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bell peppers for weight loss

Bell Peppers for Weight Loss (Low Calorie Bell Pepper Recipe)

Summer Yule
Are bell peppers (AKA capsicum) good for weight loss? Learn how to eat bell pepper for weight loss with this low calorie bell pepper recipe.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 2
Calories 405 kcal



  • Cut the tops off the cleaned peppers and remove the seeds. Set the peppers aside.
  • Drain the sardines and put them in a bowl. Mash the sardines well with a fork. 
  • Halve the kalamata olives with a knife. Drain the sundried tomatoes and chop them small. 
  • Stir the olives, tomatoes, mayo, capers, garlic powder, lime zest, dried dill, mustard powder, and black pepper into the bowl with the sardines. Pack the filling into each pepper. I heaped the salad into each pepper like I was filling a little ice cream cone. 
  • After filling, you’re ready to serve. Bite into the peppers from the open end only to prevent the salad from shooting out. Enjoy!


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Are stuffed bell peppers good for weight loss? In the opinion of this dietitian, non-starchy veggies are some of the best foods for weight loss. If you have a weight loss goal, replacing some of the refined grains in your diet with veggies can be a smart move.
Mini bell peppers can work as a low carb alternative to bread, wraps, and nacho chips. Skipping the bread with the sardine salad here gives you a low-calorie meal with only 17.3g net carbs per serving. If you're feeling bored with lettuce wraps, colorful and flavorful peppers are something else to try.
So, my answer to “are peppers fattening?” is an emphatic no. Though it’s true that peppers contain some natural sugar, the amount is minimal. Mini peppers and bell peppers are low carb and keto friendly foods.
Here’s a food list of other non-starchy vegetables that are good for weight loss:
  • Tomatoes
  • Onions
  • Green beans
  • Zucchini
  • Summer squash
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Kale
  • Collard greens
  • Lettuces
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cucumber
  • Asparagus
  • Artichoke hearts
  • Eggplant
  • Jicama
  • Okra
  • Swiss chard
  • Broccoli sprouts
This list is not exhaustive; there are many other low carb veggies you can find at grocery stores and farmer’s markets. Why not pick up some of your favorites this week? 
Nutrition information is for one serving (half the recipe).


Calories: 405kcalCarbohydrates: 21.8gProtein: 21.4gFat: 27.2gSaturated Fat: 5.5gFiber: 4.5gVitamin C: 481.7% DVCalcium: 16.4% DVIron: 22.3% DV
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