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Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

This salad is a favorite at our weight loss clinics all year long. It’s the perfect blend of healthy fats and lean protein, both of which fill you up for hours. This salad is easy to make and loaded with flavor—you can serve it for lunch or dinner and even the non-dieters will be satisfied.

The lean protein in this chicken helps us increase lean muscle mass, which boosts the number of calories we burn on a daily basis. Chicken is a great source of magnesium, tryptophan and vitamin B5, which are all natural mood boosters and excellent for reducing stress. It is also loaded with minerals that are essential for healthy bones, including calcium and phosphorus.

Avocados are packed with dietary fiber and heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, making them another hunger-satiating choice. Their healthy fat content also helps regulate blood glucose and hormone levels. Avocados also contain almost 20 important vitamins and minerals, including folic acid, potassium, and vitamins B, C and E, among others.  The tomatoes and cucumbers add even more fiber and antioxidants to the mix, making this a heart-healthy meal that is perfect for diets and weight loss programs

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Ingredients   

4 lean skinless chicken breasts, cooked
4 cups salad greens of your choice
1 avocado, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
2 cucumbers, chopped
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 small bunch fresh cilantro, diced
Salsa
Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

Combine the tomatoes, avocado, cucumbers, cilantro, extra virgin olive oil and fresh lime juice in a bowl. Mix well. Fold in the chicken and toss. Season with Himalayan sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste. Place each serving on a bed of your favorite salad greens and serve with salsa.

Makes four servings

 

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