With the rising temperatures of summer, what better way to stay cool than by indulging in a light and refreshing recipe that also happens to be rich in antioxidants? My go-to summer snack is always blue corn tortilla chips and homemade salsa. My own personal healthy take on the traditional chips and salsa combination is not only refreshing, but nearly fat-free… You heard right: FAT FREE (nearly)!
Salsa starts with a ripe, juicy tomato. Tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C, biotin, and Vitamin K. They are also a great source of copper, potassium, manganese, fiber and Vitamin A, as well as B vitamins such as niacin, folate, and B6— all of which have been shown to help support your immune system and provide energy throughout the day.
Next, jalapeños. Jalapeños are a great source of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including Vitamins C, A, and K as well as potassium, which all have been shown to fight against sinus infection, headaches, and joint health. Onions, which used to be a great enemy of mine for many years, are rich in Vitamin C, chromium, fiber, and folic acid. Onions have been shown to be supportive in reducing blood sugar levels, easing inflammation in the body, and supporting immune health. Lastly, and my personal favorite, is cilantro. Cilantro is rich in Vitamin K, folate, potassium, manganese, and choline, as well as the antioxidants beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which help support eye health and calcium calcification in the body. Cilantro is a love or hate kind of ingredient though. Fun Fact: Those who hate the taste of cilantro (some 4-14% of the population) usually say it tastes like soap. The way cilantro tastes actually has to do with your genetics. The soap tasters share a something called olfactory-receptor genes or OR6A2, that pick up on the smell of aldehyde chemicals. Aldehyde chemicals are found in both cilantro and soap. So if you hate on cilantro, it’s most likely not your fault – it’s in your genes…
So, if you’re into cilantro, combine all of the above (or leave it out) for a recipe that is beyond good for your health and your soul. Other ingredients included are lime juice and cucumbers! Not much cool information on these two things for this post’s purposes, however – they taste damn good. Let’s get started…
- 1 1/4 pounds tomatoes, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup finely chopped sweet onion
- 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
- 1 small jalapeño, seeded and minced
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 large seedless cucumber, sliced 1/4 inch thick
Step One: Dice the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and jalapeño.
Step Two: Toss the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and jalapeño in a bowl. Add the lime juice and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Step Three: Cut the large seedless cucumber into 1/4 inch thick slices
Step Four: Serve the salsa with the cucumber chips for dipping
Keep in mind that one serving is about 38 cal, 0.4 gm fat, 0 gm saturated fat. So, the next time you are craving chips and salsa or even just trying to cool off during this crazy summer heat, try this refreshing and oh-so-tasty recipe. Let us know what you think in the comments!