Every summer I get this insatiable yearning to eat lighter foods. Independence Day, summer parties, and beach weekends are at our doorsteps, and whether it's a summer BBQ companion or weeknight scramble, this versatile side dish is one of my favorites. Healthy and easy, it's complete with cleansing cilantro, jalapeno, and tropical fruits to pack a unique, refreshing punch. You’ll leave the barbecue light and recharged instead of bloated and sluggish (while everyone asks for the recipe!).
The Ultimate Summer BBQ Salsa
1 ripe mango (here's a post on the easiest way to cut mangos)
1 orange bell pepper
1 can organic sweet corn
1 can black beans
1 handful of cilantro (more if desired)
1 jalapeno pepper (optional)
salt & pepper, to taste
Prepare: (makes about a quart)
Chop all ingredients to desired size, mix, and devour!
5 ways to showcase this salsa:
Fish Tacos: All you need is fish, taco shells, chopped cabbage, and fresh lime juice.
Salmon: Top the salsa with grilled salmon and lime juice– it's that easy.
Chips & Salsa: No directions required. Marries nicely with chopped avocado and organic corn chips (blue ones for beauty points!).
Salad: Mix with Boston Bibb lettuce and top with a simple olive oil and fresh grapefruit juice dressing for a light summer salad.
Steak: Combine jasmine rice with fresh lime juice, grill up your favorite steak (mine’s skirt steak), add salsa and you’re set!
I hope you enjoy this recipe and are able to enjoy your own creative uses for it. Feel free to share them in the comments below. - Jessica
Jessica Geier is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and the co-owner of Raw Generation Juices. Raw Generation makes it more convenient to incorporate fresh juices into a busy lifestyle without being a slave to a juicer. Jessica trained at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and continues to educate herself daily on what’s new in the field of nutrition. In her spare time she runs, practices hot yoga, is obsessed with the Bar Method classes, and writes for her two blogs at Raw Generation & Plenty of Thyme. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.
American’s Southwest is filled with vast sprawling landscapes and colorful floral oases that can be mistaken for mirages. New Mexico has an added air of Wild West and Butch Cassidy fused with healers and art galleries that make it unique in it’s own right. We’re packing our bags and heading there in October. Whether you can join us or go on your own, here are 5 ways to get your wellness in New Mexico.
Physical Activity: Rock Climbing
With over 300 days of sunshine a year, rock climbing is a year round sport in Taos (though morning shade is the best time to get started). Test your skills with the vertical to low angle granite cliffs in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which offer beginners and experienced climbers bolted routes or multi-pitch climbs. Pack your gear and set out for an adventure on these un-crowded cliffs that offer magical panoramic vistas.
Stress Reduction: Absolute Nirvana
Located in a quaint B&B and run by an ex-pat French who were inspired after numerous trips to Bali, this spa has an other worldly feel. Spas and healing treatments are available on every corner in Santa Fe; to stand out, Absolute Nirvana only works with Master level therapists (that’s 17+ years of experience) and only use green, chemical-free massage products. I’d give you more details, but I only remember being expertly rubbed down and coming out of the room feeling like jelly.
Food Education: Santa Fe School of Cooking
In its 25th year, the award-winning Santa Fe School of Cooking led the charge toward a local sustainable lifestyle tradition when it opened in the late 1980’s. Offering more than just hands-on cooking classes, you can make reservations for a restaurant walking tour or sit down and enjoy the spoils from a demonstration class. If you don’t have time for any of the above, just swing by for the market place and stock up on clay pots, cookbooks (written by the founders of course), and Southwestern spices.
Spiritual Connection: Ojo Caliente Hot Springs
Tranquilo. The sacred hot springs of Ojo Caliente have long been a gathering place for healing and rejuvenation. One of the oldest natural health resorts in the U.S., these springs have been generating geothermal mineral waters for thousands of years. The cliff side pools have transfixing, meditative views and the mud baths allow you to bake out the toxins under the desert sun.
Cultural Involvement: Taos Pueblo
As the only living Native American community, this UNESCO World Heritage site is worth a visit. Local residents will give you a tour through the village and walk you through their oral history. The adobe buildings date back to 1000 A.D. with most of the structures having been preserved from their discovery in the 16th century. Take time to chat with some of the 1900 Taos Indians residents about their thoughts on advancement of modernization and how it will impact their cultural heritage. - Linden Schaffer
Pravassa’s 5-tenet wellness philosophy is rooted in these core concepts: physical activity, stress reduction, food education, spiritual connection, and cultural involvement. These principle concepts have guided our company’s wellness practices from inception and are the foundation on which we build our travel vacations and educational content.
Our Travel Tuesday series cozies up to fabulous entrepreneurs who spend countless hours away from home in the name of their passion. Here we asked them to share some of their secrets for staying well on the road.
Alexandra Bonetti Perez
Founder of Bari
Most recently in:
Dominican Republic & Turkey
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...Dried pineapple.
Tell us your in-flight rituals.
I love using time on a flight to stay offline. I like to read or write, and if the flight is long enough, both! I always bring a fiction and a business book to pick depending on my mood.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?
Two ways: One, is powering through time changes to maximize play time (especially during quick trips). If I’m traveling to Europe, I’d rather power through the day and go to bed at night instead of taking naps, whereas if I’m traveling to the West coast, I try to go to bed at a reasonable time instead of staying up late. Two, is avoiding coffee or sleep medication. I'd rather stay as natural as possible by relying on healthy carbs for energy, and calming herbal tea before bed.
Which fitness icon best describes your 'workout on the road' style?
Bear Grylls. I am an outdoor adventurer, but without a knack for the extreme and dangerous. I think the best way to get to know a place is explore it in the outdoors- few things bring me more peace and happiness. I love hiking, skiing, camping, swimming, and everything in between. One of my favorite countries to explore is Ecuador and one of my favorite trips ever was doing the Inca Trail in Peru.
How do you keep sickness at bay?
I don’t really get sick while traveling! Is that just me? I love to eat local, stay hydrated, and sleep well!
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item?
I gravitate to the specials. One of my favorite things about traveling is food- there isn’t much I don’t eat or like. I always try to find an authentic, local restaurant and order whatever the chef found in the market that day.
What do you do to stay grounded when away from home?
I try to always stick to daily meditation, regardless of where I am. If I’m traveling somewhere remote and country-esque, I get outside as much as possible. If I’m traveling to a new city, I go for a run and explore the streets that way.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones?
In an ideal world, I’m travelling with my loved ones! When that’s not the case, I check in via email and Skype. For the most part, though, I do my best to disconnect.
Originally from Venezuela, Alexandra has lived in Cincinatti, Philadelphia, NYC, London and the Hague, Netherlands. Keep up with her healthy pursuits at home and on the road via Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Who knows, you may catch her at one of Bari's newest studios in Newport Beach, California or Summit, New Jersey!