The chicken salad sandwich gets a healthy, 21 Day Fix makeover using protein-packed greek yogurt instead of mayo, pecans and fruit all in a whole wheat pita pocket. A delicious on-the-go lunch that you can hold in one hand!
As I write this, my 3-year-old is having a tantrum. Maybe you’re wondering what about. Maybe not. Truth be told, I fall into the latter category. I have no idea what it’s about and I kind of don’t care. Is that terrible? She didn’t sleep very well last night, so she’s having one of those days where every little thing sets her off (earlier I glanced in her direction and she yelled, “Don’t LOOK at meeee!!”, then stomped off to her room) and honestly, if I stopped what I was doing every time she had a freak-out on a day like this, I’d never get anything done. Ever.
She’s cute and smart and funny though, so we keep her anyway 🙂
But it’s days like this when everything feels chaotic and I have a laundry list of things to do that I’ll find myself thinking thoughts like, “Maybe I’ll skip my workout today and do a double tomorrow.” or “Maybe I’ll get it in later.” BTW, I don’t have time for doubles and I NEVER get it in later. It sounds like a reasonable argument though, right? Because tomorrow will be the day I do doubles. Even though I’ve never been able to convince myself to do them before.
Know thyself. If you know that the argument you’re peddling to yourself is bull…pucky, call yourself out! Instead of thinking up excuses to skip, try to think of all of the reasons that you don’t want to. Here are some of mine:
- I feel great after a workout!
- I’ll be disappointed or even irritated with myself the rest of the day.
- This same work out next week won’t be as good as it could have been. I might even be sore when I normally wouldn’t.
- I’ll miss out on the sense of accomplishment that comes after a workout.
- I won’t have the same amount of energy for the rest of my day that I have when I work out.
“I wish I wouldn’t have made time for that workout.” – said no one EVER. Some days are tough, believe me, I get it. They’re tough for me, too. All you can do is your best to get that workout in and you’ll never regret it. Anyway, with the wailing of my child, that was on my mind so I thought I’d share. I’ll step down from the pulpit now, promise!
So, speaking of promises (you’re welcome for that amazing segue, btw), I promised you a recipe, didn’t I?! How about a delicious lunch that you can make ahead, hold in one hand and is savory, creamy, crunchy and sweet?
It’s so easy to get stuck eating one or two things for our lunches (I’m looking at you, Salad with tuna, egg and balsamic vinaigrette!) when they’re easy and/or convenient, but as Buffy the Vampire slayer once said, “Variety is the spice of fun!” so to that end, here’s my fixified Waldorf Chicken Salad Pita Pocket!
You will not miss the mayo in this chicken salad! Honestly, I was skeptical, but thought I’d try it out to see how it went with just the yogurt and it was SO GOOD!! All of the flavors and textures go so well together and it really reminds me of Arby’s Chicken Salad Market District Sandwich. The best part (to me anyway) is that it’s like a sandwich but only uses half of a yellow (a carb, for my non-fixers). If you made a regular sandwich, it would use two yellows (which, for a lot of people, is all they get in a day!) Maybe I could say the word “sandwich” just one more time. Sandwich. Ok, I’m done. Enjoy!
- 2/3 cup cooked chicken, diced small
- 3 Tbs nonfat greek yogurt
- 1/4 cup chopped sweet apples
- 1/4 cup red grapes, halved or quartered
- 1/4 cup celery, chopped
- 5 pecan halves, roughly chopped (optional)
- black pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup fresh spinach
- 1/2 of a whole wheat pita
- Mix all ingredients together except spinach and pita. Season to taste with black pepper. Fill the pita pocket with the spinach and the chicken salad mixture. It might not all fit into your pita - you can either fill another pita half if you have another half of a yellow to use, or you can just do what I do and eat it on the side 🙂
21 Day Fix Container Equivalents: 1 RED, 1/2 PURPLE, 1/2 GREEN, 1/2 YELLOW, 1/2 BLUE (if using pecans)
*You can make the chicken salad ahead on your prep day and then just fill your pita with the chicken mixture and the spinach right before you’re going to eat it. Yum!