Top Tomato Tips
Tomatoes are a very popular fruit, or vegetable… No matter how you slice it they are a very versatile and nutritious ingredient that can be enjoyed raw or cooked in so many ways including juice and sauces, grilled, and in salads. Also the variety of tomatoes from heath beefsteak to pop sized cherry bites give all the more encouragement to include them in your diet.
Some fun facts
- One cup of tomatoes can provide:
- 8 percent of your recommended daily fiber intake
- 15 percent of your daily B6
- 12 percent of your iron
- Sorry oranges! One tomato can provide 28 percent of your vitamin C for the day
- Cooking tomatoes can provide the highest levels of lycopene, a nutrient known for many essential health benefits
- Hydration too: fresh tomato juice can provide antioxidant benefits, just caution on high sodium store bought brands. Eating raw tomatoes also can fill you up due to the high water content.
Adding cooked lentils to your tomato sauce can provide much needed protein (about 9 grams per half cup lentils) as well as iron. This also aids in making a heartier, more filling sauce without the negatives of other means.
Lightly cooked kale adds a big nutritional boost to any dish. Including into your tomato sauce a few minutes before serving can rock your vitamins A, C, And selenium, plus dozens more antioxidant flavonoids
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Source: Organic Connect