Are bell peppers Keto? This article answers that question and will also provide you with some of the most delicious pepper recipes that you'll want to add to your Keto meal planning.
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Whether you've been on Keto a while, or just starting out on a low carb journey, looking for ways to add a variety of vegetables can seem difficult at times. That's the beauty of bell peppers!
They are so full of flavor; they easily elevate the flavor of many savory dishes to the next level. In this article, we're taking a look at how you can add them to delicious recipes that are all 100% Keto approved.
Can You Eat Bell Peppers on a Keto Diet?
Vibrantly colored vegetables, bell peppers are a super versatile and delicious vegetable you can eat on Keto, or just about any other healthy diet.
Whether you eat them raw with a healthy dip, cooked in a low carb casserole or sauteed and served as a Keto side dish, bell peppers are an excellent way to incorporate a lot of flavors while keeping the carb macros low.
How Many Carbs in Bell Peppers?
Though bell peppers have slightly different amounts of carbs based on their color, they are all reasonable low carb enough to be enjoyed in moderation on Keto or any low carb diet. These net carb counts are based on one large whole pepper:
- Green bell pepper 4.8 grams
- Red bell pepper 6.5 grams
- Yellow bell pepper 10.1 grams
Health Benefits of Bell Peppers
According to this article on Healthline, "Bell peppers are very high in vitamin C, with a single one providing up to 169% of the RDI. Other vitamins and minerals in bell peppers include vitamin K1, vitamin E, vitamin A, folate, and potassium."
Bell Peppers Nutrition
Though the nutrition of every color bell pepper may vary a little, they all have similar values. The following nutrition is for one medium sized green bell pepper:
- Calories: 24
- Protein: 1 gram
- Carbs: 5.6 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Net carbs: 3.6 grams
Tips for Buying Bell Peppers
- Appearance: Look for peppers with smooth, shiny skins, avoiding the ones with holes or dark spots.
- Touch: Bell peppers should feel firm when you touch them. Avoid soft or mushy peppers.
- Packaging: If you buy whole fresh bell peppers that are packaged in plastic, take then out of that packaging and store them loose in the crisper drawer of your fridge. Excess moisture can build up in that bag, which is best to avoid.
- Washing: You don’t need to wash bell peppers before storing. But if you do, make sure they are completely dry before placing in the crisper drawer. Any water left on the peppers will cause mold or black spots to appear quicker.
- Cut peppers: Once you have sliced into a pepper, you’ll want to store the remaining amount in a glass container than you have placed a paper towel at the bottom of. This helps absorb any moisture that may collect from the exposed sliced edges.