“PERFECT” Peach Salsa

One of my favorite summer fruits are peaches, but I don’t always purchase great peaches. Sometimes they are hard, mealy, flavorless and just not sweet. Last Sunday, when I was at Trader Joe’s, unbeknownst to me at the time, I had hit the jackpot! They were still a little hard, so I waited until Tuesday to taste one. The first bite into the juicy fruit and I knew they were PERFECT!

Then I thought to myself, how was I going to advantage of having such fabulous peaches? Salsa came to mind. I did some research and came up with the following recipe. It is simply healthy and is a beautiful mixture of colors, flavors and textures! For those who love a little heat, add some red pepper flakes!

"Perfect" Peach Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 2 large ripe (but firm) peaches, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • ½ cup organic frozen corn, thawed
  • ½ cup organic red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño chile, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. To peel peaches, add them to a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove them from the pot with a slotted spoon. Then place them in a bowl of ice water. The skin should come off easily using a paring knife.
  2. In a medium bowl, add peaches, corn, bell pepper, red onion, cilantro and jalapeño.
  3. Stir in lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with organic tortilla chips.

"Perfect" Peach Salsa

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Eating Healthy Under Stress

Eating Healthy Under Stress

I debated with myself whether or not I should blog about this subject, but I think it is important. Many times when I am under stress, I don’t make the wisest food choices. Do you share this same problem? Maybe if I plan ahead, it would be less of a problem. My husband has to be at the hospital at 6 o’clock in the morning for a medical procedure. In the past, I would get food from the hospital cafeteria, getting a donut or a yogurt; or from a vending machine, getting chips, cookies or candy. What could I easily bring to the hospital and eat a few hours later, while he is undergoing his procedure? I came up with the following healthy and tasty items:

  • Organic iced green tea (sweetened with Stevia)—will be needing the caffeine!
  • KIND Dark Chocolate Mocha Almond bar (with only 5 grams of sugar)
  • Packet of unsalted dry roasted almonds
  • Yellow peach
  • “The Project Happiness” book to read

Hopefully, Rich’s procedure won’t take as long as the first one and it is successful. But waiting is always difficult, so I am going to read a positive book on happiness to keep me in a good frame of mind. If all goes well, I will be able to have a quick healthy lunch at home, since we only live a mile from the hospital. Then back to the hospital to check-up on him. As for dinner, my husband will be having hospital food (poor guy) and I will be having…..Oh well, at least I have planned for two meals in advance, instead of none!