Healthy Chicken Salad

Henry and I have been keeping indoors for a large portion of the last few days due to the cold weather coming back. I think it’s so funny how Middle Tennessee goes under severe weather alert every time there’s even a remote chance of snow (of any amount). I get that it can freeze, cause slippery road conditions, and the city isn’t really equipped to clear them; however, schools have been cancelled for the last two days in all surrounding counties and the roads are perfectly fine. I wish I lived down here when I was growing up! I wouldn’t be surprised if Davidson county schools have had more “snow days” this year than most Ohio schools but I doubt we’ve even gotten an inch of snow combined this entire winter! Crazy.

Did y’all watch the Oscars the other night? I think this is the first year that I actually watched the whole thing from red carpet to Best Picture. I thought the speeches this year were incredibly eloquent, the dresses beautiful, and the overall feel of the night to be very elegant. But all I gotta say is, “poor John Travolta…” :-/ I guess the one positive outcome of his gaffe is that now Idina’s name is recognized much wider than the ranks of her “Gleek” fans!

But now I’m excited to actually get the opportunity to see all these movies the critics have been raving about! It seems they’re all being released over the next few weeks so I’m looking forward to “Catching” up. (Yep, that’s right – all these awarded/nominated movies I have to choose from and I am most excited to finally see Catching Fire hehe)

Chicken Salad Recipe

Here’s a fresh, delicious and healthy chicken salad recipe for you to try that is also super easy to make. I typically shy away from things like chicken or tuna salad (especially those from stores/restaurants) because they tend to be extremely mayo-based; however, this recipe avoids that pitfall in a sneaky way while also pumping up the nutritional value by the use of Greek yogurt!

Greek yogurt hosts a slew of amazing nutritional benefits. For one, it is a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, providing calcium, potassium, vitamin D, vitamin A, vitamin B12, riboflavin, phosphorus and niacin. Greek yogurt is also a healthy source of probiotic bacteria, which aid digestion and may even help prevent common GI conditions. On top of all that, one cup packs 23g of protein and only 9g of sugar! This is compared to 12g of protein and 17g of sugar in regular non-fat yogurt – no competition! Plus Greek yogurt has a thicker consistency which makes it a great lower-fat substitute for sour cream, mayonnaise, cream or ice cream.

The great thing about this recipe is its totally dependent on your personal taste. I’ll tell you the ingredients I add and an approximation of what I use, and you can combine as much or as little as you like of each! Its solely dependent on what kind of consistency and additions you prefer.

Healthy Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breast

1/2 c – 1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1/2 an avocado, mashed

celery, diced

grapes, halved

almond, slivers

Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder to taste

Directions:

Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place in oven at 375 degrees for ~40 min. With two forks, shred chicken and place in bowl. Add Greek yogurt and avocado until desired creamy consistency is met. Cut celery and grapes and add to bowl. Pour almond slivers on top. Combine all ingredients and serve on top of a bed of lettuce. (Can be put on a sandwich, as well.)

This makes a decent amount of chicken salad so you’ll have some leftover for lunch the next day!

NOTE: Challengers – Depending on how strict you were with dairy consumption, I might suggest waiting until the end of the challenge to attempt this recipe. Greek yogurt has a much lower lactose content than traditional yogurt making it easier to digest; however, it is a dairy product which are generally avoided while on the challenge.