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Enjoy the taste of eating right

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month 2014. Take a look at your own plate this March and find ways to enhance the nutrition and taste. Everyone wants to sit down to a meal that is enjoyable. We eat the foods that taste good to us.

The nutrition month message encourages us to focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

Try new food combinations, different spices, and different cooking methods to enjoy the taste of eating right!

The following recipe is one my husband prepared for me on Valentine’s Day. We used it as a topping on salmon. This avocado and cucumber mixture can be used as a topping for chicken, pork or fish, as a topping for a lettuce salad, stuffed in a wrap or as a salsa appetizer. It has wonderful flavor, color, and is full of nutrition.

Avocado and Cucumber Salsa

4 servings

1½ cups cucumber; peeled, seeded and diced into ¼–inch cubes

1/3 cup red onion, finely diced

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

3 garlic cloves, minced

½ cup tomato, seeded and diced (or halved cherry tomatoes)

1 T. freshly squeezed lime juice

½ t. red pepper flakes

½ t. sugar

¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar

¼ cup fresh cilantro leaves, roughly chopped

3 T. olive oil

1 cup fresh avocado; peeled, seeded and cut into ½-inch pieces

Combine all ingredients. Serve warm or cold. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition information per serving: 189 calories, 17.8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 8.7 g carbohydrate, 3.3 g fiber, 2.7 g sugar, 1.4 g protein. Vitamin A – 6%, Vitamin C – 19%, Iron – 8%, Calcium – 1%.

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