Five superfoods that will keep you looking and feeling young.
By Karen Ansel, RD
How they keep you young: Don't toss your sunscreen, but filling up on tomatoes may help protect your skin, according to German researchers. Volunteers swallowed a daily shot of tomato paste mixed with olive oil or just plain olive oil for 10 weeks. After daily exposure to UV light, the tomato group had 40 percent less sunburn than those who consumed only olive oil. The magic ingredient? Lycopene, which protects skin from the oxidation that results from sun damage and leads to wrinkles. Drizzling tomatoes with a little healthy fat like olive oil helps you better absorb the lycopene, as does cooking or chopping this red fruit.
Use them in: Speedy Gazpacho
In a food processor, chop 1 clove garlic, 1 cored, seeded, and chopped yellow bell pepper and 1/2 peeled and seeded cucumber. Add one 16-ounce can diced tomatoes. Stir in 2 cups low-sodium vegetable juice, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Season with Tabasco Sauce. Serves 4. 114 calories; 4g fat (1g sat.).
More tomato ideas:
* Toss heirloom tomatoes with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and basil for a salad.
* Sip a virgin Bloody Mary instead of your usual cocktail.
* Halve tomatoes, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and crumbled feta cheese. Broil and serve as a side.