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4-Ingredient Pumpkin Banana Pancakes [Paleo Option too]

11 Nov

I use to make pancakes all the time, like these mocha coconut ones, these banana bread ones, and these fun honeycomb ones too! And boy have I missed them.

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The thing is, on such a busy college schedule, I rarely have time in the morning to make a delicious breakfast like this! Its typically more of a smoothie, bar, or yogurt and granola on the go :)

But with today being Veterans Day, I woke up, was able to go on a nice little relaxing run, and come back and make these tasty little cakes.

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Which reminds me, if anyone who reads this is a veteran, I just want to take a moment to say THANK YOU. All of your service and help you have given to our country is so very appreciated.

And what a better way to celebrate such a day than to combine the delicious flavors or pumpkin and banana?! Not to mention, these can be made TWO ways. Protein packed with About Time Whey’s new pumpkin protein powder…or paleo friendly with almond meal!

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4 ingredients. dairy free. paleo option. protein-packed option. pumpkin. banana.

What is there not to love about this recipe?!

*If you’re wanting the protein-packed version, you can order About Time Whey’s pumpkin protein powder with my discount promo code: “FFF1” for 25% off your purchase! Just go to TryAboutTime.com and purchase on their site :)

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Use FFF1 for 25% off on their website!!!

Did I mention that this entire recipe is only about 200 calories or under?!?! Thats a winner in my books!

4-Ingredient Pumpkin Banana Pancakes
Makes 6 small pancakes

-1 medium Banana, slightly warmed and mashed
-1/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
-1/4 cup Egg Whites or 1 Egg
-3 tbsp AboutTime’s Pumpkin Whey (or any flavor)
(Or sub in 3 tbsp Almond Meal for Paleo option!)
-Optional: any delicious add ins! Examples: nuts, cinnamon, vanilla extract, coconut, chocolate chips
-Topping: my Homemade Pumpkin Peanut Butter

Directions: Slightly warm banana in bowl in microwave for about 10 seconds. Mash with fork. Add in all other ingredients and mix until combined. Heat skillet with a little coconut oil on medium heat. Pour batter into pan. Cook until slightly browned and set. Flip. Cook until done. Makes 6 small pancakes (One serving). Can double or even triple recipe!

Note: Don’t forget to use my promo code “FFF1” on the About Time website to try some of this delicious pumpkin protein powder! Or try one of their other delicious flavors

Banana Benefits
1) Help overcome depression due to high tryptophan content
2) Sustains blood sugar during workouts
3) Protects against muscle cramps
4) Counteracts calcium loss
5) Improves your mood
6) Reduce swelling
7) High in potassium
8) Rich in pectin which aids in digestion
9) High in fiber
10) Natural Anti-acid
11) Only fruit that can be consumed raw without distress

Pumpkin Benefits:
1) High in Vitamin A which aids in eyesight
2) High in fiber to keep you satisfied
3) Rich in Beta Carotene with plays a role in cancer prevention and benefit your skin
4) More potassium than a banana (great post workout food!)
5) Rich in Vitamin C which is an immune booster, decreases blood pressure and risk of heart disease, and regulates cholesterol
6) Good source of vitamin E, which promotes healthy skin
7) High in potassium which is necessary for energy production, balancing fluid levels, and promoting strong bones

Egg Benefits
1) Rich in the proteins lutein and zeaxanthin, which aid in eye health
2) Aids in cardiovascular health
3) Rich in Choline, a B vitamin that is thought of as brain food” as it aids in neurological function and development
4) Prevents breast cancer
5) Leads to healthy skin, hair and nails- being
high in sulfur
6) Contains 6 grams of protein and all the amino acids needed to build protein

Whey Protein Benefits
1) Good source of high amounts of protein
2) Aids in muscle growth and repair
3) Known to lower blood pressure
4) Helps lose body fat
5) High protein keeps you satisfied and full

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Sweetpotato Pizza Crust with Sweetpotato Curry Sauce

9 Oct

In case you didn’t see my Sweetpotato Cookie Dough Dip, let me tell you a little something special. Why did I spell  “sweetpotato” as one word you may ask? What I used here in this recipe is not just your typical sweet potato. No, these are California sweetpotatoes! The recipe Redux community is having a California sweetpotato contest, and of course, I had to participate! What’s unique about California sweetpotatoes is that they are grown in soft sand and are hand sorted during harvest to minimize scarring and scratching. The result is a visually, higher quality sweetpotato. California sweetpotatoes are a “nutrition bang for the calorie buck” with 4 grams of fiber, 2 grams of protein, a good source of vitamin C and more than a day’s worth of vitamin A, all for 105 calories per serving. Plus, they are available year-round.

