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Superfoods for Super Kids

TomatoesTomatoes

Tomatoes are terrific because they're packed with an antioxidant called lycopene—this helps protect us from heart disease as well as other diseases. Cooking tomatoes makes them even healthier because the heat releases the lycopene. It's great to enjoy tomatoes cooked in sauces and soups as well as raw as a snack, in a salad, or on a sandwich.


TLC Sandwich (serves 1-2)

Ingredients
1 large tomato, sliced
2 leaves lettuce
2 slices whole or sprouted grain bread
2 tablespoons hummus
1 cucumber, sliced
Salt and black pepper to taste

Method
Lightly toast bread and then smear one tablespoon of hummus onto each slice. Layer tomato slices on one slice and top with lettuce leaves. On the other slice, layer cucumbers and sprinkle on a bit of salt and pepper. Put the two slices together, cut in half, and enjoy!


Creamy, Dreamy, Tomato Soup

Ingredients
12 Roma tomatoes (or any other variety that you have on hand)
1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts or cashews
1/3 cup fresh basil leaves or 2 teaspoons dried basil
1-15 ounce can tomato sauce (or diced or stewed tomatoes)
*1-2 tablespoons canned coconut cream (optional)

Method
Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees. Soak 1/2 cup of raw macadamia nuts or cashews in 1/2 cup water for about 15 minutes (or longer if you don't have a high speed blender). Slice up the tomatoes and place them (cut side up), along with the onion and garlic, on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for about 30 min (until light brown). When done, puree in blender with nuts and nut water, basil and canned tomatoes/tomato sauce. If desired, add 1-2 tablespoons canned coconut cream. Put on stove and heat through. Add salt and pepper to taste.