With all of the processed foods available and temptation at almost every corner, eating healthy can be a real challenge. While simply consuming the daily recommended nine servings of fruits and vegetables may seem like a nearly impossible task at times, there are ways to work them into your daily life without struggling. Turning that fruit into a salsa is a healthy and versatile option. But what fruit should you use? Consider kiwifruit.

Native to China, those odd looking little fruits with the fuzzy brown skin and bright green flesh, dotted with tiny black seeds in their centers, have more vitamin C ounce-for-ounce than an orange. Vitamin C has been linked to numerous health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and the risk of respiratory problems and improving overall cardiovascular health. Kiwis are also high in potassium and fiber.

Believe it or not, the brown, fuzzy skin is actually edible and a good source of additional fiber. To make eating easier and more palatable, be sure to scrub off some the fuzz beforehand.

While you could certainly eat sweet and spicy kiwi salsa with chips, it is particularly delicious with pork, chicken or fish for a light but filling meal.

Kiwi Salsa

Makes 6 accompaniment servings

3 jalapenos, finely chopped
1 tbsp. minced shallot
3 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. honey
1/4 tsp. cumin
6 kiwis, peeled and diced
Salt and pepper
1/4 c. chopped cilantro

In a small bowl, combine all ingredients. Mix well and adjust seasoning as needed.

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