Fresh Sweet Corn Salsa

Fresh Sweet Corn Salsa

Sweet fresh corn, crisp bell peppers, juicy tomatoes, soft black beans, and avocado topped with tangy lime Italian dressing…. um, is your mouth watering yet?  This corn salsa is lucky if it survives one night at our home.  It’s perfect with tacos, burritos, tortilla chips, or even topped on a salad.   The natural flavors of the vegetables are almost enough.  By adding lime and Italian dressing, it just pushes this salsa over the super, crazy delicious edge.  Just make sure you’re using dried Italian dressing and not Italian seasoning.  Big difference. Okay, I can’t hold off eating more of this sweet corn salsa any longer.  It’s just in my fridge calling my name.  I’m probably going to have it with my most favorite chips, FSTG Multigrain chips.  Have you had them?  They’re gluten-free and made from all natural ingredients.  SO amazingly tasty!  They have a million different flavors of chips like sweet potato, blue corn, and even jalapeno.  Alright friends, start making your own salsa as I go devour the remaining of mine in the fridge. Print Fresh Sweet Corn Salsa Ingredients 2 cups frozen sweet corn rinsed with warm water 1 15 oz can organic black beans, drained and rinsed 1 bell pepper red or green, finely chopped 2 cups cherry tomatoes sliced in half 1/2 bunch of cilantro finely chopped 1 avocado pitted, peeled, and diced 1 jalapeno finely chopped (optional... will make your salsa HOT!) 1/3 cup lime juice 1/4 cup olive oil 1 packet of dry Italian seasoning dressing I usually only use half the packet Instructions In large bowl, combine corn, black beans, bell pepper,...
Mini Parfait

Mini Parfait

This is easy and simple to put together.  Just combine 1 cup Greek yogurt or soy yogurt, 3/4 cup organic granola , and as many fresh berries as you would like!  Mix together and enjoy!   Tips on yogurt:  Read the ingredients!  The longer the ingredients list, the more calories you get and the less yogurt nutrition.   Tips on granola: Read the ingredients or make your own! Granola looks and sounds like it’s healthy, but some types contain a lot of fat and sugar, which results in a higher calorie count. Granola is relatively simple to make.  I loved these healthy granola recipes and ideas!  ...
Apple slices with Peanut or Almond Butter

Apple slices with Peanut or Almond Butter

One of my most favorite snacks is apple slices with peanut or almond butter.   This is another high fiber and high protein option.   Tips on peanut/almond butter.  Most grocery stores have an option to freshly grind peanuts into peanut butter OR to purchase peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts.  Don’t forget about other healthy substitutes for peanut or almond butter....
Clif Bars

Clif Bars

Clif Bars have become my families favorite protein bar.  They are basically a glorified candy bar packed with protein and fiber.   If you’re in a hurry or out-and-about and hungry, eat one of these to satisfy your hunger INSTEAD of stopping by McDonald’s drive-thru. You and your kids will LOVE them, and it’s a much healthier and cheaper option than buying fast food each time your child is ‘starving to death’ when you’re running errands.   Our favorites are blueberry crisp, crunchy peanut butter, and white chocolate macadamia nut.  Also, the cheapest I’ve found them is $0.83/each and the most I’ll pay for them is $0.99/each.  Anything over $0.99/each and you’re paying too much!  I’ve found them cheapest at Winco, Costco, Target, and Walmart....
PB&Banana… forget the jelly!

PB&Banana… forget the jelly!

This ‘before’ is one of my very first photos for my site.  I have learned SO much since then.  However, even though the image has improved, the fabulous taste remains the same!  I can’t get enough of Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches.     Oh, The classic PB&J has been around since the beginning of time.  I know I’m not the first to subtract the jelly and add banana slices transforming it into the PB&Banana.  HOWEVER, here are a few essential tips for making it healthier.   First, the bread.  Either make homemade bread or purchase bread after READING THE INGREDIENTS!  The ingredients on the bread I purchase literally say 100% stone ground whole wheat, water, honey, salt, and yeast.  What more do you need to make bread?   Second, the peanut butter.  Most grocery stores have an option to have peanuts freshly ground into peanut butter OR purchase peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts.  Don’t forget about the healthy substitute of almond butter.  Same options just mentioned about peanut butter apply to almond butter.   Third, slice a banana on top!  Easy enough and can either be enjoyed for lunch or an after-school...
Edamame

Edamame

Edamame are the ultimate power snack.  They’re high in fiber and protein.  They also have a nice portion of iron, vitamin C, and vitamin A.  In addition to the rockin’ nutrition facts, they really are delicious and fun to eat.   Just warm them up in the microwave, sprinkle on some salt, and pop out the beans with your fingers or teeth.  Even my daughter at 16 months loves popping out the beans herself!   I purchase a large bag of Madame Edamame with 10 individual 9 oz. bags at Costco. Madame Edamame is non-GMO verified and organic.   Side Note:  There has been recent controversy on whether soy is good or bad for you.  I’ve recently read articles from Medline Plus, Today’s Dietitian, and the FDA supporting the health benefits ONLY IF YOU DO NOT have a sensitivity or allergy to soy.   I lived in Hong Kong for 3 years and Taiwan for 1.5 years and soy was a huge part of those countries diet.  Since Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore rank much higher than the United States on being the healthiest countries and also have a higher life expectancy, I think it’s safe to say maybe Americans should follow some of their food and lifestyle...

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