It’s summertime and tomatoes are abundant! Why is this a good thing? Well, it’s a GREAT thing because tomatoes help lower cholesterol! Since a tomato has zero cholesterol, it doesn’t add cholesterol to the diet, plus a cup of freshly diced tomatoes provides fiber and we all know fiber reduces high cholesterol levels! Tomatoes are also a good source of niacin (you know, B3) which is a supplement being used to lower high cholesterol! Need more info ... part of this information was taken from a cool website all about tomatoes and their enormous value when trying to get your cholesterol numbers in a normal range and keeping them there! ... here you go ... Tomato Dirt
So, now you’ve visited your local farmer’s market where the tomatoes looked scrumptious and you bought more than you know what to do with, right? You wonder what to do with them all? Well ... you’ve come to the right place ...
Of course, there’s the usual lettuce, tomato, cucumber salad with dressing, but there are so many things to do with the versatile fruit ... and yes, a tomato is a fruit ... if you don’t believe me ... click HERE.
A few ideas ...
Like tuna salad? Salmon salad (my personal favorite)? Or ham salad? Go ahead ... make a batch, be sure to add plenty of vegetables - diced cucumbers, celery, shredded carrots, peppers - all colors, etc ... and after you cut the top off a ripe tomato, scoop out the pulp (save it for soups, stews or casseroles) and stuff your meat salad into the tomato. Serve on a bed of fresh spinach or spring mix and you have a wonderful lunch or dinner. Serve with ciabatta bread and olive oil dipping sauce and a tall glass of fresh lemonade.
Looking for a fresh way to serve a salad ... try this asparagus, tomato and feta salad ... it is wonderful!
Need a quick side dish? Try this easy recipe ...
Tomato Pie Recipe
And, the absolute, positively best way to eat a fresh tomato is right off the vine in your backyard after it’s been sunbathing for several hours ... nothing beats the warm tomato juice running down your chin ... it’s a flavor few have enjoyed ... pity ... it’s a little slice of paradise!
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I am ...
... a former blogger for a health site, which means eating healthy aka heart smart
which has become a passion for me. I will start at the beginning when I first
discovered I had high cholesterol.