We’ve been trying to get off the sugar crazy train in my house. And it’s been surprisingly… easy! Once we got over the initial shock, of course. Our new rules for clean eating are simple. Meals and snacks should 1. Be high in protein 2. Have good, whole food fats 3. Have two or more servings of veggies included. And of course, ditch the sugar in general. The good news is when you eat like this, you don’t crave sugar and starches. Which means you can stop feeding the beast – eating the typical US diet makes it impossibly easy to unknowingly keep yourself in a cycle of sugar addiction – it is in everything. Try checking the labels on the healthy things you eat for how many grams of sugar they contain. You will be shocked! If you are interested in changing the way you and your family eat or just learning about some options, I’ve included resources for more learning at the bottom of this post.
This recipe for a high protein/ good fats chicken salad is satisfying and it uses leftover chicken. Using leftovers has been key for us since there has been more cooking at home. This recipe is super simple because it uses the food processor to chop and mix which results in a smoother chicken salad more like what you would buy at the store (which we like.) Serve over veggies or a big salad to make this the perfect meal. Seriously, It’s so simple and totally delish!
Healthy Chicken Salad Recipe (Protein and Good Fats)
- .5 lb Leftover Cooked Chicken Breast, Thigh, or Pieces - Whatever you've got! 🙂
- 1/2 cup 2% Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 cup Pistachios
- 1/4 cup Walnuts
- 10 Red Grapes
- 2 - 3 tsp Mrs. Dash Seasoning
- Salt and Pepper to your taste
First, add your pistachios and walnuts to the food processor and pulse about 5 times to chop. next add your chicken. Pulse another 5 times until the chicken is shredded. Now add your grapes, seasoning, and yogurt. Pulse until combined (about 5-10 times.) Transfer to a storage container and refrigerate until needed. This will store for about 3 days in the fridge.
Healthy Eating Resources
- SANE solution by Jonathan Baylor – This is the plan I’ve been following and I can honestly say it is a pretty balanced way to eat and work out. I’ve lost 10 lbs without really working out – just weights 1 time per week and walking 20-30 minutes a day outside with my kids. For the first time in my life, eating more healthfully hasn’t meant thinking about food constantly or worrying about counting calories. I feel like I can stick with this for the most part in the long term. Learn about the SANE Solution here.
- Whole30 – I heard about Whole30 last year when all of my friends and family were doing it. It seemed hard! Then I happened to find creator Melissa Hartwig’s instagram – she is so funny and down to Earth I had to buy the book! There is a lot of good information in it. Learn about Whole30 here.
- The Paleo Diet – I had heard about the Paleo Diet for years but kind of ignored it – as a former vegetarian, it just seemed overly meat-heavy. It is similar to the two resources above in emphasizing protein and simple foods, but has been around longer so more foods carry the ‘paleo’ label. It is good to understand what makes food paleo so you can see if foods labeled ‘paleo’ meet your needs for the other two diets. The blog Nom Nom Paleo has tons of fun paleo recipes to check out. See Nom Nom Paleo here.
- My friend Andrea put together this AWESOME free list of 150 Clean Eating Crock Pot Recipes. These are SO helpful when figuring out what to feed the family!
Have you been thinking about changing the way you eat or how you prepare meals and snacks for your family? Any struggles getting them interested? Please share your story in the comments!