I just love peppers and even though my own garden was pretty disappointing this year, peppers are abundant at my local farmer’s market.  If I can’t grow them myself, my second choice is locally grown.

This delicious, crisp, juicy vegetable has more vitamin C than an orange, in fact, a red pepper has three times as much!  One pepper also provides 75% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A.  A serving of peppers, or one large pepper is only about 35 calories and is loaded with antioxidants.

Peppers make a great addition to salads and they are a terrific replacement for chips as a side to your sandwich.  Try rolling them up in a wrap for extra flavor and crunch! In the Summer months when fresh, colorful peppers are plentiful, buy a bag full of them, chop and freeze for use in soups and casseroles all Winter long!  Roasted peppers are one of my favorite ways to eat peppers.  Check out these links for a couple of great recipes for oven roasted peppers:



These little Lunchbox Peppers are mildly sweet and easy to grow in your garden.  The plants are pretty enough to be mixed right in among the flowers in your yard.

If you like to spice things up a bit Jalapenos are a great place to start.  Like bell peppers, they have a lot of antioxidant health benefits too.  The capsaicin in jalapenos can help fight colds, migraines, and even cancer!

Head out to your local farmer’s market and stock up on peppers!  Store-bought peppers are on the list of foods containing the highest concentrations of pesticides, so if you do get your peppers at the supermarket, be sure to buy organic.  Store peppers in the fridge to prevent nutrient loss.