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:
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’
Romaine lettuce (Joe’s has 3 for under $2. That’s three and a half lunches for the budget-conscious)
Broccolli (steamed or raw)
Sometimes, red kale that is sauteed with sea salt. And even sometimes kosher pickles.
STUFF I ADD:
Dried cranberries (Oceanspray is ok)
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.