Thursday, October 24, 2013

Clean Eating Chicken Salad

 
        Chicken salad sounds like it would be healthy choice, but most recipes are total calorie bombs made up of mayo and sour cream served on sourdough bread. All are wonderful things in their own right, but when combined greatly increase the calorie content. There was a time in my life when eating healthy all the time wasn’t something I thought too much about. But the older I get and more educated I become about foods effect on the body, the more I strive to “healthify” my favorite recipes.

         This chicken salad recipe would fall under the clean eating category. Clean eating is classified by eating foods as close as possible to their natural state. Avoid processed and packaged foods with preservatives and chemicals. A clean eating diet consists of fresh produce, lean meats, nuts and whole grains.

        To make Clean Eating Chicken Salad, you’ll need two cooked chicken breasts (cut into cubes), celery, onion, red grapes and Greek yogurt. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and season with sea salt & pepper (full recipe below). I could eat it just like this, but I turned it into a sandwich with a 100% whole wheat pita. An easy mistake of clean eating is not looking at labels. Many breads will say 100% whole wheat on the package but when you read the list of ingredients and refined white flour is on the list, put back the bread and find something else.

         I use a healthy chicken salad recipe because I can’t live my life with out eating it! Greek yogurt is an easy & tasty substitute for mayonnaise. There is a nice crunch to this salad from the celery and onion. My favorite part are the red grapes! It gives this chicken salad an element of sweetness and by using chicken breast meat, this recipe is loaded with protein and very little fat.

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Clean Eating Chicken Salad
Ingredients
  • 2 cooked skinless, boneless chicken breasts - cut into cubes
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red seedless grapes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • dash of sea salt
  • 2 100% whole-wheat pita halves (optional)
  • 4 romaine lettuce leaves (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, mix all of the salad ingredients. Chicken salad can be eaten as is or eat as a pita sandwich. Recipe serves 4.

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