Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad

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During the week if you’re anything like me, you’re most likely rushed and hoping you’ll have enough time to get good parking in lot M or J. The last thing you want to do is spend even more time packing a delicious healthy lunch. This seasonal cranberry chicken salad is packed with fiber and protein to keep you awake and going through the afternoon and the best part is… it takes about five minutes to make!

Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad

Yields chicken salad for 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise (light if desired)
  • 1 tablespoon walnutsmain 1
  • 1 slice green apple
  • 1 teaspoon nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 squirt (1/4 teaspoon or so) yellow mustard
  • 1 dash sea salt and pepper
  • 4 ounces poached chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon poaching liquid
  • 1 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin

What you need

  • Blender or food processor (I prefer to use the Magic Bullet)
  • Small Spatula

Directions

Place the walnuts, apple slice, dried cranberries  and poaching liquid in the blender or food processor and blend/pulse until combined. The poaching liquid serves as an obvious lubricant for the dry ingredients and also helps the blended/pulsed cranberries to plump up a little. Next add in the poached chicken breast, mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, mustard, Chia seeds, salt and pepper and blend/pulse until combined and the desired texture is achieved. Spread onto the sandwich thin and enjoy! I like to enjoy my sandwich with strawberries and baby carrots for a little bit of sweet and crunch. (Calories for strawberries and carrots are not included in nutrient information.)

Nutrient Information: 440 calories, 12g fiber, 44g protein, 37g carbs, 16g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 95mg cholesterol, 570mg sodium (Note: ESHA does not each contain the exact food item therefore substitutions were made in the calculating of the nutrient content.)  

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