Skinny Chicken Salad and Spa Water

 

Spa Water is a refreshing and no- to low-calorie alternative to sodas.  The combinations are endless.  All you need is some fresh fruit, complementary herbs, and plenty of water.  Strawberry, mint, and lime is a great combo.  Another good one is blackberry and sage.

Spa Water (makes about 3 gallons)

1 large container of strawberries, sliced thin

2 seedless cucumbers, sliced thin

4 limes, sliced thin

1 small package of mint leaves, roughly torn

Filtered Water

1.  Add the strawberries, cucumbers, limes, and mint to the bottom of a large container.  I used this large clear one with a spout on the bottom.  I initially got this last year to serve margaritas in for a barbecue.

2.  Fill container to the top with water.  Use a wooden spoon to gently stir the water.

3.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  This will keep for about 5 days.  You can also add more water as you drink.  The fruit can take being used about twice.  The longer it sits, the more flavorful the water becomes, but do not keep it longer than 5 days.

 

Skinny Chicken Salad (makes about 8 servings)

I have actually been making this for about 5 years.  Once I realized that plain Greek yogurt tastes as good, if not better, than mayo, I have never gone back.  

Chicken Salad Ingredients
Chicken Salad Ingredients

2 pounds basic baked chicken (recipe here)

about 2 cups diced celery

1 bunch fresh basil, hand-torn

toasted, sliced almonds dried cranberries (Craisins Reduced Sugar)

fat free plain Greek yogurt (I like Oikos 0%)

salt and pepper

**Note:  I am so sorry, but I don’t really measure stuff very well.  I’m estimating all of these things.  With everything but the chicken, add gradually and stop when you think it looks good.

1.  Dice the chicken into bite-sized pieces.  Add the diced celery, basil, almonds, and cranberries.

2.  Add Greek yogurt and mix well.  Season with salt and pepper.

Skinny Chicken Salad
Skinny Chicken Salad

This will keep for about one week.  I usually eat it alone.  But my kids like it in a pita pocket.  I hope you enjoy.

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