Monday, August 22, 2011

Light and Festive... Sweet and Spicy Blueberry Salsa

Summer is a great time to use fresh berries because of their abundance... and I am taking full advantage of it!  This is a super-easy blueberry salsa is made in less than 20 minutes and can be used as a topping for chicken, pork, or as a dip for tortilla chips!  Tip: Wash berries right before you serve or eat them or they will spoil much faster.

Blueberries get their color from anthocyandins... a specific type of antioxidant.  USDA just named blueberries as the #1 Antioxidant fruit!  Antioxidants can lower your risk for heart disease and have anti-inflammatory properties by ridding the body of damaging by-products.  1 cup of blueberries contain only ~60 calories!  They are also a good source of fiber, manganese, Vitamin C and vitamin E.

Chronic, low-grade inflammation leads to a variety of chronic diseases including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.  Although sleep, stress, physical activity, and other factors affect inflammation, a healthy diet can help decrease inflammation and promote good health!  The secret: Include a variety of fruits and vegetables to your diet so you get a variety of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Sweet and Spicy Blueberry Salsa

1 pint of fresh blueberries
1 red pepper, diced
1 yellow pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
1/4 cup of Apricot preserves (I recommend Polander's)
2 Tbsp lime juice
1 Tbsp chili powder
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and allow flavors to mellow in he fridge for at least 15 minutes.

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