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This recipe is a favorite among members of our weight loss clinic who want to fill up with a light but flavorful meal. This fresh, delicious recipe is easy to pull together and is a great way to use up chicken cooked the night before. It’s packed with protein, healthy fats and other nutrients that will help your body perform at optimum levels while losing weight.
Avocados are rich in fiber and monounsaturated fatty acid, both of which are very filling. One average sized-avocado contains seven grams of fiber and more potassium than a banana. Avocados are also packed with folate and vitamins B5, B6, C, E and K, and contain trace amounts of iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, manganese, niacin and thiamine.
Chicken is one of the best sources of lean protein you can eat, since it contains all nine essential amino acids, which classifies it as a complete protein. The turkey bacon is also a good source of protein and a much better choice than regular bacon, which is more fattening. The veggies included in this recipe are also antioxidant- and nutrient-dense: the tomatoes contain loads of vitamin C and lycopene, the celery contains high levels of vitamin K and folate, and the scallions are rich in fiber and vitamin A.
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4 Hass avocados
18 slices of turkey bacon
1½ cups chicken, shredded
4 roma tomatoes, diced
2 celery stalks, thinly sliced
½ cup scallions
1 cup lettuce of your choice, diced
1 fresh lime
Kosher sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Cook the bacon to your liking (baking is the healthiest way), allow to cool and then crumble into small bits.
Halve the avocados and take out the pits. Combine the lettuce, tomato, celery, scallions, shredded chicken and turkey bacon crumbles in a bowl and mix well. Season with Kosher sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Scoop the chicken salad into the avocado halves—they will overflow—and then squeeze a little bit of lime juice over each. Serve immediately.
Makes four servings.