Yummy Salsa Dip & Eating Canned Tomatoes

We all know that dips are typically something we should just have a little of because they are usually high in calories.  Well not this dip.  I like salsa, but it is so much yummier if you add just a bit of low-fat sour cream and mix.  Just add it to taste.  I find 1 part sour cream to 4 or 5 parts salsa to be a pretty good ratio.  You can also try adding plain yogurt or Greek yogurt if you prefer.  I find that putting a little bit of sour cream in salsa makes the kids (and myself for that matter) much more likely to eat it, and we want to encourage eating salsa.  If you read the back of even a processed bottle of salsa, you will find that you can actually pronounce all the ingredients.  Salsa is a whole-food with lots of cooked/processed tomatoes.  Now you may be wondering why I would be suggesting eating the tomatoes cooked rather than raw.  Cooked tomatoes are actually better for you than eating them raw.  Tomatoes are the only exception I know to the ‘eating raw fruits and vegetables’ rule and that is due to a very powerful antioxidant called lycopene.

Lycopene is what gives red and orange fruits and vegetables their color (tomatoes, watermelon, pink grapefruit, apricots, etc.) It is an antioxidant that protects against free radicals (counteracts cellular damage),  thereby helping protect against cancer, heart disease, macular degeneration and other diseases.  When you cook a tomato, its level of lycopene has been shown to increase up to 250%!  So eat spaghetti sauce, canned tomatoes, tomato juice, etc., and for goodness sakes eat some yummy salsa dip.

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