roma tomatoesUPDATE: Bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) is a healthy snack or appetizer and easy to make. (Chopping tomatoes required, but can be therapeutic.) If you’re so lucky to have vine-ripened tomatoes and homegrown basil on hand, this refreshing Italian dish promises to be extra flavorful. The tomatoes add a rich source of lycopene making it a red-hot antioxidant that’s protective against aging and a growing list of cancers.

What’s In It…

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 red onion, chopped
  • 5 Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 9-10 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 whole grain baguette, sliced in 3/4″ diagonal slices OR Ezekiel 4:9® Flax Sprouted Whole Grain Bread, sliced into four squares
  • Pesto (olive oil-basil)

How It’s Made…

1.  Mix all ingredients in a small bowl:

2.  Add olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt/pepper and stir.

3.  Place bread on a baking sheet and broil on “HIGH” on top rack for about 45-90 seconds until golden brown. Flip over and repeat.

4.  Remove bread to a platter and brush slices with pesto.

5. Spread the colorful tomato-herb mixture on top of the warm toast.

Approximately 32 servings.



Karen Owoc

Karen Owoc is a certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist specializing in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation and lifestyle medicine. Her science-based approach to longevity, nutrition, and muscle health has made her the go-to source for health seekers and medical professionals alike. Karen's best-selling book on functional longevity, "Athletes in Aprons: The Nutrition Playbook to Break 100", and her transformative perspective have mended many minds, hearts, and spirits.

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