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  • Choose tomatoes with a deep rich colour, often indicating higher concentrations of lycopene.
  • To increase the absorption of carotenoids (lycopene and beta carotene) eat tomatoes with fat rich foods such as olive oil or avocados.

  • To improve lycopene absorption, heat the tomatoes.

  • Freshness is key…Tomatoes should be well shaped and smooth skinned with no wrinkles, cracks, bruises or soft spots. They should not have a puffy appearance. Select firm tomatoes when possible.

  • Tomatoes are very sensitive to cold, allow tomatoes to ripen at room temperature. And try not to refrigerate…

  • Tomatoes tend to keep for about a week depending on how ripe they were when purchased. If you absolutely have to keep tomatoes from spoiling, place them in the refrigerator. Removing them from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before using will help them to regain their maximum flavour and juiciness.

  • Whole tomatoes, chopped tomatoes and tomato sauce freeze well for future use in cooked dishes.

  • Sundried tomatoes should be stored in an airtight container, with or without olive oil, in a cool dry place.

Lisa Fouladi Balance Ur Bod Nutrition Consultancy

Lisa, principle consultant and founder of balance ur bod nutrition consultancy is a qualified nutrition therapist (dip.ION), a Nutrition Therapy Council registered practitioner, and a current member of the British Association of Applied Nutrition and Nutrition Therapy (BANT) and is bound by their codes of ethics and practice. She is fully insured, and dedicated to continuous study of current research and industry developments through Continued Professional Development (CPD).

In keeping with her quest for knowledge, Lisa is currently enrolled in yet another degree program, an MSc at the University of London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) which she hopes to complete someday.

Although based in Zürich, Switzerland, she sees clients in the Geneva area, in Germany (Münster area) and in the UK (London and Windsor areas).

Lisa conducts one to one consultations with clients, advising on all aspects of nutrition and the effect food and lifestyle choices have on health and well being. Lisa works closely with her clients, assessing and identifying imbalances and individual needs, and supporting them in making the necessary dietary and lifestyle changes. She is deeply committed to supporting her client’s health through nutrition and stays at their side throughout the process.