Snazz It Up With Salsa
Americans have made tomato salsa the biggest selling condiment and for good reason. Where else can you get so much flavor and versatility for so few calories? You can buy salsa in a can or a jar, but fresh salsa is the best. It’s easy to make, or you can find in the refrigerator case at the supermarket.
Fresh tomato salsa averages about 25 calories per half cup. That’s a low calorie topping! Salsa has little or no fat added, and is high in vitamins C and A. Plus if you make it yourself, you can control the amount of salt added.
Think beyond tortilla chips for salsa. It’s great on top of baked potatoes, saving you a bunch of calories from the usual butter and sour cream. You can use it as a salad dressing. Use it to top eggs, meatloaf, chicken, fish, pasta, or tacos. I have heard from more than one person that it tastes great on top of low fat cottage cheese. Chop it up a little finer and you can use it for dipping shrimp instead of seafood cocktail sauce.
This is one easy way to eat more veggies.
Vicki Bovee, MS, RDN, LD
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