Sun-dried tomatoes – Heart Healthy Food & Low Fat
Sun-dried tomatoes—a superbly flavorful, nutritious and delicious way to sweeten up any dish!
Guess what? One piece of sun-dried tomato (in oil, drained) contains a mere 6 calories! Sun-dried tomatoes are just like what you might suspect… ripe tomatoes that have lost most of their water content after spending a majority of their drying time in the sun. The good news is that after this procedure, the dried tomatoes are still overflowing with nutrition—they remain packed with disease-fighting antioxidants such as lycopene and vitamin C plus are virtually fat free. Just be sure that, if you buy the oil-packed variety, look for tomatoes packed in extra virgin olive oil—the heart healthiest kind.
Cannellini Bean and Sun-dried Tomato Dip
Check out the heart healthy recipe of Cannellini Bean and Sun-dried Tomato Dip:
Allow time to refrigerate the dip before serving for the best flavor.
- One 15-ounce can cannellini or great Northern beans, drained
- 7 sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
In blender or food processor mix beans, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, vinegar, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth. Refrigerate for one hour and served chilled.
Per 1/4 cup serving:
- Calories: 166
- Fat: 10 g (0 g EPA, 0 g DHA, < 1 g ALA)
- Saturated Fat: 1 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
- Sodium: 207 mg
- Carbohydrate:16 g
- Dietary fiber: 3 g
- Sugars: <1 g
Source : Dr Janet Blog