Remember the first time that you ate an avocado? If you're like me, that smooth, creamy, velvety green interior made you an instant fan. And while many of us avoided foods like avocados for years because of their fat content, celebrity health guru and "Biggest Loser" trainer Bob Harper says it's time to celebrate the virtues of those green globes. He talked with CNN recently about his new cookbook. It contains 100 recipes, all under 350 calories, and is entitled: "Skinny Meals: Everything You Need to Lose Weight-Fast!" (click for details).
Bob's new cookbook is designed to provide you with recipes for making his Skinny Rules diet books tastier and easier to follow. There are two different books. The first, "The Skinny Rules: The Simple, Nonnegotiable Principles for Getting to Thin," gives you the information you need to shed weight and keep it off.
If you've got a special occasion coming up or want to jump-start your weight loss, Bob recommends his quick-start diet plan in "Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss" (click for more information).
Bob listed his recipe for Avocado Toast (below) as one of his favorites. "Replace the fatty butter and sugary jam you used to pile on your toast with this abundance of natural flavors, good fats and protein, and you will have a well-balanced meal to kick-start your day! It's low-calorie, high-protein and oh, so good," says Bob.
Bob Harper's Avocado Toast Recipe from "Skinny Meals: Everything You Need to Lose Weight-Fast!"
Pinch of paprika
½ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 slice whole-wheat or Ezekiel bread, toasted
4 hard-boiled large egg whites, chopped
1 ½ teaspoons finely diced shallots
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
Dash of freshly ground black pepper
In a small bowl, mash and mix the avocado, paprika and lemon juice. Spread on the toast.
In the same small bowl, mix together the egg whites, shallots, mustard, capers and pepper.
Pile the egg white mixture on top of the avocado-smeared toast and enjoy!
Nutrition information: 221 calories, 20g protein, 20g carbs, 8g fat, 6g fiber
"Like most busy people, I tend to automate my weekday breakfasts. I have one or two recipes that I repeat, saving the slightly more complicated preparations for weekends, when I have more time to cook. Avocado toast is one I just have to have several times a week! To save even more time in the morning, double the chopped egg white, caper, shallot and Dijon mixture the first day of the week you make this breakfast; it'll keep in your refrigerator, and then all you have to do is pile it on your toast with the mashed avocado." Get information about Bob's cookbook by clicking here.