Super Food of the Month: Tomato
The 4th of July was the kick start to a summer of BBQ’s and pool parties filled with hamburgers and hotdogs which makes dieting quite difficult. However just because summer foods can make a diet challenging, it does not make it impossible. Did you know that adding just a few slices of tomato to your burger is enough to reap some health benefits? Tomatoes are the power food being featured this month because they are filled with vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. Adding tomatoes to your diet may help prevent diseases including but not limited to prostate cancer, hypertension, bone loss, and kidney stones. Whether some people classify it as a fruit or a vegetable, the classification does not matter because if you ask a Registered Dietitian, they will tell you that tomatoes are in the healthy category! This super food comes in a variety of colors each providing your body with a different taste and health benefit. Here is a list of the diverse types of heirloom tomatoes and their best uses:
Brandy Wine (Classic Red): Sweet slicing tomato… the best for sandwiches
Evergreen: Mild & sweet…bread & fry (or bake to retain nutritional qualities)
Marvel Stripe: Mild, sweet, & soft… great in a gazpacho
Cherokee Purple: Deep flavor & firm texture, pair with brine cheeses
Sun Gold: Tangy & sweet… perfect snack (add fresh hummus or eat them plain)
Black Cherry: Very sweet… toss on salad (recipe below) ↓
Tossed Caprese Salad
Makes 4 servings
- 4 ½ oz. Spring Mix Salad
- 1 oz. Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
- 8 oz. Heirloom Tomatoes (black cherry for best flavor)
- ½ C. Basil, Chopped
- ½ tsp. Kosher Salt
- 1/8 tsp. Ground Black Pepper
- 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar
Dice cheese & tomatoes. Place all ingredients in a bowl, toss with oil & vinegar.
(1 serving Size = 3 Cups)
Total Fat: 16gm
Saturated Fat: 5gm
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