RedHOT Stuffed Guacamole Tomatoes

Can be served on their own, as an entrée or as a main with accompanying salad

Serves 3 - 4

Ingredients: 3 medium avocados ½ cup chopped onion or shallots ½ cup chopped tomatoes (use inside of cored tomatoes) ¼ cup fresh lemon juice 2 cloves garlic, mashed 6-8 black olives, pitted 1 teaspoon sea salt 1 tablespoon of olive oil Parsley or coriander or another favorite herb 4 or more medium tomatoes for stuffing

Method: Chop the top of the tomatoes and scoop out the flesh. Reserve for use in the guacamole. Mash the avocado and then mix in other ingredients thoroughly Spoon into the tomato cups until heaped out the top Top with your favorite fresh herb

Enjoy with a nice big live salad and a protein portion. Yum!

Tomatoes are Amazing

Tomatoes are often considered a vegetable, though they are actually a citrus fruit. They are an incredibly versatile food, delicious eaten raw, in salads or on sandwiches, and take on a wonderful sweetness when cooked. Their high acid content makes them a perfect food for canning.

One medium whole tomato contains around 22 calories, 0 grams of fat, 5 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fibre, 1 gram of protein and 6 milligrams of sodium. It also provides 40 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, 20 percent of the RDA of vitamin A, 2 percent of the RDA of iron, and 1 percent of the RDA of calcium.

Health Benefits

5 great reasons to eat them every day

1. Ward off Cancer Numerous studies have concluded that the more tomatoes people eat the lower their risks of certain cancers, especially lung, stomach and prostate cancers. A substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is thought to be the reason for this cancer protective effect. Processed tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones. The process of cooking breaks down the cell walls, helping to release the lycopene. Eating tomatoes with a little bit of fat, such as olive oil, helps lycopene to be better absorbed by the body.

2. Prevent DNA Damage Tomatoes are high in important antioxidants such as vitamin C and Vitamin A. These vitamins work to fend of DNA damage from free radicals. Consequently, tomatoes may help to ward off age related diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes.

3. Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease Tomatoes contain important nutrients, such as niacin, folate and vitamin B6, that have associated with the reduction of heart disease risk. One study found that women who ate 7 to 10 servings of tomato products per week had a 29 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who consumed less than a serving and a half of tomato products each week. Results were even more impressive when the women ate oil-rich tomato products.

4. Protect Against Thrombosis Another study showed that drinking fresh tomato juice daily reduced platelet aggregation significantly. Those drinking a placebo showed no benefit. It’s important to drink low-sodium tomato juice if you are trying to protect against thrombosis (blood clots in the blood vessel), as high sodium levels can cause negative effects for this type of disease.

5. Ward off Inflammation A double blind study found that drinking a glass of tomato juice a day can reduce blood levels of TNF-alpha by 34 percent. TNF-alpha causes inflammation. High levels have been found in individuals with most chronic, degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.

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