Did you know that tomatoes are actually a fruit, not a vegetable? They’re also a health-boosting powerhouse.
Tomatoes contain the potent antioxidant lycopene that helps to neutralize harmful free radicals. Studies have shown eating foods rich in lycopene protects against lung, breast, and prostate cancers.
Eating tomatoes also helps to lower your cholesterol and blood pressure—both of which can help to prevent heart attacks and strokes. That’s because they contain B vitamins and potassium. Lastly, tomatoes contain chromium which helps to lower your blood sugar and vitamin A which protects your vision. One delicious, easy way to eat tomatoes is in salad caprese.
Simple Salad Caprese
2 large tomatoes cut into 10 slices
10 large fresh basil leaves
2 ounces light mozzarella cheese cut into 10 small pieces
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Dash freshly ground black pepper
Layer the tomato slices, basil leaves, and mozzarella pieces on two plates. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar and olive oil evenly over the two salads. Add a dash of freshly ground pepper to taste.
Nutritional info (per serving): Calories: 127; Fat: 8 grams; Cholesterol: 15 mg; Sodium: 161 mg; Carbs: 7 grams; Fiber: 1 gram; Protein: 9 grams
Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite way to eat tomatoes?