Black beans might seem like a rather neutral colored veggie, but look a little closer and you will find hints of vibrant purple and blue. These beautiful beans are a key factor in optimizing both colon and digestive health. Black beans also contain phytonutrients, which are common to most colorful fruits and veggies. Additionally these tasty beans can help regulate blood sugar levels as well as fight off the development of type two diabetes. Black beans, as most of us know, contain a heathy dose of both fiber and protein, which makes them an excellent food to help fill you up!
Avocados, a superfood at its best, can be used in anything from cakes to salads!! With their super creamy texture, these odd veggies add a extra dimension of creaminess to any dish. While avocados might seem decadent, they too have some special health benefits including, anti-inflammatory properties and heart healthy fats. Avocados also aid in the absorption of lycopene and beta-carotene, which is found in carrots and sweet potatoes. Vitamins and minerals including, fiber, vitamin K and folate are also included in these unique veggies. Whether you enjoy avocado in your salads or in your desserts do not let the fat scare you away. Avocados contain healthy fats which work differently within the body, and can actually promote weight loss so feel free to indulge!
Beautiful Black Bean Salad with Lemon Herb Dressing
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans
1/2 large avocado, cut into small cubes
juice of 2 lemons + extra pulp*
juice of one lime + extra pulp
2 tbs good quality olive oil
3 tbs chopped fresh basil
4 tbs chopped fresh parsley
2 tbs chopped fresh oregano
1 tsp fresh black pepper
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 tbs apple cider vinegar
For the dressing, add the, herbs, vinegar, oil and citrus juice in a blender and blend until smooth.
Next, combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss with the lemon herb dressing. Then, set the mixture aside in the fridge for about 20 minutes in order for the flavors to come alive! Lightly stir before serving, serve along side some fresh homemade bread, corn chips or inside a warm tortilla, enjoy!
* In order to add just a little extra zing, I use a knife to cut out some of the citrus pulp after squeezing.