Monday, April 25, 2011

Superfoods Part V

With temperatures reaching the 70’s the past 2 days in New York City I would like to turn the theme of my Superfoods this week to summer treats.

1.  Red Bell Peppers – Not only are they sweet and crunchy, they promote optimal health. These peppers are good for your heart, lungs, and eyes, and they are incredibly high in the antioxidant vitamins C and A.
- How to Prepare: Slice them up and eat them plain, add some hummus or dip, use them to make a veggie burger, add them to salad or toss them into a sauce for extra flavor. These crunchy vegetables are a personal favorite of mine, and one cup of raw red pepper slices is only 25 calories.

2. Kiwi – This small fruit is jam packed with vitamin C, contains folate, potassium, fiber, caratenoids, polyphenols, chlorophyll, glutathione and pectin. Kiwis are an excellent source of vitamin E, a nutrient more commonly found in nuts and oils, which can be high in both fat and calories which will help your body fight off infection and illness.
- How to Prepare: Kiwi is a delicious, energizing snack that can be taken with you absolutely anywhere. Eat it alone as a snack, toss it in a salad or add it to a smoothie. This nutrient packed fruit contains about 93 calories for two kiwis.
Kiwi Fruit on Foodista

3. Beets – I did not grow up eating Beets but I am sure making up for lost time now. Beets are a good source for vitamin C, fiber, Foliate, Potassium and Manganese.
How to Prepare: With summer just around the corner prepare chilled soups and try out a new salad recipe.  Roast a few beets and top with some goat cheese. A cup of beets is filling and only contains 58 calories.

Here are a few links to some recipes containing these Superfoods:

Past Superfood Entries:


  1. Wonderful post. We really need more food like this in our diet.I followed you from the foodie blog roll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this kiwi fruit widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about kiwi fruit,Thanks!

  2. Thanks Alisa, I have gone ahead and added in the widget!