Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Boost Your Metabolism with Salsa

                                        black bean salsa with red peppers, tomatoes, cilantro

Boost your metabolism with this colorful salsa that is dressed in a tangy lime and cumin dressing.
The secret ingredient in this recipe known to help boost the metabolism is the jalapeƱo pepper.

You can enjoy this easy salad knowing that it may actually help you burn calories.

How can this simple recipe can help whittle your waistline and boost your metabolism ?

  • "They" say you should eat at least 5-8 low calorie fruits or vegetables a day to build a strong immune system but not your waistline.
  • "Weight Watchers" suggests focusing on nutrient dense power foods ( like vegetables and beans)  to keep your weight down but your eating satisfaction up
  • This one recipe contains tomatoes, red peppers, red onion, cilantro, cucumber and optional fresh corn and jalapeno pepper. A variety of antioxidant -rich low calorie health giving veggies in just one delicious serving of this salad  salsa.
  • jalapeno is a thermogenic ( heat raising) vegetable that can help boost your metabolism ( you can leave out the jalapeno for kids or if you just don't like the heat!)
  • Black beans are not only nutrient dense , but they provide much needed fiber that helps you rid your body of waste that can cause bloating and weight gain.

How can you eat this delicious salsa salad?

bowls of cut up vegetables for salsa
I love chopping and putting everything in these little bowls before assembling the salsa
  • Eat it as a fresh salad along with a meal
  • Eat it with organic blue corn chips as an appetizer or snack
  • Eat it topped with shredded cheese and baked at 400 degrees for 5 minutes as a meal
  • Eat it over brown rice and topped with shredded cheese and baked as a meal.
black beans and corn salsa with pineapple
This is a mixture adding raw corn cut off the cob and some chopped mango 
Once you make this, you won't want to wait to eat it.
Tomorrow I'll be making another skinny recipe. It's a Cinco de Mayo healthy dip.
. Don't forget to stop by.
What's your favorite salsa recipe?

Ingredients for Black Bean Salsa
1 container of cherry or grape tomatoes , each tomato cut in half
1 large red or yellow pepper , seeded and chopped
2 cups of cooked black beans or ( 1/ 15 ounce cans), drained well
1 cup chopped cucumber
3/4 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
optional: 2 ears of organic non GMO corn on cob, kernels cut raw from the cob - leave them raw
( or 1 cup cooked corn, drained)
optional: 1/4 cup chopped of jalapeno pepper( or more to taste)
optional: 1 cup of chopped avocado added when serving
optional : 3/4 cup of shredded cheese of any variety

Juice of 1/2 fresh lemon
1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin, ( or more to taste)
Freshly cracked black pepper to taste

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Whether you make the black bean salsa or the mango salsa, either way you won't be disappointed.
They are so good and so easy to make, you can make them both.
Who doesn't want to get in on the fun for a Cinco de Mayo celebration?

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  1. Yum, pinning this! I have a blog that shares gluten free info also you might want to stop by!

    1. Just stopped by and started following you on Google + . Looking forward to seeing more of your recipes

  2. This looks so yummy! Pinning to try out later~

    1. Amanda,
      So glad you stopped by and thanks for pinning the recipe. I just visited your blog and found some great posts.

  3. OY! That looks delish :). We have been working towards whole food eating for about 6 months now. Slow and steady. The hubby has Chrones and so he has to actually *limit* his whole food intake, Imagine. But we are finding a balance and he has not had an episode in quite a while :).
    Stopping by via Better Blog/Blogging101.

  4. Thats great! I hope you can find some other healthy recipes on my blog that will work for your husband too.

  5. This is a great take on a Cinco De Mayo recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  6. This looks delicious! I have been going through salsa by the pound lately because I have switched it out as a dip for fresh veggies. Sweet red and yellow peppers and cauliflower are my favorite. I'm pinning this salsa and adding it to my rotation.

  7. Great salad! Adding to my warm weather repertoire. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  8. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays Blog Hop. Great information and recipe. Americans do love to snack and this is a healthy alternative to chemical laden dips.

  9. This looks delicious! So trying it this week! Glad I visited from Making Your Home Sing. Have a great week!

  10. I saw you on the Marvelously Messy Link up..I love salsa anyway but a metabolism boost makes it even better!

  11. This looks so yummy! I want to try it in the oven with cheese on top. Thanks youf or sharing! Stopping by from Making your home sing Monday link up.

  12. This salsa looks amazing! (pinned it for later) I love the tips you listed for healthy eating. I will have to check out your other gluten-free options as my daughter is gluten-free. Thanks for sharing on Recipe Sharing Monday.

  13. Great looking salsa... so healthy thanks for bringing it to foodie friday. Pinned.

  14. Nice salsa, Judee. I like your list of ways to serve it--especially serving it over rice for a lighter, summertime dinner. Thank you for stopping in this week and linking.

  15. Not only is your salad gorgeous it sounds amazing. Just pinned! Thanks for sharing on the Four Seasons Blog Hop

  16. This sounds marvelous - I'm going to give this a try! I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  17. Stopping by from Hearth and Soul blog hop. Salsa looks delicious. Pinned. Shari @

  18. Hi Judee,
    I live for black beans and have them in some form several times a month, so this spicy, colorful black salsa is a hit with me. I can imagine adding it to salads, perking up soups, topping potatoes, or just gobbling it up with chips. The fact that it boosts the metabolism is a real plus! Thank you so much for sharing this healthy and delectable salsa recipe at the Plant-Based Potluck Party Blog Hop! I appreciate it!

  19. This looks really tasty! Almost a salad that you can eat on its own! :L)

  20. That recipe looks absolutely delicious! I'm not so much of a fan of black bean so I might have to think of an alternative, I certainly hope mine is as colourful as yours!

  21. Looks so yummy, and I, conveniently, have everything on hand. Trying it for sure, and happy to be doing something good for myself.


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