Summertime is here and there's no better time for making homemade salsa using garden fresh tomatoes, onions and cilantro. This heart healthy recipe combines the best of ingredients to produce the perfect salsa and what I like to call “health in a bowl”. See how some of the best summer produce can also be great for your health:
Tomatoes: Tomatoes are loaded with lycopene, the nutrient responsible for giving them their bright red color. In studies lycopene has been shown to help lower high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It has also been shown to help fight the signs of aging and help fight against certain cancers especially prostate and colon.
Garlic: Garlic has often been called natures “cure-all”. It has been touted to help aid in ailments from acne to high-cholesterol. In studies it has been shown to help boost the body’s immune system, help to lower cholesterol, and help to control blood pressure.
Cilantro: Cilantro has been around for centuries, dating back to ancient Greece. It has been shown to help eliminate heavy metals in the blood, aid in nausea and digestion, and help to lower cholesterol levels.
Hot Peppers: Hot Peppers contain capsaicin, which has been shown to help lower cholesterol, boost immunity, and to reduce inflammation.
4-5 large tomatoes
½ cup red onion, chopped
½ cup green pepper, chopped
3-4 assorted jalapeno or serrano peppers, finely chopped
½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
1 tsp each sea salt & pepper
2 tbsp lime juice
3 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ tsp each cumin and turmeric
1 tbsp vinegar
1/8 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp cayenne
¼ tsp red pepper flakes
½ tsp sugar
Finely chop all ingredients add spices and stir. For a more perfect mix, add all ingredients into food processor and chop together. Serve with all natural blue corn tortilla chips. If you are a master of spice, feel free to add a little habanera pepper to the mix but make sure to have a glass of water handy, your mouth will be on fire!
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