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Tomato-Rich Recipes for Lowered Stroke Risk

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  • Eat Your Tomatoes!

    Eat Your Tomatoes!

    Mother always told you to eat your fruits and vegetables to grow up big and strong. Guess what? Mama was right. 

    According to a study published in Neurology, eating tomatoes can lower the risk of stroke. Tomatoes and tomato-based foods contain high levels of the antioxidant lycopene. Researchers found that people who have higher levels of lycopene in their blood cut their risk of stroke by half. While this doesn’t mean eating tomatoes will prevent stroke, it does affirm the importance of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. 

    Click through this slideshow for some creative ways to get more lycopene into your diet.

  • Tomato and Basil Frittata

    Tomato and Basil Frittata

    No healthy day starts without breakfast. Not only does this frittata have lycopene-rich tomatoes, but it also uses garlic, onion, and olive oil — three foods that are good for your blood, heart, and brain.

    See the recipe.

  • Hearty Beef-and-Beer Chili

    Hearty Beef-and-Beer Chili

    If you’ve ever hosted a football party, you know the veggie tray is often left untouched on Sunday afternoons. If you want to wow your armchair quarterbacks, combining beef and beer in chili form is a good start.

    See the recipe.

  • Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

    Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

    Good health decisions can come in the most delicious ways. Besides being tasty, this recipe uses turkey so it contains less saturated fat and cholesterol than beef. You’re automatically cutting down yet another stroke risk factor just by making the swap. 

    See the recipe.

  • Whole Wheat Pasta with Spinach, Tomato, and Feta

    Whole Wheat Pasta with Spinach, Tomato, and Feta

    Looking to switch it up on spaghetti night beyond just the meat? Not only is this dish healthy, but it’s quick, easy, and vegetarian-friendly. Omit the cheese, and it’s vegan-friendly too! 

    See the recipe.

  • Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

    Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

    If tomatoes are already a staple in your salads, you’re bound to like this quinoa tabbouleh dish. Fresh mint and lemon juice add an extra, refreshing pop.

    See the recipe.

  • Chickpea Stew

    Chickpea Stew

    Spicy foods tend to have lots of health benefits. This Indian-themed chickpea stew not only brings the benefits of lycopene, but also garam masala, ginger, and turmeric.

    See the recipe.

  • Sea Bass à la Provençale

    Sea Bass à la Provençale

    If you’re looking for a healthy and colorful way to get your tomatoes at dinner, this is it! This sea bass recipe will be the one thing your dinner guests will be talking about for many nights to come. For maximum nutritional value and flavor, get your veggies from your local farmers’ market or grocer.

    Get the recipe.

  • Try the Mediterranean Diet

    Try the Mediterranean Diet

    The Mediterranean diet has been touted for its positive health effects for generations. Research has shown that sticking to this diet may lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and other major health concerns.

    Its focus on vegetables, legumes, fruits, and olive oil means it’s great for your heart and brain. And it’s packed full of flavor and variety too! 

    Learn more about the Mediterranean diet.

  • Control as Many Risks as Possible

    Control as Many Risks as Possible

    An important thing to note with the tomato-stroke study: Those with the lowest risk of stroke and highest lycopene concentration were also younger, didn’t smoke, and were more physically active. So, to reduce your risk for stroke, you have to cut down your risk factors. Stop smoking, improve your eating habits, exercise regularly, and get treatment for medical risk factors, such as high blood pressure.