Today's Daily Challenge Sunday Mar. 09, 2014
Healthy Behaviors is about lifestyle habits, namely healthy eating and physical activity, which have proven connections to lifelong health and disease prevention.
Eat a food high in lycopene, such as tomato, red pepper, watermelon, grapefruit, or asparagus.
How to do it
Eat a food rich in lycopene, such as tomatoes (including tomato sauce or paste!), red peppers, watermelon, guavas, grapefruit, asparagus, red cabbage, or dried basil or oregano. All are great choices, although tomatoes are the lycopene leaders, with up to 100 times the amount of lycopene of other sources. The lycopene in tomato sauce or paste may be even more readily absorbed by the body than raw tomatoes.
Why it matters
Lycopene is an antioxidant, so it has a protective effect on our body's cells. Studies suggest that it is effective in warding off heart disease and fortifying bone health. Lycopene also shows promise as a way to prevent prostate cancer.
North Americans thought that tomatoes were poisonous until 1820, when Col. Robert Gibbon Johnson bravely ate one on the courthouse steps in Salem, NJ.
- Susan R.BlossomingLevel 272
Thank you to Mr and Ms Goldfinger for your fabulous encouragements sent with such flourish!! =) I am ever so grateful for each of your friendships and those golden points, of course!
I need to add grapefruit and red pepper on my grocery list. Red peppers are on sale, too! Tomatoes are a staple around here. My husband and I went to lunch at TGI Fridays today and I had a cherry tomato & mozzarella salad. It was good...but the Parmesan-Crusted Chicken served with a 3-Cheese Tortellini in a Spinach Alfredo Sauce were even better! Oh! I'm certain that our dessert wasn't on any healthy menu list either, but we had their Tennessee Whiskey Cake, which is served a la mode. Yummo! I only eat that way on special occasions and today was one of them. ;)
I have great news about my step-sister, Pauline. Her mother wrote this in a private message on FB: "Pauline looks so much better!!! And she is responding to our voice and trying to open her eyes!!! I'm so happy!!!!" Isn't that amazing?
My sister, Pam, is still on a roller coaster but is growing in the Lord and remaining faithful to Him. It is hard when you are under such attack. Your prayers are helping and we are so grateful! Thank you!
Hugs to you all!
- Sadye D.SproutingLevel 305
I am covered for this challenge. I made Shrimp Creole today with our canned tomatoes from our garden. It was so good. One of our sons came over and ate with us. He had worked on my car so I thought he deserved a good meal... He is a mechanic so he takes are of our vehicles.
I also made an artichoke dip and little crusty garlic Parmesan breads. Everything was too good. I think I overate! But this was a late lunch and early dinner combination..
I had the biggest thrill when I opened My Challenge. I had the sweetest Encouragement from Dottie and Mary Ann. You girls made my day. Maybe I will make the gold tree yet!!
Spring break is here for our kids. My 3 great grandsons will be in town because it is their spring break too... We haven't seen them since Christmas!!!
Have a great evening everyone!! Hugs to all!!!