Brooklyn Nutrition Coach: A 4th of July Side Dish

With Brooklyn Nutrition Coach we’ll be giving you our favorite (easy to make) recipes, as well as thoughts and ideas about eating and nutrition in general. Nutrition can be a complicated subject – Brooklyn Nutrition Coach will give you a chance to better understand a wide range of nutrition topics (from basic nutrition science and our favorite Brooklyn Nutrition Coach recipes to different diet theories and our favorite places to get our hands on fresh food in Brooklyn). Best of all Brooklyn Nutrition Coach will give you easy to follow information on healthy eating and cooking in Brooklyn. If you’re in the area, come in and say hello and find out more about Brooklyn Nutrition Coaching  in Prospect Heights – Pura Vida Urban Fitness: 184 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn NY.

We recently celebrated our Grand Opening at Pura Vida Urban Fitness and our amazing in-house nutrition coach – Melissa – gave a fantastic grilling demo. As part of the demo she shared with us a delicious – and inexpensive – side dish. It’s simple to make, healthy (and, if you happen to be a little kitchen-phobic, it requires no cooking). Here is her recipe:

Melissa’s Easy Breezy Lemon Squeezy Black Bean, Corn & Cilantro Salsa 

2 cups frozen and thawed corn kernels
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon lemon juice, to taste
1/4 teaspoon sea salt, to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste
4 cups no-salt-added cooked black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded and chopped
1/3 cup cilantro leaves, finely chopped


Put all ingredients except cilantro into a large bowl and toss until just incorporated. Cover and chill for about 2 hours. Add cilantro and toss again before serving.

Options to personalize your salsa: top with freshly sliced avocado or jicama, add some cayenne or chili powder for an extra kick, or throw in some cumin for a little smokey-ness. Why not? It’s summer!

Give Melissa’s Easy Breezy Lemon Squeezy Black Bean, Corn & Cilantro Salsa a try and then get back to us with your comments: did you like it? love it? was it a hit at your BBQ? did you follow the directions to the letter? or did you add a little personal flavor? We can’t wait to hear what you think!
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