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Are you looking for the perfect party favor to treat your guests? Well look no further, there is a dish that both pleases the stomach and the health conscious. It’s a taco salad made with real natural ingredients that make it hard to say no to.

Boasting some top tier ingredients makes this taco salad healthy and delicious. This recipe offers enough avocados, tomatoes, and lean grass fed beef, to make it a healthy alternative to plain tacos, and more fun than a plain salad.

Avocados

avocados

The inclusion of avocados in this recipe is both delicious and nutritious. They offer a lot to a plate of food and are considered by some to be a  superfood. In single avocado (3.5 ounces) there is ample amounts of vitamin K, folate, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, and vitamin E.

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There is also trace amounts of magnesium, manganese, copper, iron, zinc, phosphorous, Vitamin A, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) and B3 (Niacin). Each avocado also comes with two grams of protein and fifteen grams of healthy fats. So it’s clear to see that the inclusion of avocados in anything is a real dietary boost.

Not only do avocados offer nearly everything that a healthy body needs but they contain more potassium than bananas. As well, being a high-fat food, avocados provide heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid) that have been linked to reduced inflammation. They are also loaded with fiber and can lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

Tomatoes

tomatoes

The taco salad also offers an ample amount of tomatoes which offer a wide variety of vitamins and nutrients necessary to a healthy diet. They offer a significant amount of vitamin A, vitamin C (a single tomato offers 40 percent of your daily intake), and vitamin K. There is also significant amounts of Vitamin B6, folate, thiamine, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, and copper. Most crucially they offer lycopene, which is important in combatting cancer, particularly prostate cancer.

Lean grass fed beef

ground beef

Considered the centerpiece ingredient, lean grass fed beef is far superior to traditionally fed beef for several reasons. First, their diet contributes to a higher quality that is richer in omega-3 fats, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, a fatty acid).  Second, it is lower in cholesterol than traditionally fed beef. Third, the amount of CLA found in grass fed beef is much higher than traditionally fed animals. You will get roughly 600 milligrams of CLA from a 4-ounce serving. CLA is known to support your immune and inflammation systems, improve bone mass, improve blood sugar regulation, and reduce the risk of heart attack.

Taco salad

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Used with permission from Clean Food Crush. It serves a large group of people; it depends on how much lean ground beef you have prepared.

Ingredients

  • Fresh Romaine lettuce (torn into bite sized pieces)
  • Avocado (cubed)
  • Grape tomatoes (halved)
  • Grass fed beef or ground turkey (browned with one diced yellow onion, and minced garlic)
  • All natural shredded cheddar (or dairy-free cheese), about one tablespoon per person.
  • Sliced green onions

Optional serving ideas

  • Black beans
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Guacamole
  • Fresh lime wedges
  • No-sugar-added natural salsa (as dressing)
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Homemade taco seasoning ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients well in a small bowl
  2. Store in an airtight container
  3. Use about two teaspoons of prepared seasoning per pound of taco meat

Now you’re ready to enjoy your taco salad. Serve this healthy meal to guests at a party or enjoy it yourself at home. If you liked this recipe, you should also try this one!

Clean Food Crush. Taco Salad for a Crowd http://cleanfoodcrush.com/big-taco-salad/ Published: August 4, 2016. Accessed: November 17, 2016.

Authority Nutrition. 12 Proven Health Benefits of Avocado https://authoritynutrition.com/12-proven-benefits-of-avocado/ Accessed: November 17, 2016.

Organic Facts. Health Benefits of Tomatoes https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/tomatoes.html Accessed: November 17, 2016.

The World’s Healthiest Foods. Beef, grass-fed http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=141 Accessed: November 17, 2016.

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