Welcome to my blog! My name is Isabel, and I'm currently a student at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, attaining a Masters of Science in Nutrition Communications. I'm also an avid health-nut who is allergic to absolutely everything- wheat, soy, corn, dairy, and eggs, and who loves to work out! I am currently in school learning how to better communicate to the public why and how they can become healthier and happier. So hopefully you can learn something too! Anything that you want to see on my blog or any questions you have please leave me questions and I will do my best to answer! I'm just getting going, but I soon hope to post recipes, fun fitness tips, and other exciting nutrition and fitness tips! enjoy!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Tomato News and A Recipe!

As one of my favorite fruits, Tomatoes are packed with the good-for-you stuff- lycopene. Lycopene has been shown to be a powerful preventer of cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration (an eye condition in which the center of your retina, the macula, deteriorates and can eventually lead to blindness).  Besides the fact that tomatoes are so good for you, they are delicious and a great addition to any dish (I think!). But how often do you branch out and buy different color tomatoes? I certainly don't do it, ever. I always stick to the safe choice- the red ones. However! There was recently a study done by the USDA that found that there is actually more of the good-for-you stuff in the yellow tomatoes! 

The fact that the yellow-orange tomatoes (called tangerine tomatoes) are actually better for you is shocking to me. When you type lycopene into google, the first sentence that pops up about lycopene is that it is found in red fruits and vegetables- which obviously yellow tomatoes are not! 
Besides being filled with lycopene that prevents cancer, heart disease, and macular degeneration, why else are tomatoes so good for you (and I don't mean ketchup!)? They've got fiber, vitamin C (32% of the recommended daily amount) and vitamin A (25% of the recommended daily amount)! 

Though I didn't use yellow tomatoes, I made a great piece of salmon last night in under 20 minutes! (Sorry I forgot to take a picture!)
What I did: 
2 TBSP of my favorite Trader Joe's Tomato Sauce- "Rustico" tomato sauce

1 piece of "portioned" salmon - about 4.5 oz from whole foods
3 large cherry tomatoes
1.5 tsp dried basil

Turn on the oven to 375 degrees, put the salmon on a baking sheet (slightly oiled with olive oil), put the two TBSP of tomato sauce on the salmon- and spread it, slice the cherry tomatoes and put them on top of the salmon and sprinkle the basil on top! Pop it in the oven and 20 minutes later (more if you like your salmon well done) the salmon is done to perfection! 
It was an experiment, and absolutely delicious!

Try it out!

-Healthy Gal 

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