Are you ready for me to reveal the healthy snack?
Spicy, regular salsas are great, but sometimes I prefer sweeter ones like the one above with mango & peach (these are the ones that usually have more calories, but still nothing major)
I guess the problem with salsa is it's common sidekick- the fried tortilla chip. Dun, dun, dun...
Tortilla chips are fine in moderation, as is anything else. However, I do not think that our aforementioned friends--the kids and the drunk men-- practice the art of moderation. A lot of sober adults don't even practice this skill, including me sometimes!
Some lighter, yet still delicious, ways to enjoy salsa are:
- On a baked potato- you can even add black beans, cheese, and a touch of sour cream
- With baked tortilla chips- you might not know they exist if you have your blinders on at the grocery, but they're there
- With baked pita chips- be careful, these can be addicting...
- Make-your-own tortilla or pita chips- I like to take a whole wheat soft tortilla and stick it in the oven for a few minutes to crisp (keep a close eye so it doesn't burn). To make your own pita chips, cut into wedges, toss in olive oil, salt and pepper to taste and bake.
- On an omelet or scrambled eggs- I used to cringe at the thought of this, until I went to FirstWatch for breakfast and tried it- Delicious!
- On grilled chicken breast or your preferred protein, such as fish, beans (oooh, I love it with refried), beef, etc.
Don't be afraid to get creative with salsa. I can always find at least one brand on sale. With it's affordability, zesty flavor, and nutritional value, I think I'll dare to say that salsa may just be the perfect food. Now if I could only find the perfect guy...