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Summer Salad

Tomato and corn seasons have collided at our house. We’ve combined those with avocado for a terrific summer salad. A bright vinaigrette complements it all.

Remembering that tomatoes are not only sources of vitamin A and C and potassium, they’re rich in carotenoids (alpha-carotene and beta-carotene), lutein and lycopene.

Because carotenoids are fat-soluble, it’s advantageous to eat foods containing them with a healthy fat source to aid absorption. So, both the avocado in the salad and the olive oil in our dressing magnifies the salad’s health benefits.

“Cowboy caviar” recipes often use the same combo with black beans and black eyed peas plus a few additional ingredients. This creates a full meal with the beans adding protein and great fiber. Typically chips (oven baked of course) add a grain so you have three out of five food groups represented and you’ve hardly broken a sweat.

Tell me what your favorite fresh summer combos are. We can all use some inspiration to be well,

Marcia

PS Cooking also increases carotenoid absorption by the body.

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