What to Eat Wednesday: Tomatoes

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Let’s talk tomatoes. Do you like them? Do you love them? Do you.. (shhhhh).. hate them? No shame, friend. I used to hate them. In fact, I still take them off my hamburgers at times. I have to be in the mood for tomatoes. That’s a fact!

But, my significant other LOVES tomatoes. We always have them at our house, especially the small ones like the picture above. Having them around on our kitchen counter regularly motivated me to re-aquaint myself with these juicy reds. I can honestly say I like tomatoes now. I have a secret though. My secret to liking them is dipping them in a little guacamole. Who doesn’t love guacamole? Oh and a fresh tomato from the garden doesn’t hurt either.. if you ever try a garden fresh tomato versus a tomato from, let’s say, Target.. you WILL be able to taste the difference!

So, what is so good about tomatoes? Glad you asked! Have you ever heard of lycopene? It is an antioxidant and has been shown to reduce your risk for cancer, heart disease, and age-related eye disorders. But lycopene isn’t the only thing tomatoes are good for. Tomatoes also have vitamin C and potassium. Hello, nutrients!

You do not have to eat a raw tomato to get lycopene. Some studies even suggest that lycopene content is more readily available in tomato paste and tomato sauces. If you are a spaghetti lover, eat up! And try using spaghetti squash as your noodles. Trust me, you will not regret it. It is so fetch. Valley girl talk right there. Anyway, it REALLY is delicious and you can so many recipes on Pinterest. Yum!

What is your favorite way to eat a tomato?