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Spicy Bean Salad

This protein-packed recipe is a favorite of members of our medical weight loss clinics. It’s ideal for anyone trying to eat healthy and lose weight because it’s filling, flavorful and nutrient-rich. The black beans are an excellent source of protein, especially for those who live a vegetarian lifestyle. One eight-ounce serving contains less than 230 calories and boasts approximately 15 grams of protein and 15 grams of fiber, which satiates hunger for hours on end. Black beans are also a good source of copper, folate, thiamine and manganese. Studies have shown that black beans provide unique support for digestive tract health as well.

Quinoa is another excellent source of protein and fiber, and contains high levels of iron, magnesium, lysine, magnesium and manganese. The Hass avocado in this salad also makes it very filling with its monounsaturated fat content. The tomatoes and red bell peppers are loaded with antioxidants such as lycopene and beta-carotene, which promote healthy skin and eyesight. The spicy jalapeno contain capsaicin, which revs your metabolism and yields an array of health benefits.

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Ingredients

2 cans of black beans
1 cup quinoa, cooked
2 red bell peppers, diced
2 tbsp shallots, minced
1/2 cup scallions, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 Hass avocado, diced
1 jalapeño, diced

Dressing

Juice of one lime
1 tsp cilantro, dried
2 tsps  extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Rinse and drain the black beans. Add the beans and all the vegetables to a bowl and combine well. In a separate bowl, mix together the lime juice, extra virgin olive oil, Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.

Makes four servings.

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