We’re all about getting involved with Red Nose Day with some delicious red grub! No need to break out the red food colouring, here are 7 red foods that are packed with health benefits – and deserve a spot on your plate.
Did you know that red peppers are actually green peppers that have been allowed to ripen on the vine, resulting in them being so much sweeter? Peppers are rich in vitamins, particularly Vitamin C and antioxidant. They are thought to be one of the most nutrient-dense foods available.
Whether you blend it, roast it or drink it, beetroot can protect your heart, bones and body. Beetroot is low in fat, full of vitamins and minerals and packed with powerful antioxidants. Among the multiple benefits of this veg, it is also widely known that beetroot lowers blood pressure and may help to fight heart disease.
3. Sweet potatoes
Okay so maybe sweet potatoes aren’t exactly red, but this particular vegetable couldn’t be missed! Rich in fibre and an excellent source of vitamin A, not to mention that they are widely available, inexpensive and extremely delicious! This veg is excellent to eat boiled, mashed or roasted.
Are tomatoes a fruit or a vegetable? It’s a bit of both! Tomatoes are juicy, sweet and can be prepared in a seemingly endless number of dishes! They’re packed full of beneficial nutrients and antioxidants and are a rich source of vitamins A and C and folic acid.
Not only are they delicious to eat, strawberries have among the highest antioxidant properties of all fruit. They are very rich in vitamin C and E, and contain calcium, potassium and iron. They also contain a considerable amount of folic acid. Lots of immune system-boosting ingredients!
Apples have some remarkable and surprising health benefits, they are an excellent source of vitamin C, soluble fibre and a good source of potassium. The antioxidants in apples can help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
Raspberries contain strong antioxidants such as vitamin C, quercetin, folate and vitamin E. These are thought to help fight against decline and major diseases. They also have anti-inflammatory properties.
During this exciting time of the year, Piccolo would like to thank everyone who is getting involved in Red Nose Day – whether you’re getting your hands on a special red nose, out fundraising or spreading joy and smiles in some way!