If you are a fan of water chestnuts you should check out Jicama as an alternative. It is a large dark tan root vegetable that looks something like a turnip. Jicama is native to Mexico and is often eaten raw with just a squeeze of lime. It has a mild taste similar to a not so ripe pear. Because of its consistency, when it is cooked, added to stews or stir fries it takes on the flavor of the other ingredients while adding crunchiness to the dish. Add thin slices to your salad. It is less starchy then a potato and therefore has less calories. It is extremely high in vitamins A,B,C, phosphorus and calcium. When purchasing, make sure Jicama is hard and always remove the skin before using. Another great feature is that it can last for over a week in the refrigerator. 

-1medium jicama-peeled and cut into 1inch slivers
-1 McIntosh apple, cut into cubes-leave skin  
-1 cucumber split in half and then cut into pieces
-3/4 can of chi chi beans
– 1&1/2 tablespoons of olive oil
– White balsamic vinegar to taste

– mix all ingredients together in a bowl

Alternative use: Use your favorite apple. Use your favorite vinegar or lemon.

Fitness Tip- Using Proper Form…

Weight lifting and cardio needn’t be dangerous. Proper form is the single most important factor in injury prevention. Correct posture when working out is as or more important then the exercises you are performing. Stand straight, look forward keep your abs tight and keep your knees over your second toe. When viewed from the side your ears should not be in front of your shoulders nor your shoulders be in front of your chest, if so your body is out of alignment and you could possibly be setting yourself up for injury. Always bend your knees when bending forward to lift any weight or perform any type of calisthenics. Remember to keep your feet apart to give yourself a strong base of support. Keep any weight you are lifting close to your body to minimize stress on you lower back. Following these simple techniques will enable you to get the most out of any exercise and prevent injury and setback in your exercise routine.