Plant Tomatoes #bebetter52

Tomatoes are popularly known for their enormously high antioxidant content, which comes from a rich concentration of lycopene. Lycopene is essentially the pigment associated with the deep red color of tomatoes. This nutrient comes with many health benefits. Its antioxidant properties are great for bone health and heart health. Tomatoes have been known to lower total cholesterol, increase bone strength and prevent unwanted clumping of platelet cells in the blood.

Several recipes, whether on the Internet, from farmers’ markets and elsewhere, make incorporating tomatoes into your daily diet easier. The tastiest, quickest, and our all-time favorite way would be through a caprese salad.  With thick slices of juicy red tomatoes, a handful of leafy spinach greens or fresh basil, and chunks of fresh mozzarella cheese, this energizing salad is a good tomato-y alternative for a light dinner. Adding a little olive oil with some balsamic reduction will help bring the meal together.

This week's #bebetter52 challenges is to plant a tomato plant. Gardening is known to not only be therapeutic, but also economically healthy. You can find tomato seeds or tomato plants at your local nursery. From the small cherry tomatoes to large beefsteaks, you have a wide selection of tomatoes to choose from.

You don’t necessarily have to be an expert at gardening or even have space for a garden. Planting a tomato plant is easier than you might think. Here are some tips:

1. Find a warm and dry place for tomatoes in your garden. They love full sun. If you don’t have a garden, fear not, a clay pot will do. Just make sure the container has good drainage.

2. Cover the tomato all the way up to the first set of leaves with rich potting soil or dirt with compost mixed in.  This helps the roots grow and makes for a stronger plant.

3. Water them well and fertilize with organic compost, such as Nature’s Care and Soil Power. Check to make sure it is organic.

4. Give it a few weeks’ time and you will have a bountiful harvest!

Sometimes even the tiniest of changes can greatly transform your health. Let us know how your gardening went and share some tips for success.