Eating from this red color group may help to promote:
A healthy heart
A good memory
A healthy urinary tract
A lower risk of some cancers
Some examples of red fruits are: red apples, blood oranges, cherries, cranberries, red grapes, pink/red grapefruit, red pears, pomegranates, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon.
Red vegetables include: beets, red peppers, radishes, radicchio, red onions, red potatoes, rhubarb, and tomatoes.
Some creative ways to get your red fruits and vegetables, especially for Valentine’s Day include: Make heart‐shaped pizza for your loved ones. Roll out the dough and use a heart‐ shaped cookie cutter to make individual hearts. Spread with your favorite tomato pizza sauce. Add your favorite toppings. Add red bell peppers, cherry or grape tomatoes, red onions, or beets to a tossed salad.
Make coleslaw out of red cabbage and red onions.
Oatmeal topped with a heart shape of dried cranberries or dried cherries.
Raspberry or Strawberry smoothie ‐ ½ cup of fat‐free milk, ½ cup of low‐fat vanilla yogurt, 1 cup of frozen strawberries or raspberries, 1 teaspoon of honey, 2‐4 ice cubes. Mix everything except the ice, then add the ice and puree again until rich and creamy. An alternative to using the honey is to use 1 teaspoon of no calorie sweetener or sugar. This recipe makes one serving.
Pink/red grapefruit topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar.
Red grapes as a snack or as a side dish to your favorite sandwich.
Information comes from :
Go Red for Valentine’s Day!
Monica L. Payne, Extension Agent - Family and Consumer Sciences University of Florida/IFAS Citrus County Extension
I am just heading to the freezer to pull out snow peas from last summer's garden crop.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 2 servings
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion
- 2 teaspoons canola oil
- 1/3 cup julienned sweet red pepper
- 1/3 cup julienned sweet yellow pepper
- 1/2 cup fresh snow peas
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- In a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, saute onion in oil for 1-2 minutes. Add peppers; cook for 2 minutes.
- Stir in the peas and mushrooms; saute 3-4 minutes longer or until vegetables are crisp-tender. Sprinkle with salt. Yield: 2 servings.