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Head South of the Border with Salsa

By Ali Struhs
April 28, 2015

An easy way to add a handful of fresh vegetables to many entrees is a homemade salsa. Along your weight loss journey, vegetables are an essential component to getting your vitamins, and because tomato-based salsa contains vitamins A and C and capsaicin, you don’t have to feel guilty about adding a spoonful of homemade salsa to your meal.

Make an easy, fresh tomato salsa by combining a few tomatoes, a small onion, a handful of cilantro, and a couple of jalapenos or peppers of your choice in a food processor and pulsing until desired consistency. Add-ins like mango, garlic, lime juice and spices can help you customize your homemade salsa to your liking!

For south of the border flair, here are five ways to include salsa in your Jenny Craig menu.

Breakfast burrito
Wake up to a filling Jenny Craig breakfast burrito topped with your homemade salsa. The Egg, Cheese, and Turkey Sausage Burrito packs a protein punch with 10 grams of protein, but to add even more nutrients, pile on the homemade salsa. Refreshing and light, a scoop of tomato salsa will add flavor to your savory breakfast burrito, turning what is usually an on-the-go breakfast option to a restaurant-worthy breakfast menu item.

Side salad
Many of the Jenny Craig entrees can be accompanied by a crisp garden salad. Toss nutrient-loaded greens, such as kale, arugula, or spinach, and scoop salsa on top. Warm up a Baja-Style Chicken Quesadilla to complete a healthy lunch.

Turkey burger
Spice up an American classic by topping the Jenny Craig Turkey Burger with a spoonful of fresh salsa, instead of the traditional tomato and iceberg lettuce leaf. Include a few spinach leaves for even more nutrition, vitamins A and C, and folate.

The Cheesy Chicken Enchilada is filled with spicy shredded chicken, melted cheese, and enchilada sauce. This meal also includes a medley of zucchini, peppers, corn and black beans, but you can also include salsa with this dish, too. A hearty serving of salsa (with extra peppers) will kick up the spiciness.

Snack chips
If you’re craving something crunchy, try munching on Black Bean Taco Chips. Instead of fattening and sodium-loaded tortilla chips, the black bean taco chips are a crunchy, seasoned chip that pairs perfectly with a dip bowl of fresh, homemade salsa. This salsa recipe includes lime for a refreshing twist.

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