Mango Salsa – A summertime dish

One of the best things about the summer season is how much fresh fruit is available.  Watermelon is something I look forward to every year!  Another favorite of mine is mango.  Now, mango is one of those fruits like pomegranate. It’s kind of tricky to peel and eat but once you figure out the key to unlock the goodness you’ll be so glad for it!!

With my new way of eating, I’m trying to add more color to my plate.  That way it’s easy to see that I’m getting more nutritious fuel for my body.  So today, I whipped up some Mango Salsa to go along with the grilled chicken and corn on the cob I planned to eat for lunch.  It’s so yummy, sweet, a little tangy, and very bright.  Like eating sunshine!!  Here is the recipe:

Mango Salsa
Serves 2

1 ripe mango
1/4 cup – 1/2 cup finely chopped red pepper
2-3 Tbs red onion, finely chopped
1 healthy pinch of fresh cilantro, chopped
1/2 lime

To see the best way to peel/slice a mango, please watch this video on You Tube.  Mangos can be quite juicy and, if not done properly, your hand could slip on the knife and that would not be good!  So watch this video first:

Once you have your mango all ready to go, combine the red pepper, red onion, and cilantro with the mango.  Then, take your 1/2 a lime and squeeze it over the top.  Set it all aside and let the flavors come together for a little while.  I left mine out on the counter for 30-45 minutes or you can put it in the fridge until you’re ready to eat it.  Let me tell you, once you have this light, refreshing side dish you will want to move somewhere tropical so you may eat it all the time!  I absolutely love it!!  One serving is only 98 calories and is chock full of good things so I’m only happy to eat my share.  You could also add black beans to this for a complete meal.

Here is what it looked like on my plate today:

In other news this week, I had another visit with my nutritionist and my weight was down 2 more lbs.  WOOT!  It’s nice to see the scale moving in the opposite direction for a change!!  Bernadette is so helpful and supportive.  It’s so important to have someone on your side, who isn’t going to judge you or recriminate you, only help and offer advice when it’s needed.  Losing weight is not easy and the path the get to the final destination is incredibly long.  This is why having Bernadette guide me is so vital to my success.  I haven’t been able to do this on my own in a long time but she is going to help me get to the point where I can.
I’m still working out every day, walking on the treadmill and lifting free weights, too.  To keep things from getting to stale I ordered some exercise DVD’s from a company called The FIRM.  I had some years ago and they were great, high-energy, and HARD workouts!  Now I’ll be able to mix up my routines a bit and keep my body guessing about what’s coming next.  Hopefully that will help keep plateaus at bay.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for you today.  This week I’ve been looking through some new healthier cookbooks and am looking forward to sharing some meals I make soon.  Until then, please take care and thanks for stopping by!!

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