E-Newsletter, with links to great recipes!
Those vivid, compact packages are all part of the tomato's nutrition mission. Cooked tomatoes are a great whole food source of lycopene, an antioxidant that studies have linked to reducing the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease.1 And although different varieties provide different amounts of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, all tomatoes are great sources of those nutrients. (Fun fact: Research suggests that cooked tomatoes as a regular part of your diet may also act as a natural supplement to sunscreen.2)
If you take our Juice Plus+ capsules or chewables, the tomato is already contributing to your healthy lifestyle. But since June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, consider making One Simple Change to your healthy eating—add tomatoes to your diet at least twice weekly. Whether you grow your own, frequent a farmers market or purchase them at a supermarket, tomatoes are here to help. (And, speaking of help, we’ve got links to some tasty tomato recipes for you below.)
One Simple Change
In last month’s The Plus+ Side, we focused on the idea of One Simple Change. Too often, we forget that change doesn’t have to mean something huge. One Simple Change is all about taking small, manageable, continual steps toward healthier living. Get ideas for how you can make One Simple Change in any of these 4 core areas: healthy eating, hydration, physical activity, and sleep and stress.
Off the VineRaw or cooked, as the star or in a supporting role, tomatoes harmonize with many other flavors and can boost the nutritional content of any recipe you choose. Try one (or more!) of these easy, summery recipes:
• Peach-tomato salsa (via health.com)
• Grilled tomatoes with basil vinaigrette (via myrecipes.com)
• Greek tomato tart (via realsimple.com)
• Tomato basil salmon (via allrecipes.com)
1Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. How lycopene helps protect against cancer. Available at:
Accessed May 20, 2015.2Rizwan M et al. Tomato paste rich in lycopene protects against cutaneous photodamage in humans in vivo: a randomized controlled trial. Available at:
Accessed May 19, 2015.