Did you know that commercial tomato juices often have added sodium, hard-to-absorb synthetic vitamins and are pasteurized, causing them to lose much of their nutrient content?
The popular V8 juice drink and its fruity cousins are not worth your money, especially when you can make your own superior versions at home for about the same price.
This “Tomerry” smoothie is great for those who love that cold refreshing tomato drink plus with an addition of antioxidants makes it a perfect powerhouse to fight cancer and the effects of aging. The berries at a bit of sweetness to this smoothie but don’t compromise that great tomato taste. The antioxidants give these fruits their rich and vibrant red color.
-1 cup of fresh or frozen strawberries
-1 cup of cherries
-½ a cup of water
The Health Benefits of Tomatoes and Other Ingredients
Tomatoes are excellent sources of potassium, folic acid, Vitamin A, C and E. Bioflavonoids are concentrated in the tomato skin which counteracts inflammation and allergic reactions. Tomatoes also contain the following antioxidant carotenoids: beta-carotene, phytoene and phytofluene and lycopene which has demonstrated anti-cancer effects and is also great for your skin.
Cherries and Strawberries will add to the rich red color of this smoothie and the berry family is known for their high content of antioxidants. Cherries provide the following antioxidants: anthocyanins, hydroxycinnamic acid and perillyl alcohol. They are also a great source of vitamins and minerals. The antioxidants from strawberries are polyphenols and flavonoids. Just 8 strawberries provides more vitamin C than an orange!
There are many types of antioxidants and all provide their unique properties. It’s important to eat a variety of foods, and a wide variety of bright-colored ones as this smoothie includes. Enjoy!
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