Striking the right balance between proteins and complex carbohydrates is the key to a healthy diet. By “diet” we mean what you eat every day to stay healthy, not what you deprive yourself of for a few weeks in the hopes of seeing instant weight loss. And believe it or not, snacking is an inevitable part of a healthy diet.
There are certain times during the day when you may feel absolutely famished, and the first thing you should do is drink some water. Doing so will help you gauge whether you’re really hungry. But you should also have good-for-you snacks on hand so when the midmorning or 3 p.m. slump hit, you’ll stand a greater chance of not hoovering all the chocolate in the office’s snack stash.
Here are 17 mouthwatering fruit salsa recipes that will satisfy your cravings without expanding your waistline. Consuming the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables has never tasted so good.
1. Blueberry and Grilled Corn Salsa
The Suburban Soapbox decided to put a blueberry surplus to good use: a salsa where blueberries could really be the stars of the show. The grilled corn adds smoky, charred goodness that balances the blueberries brilliantly, and a little jalapeño, a little bit of lime, some red onion and chopped cilantro round the salsa out. Dig in with some tortilla chips or top a piece of grilled chicken with it.
2. Lychee Salsa Fresca
Melissa’s featured this gorgeous salsa by Chef Tom Fraker. We couldn’t resist lychees — the perfect ingredient for this refreshing salsa. If you want spicier results, use habanero chilies.
3. Fruit Salsa
What’s Megan Making concocted this bright, colorful salsa that you can serve with cinnamon sugar pita chips. It’s the perfect snack to graze on — in fact, it almost feels like you’re indulging in some decadent dessert. You can’t go wrong with apples, strawberries, kiwis and mango.
4. Fresh Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Chips
Speaking of cinnamon chips, this salsa by Garnish with Lemon is a great way to use up your fresh fruit before it spoils. It’s also perfect for those warm summer evenings when the sweet tooth hits and no one wants (or should have) a heavy dessert.
5. Mango Rhubarb Salsa
Skinny Mom says this salsa tastes as good as it looks. We don’t doubt it, either! The basil, cucumber and rhubarb give it that fresh-from-the-garden taste and the mango adds the right amount of sweetness. Serve with chips, seafood, salads, tacos or make it a topper on your chicken or grilled tofo steak. Forget heavy sauces and creams, because at less than 30 calories per 1/4 cup, this is the ultimate addition to your meals.
6. Fresh Cherry Salsa
Well Plated by Erin played with flavors and textures for fantastic results: cherries bursting with sweetness, lime and jalapeño combine to create a chunky, fruity and fresh salsa. Do yourself a favor though and get a cherry pitter to make this one!
7. Dragon Fruit Salsa
Mama Likes to Cook got her hands on some dragon fruit. Look at that gorgeous salsa. Look at it. If you can get your hands on this delightful tropical fruit, then please make this salsa. And invite us over. We’ll bring the tortilla chips.
8. Tropical Mango Papaya Fruit Salsa
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SOURCE: HellaWella – Vivian Lee