We are back in business!
My kids went back to school today which always brings some mixed emotions. I have been craving structure and a clean home but will miss our lazy days just playing. We made a spontaneous trip to San Diego for New Year's with my Mom and Dad and my brother's family. We stayed on the beach and had time to decompress and relax with the family, which was so nice after the busy nature of Christmas.
But I had to leave the churros and tacos behind and now it's all about healthy eating! I am actually super excited to get back to an exercise routine and healthy dinners with the fam. I found that making healthy choices is so much about preparation. If I stock the refrigerator with fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and nutritious soups then I reach for them rather than my KitchenAid in order to make cookies!
This Healthy Tropical Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt saves the day!
This healthy chicken salad is made with lean chicken breast and greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise. It's high in protein since greek yogurt has 23 grams of protein per cup! The addition of fresh pineapple, almonds, green onions, and spices give it an undeniable freshness. You can even add coconut, oranges, and celery if you would like!
If you love curry powder, you can add a touch of it to the chicken salad. We tried many variations in our home and my family preferred the simple spices rather than the exotic. Curry didn't make the cut in this chicken salad but your family may love it.
This Healthy Tropical Chicken Salad made with Greek Yogurt can be made ahead of time and be snacked on all week long. My daughter goes crazy over chicken salad and since she leaves for school at 6:00 am, this is an ideal easy lunch. This can be eaten alone, on a bed of lettuce, or placed between two pieces of whole grain bread.
If you want to really bring up the fancy factor, then serve it in a fresh pineapple. This makes a beautiful presentation for a party or baby shower.
- 2 cups Cooked Chicken poached, rotisserie chicken, or canned
- 2/3 cup Greek Yogurt
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 2 Green Onions chopped
- 3/4 cup Fresh Pineapple sliced
- 1/3 cup Almonds
- 1/3 cup Coconut Shreds optional
- 1 Orange sliced (optional)
- 1/4 cup Celery optional
- In medium bowl, combine cooked chicken, greek yogurt, salt, pepper, and garlic pepper. Stir together until chicken is covered in yogurt.
- Stir in green onions, pineapple, almonds, and optional coconut, oranges and celery.
- Season according to taste.
Is anyone else eating healthy these days? I am off to lunch with friends today to eat my lean turkey and sweet potatoes. This is big for this cookie loving girl!
Happy Eating, my friends! xo