Eric's Salsa

 

Salsa can be a yummy, low-calorie and high nutrient addition/substitution for many higher calorie condiments and dips.

Tomato salsa, if prepared using fresh ingredients and low salt, has several health benefits. Tomatoes contain large amounts of vitamin C and beta carotene. Lime and hot pepper also contain beneficial vitamins and minerals. Because of the fresh ingredients, you can include tomato salsa as one of your suggested vegetable servings per day. Just 1/4 cup of fresh tomato salsa counts as a single serving.

Tomatoes are very high in several nutrients: a single medium tomato contains as much as a quarter of your suggested daily vitamin C intake. Vitamin C helps you deal with infections, including gum disease. Tomatoes also are very high in lycopene, an antioxidant which appears to prevent the formation of harmful by-products of metabolism called free radicals. Free radicals are thought to be responsible for damaging the body’s cells, as well as their genetic makeup, leading to certain chronic diseases including cancer and heart disease.

  • 1 tbls olive oil

  • 1 small clove garlic crushed

  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chilies (drain)

  • 1 cup diced fresh tomatoes

  • 2 tbl  chopped fresh cilantro ( I add a lot more)

  • 1/2 lime or lemon (juice)

  • 2 tbls chopped fresh zucchini

  • 2 tbls chopped fresh onion

  • a “dash” of crushed red peppers

Instructions

Toss all ingredients together and mix well - ENJOY!!