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Tomatoes

It’s September and still gloriously sunny in Seattle. A summer of record-breaking warmth means tomatoes, cucumbers and tomatillos have actually ripened in home gardens before autumn rains can turn them to green mush.

Farmers’ markets and grocery stores are overflowing with gorgeous, reasonably priced produce. There’s no better time for gazpacho.

Traditional tomato-based gazpacho, filled with vitamins A, C and E and brimming with the antioxidants lycopene and beta-carotene, can help protect your body from cancer by cleaning up the free radicals that damage cells. Some studies have also found regular consumption of gazpacho helps to lower blood pressure. Replacing fatty meals and snacks with vegetables dressed in olive oil would have the same health benefits; gazpacho is, essentially, a cross between salad and smoothie.

Keep reading for easy gazpacho recipes!

RWBchipsThis July 4, celebrate America’s birthday with delicious red, white and blue recipes that get their colors—and heart healthy, cancer-fighting powers—from natural antioxidants rather than artificial dyes.

Start the party with blue tortilla chips topped with sliced mozzarella and diced red tomato. Free of sugar, gluten and chemical additives, this patriotic snack gets snap from high-fiber corn tortilla chips, creaminess from low-fat cheese, and sweet tartness from ripe tomatoes. Spritz with fresh lemon juice for added tang and vitamin C. You can substitute low-fat feta, ricotta, cottage cheese or cream cheese for the mozzarella. 

Photo: Crystal ClarityPhoto: Crystal ClarityOur ever popular Red, White & Blueberry flag, an edible art project, is a terrific assemble-ahead dessert to make with kids. Stack raspberries, blueberries and banana slices on skewers for a treat filled with fiber, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants including ellagic acid, a known cancer fighter.

Keep reading for more fabulous red, white & blue recipes!

redwineYou may already revel in the fact that red wine is rich in resveratrol, an antioxidant that helps protect against strokes and inhibits the growth of cancer cells. But did you know moderate consumption of wine or beer can help protect bones?

(Plus, keep reading for great grape ideas for non-alcoholic beverages including grape smoothies and peanut butter-and-jelly sippers.)

BowHillBlueberriesA peek at the Seahawks’ grocery list: 60 dozen organic free-range eggs (just for one week!), crates of organic veggies, luscious blueberries grown organically on a local farm. No sodas or junk food at the Seahawks practice facility in Renton, writes Tan Vinh in the Seattle Times. No deep-fried food. French fries are baked.

Want to know what quarterback Russell Wilson eats for breakfast?

cranberry200Tangy gems of the holiday season, cranberries are outranked only by blueberries in protective antioxidants. High in vitamin C and fiber and low in calories, these tart red treats can add a festive and healthy zest to your diet.

Trouble is, cranberries are often paired with unhealthy amounts of sugar. Traditional cranberry bread and cranberry sauce recipes call for almost as much sugar as they do cranberries, and in the past couple years, scientific research has found that even a few extra teaspoons of daily added sugar can be toxic to our bodies. (A recent study found that relatively modest amounts of sugar negatively impacted the life spans and sex lives of mice.)

That’s why we’re thrilled to share this recipe for an insanely delicious and refreshing sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free cranberry sauce from Kathy Abascal, the Vashon Island biochemist and herbalist who developed an anti-inflammatory diet to quiet the immune system (TQI).