The Labor Day weekend is upon us and we all know what that means: we're going to be surrounded by food, and lots of it. For people trying to lose weight or just maintain a healthy dietary lifestyle, the three-day food fest is enough to put weight gain anxieties in full force.
Well, worry no more! Tons of healthy recipes exist and even better, many of them are extraordinarily easy to whip up.
I came across a tasty and healthy salsa recipe on TreeHugger.com, a web site dedicated to sustainability and all kinds of safe, smart alternatives. The simple recipe pairs the quintessential summer fruit, peaches, with tomatoes. Toss in a few other ingredients, and you've got a homemade salsa that's free of unhealthy addititives or weight-sabatoging extras.
- 2 cubed peaches
- 6 cherry tomatoes, sliced or quartered (I chose larger ones grown from my garden)
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- Juice from one lime
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- Cayenne pepper (to taste)
It doesn't get any easier than this: mix the ingredients together in a large bowl, then serve chilled or at room temperature.
Note: I found the mixture too chunky for my preference, so I put the mixture in a food processor and found it the texture to be much better for topping on a few crackers:
Salsa Health Benefits
The health benefits of this recipe are plenty. Besides the fact that it's free of unpronounceable ingredients and yucky additives, it's low in calories (one large one has about 68 calories) and great for overall health.(1)
Peaches are also filled with vitamins K, E, A and C, and are also a good source of potassium, all of which contribute to improved blood clotting abilities, reduced cancer risks, stronger bones, and a proper-functioning nervous system.(1) Not bad, right?
As for tomatoes, I'm all about their lycopene, which is basically what gives them their bright red hue. Color aside, it's also what makes them an anti-cancer powerhouse, known to help reduce prostate cancer risks in men.(2)
Add to this some onion and lime juice and this healthy salsa recipe is bursting with zesty flavor! It's a great recipe worth trying this Labor Day weekend...or any time for that matter! I'll definitely be making this one again.
Sources for this article include:
©Copyright 2011-2014, Jennifer Lilley, FlabbyRoad.com, Flabby Road and Flabby Road: Moving on & Leaving the Elastic Waistbands Behind. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Jennifer Lilley and Flabby Road with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.
Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Jennifer Lea Reynolds is a weight loss success story who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle. A fan of the elliptical, roasted asparagus and remembering to put the lid on the blender, she’s appeared in many national and local print publications. She lives in New England where she writes professionally about health and wellness in online publications including U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and more.