The program I chose to follow is the 21-Day Fix. If you have not heard of it, it is a portion-controlled diet along with 30-minute exercises. The reason I chose this was the length of the exercises, the fact that it does not eliminate any food group, and I am hoping teaches me good habits for the future. I have been experimenting with the workouts and a few recipes the last few weeks, but today is my day #1 of doing this full-out. So far, I have been impressed. I feel like there is no way I will ever eat the calories allowed (I bumped myself up to the next higher calorie bracket since I am breastfeeding). The best part is I do not feel limited on what I can have (besides the junk stuff)...just how much.
The other part of the diet I have really enjoyed and have been doing for about a week is drinking Shakeology. The stuff is pricy, but it is delicious. It definitely makes me want less junk and sugar by curbing my cravings, and keeps me fuller longer. I am going to bite the bullet of the cost and keep it going, because it is full of goodness.
This chicken salad is super yummy and the dressing is tasty as well. Keep watching for my final review of the program after 21 days!
21-Day Fix Creamy Chicken Salad
Serves 4 (1 1/4 cups each) | Containers: 1 green if serving over romaine or 1 yellow if eating over 1 piece whole grain bread, 1/2 purple, 1 red, 1/2 blue, 1/2 orange
3 cups chopped rotisserie chicken breast (boneless, skinless) (I used turkey breast this time)
1/2 cup chopped green apple
1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
1/3 cup raw almonds
2 green onions, sliced
1 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup honey mustard salad dressing (see below)
8 cups shredded romaine lettuce
Honey Mustard Salad Dressing
1/2 cup reduced fat (2%) plain greek yogurt
3T Dijon mustard, gluten-free
3T raw honey
3T rice vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
pink salt to taste
Combine the yogurt, mustard, honey, and vinegar in a medium bowl and whisk until combined
Then slowly add oil, whisking until well blended.
Adjust the salt until it’s totally awesome for ya!
…putting it all together
Combine all ingredients except for the lettuce in a large bowl, mix well, and refrigerate (covered) for 2 hours
Serve 1 1/4 cups of the creamy chicken salad over 2 cups of romaine lettuce or whole grain bread.
Recipe Source: Fit Baby Steps