Medifast Recipes > Side dishes > Medifast Pizza Sauce Recipe
Are you looking for a healthy Pizza Sauce recipe? Then why not try this recipe that is very easy to make. This can perfectly blend in your vegetarian pizza.
- In a mixing bowl, add 1/4 cup Tomato Puree , 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon of basil, 1/8 teaspoon of oregano, 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and a dash of splenda. Mix well the mentioned ingredients.
- When it is completely mixed, use it to spice up your pizza. Serve and enjoy.
- Tomato Facts:
The scientific word for the common tomato is lycopersicon lycopersicu, which mean “wolf peach”. It is a cousin of the eggplant, red pepper, ground cherry, potato, and the highly toxic belladonna, also known as the nightshade or solanaccae.
Tomatoes are usually used in many food product including tomato sauce/ketchup, pasta and pizza. Most of the ches use canned tomatoes for conveniences, quality, and flavoring.
Tomatoes are one of the vegetables with low calorie content. They are also very low in any fat contents and have zero cholesterol levels.
They are great source of antioxidants, dietary fiber, minerals, and vitamins. Dieticians and nutritionists often recommend tomatoes to be included in cholesterol controlling and weight loss programs.
Tomato consumption can also reduce the risk of having cancers such as colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic tumors.
A flavonoid antioxidant which is a unique phytochemical called lycopene can be found in tomatoes. Red varieties of tomatoes are particularly concentrated in this antioxidant.
Lycopene together with carotenoids has the capability to protect cells and other structures in the body from harmful oxygen free radicals. Studies show that lycopene helps to prevent skin damage caused by ultra-violet (UV) rays and protects against skin cancer.
Tomatoes are also rich in another flavonoid called zeaxanthin. This helps guard eyes from "age related macular disease" (ARMD) in the elderly persons by filtering harmful ultra-violet rays.
Tomatoes contain high levels of vitamin A, and flavonoid anti-oxidants such as B-carotenes, xanthins and lutein. Overall, these compounds are found to have antioxidant properties and are important in maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, and good bone health.
Eating of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids is well-known to help protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Tomatoes are also good source of antioxidant vitamin-C; consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals.
Fresh tomato is very rich in potassium. Potassium is known to be an important element of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure caused by sodium.
Tomatoes also contain moderate amounts of many vital B-complex vitamins such as folate, thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin as well some essential minerals like iron, calcium, manganese and other trace elements.
When choosing tomatoes to buy, fresh ripe fruits will be identified as those with bright red color and have rich fruity flavor. Do not choose those with wrinkle surface, discolored spots, cuts and too soft and mushy.
The yellow fruits can be stored in cool, dark place at room temperature for 2 to 3 days.
Ripe tomatoes are easily perishable vegetables and they must be stored in the refrigerator. Use ripe tomatoes while they are fresh to get full benefits of vitamins and antioxidants.
Do not store ripe tomatoes in the refrigerator for a long period of time. Cold temperatures reduce the flavor in tomatoes.
Cooked tomatoes contain higher concentrations of lycopene than non-cooked tomatoes.
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Nutritional Information for 1 Serving