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Many that are striving to live a healthy lifestyle avoid pizza at all costs because of thinking it is so bad. But when a recipe like this is created, the fear of pizza can disappear!

Made with gluten free rolled oats and sweetpotato, this pizza crust is far from the typical unhealthy crust. You can now have your pizza and eat it too!

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Sweetpotatoes are so versatile in the fact that they are not only delicious plain, baked in the oven like other potatoes, but they also turn out great in recipes! Whether a savory or sweet dish, these sweetpotatoes raise the bar on any typical recipe. In this unique pizza crust recipe, it added such a great taste and texture.

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My boyfriend (who is skeptical sometimes about my healthy food) loved it! That is proof that it is a tasty recipe. Want a pizza night soon but also don’t want to ruin your hard work in healthy living? Make this recipe for a great night with family or friends. I decided to make two mini pizzas. I topped one with a sweetpotato curry sauce (see below crust recipe) and veggies, and the other one with regular pizza sauce, veggies, and chicken. The sky is the limit with a delicious crust like this!

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Sweetpotato Pizza Crust
Makes 2 mini pizzas or 1 medium pizza

–    1/2 cup California Sweetpotato, cooked (about 1 medium sweetpotato)
–    1/2 cup Oat Flour (1 cup Rolled Oats, blended to flour)
–    1 whole Egg
–    2 tablespoons Chia Seeds (or flaxseeds)
–    1/2 teaspoon Coconut Oil
–    1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt, Cayenne Pepper, and Garlic Salt
–    1/2 teaspoon Baking Powder

Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Place sweetpotato, flour, and egg into high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Add in other ingredients and mix just until incorporated. Cover a pizza tray with parchment paper. Spray parchment paper with nonstick spray and place pizza dough on it. Spread out to desired thinness (may need roller). Place into oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Remove and add desired toppings. Bake in oven for another 5 minutes. Remove from oven, cut into slices, and enjoy.

Optional Sweet Potato Sauce
–    1/2 cup sweetpotato, cooked
–    3 tablespoons Canned Coconut Milk
–    1/2 teaspoon Crushed Garlic
–    2 teaspoons Curry Powder
–    1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
–    1/4 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Directions: Blend all ingredients together in high speed blender. Use as a topping for sweetpotato pizza crust above if desired.

Sweetpotato Benefits
1) High in vitamin B6
2) Good source of vitamin C
3) Contain vitamin D
4) Contain iron
5) Good source of magnesium
6) High in fiber
7) Rich in vitamin A

Chia Seeds
1) Combats Diabetes: with its gelatinous coating it can prevent blood sugar spikes, and is also slow digesting which has lead to it being a possible treatment for diabetes
2) High in fiber: just 1 oz. has 1/3 of daily needed amount
3) Packed with Omega 3 Fatty Acids
4) Supports Bone and Teeth Health: packed with calcium
5) High in Manganese: an essential mineral for your bones
6) Rich in Phosphorous: aids body in synthesizing protein for cell and also maintaining healthy bones
7) High in protein: great source for vegetarians
8) Fights Belly Fat: it’s stabilizing affect on blood sugar also fights insulin resistance which is tied to an increase of belly fat
9) Contain tryptophan: also found in turkey, it is responsible for regulating appetite and improving sleep
10) Improves heart health

I received free samples
of California sweetpotatoes
mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am
entering a recipe contest sponsored by
the California Sweetpotato Council
and am eligible to win prizes
associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time

Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake

11 Sep

Don’t forget to enter in my About Time Whey Protein giveaway! You can read all the details on this post :)

 

But to an actual recipe..Yes, I’ve posted a chocolate peanut butter shake before. But come on, who doesn’t like chocolate and peanut butter together?

Unlike the other one, this recipe has no protein powder in it, but is still quite high in protein (20 grams)! It is a great post workout shake, or even a way to begin your day off sweet.

Whereas other chocolate peanut butter shakes you could get would be loaded with sugar and creams, this one has none of that! Just an all natural, sinlessly sweet shake filled with the tasty flavors of peanut butter and chocolate.

From past posts, I’m sure you’ve realized I’m a huge fan of shakes. They are just a simple treat to make, and can be tailored to be the perfect breakfast, midday snack, or night time treat. What other reason is needed to be a fan?

