(These tips brought to you by D.C. Central Kitchen’s Healthy Corner Stores)

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin K and calcium, which are both good for strengthening and repairing bones. And, did you know: Lycopene, the antioxidant that gives tomatoes their rich red color, is key in reversing signs of aging such as fine lines and wrinkles? Tomatoes also contain Vitamin A, which helps repair damaged skin cells.

30 ways in 30 days to stretch your fruit and vegetable budget.September is Fruits and Veggies — More Matters Month. Eating fruits and vegetables has many health benefits. People who eat a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower their risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer. Eating healthy can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure.

FUN FACT: Tomatoes are actually a fruit, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled them a vegetable in 1893 so they could be taxed (fruit wasn’t taxed at the time). The reason stated was that they are generally served with dinner and not dessert!

RECIPE OF THE MONTH:

september vegetable of the month - tomato with tomato basil brushetta recipe

Don’t forget to visit one of the 62 participating corner stores to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks. Need a list of participating corner stores? Click here.