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Super Food of the Week: Tomatillos

These tiny, tangy members of the tomato family are loaded with vitamins and cancer-fighting antioxidants.A member of the tomato family and native to Central America, a tomatillo (“little tomato” in Spanish) is a small, round fruit that is usually green or yellow and surrounded by a papery husk. They are used in many Mexican dishes to give them a tangy, citrus kick, and are also used to make salsa verde. 

Tomatillos not only taste great but they also contain a substantial amount of vitamins and minerals and are great for your health, making them my super food of the week!

Here are some health benefits of tomatillos:

  • Fiber to improve digestion
  • Rich source of vitamins C and K, potassium, magnesium, and iron
  • Low in calories, sodium, cholesterol, and saturated fat
  • Antioxidants with anticancer properties

Tomatillos are found in the produce section of your supermarket, usually near the avocados and jalapenos. When buying tomatillos, make sure they are firm and tightly attached to their husk. Their husk should be light brown or green and the inside should be green. If the inside is yellow that means it is fully ripened and will not be as tangy. Tomatillos can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks and can also be stored for up to a month if you peel the husk and place in a re-sealable plastic bag in the refrigerator. They can also be stored whole or sliced in the freezer. 

Here are some ways you can include tomatillos in your diet:

  • Salsas
  • Tamales
  • Enchiladas
  • Chicken and pork stews
  • Chili
  • Salads 

Check out this great recipe and enjoy some tomatillo salsa tonight!

 

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Tags: Healthy Eating , Superfood of the Week

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MS, RD, CSSD, LD/N

Tara Gidus is a nationally recognized expert and spokesperson on nutrition and fitness.

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