Whether you’re an athlete needing to get in those extra calories between meals, or the typical active person wanting a simple meal or treat, shakes are the perfect go-to!

What is your favorite type of shake flavor? I’ve always been a chocolate lover, but I know there must be some out there that prefer fruity shakes!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Shake
-1 cup unsweetened almond milk
-1 frozen ripe banana
-1/2 cup Greek yogurt
-1.5T unsweetened cocoa powder
-2 T peanut flour (can sub in 1T peanut butter)
-1 tsp natural peanut butter
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-Optional: sweetener of choice if banana doesn’t add enough sweetness
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Top with clean chocolate sauce if desired

Clean Chocolate Sauce
-1T cocoa powder
-1T almond milk
-1 tsp honey (or stevia to taste)

Cocoa Benefits
1)Decreases blood pressure
2)Improves cholesterol levels
3)Prevents heart disease
4)Rich in flavonoids, an antioxidant

Peanut Benefits
1)Rich in energy, containing many nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins
2)Good levels of mono-unsaturated fatty acids
3)Good source of dietary protein
4)Great source of resveratrol, an antioxidant found to protect against cancers, heart disease, and fungal infections
5)Excellent source of vitamin E, which maintains and protects cell membranes and skin
6)Packed with B vitamins

Taco Salad in a Jar

21 Aug

Raising the Bar on Food in a Jar. 

Mason jars used to be just for canning – but now they may be more likely used for overnight oats. How do you do food in a jar? I’m raising the bar on food in a jar today.

Did you know that jars are the perfect way to bring salads on the go? Those giant 32 ounce mason jars are perfect for this. When Recipe Redux released it’s theme this month as food in a jar, I knew what I wanted to do!

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Salads are the perfect summer meal. Cool, crisp, and refreshing. Oh, and did I mention, an extremely healthy option? However those taco salads you can order out, are usually anything but nutritious. Did you know that a simple chicken taco salad at Taco Bell is over 750 calories and 60 grams of fat?! That is what scares me. People think salad, and they think chicken, and order a meal like that, thinking that they are eating healthy. Unfortunately, choosing to buy rather than pack your lunch comes with a big price.

This is why I have created a healthy option that still has all those delicious flavors. But with not near as much fat. Or calories. I’m not one to keep count of the calories I eat, but over 750 for a simple salad?! I knew there must be a better option.

Meet my 32 ounce mason jar. It is one of my best friends when taking food on the go. I fill it with smoothies and shakes to take with me all the time (like this or this one), but I decided to spice it up from the typical smoothie today. Mason jar, meet delicious salad.

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Ground turkey instead of beef, chick peas instead of the typical beans, fresh raw corn. All the flavors you love about a taco. Without the greasy shell. But you may ask, how do you keep your salad becoming soggy? Meet my mini bottle used to carry salad dressing. I found a pack of 3 of these for only 2.99! They are the absolute best for salads on the go, as you keep the salad dressing off the salad until just before eating :) Fill it with dressing of choice, or even just some salsa to go on top of that salad. Whichever you would like. No mater what you choose, you win when you pack this salad to go.

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Taco Salad in a Jar
-1/2 cup ground turkey, cooked
-1/2 cup raw corn
-1/2 cup chick peas, drained and rinsed
-1/2 cup sliced red bell peppers
-1/4 cup sundried tomatoes
-1.5 cups lettuce, cut

Dressing to go:
-Healthy Ranch Dressing (found here)
-Dressing of choice
-Salsa

Directions: Obtain a 32 ounce mason jar. In the order listed, place all ingredients into jar. Finish off jar with lettuce, to prevent any wilting. Choose dressing of choice and fill any tiny to go container with dressing. Don’t forget a fork! :)

Tomato Benefits
1)Low in calories
2)High in vitamin C
3)Good source of vitamins A,K,folate and potassium
4)Provides thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper
5)Source of fiber
6)High water content
7)Source of beta-carotene and lycopene (good skin protectors)

Chickpea Benefits
1) Great source of protein and fiber ( 1 cup has 10g fiber and 12g protein)
2) Rich in calcium, iron, potassium, and zinc
3) Can improve your circulatory and heart health
4) Fiber aids in a healthy digestive system and lower cholesterol

Turkey Benefits:
1) One 3.5 oz serving is packed with 30 grams of protein and only 4 grams of fat
2) Loaded with B vitamins:phosphorous, potassium, zinc, and iron
3)Rich in Selenium–antioxidant necessary for thyroid metabolism
4)Contains tryptophan–amino acid that triggers serotonin production and aids in sleep

Healthy Ranch Dressing

15 Aug

We all love that creamy dressing, whether on a salad or as a dip for carrots and other veggies, but we also know we aren’t feeding our bodies very great nutrition while having it.

