If you’re trying to eat healthier and maintain a lean body weight, it’s a good idea to invest a little time and energy into learning how to cook. What’s more, having a few staple recipes on hand is a sure-fire way to always have something tasty and healthy in your house, which can prevent you from sabotaging your weight loss goals by giving in to temptation.
We’re pretty confident that this next recipe may be your new favorite go-to. Here’s why we love the 2 main ingredients.
Known as the “alligator pear,” an avocado is full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
Rich in protein and fiber, black beans keep you feeling fuller longer and are relatively low on the glycemic index scale, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar too high.
Make Your Own Avocado & Black Bean Salad
This recipe is perfect as an afternoon snack or as a side to a healthy home cooked meal. Feel free to get the kids involved, too, since it’s so simple to make.
What You’ll Need:
2 ripe avocados, chopped
½ cup black beans, drained
1 large ripe tomato, chopped
½ cup sweet or red onion, chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons olive oil
The juice of 1 lime
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper to taste
Put your prepared avocados, tomatoes, onion, black beans and cilantro into a salad bowl.
In a different bowl, whisk together the olive oil, lime juice, and minced garlic. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pour your homemade dressing over the avocado and black bean salad, then gently toss until everything is well coated.
This salad serves about 4 people and takes about 10 minutes to make! It’s best served fresh, but feel free to chill it for up to 12 hours covered with plastic wrap. Enjoy!