Spice Up Your Life, Make Salsa

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One of the most common complaints to changing your dietary habits is that food that is “good for you” taste boring.  Part of that is that our bad food habits tend to revolve around three things that our bodies get addicted to.  They are sugar, fat, and salt.  Plain and simple, foods that taste good, generally have an abundance one or more of these three things.  BUT, and there is always a but, we now know that these things aren’t bad for us.  We just need to make sure that they are the ‘right’ kind of sugar, fat, and salt and in the right amounts.  Or, we simply teach our taste buds, that we don’t need those things as much as we need flavor.  That’s right, flavor.  If our bodies are satisfied with other flavors, then it won’t crave the things we need to be mindful of.

So don’t let your food be boring.  Add spice.  Spices are generally calorie-free and can make any food great.

In our house, we make a really simple salsa and add it to all sorts of things.

We use a really simple recipe, but it can be changed in so many ways.  It can be hotter, milder, sweeter, thicker, chunkier, runny, and any number of alternatives.

Be bold and try to spice up your food, without adding the dreaded salt, sugar, and fats.

This is our salsa.

  • Three diced tomatoes
  • Splash of lime juice
  • Chopped cilantro
  • Half a chopped onion
  • Fresh garlic clove

We also add a great Pico seasoning from a great local company, Epicure.

But you can get salsa spices most anywhere.

Let it sit for a few minutes before you serve just to let the flavors blend.


But the best part of this recipe is that we can make it larger, although never want a smaller portion, and spicier, depending on what we are adding it to.

It is really hard to wreck it.  And it is cheap.  It makes eggs great, tastes good as a side dish.  And obviously with chips.

The point here is just adding flavor.  Spice things up a little or a lot and your taste buds will respond by enjoying it without realizing that it is both good for you and tastes yummy.


Variety is what I would recommend: As variety is the spice of life in food, so it is in exercise. Change it up. But most of all, don't overdo it. – Martina Navratilova


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