Fresh from the garden, there is nothing tastier than a juicy, ripe, home grown tomato. And this is the time of year when tomatoes are ripening on the vine and after picking are sweet for some yummy summertime eating.
Did you know that tomatoes are a fruit…not a vegetable?
You must know already that tomatoes are good for you. Of course they are. Tomatoes are loaded with goodness. Fresh or in a sauce, tomatoes are definitely going to give your body a boost of healthy nutrition.
Studies have shown that tomatoes have components in them that get in on the fight against free radicals which are the bad guys known to cause cancer and other nasty issues in the body. Studies have also shown that tomatoes are very valuable in the male diet as they help fight against prostate cancer.
Tomatoes are low in calories so are good for keeping your weight in check. Tomatoes are high in vitamin C, A, K, folate and potassium. They also provide the body with thiamin, niacin, B6, magnesium, phosphorous and copper, all contributing to your good health. Eating a serving of tomatoes a day will also contribute to your goal of 35 grams of fiber, containing 2 grams or 7% of your RDI (recommended daily intake). Tomatoes help to protect your body against high blood pressure, strokes and heart disease.
Tomatoes, like carrots and sweet potatoes, contain beta-carotene which helps to keep your skin healthy and glowing. The lycopene in tomatoes helps your skin to fight the damage caused by the sun and also helps with bone strength. The vitamin K and calcium in tomatoes also helps to keep your bones healthy and strong.
SUMMER FRESH TOMATO SALAD:
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup really good extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. tarragon vinegar (or your favorite vinegar)
1/2 tsp. Himalayan salt
1/4 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
4 large ripe garden tomatoes, cut into 1/2″ slices
8 Boston lettuce leaves
2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp. torn fresh basil for garnish
Combine garlic, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in bowl. Place tomato slices on top of Boston lettuce leaves on individual plates or one larger platter. Sprinkle the parsley and basil over the tomatoes and drizzle with the dressing. Serve!
This recipe is perfect when the tomatoes are at their peak in the summer months.