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
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 SpaghettiSkip 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 SaladToss 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 VinaigretteThe 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 PizzaAdding 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 GazpachoSome 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 SaladWhen 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 TomatoesHeating 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.
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