Who needs sandwich bread or crostini when you have great gluten-free recipes like this one? These Turkey and Avocado Roll-ups deliver a protein-packed, healthy-fat-filled meal that’s guaranteed to satisfy. We love eating these as a low-calorie lunch, but they also make a great snack. We’ve even served them up as appetizers at holiday and Super Bowl parties, and everyone always loves them!
Dishes like these are designed to be gluten-free, so you don’t feel like you’re missing out when you eat these Turkey and Avocado Roll-ups. They’re also low-carb and naturally dairy free (especially if you follow our pesto hack, which we’ll tell you about in a minute). That makes them the ideal appetizer to serve a wide variety of people!
A Quick Note about Healthy Fats
You might notice that these low-carb Turkey Avocado Roll-ups have 18 grams of fat per serving. At first glance, that totally seems like a lot! Before you start to worry, we’d like to have a quick chat about healthy fats and how they differ from bad-for-you trans fats and saturated fats.
Fat has a bad reputation, and for a while doctors and nutritionists were recommending low-fat products. They thought that fat lead to high cholesterol and heart disease. In some ways, they were right, because trans fat found in processed food and saturated fat found in animal products isn’t great for you. But, there’s also a healthy type of fat that actually works to prevent disease and weight gain.
These “healthy” fats are known as unsaturated fats. You’ll find them in plant-based foods like nuts and avocados. You can also find them in omega-3 fatty acid-rich foods, like cage-free eggs and salmon. Consuming these types of fats can help you lose weight faster!
Some diets recommend 25 to 35 percent of your total calories in healthy fats. Other diets, like the Keto diet, suggest a much higher percentage of fat intake while eliminating carbohydrates. Take a look at our comprehensive article on fats (and how much you should be consuming) to learn more about healthy fats.
Our Secret to Low-Calorie, Dairy-Free Pesto
Most pesto contains some kind of cheese. Usually, it’s Parmesan cheese, although sometimes people will use a sheep’s milk cheese like Pecorino Romano to make it lactose-intolerant friendly. We took things to the next level by creating an oil-free, dairy-free pesto that’s 100 percent vegan—but it’s so delicious, you’d never know it!
We make it all happen by using this 5-minute Dairy-Free Parmesan “cheese.” Our super-simple recipe combines cashews with nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and a pinch of salt. Pulse it in the food processor until it resembles grated cheese and it’s ready to use!
Then, you just combine that “cheese” with fresh basil (or spinach), lemon juice, and garlic. You might be surprised to find that you didn’t need cheese or oil to make delicious-tasting pesto after all! Get the full oil-free pesto recipe here.
Yield: 4 servings | Serving Size: 2 roll ups | Calories: 333 | Total Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Fiber: 2 g | Protein: 37 g | Cholesterol: 117 mg | Sodium: 353 mg | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3
*note: the fats in this recipe are healthy fats from the avocado
- 8 thinly sliced pieces of deli turkey, fat free and sulfate/nitrate free
- 1/4 cup basil pesto
- 1/2 avocado, pit removed, peeled, and sliced very thinly
- 1 cup bean sprouts
- Lay the turkey pieces on a flat surface and spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto on each. Lay two or three slices of avocado on one edge of the turkey and place bean sprouts on top. Carefully roll each. Serve.
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