By: Heather Nielson
I realize that today (June 3rd) is national doughnut day but I confess, I am one of those weird people who hates doughnuts…and pie! *GASP* What can I say. I’m forever married to my dark chocolate. I do have a sweet tooth though and I’ve found that the fewer simple carbs I eat, the fewer I crave. I wrote earlier about getting back to basics with nutrition and one of those basics is eating a lot fewer simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates come in many forms, some of which might surprise you! A doughnut is definitely a simple carb that raises your blood sugar very quickly but did you know that raisins do the same thing? They both have a pretty high glycemic index; but I would bet you would choose raisins over a doughnut in terms of a healthy food choice, and you would be right! Raisins have a lot of other micro nutrients as well as fiber in them that make them healthier for you than a doughnut, which is essentially ’empty’ or doesn’t provide any other nutritional benefit other than a lot of highly accessible carbohydrates.
Raisins and other fruits may help you satisfy that sweet tooth craving and during the summer, there are a lot more fruit in season for you to enjoy! Salsas, guacamoles are also very popular in the summer at BBQ’s and other parties. Below is a recipe (that I honestly can’t quite remember if I made up or not!) that is a fruity salsa.
Strawberry Mango Salsa
- 1 package of strawberries chopped fine
- 1 mangos, peeled and chopped fine
- 1/2 red onion, chopped fine
- 1/2 bunch cilantro chopped fine
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 Tbl lemon juice
- (and if you’re brave….) 1 jalapeno chopped
- Combine all ingredients and let marinate overnight