Before I was in the “juice know-how”—nothing said juice lovin’ to me like a V8. There is something incredibly nourishing about the robust flavor and grounding energy of a spicy tomato concoction. Truth is, I always felt better after a classic or spicy V8. . . now I get to feel even mo’ bettah after making one myself. The base ingredient of a V8 was always the tomato—vibrant, gorgeous, and full of energy—a solid way to get your gardening in. I grew up on an organic farm and quite frankly there was nothing better than to trek out to the garden (salt shaker in hand) to pick tomatoes off the vine and partake in their deliciousness. Summer just isn’t summer without fresh tomatoes.
Tomatoes are one of those fruits that give you a vitamin supercharge providing over 50% of your daily Vitamin C needs in a one cup serving. That same cup is action-packed with over 20% of your daily Vitamin A, 15% of vitamin K, 10% of potassium, and a veritable spectrum of over 5% of B1, B2, B3, B4, and B6. And that only tips the edge of what tomatoes offer. Tomatoes include have protein, phosphorous, magnesium, and iron. Yes, iron. All the benefits are yours for the low, low cost of only 37 calories per one cup serving. Oh and yes, tomatoes are packed with fiber too – about 10% of your daily requirements.
From a wide angled health perspective, tomatoes are a good source of antioxidants in the form of lycopene, a natural cancer preventative most proactive in the pancreas, colon, and prostate. However, it’s said that if you have an arthritic condition, you should avoid tomatoes and other nightshade vegetables.
For juicing, choose a tomato that has a lot of water content, good for making paste (Roma), and aren’t overly sweet. The more varieties you choose while juicing, the better quality the taste. Mixing it up = More flavor. The riper the tomato,the better the taste and yield. Choose organic for a better taste and a healthier juice.
Spicy Top Notch Tomato
- 3 ripe tomatoes
- ½ red pepper
- 1 celery stock
- 1 apple
- 1 Tbs. nutritional yeast (packed full of B vitamins and a complete protein)
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp of tamari (or Worcestershire)*
- pinch of freshly ground black pepper
- 3 drops of your favorite hot sauce (I like Cholula or Crystal)
Juice the tomatoes, pepper, celery, and apple. Add all other ingredients to the juice and stir.
*If you eat gluten free or are a vegetarian, check the label of Worcestershire sauce carefully as some contain wheat and/or anchovies.