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June 25, 2009

Homemade & Healthy Salsa Recipe from Your Garden!

From Natural News

Salsa has become the bestselling condiment in North America, largely due to its fabulous taste and the perception that salsa is low in cholesterol, fat and calories. Salsa can liven up almost anything. What people might not know is that salsa contains ingredients that keep aging, cancer and degenerative diseases away, and make people shine with the radiance that comes from good health. A look at some of the traditional ingredients provides an in depth look at the wonders of salsa:

Tomatoes are the foundation of most recipes. The fresh ones from your garden will be perfect for your party salsa. Tomatoes are a storehouse of lycopene, the carotenoid that keeps prostates, hearts and colons healthy. In addition to this center stage nutrient, tomatoes are loaded with disease preventing vitamins A and K, and collagen reinforcing vitamin C. Tomatoes are blood cleansers and purifiers that keep cholesterol in check and livers functioning at their best.

Onions are a primary source of quercetin, a famous flavonoid that protects against cataracts, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Onions contain three times the quercetin of apples, and are high in vitamins C and E, potassium, fiber and folic acid. Onions fight cancer and heart disease, and keep blood vessels in good shape. They are also known for helping the body rid itself of heavy metals. Their antibacterial and antiviral properties turn onions into high level flu fighters.

Garlic is probably nature's most potent food, promoting heart and cardiovascular health, preventing and treating cancer, and creating a healthy lipid profile. Garlic prevents platelet aggregation, and reduces high blood pressure. It is a strong anti-inflammatory that can increase the overall level of antioxidants in the body. It is a powerful cancer blocker. Garlic has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, and is a potent beauty aid. Its high sulfur content makes it able to tone up the skin, make hair more lustrous, and strengthen nails.

Hot peppers
are chocked full of capsaicin, the compound that gives them their heat. Capsaicin makes cancer cells die, and high intake is associated with lower death rates from cancer. Hot peppers are a weight loss aid and digestive tract soother. They are known for relieving congestion and sinus conditions, and for protecting the cardiovascular system. Peppers are great sources of vitamins C and A, and folate. Jalapenos are the traditional salsa peppers, but anyone wanting a milder salsa can use El Paso or Anaheim peppers. For turning up the heat, there are Cayenne, Tabasco, and Red Chili peppers. For some real sizzle, try a small bit of Habanero.

Lime juice adds to the alkalinizing effect of salsa, and is frequently used in traditional salsas. For a slightly different taste, try lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. Both are antimicrobial and help digestion.

provides a wealth of antioxidants and is a natural internal cleanser and deodorizer that can flush out mercury and other heavy metals so they can be removed from the body. Cilantro normalizes cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and supports digestive and urinary tract health. It is an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial. Coriander is a spice that comes from cilantro seeds.

Sea salt contains all the trace minerals from the sea, some of which have not yet been identified. It works with potassium to stabilize heart rhythms. Sea salt is a source of energy, and it promotes cellular communication. When added to salsa, it frees the juices from the vegetables and allows for blending of flavors.

These are the ingredients for the traditional basic salsa. What you can do from there depends on your creative ability, or the time you have to research recipes. Two ingredients that give salsa variety are organic corn and black beans. Each add color, texture and further nutrient dimensions. A sweet pineapple based salsa with Chipotle peppers, a papaya based salsa with mild Anaheim peppers, or a salsa made with tomatoes, onions and garlic that have been roasted are three possibilities.

Basic Salsa Fresca Recipe

4 ripe tomatoes
1 onion (white, yellow or red)
2 peppers (choose by the amount of heat desired)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 cup minced cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon minced coriander
1 teaspoon sea salt

Chop tomatoes, onion and garlic
Add lime juice, vinegar and spices
Mash ingredients together
Cover and let stand for 15 minutes or longer before serving

Serve your salsa varieties with a platter of fresh vegetables, a giant bowl of organic blue or purple corn chips, and a bowl of black bean dip

Basic Black Bean Dip Recipe

Soak and cook one cup of black beans until soft. Puree in a blender with 2 tablespoon chili powder and 2 teaspoon cumin. As with the salsas, what else you do depends on your imagination.