by Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP
Tomatoes are a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant which can help prevent osteoporosis, heart disease, and even certain types of cancer. Tomatoes also contain a good amount of Vitamin C, and less commonly known nutrients such as molybdenum, biotin, manganese, and copper.
The phytonutrient content of tomatoes is outstanding, including flavonones, flavonols, carotenoids, and glycosides. These antioxidant nutrients protect the body from oxygen damage to fats, help enzymes function better, and lower oxidative stress in the body.
There are hundreds of different types of tomatoes, so you have your choice when it comes to including them in your meals. From yellow to purple, and beefsteak to roma, the varieties of tomatoes each offer a slightly different nutrient profile. Mix it up and try a new tomato the next time you’re at a farmer’s market.
Sautéed Tomatoes with Zucchini
Use any type of tomato you’d like; grape and cherry work well, but a large beefsteak one will, too.
2 tbsp avocado oil
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1-2 lbs tomatoes of your choosing, diced
1 large zucchini, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
Black pepper to taste
Heat the avocado oil over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the garlic, tomatoes and zucchini, stirring frequently, and cook for about five minutes or until the tomatoes have created a sauce and the zucchini is slightly soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Donna Stephens, BCN, CNHP, LDHS
Kristin Stephens, MS, NTP