April is Fresh Florida Tomatoes Month
Elder Care in Sandy UT

When we think of Florida produce, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the orange. Sweet and tangy, the orange is a popular fruit to eat to get a generous dose of vitamin C. However, another healthy fruit that is grown in Florida is the tomato - a tasty fruit that is a great addition to an elderly adult’s healthy diet. Florida’s warm climate is perfect for growing tomatoes. In fact, of all of the tomatoes that are produced domestically in the United States, half of them come right from Florida! No matter where you are in the country, it is likely that your grocery store has Florida tomatoes on their shelves (at least from October through June). To celebrate the freshness and deliciousness of the Florida tomato, April has been declared Fresh Florida Tomatoes Month. This April, encourage your elderly loved one to learn about all of the health benefits of the tomato and to incorporate these tasty fruits into their diet!

Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are high in vitamin C which promotes a healthy immune system and vitamin A which promotes healthy eyesight and healthy skin. Tomatoes are also a good source of fiber which can help promote healthy digestion. The antioxidant lycopene is only found in tomatoes and some research has shown that lycopene may prevent certain types of cancers such as prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, and stomach cancer. Interestingly enough, cooked tomatoes contain more lycopene, sautéd tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato soup are all healthy sources of lycopene. Elderly adults, in particular, may benefit from eating tomatoes regularly as they are a good source of calcium and vitamin K for strong bones and they are a heart healthy food. Tomatoes are low in calories but are nutrient dense, making them an excellent food to incorporate into your elderly loved one’s healthy diet.

Ways to Prepare Tomatoes:

Tomatoes are famously used in many Italian dishes, but they can be eaten in so many different ways! This April, for Fresh Florida Tomatoes Month, try preparing a new and different dish using tomatoes - it just may inspire you to use more tomatoes in your cooking all year long! Here are just a few ideas:

• Make a traditional caprese salad using slices of raw tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, balsamic vinegar, and a drizzle of olive oil.

• Finely dice tomatoes and stir in some cilantro, chopped red onion, chopped jalapeno peppers, and lime juice to make fresh pico de gallo.

• Cut tomatoes into wedges and keep them on hand in the refrigerator to serve alongside carrots, cucumbers, raw broccoli, etc. for a veggies and dip tray.

Source: http://www.floridatomatoes.org

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