That is why I had to buy it when I found it. You may ask buy what? A big container of Ranch Seasoning Powder. Nothing too bad in the powder, it’s what the directions say to mix it with that’s the bad part! Mayonnaise? No thank you.

The funny thing is, even when substituting something else for the mayonnaise, it still has the same great flavor. And guess what? it isn’t only just good for healthy dressing, but serves as a great seasoning for almost anything! Chicken, veggies, even quinoa like I did with this recipe in another post!

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If you like the flavor of ranch, you should certainly invest in some of this. And if you don’t want a big container like mine from Costco, then they sell mini paper packages of a couple servings at most food stores!

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Healthy Ranch Dressing
-1/2 cup Greek Yogurt
-1/2 cup Almond Milk
-1.5 T Ranch Seasoning (comes dry in packets)
Directions: Mix all ingredients together. Let sit in fridge to thicken. Serve as a dressing or dip. Easy enough?!

Tip: For dip or a thicker dressing, use all Greek Yogurt and no milk!

Greek Yogurt Benefits
1) Help fight tummy fat
2) Contains good-for-you bacteria
3) Loaded with vitamins such as potassium, phosphorous, riboflavin, iodine, zinc, B12 and B5
4) Great recovery after workouts: high source of protein
5) High in calcium
6) Prevents high blood pressure
7) Fights off colds and flus: healthy bacteria fights off the bad and boosts the immune system
8) Protects your teeth: lactic acid in yogurt protects your gums
9) High in protein, about 18-24 grams per serving

Avocado Artichoke Pesto Stuffed Chicken

10 Aug

I don’t know what it is about stuffed chicken recipes, but I love them. And I love creating new ones.

Lately I have been loving avocados. Not only because they are delicious, but because when I’m staying away from the typical unhealthy fats for the most part, I need a lot of good fats!  Along with homemade nut butters, avocados are something I eat daily to get those healthy fats.  They not only have tons of good, healthy fats, but they have many other benefits. This makes them a delicious summer ingredient, and not just in guacamole!

Did you know that avocados have been called “The World’s Most Perfect Food”?? And rightfully so! An avocado contains every single nutrient that a person would need to survive.

Avocados are rich in many vitamins, such as A, C, D, E, K, and all of the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12 and folate). Dr. Daniel G. Amen, a clinical neuroscientist, psychiatrist, brain-imaging expert and author of the New York Times bestseller Change Your Brain, Change Your Life counts avocados as one of the top brain-healthy foods that can help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.

I became so excited when I heard there was a contest involving avocados, and instantly became motivated to create something delicious. I have a few delicious recipes, but today, it’s all about the stuffed chicken! I love pesto.  I just adore that delicious basil taste. That is why I knew I wanted to incorporate it in this recipe creation. The creamy taste of avocados, the flavor of fresh picked basil..I knew I was heading in the right direction.

This is the perfect summer night meal, as even though it may seem like you are indulging, it was made in a very healthy manner! Protein packed and rich in healthy fats, this delicious meal is sure to keep you satisfied, in both hunger and taste.

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 Avocado Artichoke Creamy Pesto Filling
– 2 avocados, flesh
– 1/2 14oz can artichokes, chopped
-1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
– 1/4 cup  low fat cottage cheese
-1T lemon juice
-1 teaspoon crushed garlic
-1/2 teaspoon black pepper
-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-1/2 teaspoon red pepper seasoning
-1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Other:
-4 large Chicken Breasts
-1 T each: dried basil, thyme, onion
-1 tsp each: pepper flakes, garlic powder, sea salt

Directions: In high speed blender or food processor, add all avocado filling ingredients, except artichokes, and blend until smooth. Stir in chopped artichokes. Place in fridge until needed. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Take out chicken breast, and butterfly with knife (cut breast in half horizontally but not all the way through so that it is still in one piece). Place 1/4 mixture in each breast, and fold back top half of chicken to “close”. In a shallow bowl, mix all the dried seasonings and salt together. Sprinkle rub mixture on each breast on both sides, and place on a cookie pan sprayed with nonstick spray. Cook in oven for about 20 minutes, or until chicken is done.

