Sunday, June 30, 2013

Power Food: Tomato

Hello readers! 

This week we talk about the power food tomato. We both absolutely love this delicious fruit but only if the slimy mushy insides are removed, haha! Some people argue that the tomato is part of the vegetable family, but believe it or not it’s actually a part of the citrus fruit family.

Have you ever struggled choosing the perfect tomato? Here are some tips... you’ll want to look for a tomato that is completely free of blemishes or bruises. If you notice a dark spot steer clear my friends because that is a sure sign that it will have a rot-spot on the inside. The colour should be a deep and bright red shade. Now it’s time to pick it up and feel the texture, the skin should not wrinkle when you push on it and your finger should not sink into it at all, avoid ones with soft spots. Commonly tomatoes are picked and transported when they are green and will ripen on their way to the grocery store. Sometimes if the tomato isn’t turning red fast enough they will speed the ripening process by spraying them with ethylene gas. I recommend you look for the tomato that says “vine ripened” or something to that effect. It’s summer so to avoid all that fuss, you can always buy from local farmers markets! We LOVE going to the farmers market. So much fun :).

There are many health benefits to eating tomatoes, did you know that it can help prevent certain cancers that attack the lung, stomach and prostate? It helps to lower cholesterol and just ½ a cup is 20% of your daily recommended Vitamin C intake. Pretty amazing! Also drinking 100% pure tomato juice can actually help with nasty uncomfortable inflammation. They are packed with antioxidants, dietary fiber and vitamins. 

If you’re not incorporating tomatoes into your current diet, you should start! Tomatoes can be enjoyed in many different ways.

Here are some ways we enjoy eating tomatoes:
Topping on a taco
Incorporated in a salad
In Guacamole
On pizza
In sandwiches or on hamburgers
In sauces

So, whether you call it tomato or tomäto this power food is definitely one we recommend you eat often!

Thanks for reading,
Jenn & Steph 

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