Tomatoes and Cucumbers to Detox

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If you love someone who is an alcoholic, or you are struggling with your own alcohol problem, you may be interested in the process of alcohol detoxification. Alcohol withdrawal symptoms can range from uncomfortable to life threatening, depending on the severity of the addiction, and detoxification can help with this process.



Now is the season to enjoy Ontario grown field tomatoes and cucumbers. Although tomatoes and cucumbers are available year round, they are at their best from July to October! Locally grown tomatoes and cucumbers are picked at a greater degree of ripeness than those shipped across the continent. When grown closer to their market, these veggies are left on the vine longer, so their flavour and texture remain at their best.



Although, the tomato is technically a fruit, it is considered by most to be a vegetable because of the way it is used in meals and snacks. The tomato is native to South America and was brought over to Europe by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century. Today, many cultures enjoy tomatoes as part of their dishes. Tomatoes combine well with many foods such as: pastas, meat and fish dishes as well as with other vegetables.


Detox diets vary, but they typically advise restriction of the diet to raw vegetables, fruit, water and yoghurt

Tomatoes are high in vitamin A and vitamin C and contain a plant chemical called lycopene. Lycopene gives tomatoes, watermelons and pink grapefruits their red colour. Lycopene is an antioxidant that can protect the body's cells from damage, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer.



Cucumbers have a very high water content. As a result, they are not only crisp and moist but also very cool. Cucumbers belong to the squash family of vegetables and were first cultivated in Asia.



Invite tomatoes and cucumbers along by'



' Cutting slices or chunks of cucumbers and tomatoes into salads



There are as many detox methods as weight loss diets and some of them can be quite expensive! But we don't need to spend a lot of money on detox, it's something we can do ourselves if we know how. So to that end, I'll give you a really simple (& cheap!) detox that you can try.




' Piling cucumbers and tomatoes onto sandwiches, in pitas and in wraps



' Choosing cucumbers and tomatoes as a snack with a low fat yogurt dip



' Using tomatoes to make pasta sauce from scratch



' Adding sliced tomatoes to grilled cheese sandwiches or tuna melts



' Using tomatoes in meat, fish and chicken recipes


Detox diets are used to refer to diets, herbs, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for general health.

' Topping green salads, rice dishes and pasta salads with cherry or grape tomatoes



At this time of year, take advantage of locally grown tomatoes and cucumbers to help you reach the goal of 5-10 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. For more recipe ideas using tomatoes and cucumbers, visit www.5to10aday.com.




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