Spring Quinoa Salad

Whether you’re on a maintenance plan, a low carb diet or are losing weight with medical diet pills, healthy meals are the foundation of your success. This low carb recipe for a Spring Quinoa salad is ideal for any weight loss plan—it’s low in calories and rich in a variety of nutrients that will help detox your system and improve your overall health.

Touted as a “supergrain,” quinoa is naturally gluten-free and contains more than 60 percent of your daily recommended fiber. Quinoa is considered a complete protein since it contains all nine of the essential amino acids our bodies need to function at their best. It’s also an excellent source of calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, lysine, vitamin E and the B vitamins.

The avocado provides healthy fats to help satiate hunger in conjunction with all the fiber in this salad. The tomatoes are loaded with lycopene and other antioxidants such as beta-carotene, lutein, choline and lutein. The cucumbers are hydrating and contain vitamins, minerals and unique polyphenols that help decrease risk of chronic illnesses and diseases. In addition, the parsley has significant detoxifying properties. You cannot go wrong any time of day with this refreshing salad!

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1/2 cup quinoa
2 tomatoes, sliced
4 Persian cucumbers, diced
1 Haas avocado, diced
½ cup scallions, diced
1 bunch fresh parsley
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

Add the quinoa to boiling water, then turn down the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. When the quinoa is cooked, place it in a bowl to cool. Stir in the extra virgin olive oil, coating the quinoa. Add the cucumbers, tomatoes, avocados, scallions and parsley and mix well. Season with Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground pepper to your liking. Enjoy!

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