Healthy eating: week two – let’s do this!
I think it’s safe to assume the majority of Americans are still sticking to their annual weight loss resolutions, mostly because the majority of Americans were at the Y last night.
It was no small feat to find a parking spot at my local YMCA, despite the fact that the place was a ghost town just 12 days ago.
Not to mention the whiteout road conditions should have prevented at least 43% of those people from braving the dangerous journey through subzero temps and slippery streets. You know it’s January when…
I started tossing together this peachy chicken salad last summer, when the fruit was perfectly in season and I had a burning urge to grill everything in sight. Not a whole lot beats fresh grilled fruit in the summertime, but this meal is yummy year-round!
Packed with healthy ingredients (Check out those impressive nutritional stats below!), it makes a huge plate and keeps your stomach full, whether you’re hungry for a post-workout binge or you’re looking for a meal to give you the energy to go to the gym in the first place.
I definitely don’t hate scarfing down one of these salads after Zumba. Just saying.
This is one salad I can feel good about. There’s no dressing, just a tiny drizzle of honey, because the juicy peaches provide enough moisture for my taste buds, and basically every single ingredient leaves you feeling satisfied and guilt-free.
You can totally toss on some vinaigrette if that’s a deal-breaker for you, or modify the recipe to make it work with the produce you have waiting in your fridge. Nectarines, pears, apples and grapes are also well-suited to this recipe.
If your grill is frozen over and you don’t have the luxury of using an indoor George Foreman-type appliance, you can slice up fresh fruit and bake your chicken – or just take advantage of some precooked protein. A shredded rotisserie chicken would also be delish here!
The basic formula = greens + poultry + fruit + nuts + cheese. No math degree needed.
More often than not, I use leftovers from my favorite (and easiest-ever) chicken recipe for the protein. It adds a depth of flavor to this whole meal that I really love.
There’s a whole lot of texture and a whole lot of nutrition going on in this salad. It’s the kind of dish that takes a bit of time to eat just because there’s so much packed onto one plate. Exactly the way I like it!
So…what are your favorite salads to munch on this time of year? I’m always on the hunt for new and exciting lunch recipes, and I’d love to hear which healthy meals you’re enjoying in your corner of the world!
- 2 cups chopped kale or greens
- 3 oz. boneless skinless chicken breast
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 peach
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1/2 tsp. honey (just a drizzle)
- Preheat an indoor or outdoor grill.
- Season chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Grill until cooked through, about 4-5 minutes on each side.
- Remove chicken from heat and let sit to absorb juices.
- Meanwhile, slice peach in half and grill each half on both sides, about 1 minute each. Remove from heat as soon as grill marks form.
- Slice cooked chicken into strips.
- Pile kale onto a plate or in a large bowl. Top with sliced chicken, grilled peaches, almonds, and gorgonzola. Drizzle honey on top and serve immediately.