Improve Sleep Quality with Tomatoes

Improve Sleep Quality with Tomatoes

Can you really improve sleep quality with tomatoes? New research is emerging that shows you can get better shut-eye by consuming tomatoes! Read on for how you can improve your sleep habits.

Busy lifestyles, lengthy to-do lists, and hectic work schedules can really put a damper on your sleep habits. Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and stressed may contribute to sleep deprivation, which can result in negative impacts towards overall mental, emotional, and physical health. So, what can you do to improve your sleep quality?

Researchers feel that consuming certain tomato products may contribute to better sleep! This study from The Clinical Nutrition Journal showed that tomatoes can accelerate urinary aMT6s levels in obese postmenopausal women and improve the quality of their sleep. The method of this study included the observation of how beefsteak tomato, black tomato, and commercial tomato juices relate to the impacts that melatonin has on the human body. The results of the study showed that the beefsteak tomato had the highest amount of melatonin, which made it the most effective in regards to sleep quality. This randomized controlled dietary intervention trial took place in the span of 8 weeks and consisted of 36 participants. Within this group of individuals, some were placed into the “tomato group” while others were not. For 8 weeks, the tomato group consumed 250 grams of beefsteak tomatoes approximately 2 hours before they went to sleep. After the 8 weeks were completed, urine and blood samples were collected in order to determine the outcome of the study through valid and accurate data. The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) of the tomato group who consumed the beefsteak tomatoes prior to sleep improved their aMT6s level and sleep quality. In comparison to the control group, the tomato group was significantly higher in these levels, suggesting that the ingestion of tomato can provide natural melatonin to the body for obese postmenopausal women seeking better quality of sleep.

So, why not consume more tomato products this week before bedtime? A couple of hours before you turn in for the night, eat a delicious meal full of tomato products; this will give melatonin time to circulate throughout your body and improve your sleep quality. You may be surprised at the results!

For other tomato news, check out:

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What is Lycopene?
Health Connection Between Tomatoes and Lycopene

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Bourbon Peach Compote

Pan Seared Pork Chops with Bourbon Peach Compote

For a delicious and nutritious experience, try out this simple recipe for Pan Seared Pork Chops with Bourbon Peach Compote. We love that this recipe features sweet peaches, tangy tomatoes, and savory pork chops, because they all come together perfectly to create a delectable main dish. Whether you’re looking for a meal to impress a first date or a tasty dinner for your family, this recipe is sure to impress everyone around the table.

When it comes to nutrition, this recipe is teeming with health benefits! Pork is the main protein source here, and this lean meat is a good source of thiamin, selenium, niacin, vitamin B-6, zinc, riboflavin and potassium. Canned Tri-Color Tomatoes take on a starring role in this dish, providing both nutrition and flavor. When it comes to canned tomatoes, lycopene is certainly the star of the show, as it has been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease, prostate cancer and macular degeneration. So, what are you waiting for? Head into the kitchen and try this recipe out for yourself!

Get the full recipe for Pan Seared Pork Chops with Bourbon Peach Compote by visiting our friends at Pacific Coast Producers.

For other delicious recipes, check out some of our favorites:

Chipotle Tomato Rice POWER Bowl
Swiss Chard Pecan Lasagna
Black Bean Corn Chili

Health Connection Between Tomatoes and Lycopene

Health Connection Between Tomatoes and Lycopene

What’s the health connection between tomatoes and lycopene? Researchers performed a review of 174 articles to determine the health outcomes associated with tomato and lycopene. In May 2020, this study provided evidence which supports the claim that consumption of tomatoes and lycopene are linked to numerous health benefits. Tomato intake has similar health effects to lycopene intake, as they are both inversely associated with mortality, prostate cancer, lung cancer, and heart diseases. There are a few variations between tomato and dietary lycopene intake: tomato products are inversely associated with cerebrovascular disease mortality and gastric cancer, while lycopene is inversely associated with stroke and male infertility.

Fresh tomatoes are not the only tomato products that are nutrient-rich and contain lycopene. In fact, canned tomatoes, marinara sauce, salsa, and even tomato soup have a slightly higher amount of lycopene in them due to the cooking and canning process they undergo. Similar to most nutrients, it’s more natural to obtain lycopene from foods rather than supplements. In order to achieve maximum health benefits associated with lycopene, it is recommended to consume tomato products with a heart healthy fat, such as olive oil or avocado. That’s why we recommend enjoying lycopene and its health benefits through delicious foods such as lasagna, curries, and bolognese. So, what are you waiting for? Enjoy some canned tomato products today!

For other tomato news, check out:

Top 11 Reasons to Go Red with Tomato Products
Can Tomatoes Help Your Kid Eat More Veggies?
What is Lycopene?

Using Lasagna to Spread the Love

Using Lasagna to Spread the Love

A non-profit spreading kindness through lasagna?! It sounds too good to be true, but with over 20,000 volunteers around the country, it most certainly is true, as they are using lasagna to spread the love.

Meet Lasagna Love! A nonprofit started at the beginning of the pandemic, by founder Rhiannon Menn, a mama who was searching for a way to help support her community during this time of need. What started with just a quick Facebook post in a mom group, offering home cooked meals to anyone who could use one, has grown into a national movement, with over 20,000 volunteers delivering meals made with love every week.

What we do is simple: feed families, spread kindness, and strengthen communities.

Here’s how it works:

Families in need go to lasagnalove.org/request and fill out a request form. They are then matched with a local volunteer, or Lasagna Chef as they are called, who make and deliver them a home cooked meal.

What qualifies a “family in need”:

Anything! Facing food insecurity and could use a hot meal for your family? Working mom juggling working from home, home schooling kids, and could use some help with dinner? Going through a hard time? Lasagna Love is here to help!!

Lasagna Love is a kindness movement. Our mission is to not only address the rise in food insecurity, but also strengthen communities through kindness by providing an easy way for every person to help a neighbor.

How to get involved: 

You can sign up to volunteer at https://www.lasagnalove.org/volunteer-2 if you want to get involved and make meals for families.

Lasagna Love has grown to be more than just about lasagna, but about kindness and weaving kindness back into the fabric of our communities. The Kindness Pledge is a simple way to get involved, show support for the mission, and spread kindness, no cooking required!

Simply go to https://www.lasagnalove.org/kindnesspledge and sign the pledge and go out and be kind!

To donate to Lasagna Love click this link for donation options. https://www.lasagnalove.org/donate

Easy Chicken Curry

Easy Chicken Curry

Less than 10 ingredients are needed for this flavorful and nutritious Easy Chicken Curry. Thanks to ingredients you probably already have on hand (such as canned tomatoes, frozen chicken, and coconut milk), you can whip up this quick and easy main dish in no time at all! With so many delicious flavors, this is sure to become a family favorite in no time. Be sure to make extras so you can have leftovers throughout the week!

Not only does this recipe taste incredible, but it’s also good for you due to the high protein and lycopene content. Thanks to the chicken, there is plenty of lean protein, which is essential for muscle building and feeling satisfied. And then when you add in the canned tomatoes, you’re provided with a load of vitamins and minerals; including lycopene, which is responsible for that gorgeous bright red hue. The canned tomatoes make up the base for this tangy, spicy dinner, so instead of ordering takeout this weekend, take an hour to prepare this Easy Chicken Curry. We’re sure you are going to love it!

For the full recipe, visit our friends at Pacific Coast Producers.

If you’re looking for other delicious recipes, check out some of our favorites:

Tomato Pesto Hummus
Swiss Chard Pecan Lasagna
Black Bean Corn Chili