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Fruit Salsa For Summer - by Gretchen Scalpi, RD, CDE

 

Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, author and Certified Wellcoach®. Gretchen has worked with hundreds of clients in her own private nutrition practice since 2002, providing nutrition and wellness coaching in the areas of diabetes, weight management, food sensitivities, and general wellness. Gretchen provides lectures and workshops on a variety of nutrition topics to corporate and community groups.  She is the author of the "The Everything Diabetes Cookbook, 2nd ed.," and "The Everything Guide to Managing and Reversing Prediabetes".  If you would like to learn more about Gretchen, or read her newsletter or blog visit  http://www.nutritionxpert.com.

 

After going through what I thought was the most brutal winter here in the northeast, I am so ready for the start of summer! Longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures are just the beginning.  The beautiful variety of colorful fruits and vegetables are what I most look forward to.

 

 

Several years back I discovered the simplicity of putting together fruits and vegetables in a way that gave them a character all their own…namely a fruit salsa. These combinations not only make a great accompaniment to a meal (as in a meat served with salsa), I think they are excellent enough to stand on their own and eat as a “salad.”

 

 

A salsa is defined as “A spicy sauce of chopped, uncooked vegetables or fruit.” To make a fruit salsa really stand out, you need a combination of colorful fruits, a complimentary vegetable, and a bit of spice to add interest and a touch of hotness. I also like to add beans for added nutrition, and what could be more appropriate than incorporating black beans? My recipe for Caribbean Kiwi Salsa has all of these qualities and if you decide to try it, I think you will agree that this is a perfect way to get in those fruits and vegetables!

 

 

Caribbean Kiwi Salsa – Serve 4-6           

 

1 cup kiwi peeled and chopped

 

1 cup pineapple, chopped

 

½ cup peach or mango, chopped

 

½ cup cucumber, chopped

 

1/3 cup red onion, chopped

 

1 cup red bell pepper, chopped

 

½ cup black beans, cooked (or canned, drained & rinsed)

 

3 Tb. fresh cilantro, chopped

 

2 Tb. lime juice

 

½ tsp. chili powder

 

Dash cayenne pepper

 

 

Gretchen Scalpi is a Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, author and Certified Wellcoach®. Gretchen has worked with hundreds of clients in her own private nutrition practice and through her online service, providing nutrition and wellness coaching in the areas of weight management, and general wellness. She is the author of the "Pre-Diabetes: Your Second Chance at Health," and "Quick Start Recipes for Healthy Meals". Visit Gretchen’s new website to learn more about her upcoming webinar “Five Things You Should Know Before Going Gluten-free.”

 

This article is courtesy of the Top 1% Club and the Top 1% Club Mentor Gail Kasper. For additional information on Gail Kasper, her television appearances and speaking engagements, please visit gailkasper.com.