A - Z of foods: T is for tomatoes

One medium tomato gives you less than 20 kcalories and counts as one of your five-a-day fruit and vegetable portions. Different fruits and veg will offer different nutrients but on the whole, they will supply a range of essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin C and potassium.

Tomatoes are a source of vitamins A and C. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron, which is needed for healthy red blood cells and to prevent anaemia. So teaming up your spinach or kale with a tomato salad has more benefits than you might think!

And cooking or processing tomatoes increases the potency of their anti-oxidants, so don't feel guilty about using shortcuts like tomato puree, canned tomatoes or tomato-based pasta sauce!

Check out these 3 ways to enjoy tomatoes:

1. Chilled wedges . When you feel like a refreshing snack, chop chilled tomatoes into wedges, sprinkle on some cracked black pepper and drizzle with lime juice.

2. Cherry ice cubes . Freeze cherry tomatoes and use them as ice cubes for green smoothies or cocktails.

3. Egg on "low carb" toast . If you want a light yet healthy treat, poach an egg and sit it on a bed of thinly sliced grilled tomatoes.


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