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We are officially two days away from one of the biggest grilling holidays. How excited are you? Hopefully as excited as I am.
We’ve already talked about how much I love the 4th of July but what I haven’t told you is that I’m approaching the holiday with a game plan. Because I have s’mores on my brain and I cannot even wait to roast a million marshmallows over the grill and then smush them in between graham crackers with all sorts of chocolate.
So my game plan is to cook healthy for our cookout to save calories/stomach space for the s’mores.
Enter this salad. I’ll be making this Blackened Chicken and Quinoa Salad because it’s healthy and filling and it has tons of flavors, textures, and basically all my favorite things.
So the base is quinoa and it’s tossed with a cilantro lime dressing. And then on top of that you put your Blackened Chicken. This grilled chicken is SO perfect. I used thighs because we prefer it over breasts but use what you like. The chicken is rubbed with a delicious mixture of spices and herbs and then it’s grilled until blackened. We’ve been grilling thighs like this every weekend to throw over salads and such during the week.
And then on top of the chicken, you layer avocado slices, mango, grilled corn, blueberries, feta, and more cilantro. I’m telling you, so much flavor going on here.
This is an oldie that I’m pulling out of the archives today!
I’ve been making this Avocado Feta Salsa for years and years and years and I blogged about it shortly after I started the blog but the pictures were horrendous. Plus, this is one recipe that deserves to be shared again.
My mom used to make this recipe whenever we had parties and then I got addicted and started making it every time I had an excuse. And now whenever I make it, I always get at least one person addicted and they start making it for all their parties.
I’m telling you, it’s one of the best things on earth.
You probably think it sounds weird. I mean, feta? In salsa?
But yeah, feta with avocado, tomatoes, red onion, and garlic is kind of perfection. I always serve it with pita chips but my husband always asks for tortilla chips. It’s also really, really good with grilled chicken in a wrap.
You may want to double it though. I made a batch on Sunday “to go with dinner” and it was gone before we even started cooking. And it was just me and the husband!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.
Last month I mentioned that I was obsessed with pistachios. I have to tell you that I am still obsessed. They are my go-to nut for snacking, for mixing into yogurt, or for topping salads like this one. The best thing about them – other than the taste, of course – is the health benefits!
The Pistachio Health Institute wants to get the word out about pistachios. They have teamed up with celebrity trainer Valerie Waters to make sure everyone knows that a handful of pistachios a day can improve your health and keep your healthy lifestyle on track.
Each serving of pistachios has 12 percent of the recommended daily fiber intake and I am sure you guys know that fiber keeps you fuller longer which helps you to stay focused on eating healthy and being healthy in general! You also get more nuts per serving when compared to other nuts. There are 49 pistachios per ounces, compared to 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves, and 18 cashews. And if you’re anything like me, seeing more in your bowl is actually a lot more satisfying than seeing a few pieces of something in the bottom of a bowl.
They are also known as the “skinny nut” because they are one of the lowest fat, lowest calorie nuts you can find! They are naturally cholesterol-free and 90 percent of the fat in pistachios is the healthy, unsaturated kind.
Valerie also suggests that anyone looking to get into fitness and improve their health shouldn’t assume that you need to work out for an hour each day. Start with 30 minutes and work your way up to 45! I totally fell off the wagon at the end of the year and have restarted my fitness routine by doing 30 minute workouts and it’s been working great! I feel stronger, better about myself, and I even feel better mentally and emotionally! Any workout is better than no workout at all!
This salad that I’m sharing today is my current favorite combination. Chicken, berries, pistachios, and feta cheese! With a poppy seed dressing on top! I had this salad twice yesterday alone! It’s so delicious and full of healthy, good for you foods. Berries just started popping up in my grocery stores in the last couple weeks so I know those of you in other parts of the country (or world) may not be able to get them yet – but bookmark this recipe! It will be extra delicious come spring and summer!
The Pistachio Health Institute has a sweepstakes going out right now and 3 winners will recieve Shine Like the Stars Sweepstakes prize packages that include:
(1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
(1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
(1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
(1) Pistachio Health tote bag
(1) Pistachio Health nut container
(3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
(1) $100 VISA Gift Card
To enter, like the Pistachio Health Institute Facebook page and enter your name, address and contact information here.
So tell me, what are you doing to stay healthy and fit so far this year?