When there are two or more people in your household drinking fresh juices daily, you’ll find that you tend to run out of fresh fruits and vegetables to juice! This was my (Litsa’s) own personal dilemma at the end of this weekend. I had already visited the grocery store twice or more this past week so I needed to be creative and use what we had on hand. One head of broccoli….some ginger….one grapefruit….. Hmm!?! Maybe just some tomato juice for the weekend……..
Two large Ball—quart jars of summer tomatoes lined my pantry shelves!?! I put them in the refrigerator to cool since I love COLD juice. Saturday’s juice was ready by just the twist of the cap—-summer in a jar! Even my 5.5 year old enjoyed a pint of the raw, cold tomato juice—-and tomato juice’s benefits:
According to George Cranston, “Tomato juice is one of the most potent fruit juices out there and by any definition a super food.” Tomatoes are loaded in antioxidants, potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and many other vitamins (thiamin, vitamin K, niacin, iron, magnesium, copper and manganese. It is also a great source of vitamin A, B complex, folate and potassium.)!
Tomato’s antioxidant lycopene can help “to prevent many free radicals from ever reaching our cells and thereby reducing chances of wrinkles and cancer. While there are other sources of antioxidants – such as vitamin C or omega 3 fatty acid – lycopene is a particularly potent form and the tomato has more lycopene than any other natural source. In fact it’s the high lycopene content that makes tomatoes red – so you know they must be loaded with it”
Having a quart jar of tomato juice yesterday was fulfilling! Thus, my daughter and I are in for another dose—a treat—of antioxidant rich redness today too as we stretch our grocery budget and drink to good health!