Healthy Snacks Recipe: Chili Salsa
This chili salsa is absolutely perfect on baked potatoes for easy, healthy snacks. Even if you’re not a huge fan of spicy food (I’m not either), I think you’ll still like this salsa. The heat of the chili and garlic pair wonderfully with the coolness of the cucumber and potato.
Chilis also have a number of health benefits. The capsaicin in chili, which is responsible for the spicy flavor, also helps fight inflammation, relieve pain, clear congestion, boost immunity, combat cancer, and prevent stomach ulcers. Some studies have also shown that individuals who consume chili-containing diets — as opposed to those who eat bland diets — show lower rates of free radical damage to triglycerides.
The heat you feel from a chili pepper even has a benefit. It takes energy to produce heat, and spent energy means burning calories. Chili peppers have been shown to increase heat production and therefore assist with weight loss for as long as 20 minutes after consumption. As far as healthy snacks go, chili peppers have a lot of benefit they can bring to your diet.
Healthy Snacks’ Chili Salsa
- Cut in half and remove the seeds from 2 medium tomatoes, half of 1 medium cucumber, and 1 red chili pepper.
- Coarsely chop the tomatoes, cucumber, and pepper and add to a large mixing bowl.
- Finely chop 2 cloves of garlic and add to the bowl.
- Rip up 3 large leaves of basil and add to the bowl along with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, a pinch of salt, a pinch of ground pepper, and a splash of white wine vinegar.
- Mix the salsa well and put in the refrigerator covered for about 30 minutes. This will allow the flavors of the salsa to combine.
While you wait for the salsa to chill, you can start baking your potatoes. When they’re done, spoon a bit of salsa on the potatoes for some delicious healthy snacks.
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