7 Reasons to Eat Chips and Salsa
Chips and salsa is a very popular snack and almost a staple in American society. Everyone has tried it sometime in their life, and it is a must at all Super bowl parties and family gatherings. Here’s a few reasons why I think everyone should eat it very soon.
- It makes a great excuse to gather and socialize at work. Sometimes, sitting at your desk in front of computer all day can create the biggest appetite, and lots of times, you just need to get your mind off your work for a bit to clear your mind and refocus. What better way than to stand up, stretch, head over to the snack table, and munch on some delicious salsa while talking about the latest news headline with co-workers. It doesn’t even have to be great salsa for this either.
- Chips and salsa is healthy for you. Okay, at least healthier than a bowl of ice cream or a pan of brownies. Salsa is usually made from tomatoes, onions, peppers, garlic, cilantro, lime, and sometimes mangoes. Yes, there is salt added, but not too much… most times. Most of that comes from the chips anyway. Chips are not usually categorized as “healthy,” but tortilla chips generally have little to no trans fat and less cholesterol than many types of snacks. If you can handle a little sodium in your diet, a few chips here and there won’t hurt you.
- Chips and salsa goes with just about any meal. No matter what you choose to eat as a meal, this is the type of appetizer that compliments anything you make for dinner. Just don’t eat too many and not have enough room for your dinner meal!
- Forget Taco Bell, this could be a great 4th meal. I have been known to polish off half a bag or more of chips in one sitting. Usually, one bag of chips is good for a 32 oz. package of salsa. If you ration it correctly, one bag and one package is good for two meals.
- You can make salsa as spicy as you want. It doesn’t really matter if it’s homemade or not. You can add something like Dave’s Temporary Insanity sauce to make it so spicy your tongue burns off (which is actually really fun to do, oddly enough), or you can add a mild amount of habaneros, serranos and/or Anaheim peppers to a fresh batch of homemade salsa. Whatever you are in the mood for, salsa can be modified to satisfy your taste buds.
- Salsa made from scratch is fun to make with your family. If you ever have a hard time figuring out what to do with your kids or family, go make some salsa! From the trip to the grocery store, to sitting around the table cutting up all of the ingredients together, you can have a great time catching up or just cutting jokes about your most hated football team – like the Oakland Raiders. For extra humor, make sure you are not the one cutting fresh onions. That way you can make fun of whoever is crying while chopping them up!
- It just feels like a party when everyone is sharing chips and salsa. It’s just one of those phenomena’s whereas soon as someone breaks out a bag of tortilla chips and salsa, everyone within close proximity wants some too. Next thing you know everyone is digging in and striking up conversation. Some time after that, the music’s playin’, people are dancing to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean and life is good. It brings out the good in everyone somehow and I can’t explain why.
So next time you are starving or looking for an icebreaker at a gathering, set out this amazing snack and watch the fun unfold!