The provider of eye-catching color in carrots, bell peppers and tomatoes, beta-carotene is transformed in the body to our eyes’ best friend – vitamin A. Where to find it and one A+ recipe.
If vitamin A is a super nutrient, then consider beta-carotene the Clark Kent of good health.
The pigment that gives many veggies and fruits their orange or red pigment, beta-carotene transforms into vitamin A in our bodies. It then goes on to protect our bodies in many ways, by supporting our immune systems, healthy skin and eyes.
As an antioxidant, vitamin A also protects our bodies from free radicals, which can lead to all kinds of negative health problems. Free radicals are molecules that are missing electrons, and in our bodies they become common villains, searching for electrons they can steal. When they do, the tissue or cell from which the electron is stolen is damaged.
So when you see color, you’re seeing a whole lot of protection.
Of course when we’re looking for beta-carotene we’re less likely to think of Clark Kent than we are a carrot, which is chockablock with the pigment. However, many other vegetables also contain beta-carotene. They include:
- Chinese cabbage (bok choy)
- Sweet potatoes
Another all-natural food that contains beta-carotene is Vegy Vida! For a double-dose of it and the vitamin A it turns into, here’s a super recipe specially designed for kids.
Cool Buffalo Rainbow Pizza
What you need:
- 1 can of pizza dough
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese
- 1 cup diced bell peppers
- ½ cup broccoli florets
- ½ cup purple cauliflower florets broken into bite-sized pieces
- ½ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
- ½ cup of Cool Buffalo Vegy Vida
What you do:
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Spread out the pizza dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake the crust for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and allow it to cool to the touch, but keep the oven on.
Call in the kids! Ask them to coat the crust with the Cool Buffalo Vegy Vida. Then sprinkle it with mozzarella and top with the veggies.
Place the pizza back in the oven and bake for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Let it cool for a few minutes, then divide into triangles and serve. Your kids may not be able to leap tall buildings, but you can leap for joy that they’ve had a healthy meal.
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