Super Foods for a super you - EVERYDAY!

Super foods

You know how we hear things about some new ‘superfood’ that is going to do all these amazing things for us if we buy it and eat it? It’s packed full of vitamins and minerals and antioxidants that will do wonders for our health. Cure everything! Make us live long and prosper. We desperately need it in our lives.

Oh, by the way, you will need to re-mortgage your house to afford to eat it. And it will likely be out of fashion next week when there is something else new, exciting and exotic.

It can be a bit overwhelming and confusing, as to whether or not these fancy foods are all they’re cracked up to be.

It turns out, that there really is no need to get caught up in the hype of unusual, exotic and expensive ‘superfoods’.

There are simple, everyday foods that pack a just as big (or bigger) health punch for a fraction of the cost. Everyday foods that are packed full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, that are beneficial to our health – that we can afford to eat EVERYDAY!

When it comes down to it with healthy eating, it is what you do every day that has the biggest impact on your health. Your overall ‘eating pattern’ is more important than any individual food you eat, or don’t eat, at any given meal or on any given day.

I’ll be sharing information about wonderful everyday foods that provide you with loads of nutrients, with maybe the odd exotic food thrown in just to inspire you to try something different for a bit of fun.


Tomatoes

The SUPER FOOD that I am going to start with is the TOMATO.


Tomatoes are a great source of:

Vitamin C – an antioxidant that is important for our immune system, it is also involved in the health of our bones, tendons, ligaments and skin; as well as helping us absorb iron.

Potassium – a mineral that helps maintain healthy blood pressure, nerve impulses, digestion, heart rhythm and water balance.

Folate – a type of B vitamin it helps us make and repair DNA and is needed for the production of red and white blood cells.

Vitamin K – essential to help our blood clot properly.

Lycopene – an antioxidant, which has been shown to have health benefits such as reducing the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.

Tomatoes are best when they are at their ripest – bright, juicy and full of colour and flavour. And when it comes to colour, not all tomatoes are red. They can also be yellow, orange, green, and purple; as well as different sizes and shapes.

Towards the end of summer, if like me you are an avid gardener, you may find yourself with more tomatoes than you know what to do with. My trick for using any excess tomatoes is:

1. Chop them up and gently boil, in an uncovered pot, until the liquid has reduced by half.

2. Allow to cool before dividing between 1 cup sized containers to freeze.

3. Take out and thaw as many as you need for a recipe – great to add to stews and sauces, or to make soup – for that taste of summer all through winter.


Keep reading for more of my “Super foods for a super you – EVERYDAY!”

You will need to check in every now and then for the additions to the list.