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Chicken, Mango, and Avocado Salad

Chicken Mango Avocado Salad

Summer is in the air—at least in southern California, the home of our medical weight loss centers. It’s the perfect time to start serving up delicious and refreshing salads, especially the low-carb kind. This recipe for Chicken, Mango and Avocado salad makes for a delicious and satisfying meal that will keep you on track with your weight loss efforts.

Mangos pair amazingly well with creamy haas avocados, creating a sweet-savory blend that enhances the flavor of the chicken. More importantly, the contents are packed with important nutrients to ensure that your meal is healthy. Mangoes are rich in dietary fiber, as well as antioxidant flavonoids, such as beta-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin and alpha-carotene. They are also excellent sources of vitamin A, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C and vitamin E, and contain moderate amounts of copper.

Avocados are rich in monounsaturated fat, which easily converts to energy, as well as fiber, vitamin E, the B vitamins and folic acid. One avocado has twice the amount of potassium found in a banana, but only 160 calories! As you probably have learned from the staff at our medical weight loss centers, chicken is an excellent source of lean protein, which is critical for weight loss as it helps us build more lean muscle mass, which uses more calories to digest and increases our overall calorie burn.

Ingredients
One 12 oz grilled chicken breast, chopped
1 cup avocado, chopped
1 cup mango, chopped
1 cup tomato, chopped
1 cup cucumber, chopped
2 tbsp scallions, chopped
4 cups spinach or baby butter lettuce

Vinaigrette dressing
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp aged balsamic vinegar
Himalayan sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

This recipe is easy to make—simply toss the avocado, mango, chicken, tomatoes, cucumber and scallions together. Fill a large salad bowl with the spinach or baby greens and top with the other salad ingredients. Whisk all the vinaigrette ingredients together and drizzle it over the top of the salad, leaving some to serve on the side.

Image courtesy of doe-full.blogspot.com

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