick boneless top sirloin steak into 1.5 inch pieces.

Toss meat with a mix of:

  • 1 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cloves minced garlic

Stab beef onto four 12inch metal skewers, alternating with slices of red bell pepper.

Grill until cooked and serve with a wild greens salad.

Final Note

If you’re serious about changing your body and you aren’t eating Paleo/Primal foods, it’s time to get on the ball.

If you want to get the results you truly want and need, remember the Wold Fitness Eating Hierarchy:

  1. What You Eat
  2. When You Eat
  3. How Much You Eat

Eating Paleo is the key to the first and most important part of the hierarchy.  Check out the Paleo Cookbook (less than a personal training session and with a 3 month moneyback guarantee) by clicking here: Paleo Cookbook

Talk Soon,

~ Luke

PS – Deirdre Reid, one of my clients, is the person who pointed out the paleo cookbook to me.  Her picture is below.  Guess this stuff works, huh?  :)

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