Food for Runners: T-O-M-A-T-O-E-S

>> Monday, November 5, 2012

I still have tomatoes on the brain after last week's Roasted Tomato Soup recipe. I made yet another batch last night and it turned out even better than the first. The trick was letting it simmer until it had really thickened.

But now I can't tell much difference between the soup and tomato sauce.

Oh, well. I'm writing today about tomatoes and why they are a fantastic food for runners. I get plenty of them -- fresh and canned -- in my diet, and if you're an athlete, you should, too!

Interestingly, "organic tomatoes are higher in some antioxidants, including quercetin, than conventionally grown ones. Research on quercetin suggests it may improve immunity in endurance athletes." (Source)

You can enjoy great antioxidant power, as "Tomato sauce is a rich source of carbohydrate (at roughly 21 grams per cup), as well as various vitamins and minerals and antioxidants such as lycopene." (Source)

And even more good news: "Tomatoes can help reduce lactic acid buildup." (Source)

Here are some of our favorite recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner:

Springer's Gruyere Frittata w/ Kale and Tomato
Hannah's Fresh Tomato Roasted Chile Salsa
Our Slow Roasted Tomatoes
Katherine's Carmelized Tomatoes
cooking4carnivores's Heirloom Tomato Puff
Jenn's Caprese Salad w/ Heirloom Tomatoes
Beth's Tomato-Ginger Muffins
Our Pumpkin Chili is full of tomatoes!
Erin's Risotto-Stuffed Tomatoes
Ashley's Sundried Tomato-Almond Butter
Eden's Green Bean and Tomato Salad
Our Tomato-Basil Marmalade
Kathy's Open-Faced Tomato Tofu Feta Sandwich
Swathi's Tofu & Green Pepper in Tomato Gravy
Kiersten's Panera-Style Tomato & Mozzarella Panini

What's your favorite way to incorporate tomatoes into your cooking?

Don't forget to read up on these other healthy ingredients:

Food for Runners: B-A-N-A-N-A-S
Food for Runners: G-A-R-L-I-C
Food for Runners: Q-U-I-N-O-A
Food for Runners: K-A-L-E
Food for Runners: B-E-R-R-I-E-S
Food for Runners: E-G-G-S
Food for Runners: C-U-C-U-M-B-E-R-S
Food for Runners: P-U-M-P-K-I-N
Food for Runners: A-L-M-O-N-D-S

Pssst: Today on Writing Chapter Three I have part I of a series on budgeting to be a Stay At Home parent (or maybe to make a career change?).

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