Avocado Benefits:

1) Filled with Monounsaturated Fats: types of fats that help control triglycerides in the bloodstream, lower blood cholesterol and control diabetes.

2) By adding avocado to certain foods, you can improve your absorption of nutrients

3) Provides all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest, the body readily absorbs avocado protein because avocados also contain fiber.

4) Pack with Folate:  a water-soluble B vitamin that promotes healthy cell and tissue development. According to the National Institute of Health’s Office of Dietary Supplements, “This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is also essential for metabolism of homocysteine and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.”

5) Contains Lutein: a carotenoid that protects against cataracts and certain types of cancer, and reduces the risk of muscular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in adults 65 years of age and older. Avocados contain 3 or more times as much lutein as found in other common vegetables and fruits.

6) Rich in Oleic acid and Potassium — Both of these nutrients also help in lowering cholesterol and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.

7) Good source of fiber

“I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.”

Spaghetti Squash Cakes, Sliders, and Pizza!

2 Aug

Remember that spaghetti squash I posted about yesterday? Well I have some fun creations for you all to try out next time you cook one.

There was a fun burger contest I was competing in on Instagram, and the day’s theme was sliders. I decided to get creative with my leftover spaghetti squash.

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Yep, for part of my creation, I decided to try to make some Spaghetti Squash Cakes. Wow, I could have eaten them all just plain like that! But I resisted (at least most of them) so I could create my desired product. Spaghetti and Meatball Sliders.

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These were so delicious. And so quick and simple! If you’re like me, and made my delicious turkey meatballs, and froze them for when wanting them (great food prep idea for quick meals), then you are basically set to go! Coupled with my homemade tomato basil sauce from yesterday, and you’ve got yourself some delicious yet healthy sliders.

But then another idea came. Why not make all the mini patties, into one, big patty. Or shall I say, pizza crust? :)

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Yes I sure did! I made a personal spaghetti pizza with some more spaghetti squash, by doubling my patty recipe! Using the same exact ingredients, but just in a new way! With so many different meal options, why not make my homemade turkey meatballs and tomato basil sauce, and freeze to have on hand?!

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Spaghetti Squash Cakes
Makes about 8 mini patties
-1 cup spaghetti squash,cooked
-1T coconut flour
-1T ground flaxseed
-1 egg white
-1 tsp dried oregano
-1/4 tsp each: garlic salt, onion powder

Directions: Combine all ingredients in bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed. Heat non stick pan on stove over medium heat. Form small patties with hands and place on hot pan. Cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until browned. Eat plain, as a side to a meal, or make my sliders or pizza below!

Spaghetti Sliders
-1 recipe of Spaghetti Squash patties, see above
-1/4 cup homemade tomato basil sauce, here (or any tomato sauce)
-4 Spinach and Sundried Tomato Turkey Meatballs, here
-1 big handful sauteed spinach
-1/4 cup low fat crumbled feta cheese (or cheese of choice)

Directions: Make patties according to recipe. Place half of the patties on a plate. Layer with sauteed spinach, tomato sauce, one small meatball, and feta cheese. Top with other patty. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Pizza-makes 1 big personal pizza
-2 batches of Spaghetti Squash Patty ingredients, above
-1/2 cup homemade tomato basil sauce (or tomato sauce of choice)
-2 spinach and sundried tomato turkey meatballs, crumbled into bits
-1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
-a few fresh basil leaves
-sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place ingredients for two batches worth of spaghetti squash patties in bowl. Mix until thoroughly combined. Spread out onto a piece of parchment paper, sprayed with non-stick spray. Flatten to desired thickness. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes, or until reaching desired crispness. Remove from oven and top with spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle crumbled meatballs and feta cheese, and top with basil leaves. Add sea salt and pepper to taste

Spaghetti Squash Benefits
1) Rich in vitamin C
2) Contains vitamins A, B-6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, and vitamin K
3) Rich in minerals that lead to good healthy, the dominant being manganese. This aids in healthy bones, tissues, and sex hormones, and also plays in metabolism and regulation of blood sugar.
4) High in fiber, leading to satiety and decrease of cardiovascular disease
5) Only 42 calories in 1 cup compared to about 200 in a cup of spaghetti.

Tomato Benefits
1)Low in calories
2)High in vitamin C
3)Good source of vitamins A,K,folate and potassium
4)Provides thiamin, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper
5)Source of fiber
6)High water content
7)Source of beta-carotene and lycopene (good skin protectors)