Tomatoes contain many antioxidants including alpha- and beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, and vitamins A, C, and E. They are also rich in potassium, which plays many essential roles in our bodies (such as maintaining fluid balance, acid-base balance, and cell integrity). The best thing about tomatoes is how versatile they are. In salads, on sandwiches, in your pasta sauce or chili, you can add them to almost everything. Try pairing them with fresh mozzarella and basil, and you’ll feel like you have just gone on an Italian vacation in your backyard.
Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants have been shown to protect your heart, increase HDL cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, and guard against cancer. Eat them fresh, add them to your cereal or smoothie, or puree them with some basil and freeze them for a refreshing homemade strawberry sorbet.
Spicy red peppers
Spicy red peppers like chili peppers contain many phytochemicals that have antioxidant abilities. They are also rich in vitamin A and C, fiber, folate, vitamin K, and minerals. Additionally, studies have shown that adding some spice to your food can help you burn calories better and curb appetite. You don’t have to go tongue-torching, eye-popping spicy, a little goes a long way!