Turn Heavy into Heavenly!
It's National Nutrition Month and we want to share some ideas to make your meals better for you! You can be sure that using any of our products will add nutritious benefits to your meal while adding superior flavor! Check out a few of our favorite tricks to turn heavy meals into heavenly! Or try this recipe for a healthy pasta topping!
- Top vegetables with pasta sauce versus cheese or butter.
- Substitute the pasta in your favorite pasta recipe for spaghetti squash.
- Substitute any cream based dressing or dips with salsa.
- Top a whole wheat wrap with pizza sauce and add your favorite veggies and arugula for a new take on pizza.
- Make mac and cheese with non-fat greek yogurt instead of milk and butter, add in a can of chopped tomatoes for added flavor and additional health benefits.
Age Well with Mighty Tomatoes!
Fight off those “growing pains” with antioxidant-rich tomatoes. More than just good for you today, they’re good for your health in years to come! Find out how mighty tomatoes make being healthy easier!
- Lycopene, found in cooked tomatoes, and beta-carotene promote healthy aging of the skin by preventing damage from the sun.
- Lower your risk for prostate cancer by eating cooked tomatoes paired with fats or oils. Fats help the body absorb lycopene, which can significantly lower your risk for this type of cancer.
- Tomatoes are rich in lutein, which is also found in our retinas. Eating tomatoes can promote healthy vision and lower the risk of cataracts.
- Potassium rich tomatoes help with joint pain, make you feel energized, maintain body fluids and a healthy heart rate
- Antioxidants in tomatoes can improve cardiovascular health in both men and women with Type 2 Diabetes.
- A serving of tomatoes has about 2 grams of fiber, which supports healthy digestion.
- The mix of potassium, lyocpene and calcium in tomatoes can help prevent osteoporosis by building bone mass.
Fresh Off the Vine: A Gluten-Free LIfestyle
Most households know that diets rich in fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meat, fish and more can enjoy easy, healthy and tasty gluten-free lives. And that children and adults alike that suffer from Celiac disease, autism and even ADHD can often benefit from limited gluten from their diets. But in honor of Celiac Awareness Month, we thought it might be fun to share some foods that "are allowed" in a gluten-free life ... and some recipe ideas from your Naturally-gluten free friends at Dei Fratelli!
Mayo-Clinic Allowed Gluten-Free Foods
According to the experts, many healthy and delicious foods are naturally gluten-free:
- Beans, seeds, nuts in their natural, unprocessed form
- Fresh eggs
- Fresh meats, fish and poultry (not breaded, batter-coated or marinated)
- Fruits and vegetables (like tomatoes!)
- Most dairy products
Busy Bee Salad
Smokin' Santa Fe Succotash
Tomatoes ... the Perfect Fruit
Did you know that tomatoes contain large amounts of vitamin C, providing 40 percent (from 15-30% per serving depending upon the product) of your daily value? They also contain a healthy portion of your daily value of vitamin A, potassium and iron.
The red pigment in tomatoes is called lycopene. Research suggests that lycopene acts as an antioxidant and can help people stay active even in old age. In fact, recent studies conducted by Harvard researchers have suggested that lycopene can even help prevent cancer. The study discovered that men who consumed 10 servings of tomato sauce a week (or the equivalent of 10 slices of pizza) can cut the risk of developing prostate cancer by a formidable 45 percent!
What's more, cooking tomatoes in olive oil allows your body to better absorb the lycopene within. Tomatoes also don't lose any of their nutritional value during processing. Freshly canned and processed tomatoes, like those we make, have actually been found to have a higher lycopene content than garden tomatoes ... So eat up!
Dei Fratelli is Naturally Gluten-Free
You've probably heard the talk. Everyone is suddenly interested in gluten-free food. Why?
Gluten is the general name used to describe proteins found in wheat and other cereal grains. Wheat, barley, rye and oats have been excluded from "gluten-free diets" because they have been found to be problematic with individuals who suffer from an allergy to gluten.
But the good news is that all Dei Fratelli products are naturally gluten-free. Interested in learning more about a gluten-free diet?