This healthy, fulfilling and hearty soup is my favorite. Sometimes I even add squash or winter melon. For For an Indian touch, I fry cumin seeds in 1tsp of oil and garnish it. Read below for the Health Benefits of Red Peppers and Enjoy!
Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
|1 or 2
|Salt to Taste
|Fresh Basil, optional
- Wash all of the vegetables and cut them into pieces.
- In a pan, cover the vegetables with water.
- Add in all of the ingredients.
- Bring to a boil on high heat.
- Cover the pan and lower the heat to very low.
- Let it cook for 20 Minutes or until the carrot is tender.
- Let it cool down and blend with hand blender until it liquifies.
- If you want a smooth texture, run it through a sieve.
- Garnish with parsley, cilantro and cracked black pepper.
Health Benefits of Red Peppers
- Red peppers aren’t just tantalizing for your taste buds, these colorful peppers are a rich source of anti-carcinogenic carotenoid called lycopene that is believed to work against prostate cancer as well as cancer of the bladder, cervix and pancreas. Beta-cryptoxanthin, another carotenoid in red peppers is being held as a potential source of fighting against lung cancer.
- Did you know that eating red peppers actually helps in losing weight? Red peppers contain substances that are believed to increase body’s heat production and oxygen consumption after eating that assists in burning calories and losing weight.
- Red peppers are an excellent source of essential vitamins such as vitamin A & E. Vitamin A is known to be good for vision, bone growth, immune function, cell function and skin health. Vitamin E helps prevent cell damage, cancer and heart disease.
- Red pepper is also a rich source of vitamin C that helps strengthen your immune system. This is important in preventing infections as well as some cancers. It also helps increase iron absorption by your body. High antioxidant levels contained in red pepper is known to lower the risk of heart disease.
- Red bell pepper has 3g fiber, which helps to prevent colon and aids in digestive health, heart health and diabetes.
- Red peppers also contain vitamin B6 that helps in brain functioning and aids the body to convert protein into energy. It is also a rich source of Vitamin B that aids in healthy metabolism, immune function, and cell growth and may help relieve symptoms caused by stress, depression and heart disease.
- Red pepper contains Folate aids that is vital for brain health and fights heart disease. It is also necessary for blood cell formation, growth and prevention of liver disease. It is also believed to play a huge part in preventing birth defects.
- Red pepper is an excellent source of potassium that aids in proper electrolytic functions and keeps the brain, heart, kidney and muscle tissues in good condition. It also reduces the risk of stroke and softens the effects of salt on blood pressure.