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Graze on Tomatoes

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I love to mindlessly snack and graze. And I’m doing my best to use to my advantage and in a positive way – as in upping my daily veggie and vitamin intake, as in grazing on whatever veggie and or fruits I’m currently obsessed with.

Health benefits of tomatoes

As of late, I’ve been on an heirloom grape/cherry tomato binge – as in delicious, bite tomato morsels loaded with lycopene – a powerful antioxidant that helps to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and may aid in fighting cancer.

Grape/cherry tomatoes are also a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E, potassium and the trace mineral manganese. One cup has about 6 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber per serving.

Ways to eat more tomatoes

Luckily for me, my neighbors (with the big back yard) started growing heirloom tomatoes in all varieties, including cherry and grape tomatoes in the spring. Now that the garden is in full bloom and to the point of overflowing – I am reaping benefits! I’ve been given the OK to go into their yard on a daily basis and get my fill of tomatoes. And that’s exactly what I do. After work, I come home, grab a bowl and head to the garden to get my tomato fix. Then go home, rinse them in a colander and let them air dry. Then I place the tomatoes in a bowl on my kitchen counter for easy access.

I grab a half a dozen and eat them with my breakfast. If I’m working from home, I graze on them throughout the day. I add a generous handful of those little tomatoes to my dinner salad and or main course. Snacking on those little baby tomatoes quickly adds up to me reaching my daily veggie requirement!

All of the above makes me a happy and healthy camper!

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Comments

  • Thomas A McAtee Jr. moderator
    2 months ago

    Very good article Kelly. Wish I could eat them but they really cause bad reflux with me. But it’s really a good article.

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