Dancing or eating, Salsa is the breath of summer! Life is livelier, more colorful. Food is tastier. Zesty salsa can spice up your meals while it improves your health and makes it even easier for you to Salsa!
Salsa’s not just for dipping! Put it in salads, add it to sandwiches, mix it with rice beans or veggies. Liven up your food and your body at the same time by adding more fruits and veggies to your meals. Fruits and vegetables have a lot of antioxidants that keep your body "running" smoothly. Antioxidants act as the body's tiny cleaning crew.
HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: Our bodies are constantly working to generate energy. As the body works, it also produces "free radicals." Like emissions from your car engine, “free radicals” are tiny waste products from creating energy. Needless to say, you want to get rid of them. If you don’t, your body won’t be working well and you won't feel your best. You can even increase your risk of serious illness! Antioxidants in fruits & veggies can “clean out” those free radicals and can help improve the way you feel.
Give your meals some extra zest while you give your body an extra boost with a variety of Salsas. The more you vary your fruits and vegetables, the more colorful and flavorful your meals will be, and more “free radicals” you clean out!
Grab a variety of fruits & veggies at a Harvest Home market near you. See some Salsa ideas below. Be creative! Salsa is an easy way to add more fruits and veggies to your meals.
SALSA YOUR WAY THROUGH THE SUMMER!
PEACH AVOCADO SALSA
Mix together & chill for ½ hour
2 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted, and diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
2 ears of corn removed from cob
1/2 red onion, minced
1/2 red bell pepper, minced
2 cloves garlic, grated
1/2 lime & 1/2 lemon, juiced
salt and ground black pepper to taste
Add 1 avocado - peeled, pitted, and diced just before serving
1 small jicama, chopped & diced (about a cup)
8 radishes diced
¾ cup of peeled & diced cucumber
2 tablespoons diced red onion
¾ teaspoon ground arbol chile
2 teaspoons fresh basil
2/3 teaspoon salt
MELON CUCUMBER SALSA
1 small cantaloupe or 2 cups watermelon
1 seedless cucumber
1 red onion
1-2 serrano chile pepper
1/4 cup fresh cilantro
2 limes, juiced
Salt to taste
Tips: Get Creative!
Eat your fruits & veggies raw for the best taste AND a variety of health benefits.
Dark green leafy vegetables have Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that helps the immune system fight off disease
Carrots have carotenoids that protect your eyes & skin. GREAT for dipping!
Tomatoes have lycopene for bone health & fight heart disease
Melons have extra water you need in the summer, plus antioxidant vitamin C. Great for your skin
Cucumbers have antioxidants that help your immune system & are good for skin & eyes
Blueberries are the super fruit of antioxidants. They cleanout & protect all your systems
Avocados aren't just delicious, they are powerful: 20 vitamins, minerals, antioxidants that protect your eyes & healthy omega-3 fatty acids.
Peppers give you more carotenoids and vitamin C.
Antioxidants Power in fruits & veggies
Don’t be confused. Antioxidants have different names (carotenoids, lycopene, flavonoids, to mention a few) because different antioxidants do different “cleaning jobs.”
The more variety of ingredients, the more help you give your body. So mix things up for flavor & health.
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