Tomatoes, though often considered vegetables, are actually fruit. They are a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Manganese, Potassium and Vitamins A, C and K (source). Tomatoes provide many health benefits including:
- high blood pressure reduction and blood sugar regulation
- protection from sun damage to the skin, cell damage, atherosclerosis, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease
- reduced risk of heart disease, ovarian and digestive tract cancers, as well as asthma, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung disease and osteoporosis
- vision improvement
Furthermore, tomatoes are said to help reduce the frequency of migraines as well as help boost immunity, preventing colds and flus (source).
To help you enjoy these benefits, I’ve created this recipe for Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca. A nice spin-off from your typical Pico de Gallo, it too, is made with fresh ingredients, and is perfect as a light snack or appetizer. Black pepper is added to provide a nice little kick. This Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca is delicious when served with tortilla chips, but can also be used in burritos or as garnish for fajitas.
Corn and Tomato Salsa Fresca
2 cups frozen corn kernels, thawed
3 small tomatoes, diced (or 2 medium)
2 tablespoons minced, fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion
1 small clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
¾ teaspoon salt
¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
Combine all ingredients in a medium-size bowl and carefully stir until combined. Drain and discard any excess liquid then serve.