Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Avocado Chicken Salad on a Tortilla

This is my lunch today.


As part of my move towards a healthier lifestyle, I've determined that I need to greatly reduce foods from the White Group.  Now, my White Group is probably not your White Group.  Usually when I say this I get "Yeah, I avoid potatoes and white rice too."  Yeah, that's not what I mean.  My White Group consists of the really good stuff, like mayonnaise, sour cream, whipped cream and butter.  You know, the REAL White Group.  Anyway, in trying to reduce the aforementioned foods, I need to replace them with something comparable.  Or, in this case, something even better.  

And so I bring you my new version of the chicken salad sandwich.

4 oz white meat chicken, chopped or cubed
1/4 cup mashed, fresh avocado (NOT guacamole!)
Dash of sea salt
5-6 fresh, raw cherry tomatoes

Mix the chicken and avocado together with a little sea salt.  Put on a flour tortilla and sprinkle with the tomatoes.

That's it.  Eat it.  Enjoy it.  Revel in it's awesomeness.  And know that it's really not unhealthy.  I've put together a quick comparison...

Typical chicken salad sandwich (made with 4 oz chicken, 4 Tbsp mayo, on 2 slices bread):

Calories:  640
Fat:  45
Carbs: 28
Protein:  32

Avocado Chicken Salad on a Tortilla:

Calories:  378
Fat:  15
Carbs:  35
Protein:  31

I do lose one gram of protein by going this way, but I also save 262 calories and 30 grams of fat.  I'm pretty sure that's a good trade.  And it really does taste a lot better.  Additionally, the cherry tomatoes came from my own garden and the avocado came from Bountiful Baskets (so they're local).  I'm going to try and find an avocado tree the next time I'm near a garden center so I can grow those myself as well.

So there you have it, good food that's good for me.  Can't beat that.


scgritsgal said...

An interesting recipe, healthy and delicious. My kind of lunch!

Anonymous said...

And I can attest to this awesome,delicious and healthy salad! I gave up your "white" group as well and I have to say that I don't miss it like I thought I would. Keep on the healthier path,you're doing great!