Red, the colour of love, is everywhere you turn in February. But skip the confectionary aisle and take a look in the fresh produce section for red fruits and vegetables that are heart healthy and can contribute to a balanced diet. Vibrant, crimson produce is rich in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and nutrients that may even lower cholesterol. Now, that is a food to love! This month, fall in love with red produce. Here are five crimson-coloured fruits and vegetables to enjoy!
The ultimate summer fruit. Bite into a slice of watermelon for a refreshing snack that is packed with the antioxidant lycopene. For a creative take on watermelon, chop up bite-size pieces and combine with coriander, cucumber, jalapeno, and lime juice to make a salsa; this could be served with Jenny’s Pulled Pork Quesadilla or Beef Burrito.
The quintessential berry, strawberries are loaded with immune-boosting vitamin C and folate, which are important for heart health. Top your weekend pancakes with sliced, fresh strawberries, or add a few strawberries atop our creamy Chocolate Mousse.
When you think of red fruits and vegetables, tomatoes are one of the first options that spring to mind. Whether sundried or fresh off of the vine, tomatoes are the perfect addition to pasta dishes and pizza. Sneak in tomatoes, which are rich in free-radical fighting antioxidants, in the morning by adding them to your poached eggs or our Spinach Frittata for a satisfying start to your day. This heart-healthy fruit is a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and lycopene.
Did you know red capsicum contains as much vitamin C as an orange? Spice up a Vegetarian Fried Rice, Beef Teriyaki Noodles or Pumpkin, Feta & Spinach Pizza with strips of red capsicum.
A powerhouse of benefits for your heart, pomegranate’s juicy seeds are delicious added to salads and yoghurt, or sprinkled on your pancakes or cereal.