BERRY Avocado Chicken Salad

Okay guys, I'm not joking when I say this is honestly my lunch almost every single day.
I may or may not go through a WHOLE bag of Costco lettuce and spinach PER WEEK on my own.
HA Aaron does help me a little because I will do this salad often for us ( lunch or dinner ) and he loves it!

Blueberries were around 80 cents a pint at the grocery store yesterday so it's definitely the season to buy fruit! Long live this last month ( couple weeks ) of SUMMER!

A couple friends of mine got me into "counting my macros" a while back and I LOVE it.
I will go more into it as time goes on, but basically, you have a certain amount of Protein, Carbs, and Fat that you can eat per day that is dependent on YOUR own body and activity level.
Since I started counting macros, I have noticed results through muscle definition as well as in my energy levels! I also love that it's something you can maintain ( not some crazy off the wall diet that makes you cut out food groups! ) Anyways, I will go into more detail later but that's a quick explanation of it all!

My point in bringing up "macros" is that I will add different foods to this salad depending on what my body needs for the day.
For example, if I am "low on my fat intake", I will add extra avocado or some nuts to the salad.
If I'm low on carbs for the day, I will add extra fruit. 
If I need more protein, I will add some mozzarella cheese or extra meat. You see??

I will also include a couple of my favorite salad dressings to add to this salad!
Avocado is HUGE on this salad because you can add A LOT less dressing.
It's so much better for you to be getting the "GOOD FAT" that an avocado gives rather than the extra calories from dressings.
Please say you all love avocado! HA I don't think I go a day without it!

Berry Avocado Chicken Salad

1-2 cups romaine lettuce

1-2 cups spinach 
( Yes I always do both types of lettuce, I like it better with both rather than just one or the other by itself! )

1 serving ( usually around 4 oz ) of Chicken or Salmon 
( I buy the rotisserie chicken from Costco or SAMS and d-bone the chicken into individual serving size baggies and freeze them! It makes it so convenient to pull out a serving size of chicken each time! And I will often add grilled salmon to this and it's my fav! )

1/2 cup of blueberries

1 cup of strawberries

1/2 avocado ( diced )

1/8 cup nuts ( sliced almonds or pecans )

1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese ( optional )

P.S. When I make this salad for dinner for Aaron I will triple his meat on top and add MORE of everything, to make it more filling and "man-ly-ish" HA

Here are my 3 favorite dressings on this salad!

I LOVE this Panera bread Poppyseed dressing ^^ ( found in the cold section at "Some" targets and some grocery stores! ) And yes they sell it in States that don't have the actual "Panera Bread" restaurant!
It's fat free and wonderful!

I also love this Marie's Raspberry vinaigrette ^^ ( 3g of fat per serving ) (( found in the COLD section at the grocery store ))
as well as (( not pictured )) -- Trader Joes Raspberry vinaigrette ( 2g of fat per serving )

Like I said, with the avocado on the salad, you don't need too much dressing, just enough to give a little flavor :)

Just a side note that some people believe ALL salads are healthy! --- YIKES!!
A salad can JUMP HIGH in calories and fat fast depending on how it's prepared and the dressing that is on it!
Always as for low fat dressing options at restaurants and ask for dressing to be put on the side and you will be just fine! :)
Happy Salad making friends!

Karina Marie Powell

1 comment:

  1. This looks delicious!! Definitely going to make this for lunch today!
    Thanks for sharing!!