Poultry and A Pile of Leaves – Favorite Lunch

It’s known as a chicken salad. When I first started the fat loss journey, I knew I had to have salads as my main meals, but I wasn’t exactly excited about it. Until I found out ways to make the pile of leaves more interesting. So, here’s what I tried:

CHICKEN:

Frozen chicken strips from Trader Joe’s

Or breaded chicken strips

Or chicken breast seasoned with sea salt, garlic powder, black pepper and dill – slapped on the good ole Foreman grill.

*Tried this coffee &garlic bbq rub from Joe’s . Uh, NOT terrible is all I’m sayin’

LEAVES:

Romaine lettuce (Joe’s has 3 for under $2. That’s three and a half lunches for the budget-conscious)

Broccolli (steamed or raw)

Spinach

Sometimes, red kale that is sauteed with sea salt. And even sometimes kosher pickles.

STUFF I ADD:

Dried cranberries (Oceanspray is ok)

Sunflower seeds

Bell peppers

Carrots

Tomato

Boiled egg

Dried noodles

Dressing: two of my favorites: Newman’s Sesame Ginger and a Chinese Salad Dressing from Costco.

Aside from the sustained energy that I thought fitness freaks were lying about when they talked about salad, I also DON’T crave as much sweets or the 2pm caffeine fix. It’s not a 100% rule but I notice the difference on most days.

SO…if you need a quick and easy lunch that isn’t too involved, try putting together a salad with your own favorites. No meat is excluded. Meatballs, turkey, pot roast, salmon, bbq pulled pork, even chicken nuggets. I learned that choosing my own food was about personalizing it to what I can manage to make and eat. I didn’t need to count calories or weigh portions. What this did for me was give me ownership and independence on my nutrition.

This might not seem like a big deal but to me, being able to come up with inexpensive and healthy food that I didn’t want to bury in the backyard was liberating. I learned that this fat loss journey is about creating choices. Even if it’s just poultry and a pile of leaves.

Blessings,
Mahal

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