@JTHealthyfit Salsa!

For my first iPhone inspired/nutrition post, I am going to share with you one of my favorite healthy homemade recipes!

JTHealthyfit Salsa

All you need for a great meal or snack!

Ingredients include:

1 Whole Avocado

1 Tablespoon Minced Garlic

1/3 Cup Greek Yogurt

1/3 Cup Cottage Cheese

Dash of Parsley

Dash of Ginger

Any amount of your favorite salsa.

Plus, salsa chips.

Carefully cut the avocado in half.

Put halves into medium size, cereal bowl.

Mash up/stir with spoon.

Add minced garlic.

Add greek yogurt.

Add cottage cheese.

Add any amount of salsa (this one is from Aldi, fantastic and cheap!)

Add Ginger and Parsley.

Stir! (I know it looks nasty, but it’s not, I promise!)

Reasons for ingredients:

An avocado is a fantastic fat burning treat!  Avocados have about 54% of your recommended daily value of fiber, which gives it the fat burning qualities.  Avocados also help fuel you body with Vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, plus riboflavin, niacin, folate, and pantothenic acid.  Also, one avocado has 975 mg of potassium, which is critical to overall cellular and electrolyte function. Greek yogurt can have twice as much protein as regular yogurt.  Regular yogurt usually has about 5-10 grams of protein, whereas Greek yogurt contains about 13-20 grams.  This extra protein will help you feel full and leave you feeling more satisfied.

Greek yogurt is higher in protein, lower in carbohydrates, thicker and creamier and lower in sodium than regular yogurt.  But what’s critical to Greek yogurt is it’s probiotics.  Greek yogurt is more concentrated and has a higher percentage of probiotics than regular yogurt.  Essentially, probiotics are live microorganisms, which aid in gastrointestinal health, which will help to alleviate diarrhea, constipation, bowel disease, and so on.  Probiotics may also protect against colon and bladder cancer as well.

Along with Greek yogurt, cottage cheese will supply your body with more protein, but with cottage cheese, a different protein is found in cottage cheese called casein, is actually absorbed over a longer period of time, roughly 7 hours, giving your body a consistent pump of protein.  On top of the protein fueled by Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, 1/2 cup serving of cottage cheese alone provides about 10% of the Recommended Daily Allowance for Americans for calcium.  This mineral is needed in your body to build strong bones and initiate muscle contractions and nerve impluses.

Salsa is for the taste!

Garlic is rich in numerous antioxidants from potential cancer prevention to preventing colds, it’s a very valuable ingredient to use in all dishes.

The last two ingredients of Ginger and Parsley also have innumerous benefits, which are readily available for a quick Google search.

Finally, even though the chips are the least healthy part, try to find ones that weren’t made with trans fats and with low sodium content.  Remember, to check the Nutritional Facts with all products you buy.  I found these chips for very cheap, over the more expensive, “healthy,” wheat chips, plus having lower fat, sodium, and caloric content as well!

Hope you can try it out and let me know what you think!!

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About jthealthyfit

https://faithandfitnessembrace.wordpress.com/ I am passionate about health/wellness, nutrition, sports and most importantly, my relationship with God. I have a Bachelor of Science in Health and Sport Studies from Miami University and a Master of Science in Sports Administration from Valparaiso University. I am a corporate wellness coordinator and personal trainer in Columbus, OH. Please email me for personal training rates at ffembrace@gmail.com. I'm excited to be working with you, God Bless! View all posts by jthealthyfit

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