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Tummy-Trimming Avocado Lunch Recipes

Mar 16 2016 - 11:30am

Cardio and crunches aren't the only way to slim down your middle. Eating monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), like the kind found in avocado, is proven to diminish belly fat. Here are 21 lunch ideas featuring the belly-fat-fighting powers of the avocado.

Smashed Avocado Chickpea Salad

You'll fall hard for those tender smashed chickpeas, the creamy avocado, and those crunchy salted sunflower seeds. Plus this "chicken" salad [1] is mayo-free, so aside from being vegan, it's low in calories and saturated fat.

Veggie and Hummus Sandwich

Prepare to build the best veggie sandwich [2] ever. Hummus and avocado provide the fiber and protein you need to stay fueled, and layers of tasty veggies offer crunch, flavor, and important nutrients your body needs.

Cucumber Avocado Caprese Salad

If your garden (or farmers market) is overflowing with fresh cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil, it's salad-making time! Just add a few more key ingredients, and this fresh and flavorful recipe [3] will be your new favorite Summer lunch.

Avocado Chicken Salad

This avocado chicken salad [4] is creamy, tangy, filling, and everything you love about a classic. Plus it's packed with nearly 40 grams of protein and 33 percent of your daily recommended fiber.

Avocado Toast

Go for a simple avocado toast [5] preparation or use these creative avocado toast recipe ideas [6] to inspire you.

Black Bean, Corn, and Avocado Summer Salad

At under 300 calories, one serving of this summery salad [7] offers almost 12 grams of fiber and 10 grams of protein, so after enjoying one crunchy bite after another, you'll feel full, satisfied, and energized.

Baked Eggs in Avocado

Beyond the heart-healthy fatty acids and high protein count, this fiber-filled lunch [8] will leave you feeling satisfied.

Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce

Sauce made from avocados gives your pasta a flavor reminiscent of those dairy-based options like alfredo. This recipe from Oh She Glows [9] blends garlic, lemon, pepper, and olive oil to give your standard pasta lunch a kick!

Cabbage-Avocado Slaw

Nix the mayo, and mix slaw with creamy avocado. Instead of making a dressing, just cube the avocado and toss together with cabbage and other vegetables, as well as a bit of lime juice, to get just the right creamy texture throughout this cabbage detox slaw [10].

Sweet Potato Black Bean Veggie Burger

So robust in flavor, these hearty veggie burgers [11] are made with the goodness of sweet potatoes, black beans, millet, and corn. And the creamy avocado sauce on top is like a beautiful ribbon tied around your birthday present — it adds the perfect touch.

Red Quinoa and Avocado Salad

This quinoa and avocado salad [12]'s got a little bit of everything, from dried fruits to nuts (not to mention the nutty flavor of red quinoa) for a colorful and nutritionally complex quinoa salad!

Kamut Udon Noodles With Kale and Avocado Oil

This recipe for kamut udon noodles with kale and avocado oil [13] is a simple medley of noodles, sautéed vegetables, fresh lime juice, avocado oil, and tamari.

Summer-Salad-Stuffed Avocado

Offering 60 percent of your recommended fiber for the day, this antioxidant-rich rainbow salad [14] aids in digestion and may even diminish belly fat.

Watermelon Salad

Make this juicy, summery salad [15] that includes diced watermelon, sweet red onion, lime juice, avocado, and fresh cilantro.

Avocado Potato Salad

Skip the traditional mayo-based potato salad and enjoy cubed red bliss potatoes coated in a dressing made with avocado, lemon, and olive oil. Get the full recipe here [16].

Falafel With Avocado Spread

Cook up some falafel patties and garnish with a spread made with avocado, sour cream, and fresh lime juice.

Open-Face Avocado and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Mash avocado with a little goat cheese [17], spread it on wheat bread, and top with slices of tomato and cucumber.

Avocado Wasabi Chickpea Salad

Top a salad with chickpeas and a dressing made with avocado [18], lemon juice, soy sauce, and wasabi powder.

Israeli Couscous With Avocado

Whip up some Israeli couscous flavored with veggie broth, black olives, and chunks of avocado.

Pesto Pasta

Make up a plate of rotini pasta and pesto sauce [19], tossed with red peppers, carrots, and sweet onions and topped with slices of avocado.

Lentil Veggie Soup With Avocado

Whip up some homemade spicy lentil vegetable soup [20] and top your bowl with slices of creamy avocado.

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