The same salad or sandwich can get quite boring for lunch. Therefore, I’m always trying to think of new ideas for myself and my clients to keep things interesting while remaining healthy. This chicken salad pita is great because you get in whole grains, fruit, vegetables and lean protein all at once.
You can make this with leftover rotisserie chicken, which is a great staple to keep in the fridge, since it can be used in so many different ways!
Chicken Salad with Grapes & Cranberries: Serves 1
- 3 oz chopped chicken breast (no skin)
- 1 celery rib, chopped
- 8 grapes, quartered
- 1 Tablespoon dried cranberries
- 1 Tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
- 1 Tablespoon low fat mayonnaise
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 whole wheat pita
- Combine chicken, celery, grapes, cranberries, chives with low fay mayonnaise.
- Add to whole wheat pita and stuff with fresh spinach leaves.
- If you are packing lunch in the morning you may want to keep the chicken separate from the pita, to prevent the pita from getting soggy.
Nutritional Information (including a 160 calorie whole wheat pita)
- 400 calories, 6 grams fat, 1 gram saturated fat, 51 grams carbohydrate, 4 grams fiber and 33 grams protein
For those that need more than 400 calories at lunch time add another component to the lunch. Some examples include:
- low fat cheese stick
- carrots with hummus
- yogurt with granola
- small handful of nuts
Nutrition Tidbit: Chicken Salad
- If you enjoy chicken salad, I recommend you make your own to prevent consuming much more calories and fat than you might expect.
- 1 cup regular chicken salad provides: 416 calories, 28 grams fat, 7 grams saturated fat, 15 grams carbohydrate and 24 grams protein.