A Little Bell Pepper In Your Juice Provides These Great Benefits
If you are looking to add an additional healthy kick to your raw juice, you should try including some bell pepper in your recipe. Bell peppers are a wonderful combination of tangy taste and beautiful color that can be a great addition to a raw juice recipe. They are members of the nightshade family, which also includes potatoes, tomatoes and eggplant.
Bell peppers come in a wide array of vivid colors, including green, red, yellow, orange, purple, and brown. Green and purple peppers have a slightly bitter flavor, while the red, orange and yellows are sweeter. Bell peppers are not ‘hot’ as they contain very little of the capsaicin that controls the “hotness” in peppers.
Bell pepper is an excellent source of over 30 different members of the carotenoid nutrient family, including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin. They are also a valuable source of vitamin C and health-supportive sulfur compounds and are rich in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients. There is far less than 1 gram of total fat in one cup of sliced bell pepper.
Allow this amazing vegetable to ripen if you want to maximize the nutrition you receive from it. Optimally ripe bell peppers have deep, vivid colors, feel heavy for their size, and are firm enough to yield only slightly to pressure. Bell peppers are available around the country throughout the year, but they are most abundant at farmer’s markets during the summer and early fall months. Bell peppers purchased from a grocery store or market can still be allowed to ripen post-harvest.
Here is a good recipe to try:
Mexican-Style Jugo Juice Recipe
Apples – 2 medium
Cilantro – 1 bunch
Cucumbers – 2 cucumber
Lime (with rind) – 1/2 fruit
Bell Pepper (sweet green) – 1/2 medium (seeds removed)
Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.