Monday, February 13, 2012

Stupendous Salsa

I took Trevor for an annual physical last week. It was quite uncomfortable. I don't enjoy feeling shamed and that is exactly what I felt. The doctor indicated that Trevor's body mass index is at 23 and the desired goal would be 20 for a pre-adolescent boy.

Granted, Trevor is a bit thick. He has a solid body structure, very similar to his late uncle Rob. He has his uncle Rob's appetite. That boy can eat. We would tend to think that he eats fairly well. He has a fruit and vegetable with every meal. But, we do allow him to eat desserts. The doctor suggested we allow dessert only once a week. He's used to having one a day, so that will be the most difficult change to make.

So, I've been trying to think healthy for meals. I'm trying to adopt some eating changes for myself along with him, so he feels supported. Thus, I turned to a recipe my sister-in-law introduced at Christmas time (not that Trevor will eat this, mind you).

I will admit, when I first saw this salsa, I was convinced that I wouldn't like it. The only things I expected to like were the beans and the corn. The rest of it looked ... well, disgusting. She explained what was in it and that didn't help. I despise onion and don't care for quacamole. But, I agreed to try it with a tortilla chip and I was blown away. This is some darned tasty salsa. The fact that it is healthy and good for me, is just a big plus now!

Bernice's Salsa

Green onions, chopped
Red onion, chopped
2 avocados, scooped and cut into cubes (I only used one for this batch)
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 can black beans, drained
1 can corn, drained
1 packet Italian dressing
1/4 cup vinegar, to taste

She explained that it is best served COLD. I'm telling you this is some good stuff and so easy to throw together. I have been eating it all weekend long. Yum! Bryce likes it. Maybe Trevor will come around to it. I hold out no hope for Sean at all.


Elizabeth A. said...

Desserts make sense. And find healthier, more fruit oriented desserts. Little angel food cake and lots of strawberries. Everybody wins!

Not that I expect a boy to do this, but I try to make salad a meal at least once a week. I'm getting pretty good at making them suck less without ranch.

My mother just didn't keep any sweets in the house until I hit my growth spurt and "She just couldn't fill me up!" I really was that hungry. I ate sandwiches and napped for 9 months and grew 5 inches. Then she took the junk food back out of the house. I missed those swiss cake rolls.

Wendy said...

Yes, neither of the other boys really need any restrictions and Bryce requires loads of extra food and calories. It will be hardest on him when I stop buying sweets or chocolate milk. Thankfully, Trevor is really good about trying new things and he actually loves things like broccoli and spinach and lots of fruits.