This cranberry walnut chicken salad is both delicious and healthy. All the things that are required for a quick and easy go-to meal in my book! This is definitely a 5-minute recipe that you will want to add to your meal plan. Simply gather up a few ingredients in your kitchen and away we go!
Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad
Eat Your Way Fit
We are back to recipes this week with this simple salad that you can enjoy with bread, a wrap or on a bed of greens. I’m always trying to add in those greens wherever I can!
It’s so important that our meals are tasty and satisfying. Diets just don’t work. I’ve tried a lot of them – some as an experiment more than anything, and it would always leave me craving the one food that was off limits. You know how it goes. Take away the carbs and you’ll be searching your kitchen frantically for a cracker you dropped under the dishwasher. No nothing this extreme – but you see what I”m talking about! So my message to you is to not chase diets that cut out food groups or drastically cut your calories. This will only serve to compromise your metabolism.
The path of healthy is a lifestyle and crazy diets just don’t work in the long run. Think marathon – not sprint. Whenever I feel like I need little kickstart I love to do a healthy grocery haul. It motivates me to each all the fruit and veggies! And delicious little recipes like this cranberry walnut chicken salad.
Quick Meals for the Win
Things have been a little all over the place the past few weeks at the Delaney/Frost residence. We moved last week and no matter how many times I do it – I swear I always forget how much work it can be! Scott’s parents came down to Austin to visit and their help was amazing for us. Next month I’m traveling to NJ to see my family. No matter how you are experiencing the holidays the calendar is filling up for all of us. We are some super busy babes right now!
The best way to stay on track is to find easy meals we can enjoy that take minimal preparation. This cranberry walnut chicken salad is sure to be one of them! A perfect dish for a quick lunch to pack up and take to work. I also will enjoy it as a dinner for one on the nights when Scott is working late. After my evening workout this is a great way to refuel that doesn’t take too much time to cook. Another option is to make the chicken ahead of time. I like to do this as I’m preparing other items in the kitchen. Thinking ahead will always make life a lot easier!
It’s All in the Balance
I am firm believer that balance is a key component in a healthy lifestyle. There’s always such a desire to go all in and change everything we are doing at once! Don’t let that pressure get to you. It’s truly the small changes that add up over time. Plus they are manageable so we can actually executive them. If you are someone who buys their lunch out every day. Try packing up a healthy lunch one day a week. When that gets easy shoot for two days. You see my point here. It’s truly a slow and steady approach that wins the race! You have to know I want you to succeed in your health and fitness goals. However, I want you to enjoy the process too.
For me, it was learning to prepare foods for lunch. I used to be all about the grab and go. Packaged snacks, frozen diet meals and yogurts. I didn’t want to put any effort into my meals because of time. When I saw that these choices were not optimal for my goals I gradually started to make changes. Since the changes were slow – it prevented feeling overwhelmed at the entire process.
Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad
Yield 1 Serving
- 4 Ounces Grilled Chicken Breast (no seasoning)
- 1/4 Cup Plain 0%Fat Greek Yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons Raw Walnuts
- 1 Tablespoon Dried Unsweetened Cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
- Grill the chicken without seasoning.
- Cool and then chop the chicken into bite sized pieces.
- Add the chicken to a small bowl for mixing.
- Add the walnuts and cranberries to the bowl.
- Squeeze your lemons into a small separate dish. Add the Greek yogurt and mix.
- Add the Greek yogurt and lemon juice to the chicken, walnuts and cranberries until the ingredients are evenly distributed.
Macronutrients are simply the way we categorize foods – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. Food quality is a very important part of the puzzle when it comes to nutrition. But the macros we digest are a big part of how we look and feel as well. Keep in mind this breakdown is only for the cranberry walnut chicken salad. The bread or wrap you may use alongside the salad would be extra.
Knowing the breakdown allows you to see which other macros you need to fully round out your meal!
Calories 268 // Carbohydrates 11g // Proteins 32g // Fats 11g
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