Tomatoes, like all the other veggies we grow, support our healthy living choices. We've been on a food journey for some time: learning, discussing, experimenting, and growing more and more varieties in an organic way. I have found a vegan diet brings my diabetes into control, increases my energy level, clears my skin, and just 'feels right'. This choice didn't begin as, and still is not, a social or political choice. It just makes good heath sense for me. Since my colectomy last year, I have added fresh goat cheese and fresh local eggs back into my diet, but these are not daily occurrences.
So, what do we eat? LOTS of fresh fruits and vegetables, many from our own garden, grown in raised beds on our 1/5 acre of increasingly urban suburbia. LOTS of beans and whole grains. Almond and some soy milk (although I do limit the soy). Some tofu, but only in smoothies, pies, puddings, or other baked goods. Nuts, nut butters, quinoa. Again, the occasional egg or some fresh goat cheese. I will also admit to an addiction to Trader Joe's Meatless Corn Dogs, but don't spread it around. Every now and then, though, I'll buy my dear husband a lovely piece of grass-fed beef from Polyface Farm, just as a treat for being so sweet and supportive.
What about those tomatoes? This year, we planted and are now harvesting cherry tomatoes, Roma tomatoes, Lemon Boy yellows, and heirloom Brandywine, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebra, and a German one I can't even pronounce. We eat them in salad, we eat them sliced with our breakfast/lunch/supper, we eat them in wraps, we eat them in guacamole, we eat them in salsa. We savor every fresh-from-the-vine-outside-our-backdoor bite, letting the juice run down our chins.
Grab a tomato, bursting with goodness fresh from the garden, and slice up some healthy joy to slap between your slices of bread!
Cherokee Purple, Lemon Boy, and Brandywine from our garden
"I have provided all kinds of fruit and grain for you to eat. And I have given the green plants as food for everything else that breathes. These will be food for animals, both wild and tame, and for birds."
Genesis 1:29-30 (CEV)