AUGUST 2013 - GET NUTRITIOUS!
The Reds of Summer: Tomatoes and Watermelon Offer Protection from Sunburn and other Skin Damage
Nothing says “summer” to our taste buds quite like a refreshing slice of red juicy watermelon—or a homegrown tomato right off the vine. This recipe
combines both together for a unique flavor experience and a big dose of lycopene, which can help protect your skin from sunburn and other damaging effects
of the sun.
Lycopene is a carotenoid, a natural pigment made by plants that protects plants from stress and helps them use the sun's energy to make nutrients. It is
also what gives certain fruits their red coloring. While research on the cancer-preventive properties of lycopene are still mixed, research does show that
high levels of lycopene helps reduce damage from sun exposure like sunburns
and skin aging and helps to improve bone mass
When the fresh fruits of summer are a memory this winter, continue getting your lycopene through cooked tomato paste and sauces, which provide an even
greater amount of lycopene per serving.
Other sources of lycopene are pink grapefruit, apricots, guava, and papaya.
Eating carotenoids like lycopene along with dietary fat may help the body absorb them, so be sure to keep the olive oil in the recipe.
The Reds (and Greens) of Summer
2 cups watermelon cut into small cubes
1 cup tomatoes cut into small chunks
1 cup cucumber cut into small chunks
1 large avocado cut into small chunks
2 tablespoon chopped mixed fresh herbs, in any combination: basil, mint, cilantro
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Dash of lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
In a bowl, combine the tomatoes, cucumber, watermelon, avocado, and herbs. In another small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, and
salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the tomato mixture and toss to coat evenly. Taste and adjust the seasoning before serving.