Eat Your Colors - Red Foods

Many of us are drawn to bright, colorful foods because they are visually appealing.  But did you know that eating a variety of colors is good for your health too?  Eating a wide array of colors every day is the best approach to getting all the vitamins and minerals your body needs.  


Why eat red fruits and veggies?

Red foods are rich in the phytonutrients lycopene and anthocyanin, which greatly benefits the circulatory system by helping build healthy cell walls. This improves blood pressure, organ function, and circulation. Red foods also offer sun protection from harmful UV damage.

Examples of red foods include tomatoes, watermelon, beets, and red bell peppers.  



Sweet And Sour Chicken  

This sauce is great with chicken, pork, or tofu.  Need to add more color?  Use orange, yellow, and/or green bell peppers.  You can also add onion or shallots in with the peppers too for more flavor (and colors).

Ingredients:  

  • 1 pound protein (chicken, or tofu)
  • 1 Tbsp Oil
  • ½ cup Red Bell Peppers, jullianne
  • ½ tsp Fresh Ginger, peeled and grated
  • 1 ¼ cups Water
  • ⅔ cup Pineapple Juice
  • 2 Tbsp Cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp Light Brown Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • ½ cup Pineapple Tidbits In Juice
  • Salt to taste
  • dash Red Hot-Pepper Sauce


Directions: 

Stir fry protein.  Add peppers and ginger, and sauté 2-3 minutes.  

Whisk water, pineapple juice, cornstarch, and brown sugar together.  Bring to boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.  

Whisk in tomato.  Stir in protein/peppers and season with salt and hot-pepper sauce.  

Serve over rice.


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