Thursday, June 29, 2006

cherry tomatoes

Bite-sized tomatoes?! That's it. One bite, one tomato, but I bet you won't stop to only one! Tomatoes are well known for their powerful antioxidant, named lycopene, responsible for this deep red appealing colour. It has been shown to be very helpful in prevention and even treatment of prostate cancer. But for all the women out there, you should know that lycopene can do more than that! As an antioxidant, it is potentially beneficial for all kind of diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and various cancers.
Nutrition facts for 1 cup: 31 calories, 0 g fat, 7 g carbohydrate, 2 g fibers, 1 g protein, 19% vitamin A, 65% vitamin C.
Here's a little starter that is definitely a hit. These skewers are easy to make ahead, and actually they're even better that way because it allows the flavor of the pesto to deeply penetrate into the tomatoes and cheese. Moreover, they really are a pinch to prepare, it is perfect to serve to your guests, and it's deliciously healthy....! Mmmmm!
Cherry tomato and bocconcini skewers
Nutrition facts for 1 skewer (3 half cherry tomato, 1 cocktail-size bocconcini, and 1 tsp basil pesto): 66 calories, 3.5 g fat, 1.7 g saturated, 5.3 g carbohydrate, 0.3 g fibers, 3.6 g protein.

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