Yes, it’s another avocado recipe. I seriously just cannot get enough avocado these days. (If you’re on that same wavelength with me, be sure to check out my recent posts on Healthy Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies and Quinoa Burgers with Creamy Avocado Sauce.)
I saw a post on pinterest featuring Paula Deen’s avocado chicken salad, but let’s face it–it was not very healthy (surprise, surprise…). So I decided to try to do something similar yet with real nutritional value. Here’s what I came up with:
This was really ridiculously easy to make. The only slightly time consuming part is boiling and dicing up the chicken. If you’re not familiar with that, you can read/watch more about it here: How to Boil Chicken Breasts.
Here’s how you make the recipe:
2 cups cooked, diced chicken
1 large avocado, diced
1/4 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp of minced, fresh Basil
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
2. Enjoy as a spread on crackers, pita pockets, between two slices of whole grain bread, on top of a bed of lettuce–or heck just eat it plain!
Now, let’s take a minute and breakdown that ingredients list –
Chicken: great source of lean protein (for the lowest fat option, use white meat such as breast meat)
Avocado: great source of monounsaturated (aka heart healthy) fat. Avocados are good for your skin, for your eyes, even for your bowels (there’s between 11-17 grams of fiber in just one avocado!)
Plain, Non-Fat Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt is a great source of protein, and can even have beneficial bacteria that helps your digestive system (look for the LAC seal on the yogurt container, which stands for live and active cultures.)
Low Fat Cottage Cheese: Cottage cheese is basically just a protein bomb – especially the low or non fat kind – it’s basically just protein.
So there you have it. The main players in this recipe are packed with protein, healthy fat, and even some fiber. That’s why, when combined with a complex carb such as whole wheat bread, this avocado chicken salad makes for a very healthy, complete meal.
I would love to hear your thoughts about this recipe, so leave me a comment!
Also, tell me the truth– Are you guys sick of avocado yet? Cause I’m not. But if you’re tired of avocado recipes I can mix it up. Just leave me a comment letting me know if you want move avocado or less avocado.
Also, have a fantastic weekend!!!