Grow Your Own Garden of Health

Grow Your Own Garden of Health

When it comes to flavor, fruits and vegetables coming straight from the garden are the best.

Gardening provides the freshest produce you’ll eat. Plus, you’ll feel (and taste) a sense of accomplishment. Planting a recipe-specific garden—like a salsa garden—is an easy and fun way to get started. Each ingredient can be grown in its own container on a windowsill, balcony or patio. They will also thrive planted together in a raised bed if you have the room. Plant what you think will make your salsa taste best. Start with tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic and cilantro. If you like it spicy, add a jalapeño, Anaheim or poblano chili pepper plant.

Consider the healthy benefits your salsa garden will bring:

Heathy Heart:

Cilantro is rich in natural antioxidants called flavonoids. These are good for your heart.

Visual Health:

Red bell peppers contain anthocyanins that are important for maintaining good vision. They also contain vitamin C and fiber.

Manage cholesterol:

Raw tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which can help lower your risk for heart disease, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Cancer Protection:

The flavonoids in onions and garlic can help lower your cancer risk and protect against diabetes and heart disease.

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