Superfood: Fresh Tomatoes

Whether you grow them in your backyard or buy a basket at the farmers' market, fresh tomatoes offer a bounty of nutrition benefits.

  • Summer's Favorite Superfood
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes

    Summer's Favorite Superfood

    Tomatoes are a naturally delicious ingredient and promote optimal health because they are loaded with vitamins C, K, and B6, niacin, potassium, and the antioxidant lycopene.

  • Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes, Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Quick-Roasted Cherry Tomato Sauce with Spaghetti

    Skip the jarred tomato sauce and prepare a superfast, homemade sauce while your noodles cook. Cherry tomatoes roasted in olive oil and red wine vinegar add a sweet flavor to this simple sauce.
  • Summer Peach and Tomato Salad
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes, Photo: Gentl & Hyers; Styling: Kendra Smoot

    Summer Peach and Tomato Salad

    Toss together sweet peaches and heirloom tomatoes for a salad bursting with vitamin C. Fresh basil, crumbled feta, and a honey-sherry vinaigrette complement the simplicity of the dish.
  • Tomato-and-Mango Salad with Curry-Orange Vinaigrette
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes, Randy Mayor; Mary Catherine Muir

    Tomato-and-Mango Salad with Curry-Orange Vinaigrette

    The ingredients in this dish–tomatoes, mangoes, and orange juice–are loaded with the antioxidant vitamin C. It helps to strengthen the immune system and to protect the body against heart disease and certain types of cancer.
  • Tomato-Basil Pizza
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes, Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Tomato-Basil Pizza

    Adding tomatoes to your favorite foods is an easy way to incorporate healthy vegetables into your diet. Throw cherry tomatoes into salads or stir-fries, layer sliced beefsteak tomatoes on a pizza or in a lasagna, or chop plum tomatoes and sprinkle over grilled fish or chicken.
  • Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes

    Chunky Tomato-Fruit Gazpacho

    Some studies show that a diet rich in lycopene–an antioxidant found in foods like fresh and cooked tomatoes, apricots, pink grapefruit, and papaya–can help lower the risk of breast cancer in women.
  • Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil Salad
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes

    Tomato, Fresh Mozzarella, and Basil Salad

    When choosing tomatoes, look for ones that are a bright shade of red. This indicates that they have the most lycopene and betacarotene.
  • Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes, Karry Hosford

    Bruschetta with Warm Tomatoes

    Heating tomatoes releases even more of their beneficial nutrients, so don't be afraid to warm them up. Try cooking tomatoes in a bit of olive oil to help the body better absorb the lycopene.
  • More About Tomatoes
    By: Holley Johnson Grainger, M.S., R.D. MyRecipes

    More About Tomatoes

    Check out Cooking Light's Guide to Tomatoes to learn how to grow, pick, and store tomatoes.
    Or see Health's Top Five Foods for Women to find out how tomatoes are a vital part of a healthy diet.

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