Heart Healthy Snack Loaded With Flavor
Do you have visions of heat waves emanating from your lips as you plunge your chip into a heaping dish of fiery plants? Are you taste buds begging for some excitement? Look no further, this jalapeno salsa is your one stop shop for a kick in the pants fiesta.
This hearty bowl of goodness blend comes straight from Mexico, courtesy of my grandfather. Its low in calories, sodium, and packed with flavor to provide you with a heart healthy snack.
Jalapeno salsa is packed with capsaicin!
Capsaicin is what puts the “burn” in hot peppers. While you may be a pepper warrior at this point, developing your tolerance prior to inhaling a heaping portion of this jalapeno salsa is a good idea! Alternatively, you can just start with fewer jalapenos in the mix and work your way up.
There are many health benefits of capsaicin, a primary component of this jalapeno salsa, including:
- Reducing inflammation
- Promoting healthy joints
- Improving mouth sores following chemo
- Improvements in neurological symptoms (notably neuropathy)
- Reducing insulin resistance and improving glucose metabolism
Jalapeno Salsa Wards Off Vampires While Simultaneously Knocking Your Socks Off
In my humble opinion, you can’t really get enough garlic in a recipe. But i’ll leave that up to your discretion. I always like to say, even when the recipe calls for one clove, add two. I guess it really depends on what you’re doing later on and who has to tolerate standing in a room with you *gasps!*
However, aside from acting as organic vampire repellent (and potentially everyone else repellent depending on how seriously you take my advise), garlic has some real health benefits! So do yourself a favor, try for 2-3 cloves in this dish at your own risk. Here are some health benefits of adding a smidge more garlic to your jalapeno salsa:
- As early as 3000 BC, we knew that garlic was the good stuff. It has long been known for its medicinal properties.
- Garlic is antimicrobial.
- Benefits of garlic include reducing risks of chronic conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
- Garlic is an antioxidant, it aids in cell repair and reducing oxidative damage.
- Did I mention garlic improves the immune function? It’s cold out there and pathogens are brewing- Get your garlic here!
Why I put Salsa on Everything!
In my 5 years experience working with weight loss patients- those most successful all had one thing in common: making food easy! This jalapeno salsa with cilantro and lime IS that easy go to for everything! Take your mind out of the chip bag and start exploring other opportunities for salsa (it’s been sold short!) Here are a few of my absolutely crazy ways to use this rediculously easy jalapeno salsa:
- On Eggs
- In A salad
- On a veggie burger (or real burger if your heart desires)
- Tacos (of course)
- Mac & Cheese
- Stir Frys
- Ramen Noodles
I am not kidding, this is the easiest, most flavorful everything food of your life! I typically make it at the beginning of the week and it lasts me several days. Its the best way to season without sodium. It’s the best way to pack your meal with veggies while hardly even noticing the commitment! An easy plant based snack.
The best part about this cilantro lime jalapeno salsa is it only takes about 5 minutes to prep and make. Wash your veggies, chop off the un-edible portions and throw them in a blender. Press pulse a few times and your salsa is complete!
jalapeno salsa with cilantro and lime
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 4-5 whole tomato medium-large
- 4-5 whole cherry or grape tomato
- 1 whole lime squeezed for juice only
- 1 whole purple onion
- 1 cup chopped cilantro
- 3-4 whole jalapeno pepper
- 1 whole sirrono pepper
- Chop jalapenos for salsa removing stem
- Cut tomato into halves or quarters. De
- Chop 1 cup cilantro (about half a bushel)
- De-shell garlic
- Cut onion in to quarters
- Toss all ingredients into blender. Use pulse button until desired consistency is achieved. Product should be a little juicy! This is jalapeno salsa not pico de gallo!
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