These Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are so named because they are powerhouses of nutrition from red foods! Red onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and shrimp all contain a variety of nutrients and antioxidants from their vibrant red colors. Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are a fun and easy weeknight meal. They are fast to prepare, leaving you more time to get outside and enjoy the evening sunshine!
Red foods contain a family of antioxidant red pigments known as carotenoids: tomatoes contain lycopene, shrimp contain astaxanthin, and bell peppers contain beta-carotene (and lycopene). Carotenoid-rich foods are powerful antioxidants, which help protect your cells from the damage of free radicals. Carotenoids also support immune system function, and promote eye and lung health. Carotenoids are better absorbed by your body when eaten with a fat, such as the avocado oil used for cooking these fajitas.
You don’t always have to eat all your red foods in one meal! But these Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are a fun way to pack in several nutrient-dense foods into one dish. Think about how to include a variety of red foods in other meals, too - especially now that you know how beneficial they are!
Original publication date: May 31, 2021
These Red Powerhouse Shrimp Fajitas are so named because they are powerhouses of nutrition from red foods: red onion, red bell pepper, tomatoes, and shrimp. And they're easy and fast to get on the table!