With any kind of tomato, I’ll literally eat it like candy. I slice it up, drizzle a little olive oil, sprinkle some salt & pepper, and it makes a tasty little snack. Depending on which type of tomato, you can get ones that are a little sweeter in taste. I prefer heirloom, vine, or cherry tomatoes.
They are packed with nutrients that are so good for us! Here are some of their benefits:
Lycopene is their biggest nutrient.It has the highest antioxidant activity and helps reduce pancreatic and prostate cancer.
Tomatoes are also packed with potassium, which are excellent for muscles, kidney, and heart.
When tomatoes are eaten along with healthy fats, like avocado or olive oil, the absorption of nutrients can increase from 2 to 15 times more.
Tomatoes, when cooked, produce much more lycopene than if eaten raw.
There are lots of ways to eat tomatoes: sliced as a snack, tossed in salad, pasta sauces, soups, rice dishes, etc. I like to make tomato sauces for pasta, or enchiladas (YUM!). But what I enjoy the most is slicing it up as a snack mainly because it can be the perfect snack for a type 1 diabetic who wants to take a break from giving an insulin shot! Definitely lower sugar, lower calorie, and much more nutritionally beneficial than a bag of chips!