Technically, a fruit has to contain its seeds to further propagation. We typically consider fruit to be sweeter than vegetables, although tomatoes, pumpkins, and zucchini are also fruit. As are those weird little maple “helicopters”.
Which are edible, by the way, so if you’re excited to try something new…
Tomatoes are high in Vitamin C and Beta Carotene (Vitamin A). According to one article, even better for you then apples! I haven’t compared apples and tomatoes myself, but I can agree with what they say about heirloom varieties. I have one of those growing in my garden right now and it is producing the most deep red fruited tomatoes that I’ve ever seen.
Tomatoes are savoury rather than sweet, so when we cook with it we consider it a vegetable. It tastes amazing with other typical savoury foods, like cheese, meet, and herbs. But it works surprisingly well with other fruit as well. I've got a salad in my brain that I'll be sharing with my private members group next Friday. Come join us! We'd love to have you.
This week I tried grilling grape tomatoes with gruyere cheese and fresh basil. While I enjoyed the taste, it lacked the “zoom” I was looking for- perhaps this week you can play with similar flavours and come up with your own new recipe.
All the best this week, friends.
We're talking about Romaine lettuce this week on my Facebook page, The Meals Maven.
A long, long time ago- before we had kids and were learning how to keep guinea pigs alive- we found out that feeding romaine to guinea pigs was a good idea, and feeding them iceberg lettuce was not.
The reason you start your piggies on romaine when they're young is it's full of nutrition. It turns out that piggies love iceberg lettuce, but there's not enough nutrition in it for them and they will eat it rather than romaine if they develop a taste for it.
This might be true for people too. What do you think?
It isn't that iceberg doesn't have any nutrition, just not as much. Here's a comparison of these 2 types.
On #foodiefriday I will be releasing the recipe I cooked last night for #testkitchentuesday- a ground turkey stirfry that incorporates stir fried romaine as one of the vegetables. It's new for me and something I will continue to do. I really enjoyed eating it as something other than salad.
And to successfully use last week's failed peanut and rosemary combination made the dinner perfect.
As discussed on #marinatingmonday, romaine is wonderfully nutritious and not an energy-dense food. As such, it's tempting to think it's the perfect food to eat a lot of when you are trying to lose weight. I want to encourage you, however, to consider colour as your guide. Eat the rainbow, whether you're trying to lose weight, gain, or maintain. A diet of romaine and not much else will quickly leave you with nutritional holes and diminished health. It may not happen overnight, but it will happen.
I leave you with what I seem to say all the time but can't stress enough: Too much of a good thing is still too much.
All the best today, friends!
In nutrition, bioavailability means that nutrients are best absorbed from food sources rather than supplementation. This is why I am so convinced that a diet rich in variety is the best way to be as healthy as possible.
Of course, this is an oversimplification. There are always exceptions as there are often factors that prevent people from absorbing this nutrition or even being able to ingest it, such as celiac and other malabsorption disorders. For the most part, however, try to get your nutrition from food.
My husband and I were at a pharmacy not too long ago and he asked me if I wanted to pick up any supplements besides our Vitamin C and Vitamin D. As a general rule I’m against supplementation- our diet is rich enough and varied enough, in my opinion, to cover most of our nutritional bases. When the pharmacist heard me she piped up from behind the counter, “Yes, exactly!”
Today I’m spotlighting Vitamin A. On my Facebook page this week our general food theme is cherry tomatoes. We talked about their history, benefits, and what happens when you eat too many of them on Monday, and on Friday we’re going to do a recipe roundup that features cherry tomatoes. If you haven’t already “liked” and “followed” my Facebook page, I encourage you to do it today so that you don’t miss out!
Vitamin A is responsible for eye health, bone health, reproductive health, and cell division. It helps to regulate immune system function and more is needed when infections are present. It may also play a role in fighting cancer.
You can get Vitamin A from both animal and vegetable sources in the form of beta carotene. This is the precursor to Vitamin A- and this is what’s found in tomatoes. 1 cup of cherry tomatoes contains 1241 iU (international units) of Vitamin A. Not a small amount!
It's much harder to overdose on food sources of vitamins and minerals than it is on supplements. Too much of a good thing is still too much. You can overdose on Vitamin A supplements easily as it’s stored in the liver and not sent out of the body when not needed- it’s a fat-soluble vitamin rather than water soluble, such as vitamin C. Overdosing is a gradual event, and long term liver damage is not reversible.
Adults need between 2310 and 4300 iU of Vitamin A daily, depending on their age, sex, and whether or not they are pregnant or nursing. Children need between 1000 and 2000 iU per day, again depending on age and sex. Here is my source for this information.
To summarize, Vitamin A is important to:
-Support your immune system, eye health, bone health, reproductive health, and supports the body in fighting cancer.
You can find Vitamin A in these food sources:
-Eggs, liver, fatty fish (such as salmon and steelhead trout) and beta carotene (which the body converts) from tomatoes, dark leafy greens (such as kale), mangoes, carrots, and so on.