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Perhaps a side effect of growing up in Texas and California, my love for salsa runs deep. My parents remember my affinity for the hot stuff, as I would soak my chips in the fiery red concoctions when we would head to our favorite Mexican restaurants when I was 2 or 3.
I know Salsa typically follows the “Chips N ____” lead in, and yes I do think there should be a global law requiring all restaurants to provide complimentary chips n’ salsa on the table for their guests, but that wouldn’t be a good platform for a health blog would it? I do partake in a few chips with my salsa as a sanctioned “nutrition vice” that I manage, but that’s not my point here. My point is that salsa can be your healthy eating X factor. When you’re looking to improve something by reducing the fat or calories, simply adding some delicious salsa can ensure that the final product is tasty and good for you. I will add salsa to almost anything. A spinach and egg-white omelet without cheese tastes incredible when you throw on some fresh salsa. Don’t want to turn a fresh salad into a fat and/or sugar-laden calorie bomb, substitute salsa for your dressing. Add salsa to brown rice to make it a bit more exciting and crave-able. As long as you watch the sodium levels in ‘off-the-shelf’ salsas, they are an “eat all you want” item, full of great vegetables and even a few super foods (tomatoes and most chiles). Use salsa as an addition or substitute at will to add flavor to any meal. If used correctly, you can use salsa to reduce calories and fat!
In case you’re looking for a few options for homemade salsas, here are a couple of options:
Restaurant Style Red: Click Image for Recipe
Spicy Tomatillo (Green): Click Image for Recipe
Small steps add up!!!