Are you ready to change the way you eat and take better care of yourself? I know that I am. After having my daughter almost three years ago, I haven’t been as healthy as I would like to be and I’ve been packing on the pounds. I’ve been so busy with her that I haven’t been watching what I’ve been eating and I’m really paying for it now. But that is no excuse. This year I’ve decided to make a change. I’ve decided that eating well and living healthy are going to be my priority.
Like most, I didn’t know where to start. I didn’t want to give up the things that I loved. So, I’ve decided to change the way that I think about food instead of trying to go on crash diets that end up with me going on a eating binge afterwards. I’ve realized that moderation is key and flavor is everything. I’m also realizing that I don’t have to give up the things I love if I can substitute certain high fat, high cholesterol foods for healthier options. Even one little substitution is a step in the right direction. Also, flavor is also a big deal. If something doesn’t have great flavor, then why eat it? I’m learning that you can eat healthier and not sacrifice flavor with just a few simple lifestyle changes.
One of the first steps I made to changing my lifestyle was planning out my shopping trips. Before, I would go to the store and just buy what I thought we needed and I would end up with random snacks and junk food. By arming myself with a pre-made list and sticking to it, it was less tempting for me to buy things that I didn’t need and well, it was better for my budget. Now, I always make sure to have my list handy, especially since my hubby and I tend to wander around, looking at random things when we go to Walmart. When I’m on my shopping trips, I still make sure to keep an eye out for new food products to try that are easy for me to prepare and easy on my budget. (Hey you have to add new items to your arsenal every once in a while.) This is one reason why I am absolutely in love with Tyson’s Grilled and Ready products. Not only are there a variety of products, but the products also have great flavor and are easy to prepare in just minutes. I love the idea of being able to put together a meal in quickly and easily for my family because we are always on the go. Also, you don’t have to spend a great deal of money to save time. Walmart has Tyson’s Grilled and Ready products for everyday low prices! (Side note: My local Walmart is a little hectic since it’s the only one for miles, hence, the chaos of the refrigerated case. Apologies for the ransacked looking picture!)
The directions are pretty simple. The sauce takes about 5 minutes and the chicken takes about 3-5 minutes. The rest is prep and assembly. Within 15 minutes you can have a great tasting and healthy lunch or appetizer.
- Tyson Grilled and Ready Chicken Breast Strips (you only need about 8 strips)
- 4 leaves of lettuce (I used Romaine because that was what I had on hand but Iceberg lettuce works better)
- 1 carrot, shredded
- 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter (I used a reduced fat version)
- 3 tsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1 clove of garlic, finely minced (I like to grate mine with a microplane)
- 1/4 cup water
- half of a lime
- 2 tsp honey (optional)
- [b]For the sauce[/b]
- In a small saucepan, add the soy sauce, water and garlic. On medium heat, bring the mixture up to a simmer.
- Add the peanut butter and whisk until all of the ingredients are incorporated and the sauce is smooth. (I encourage you to taste the sauce at this point. If it is too bitter for your liking, add the honey.)
- Set the sauce aside.
- [b]For the lettuce cup[/b]
- Prepare the chicken strips according to the package instructions.
- Wash and dry your lettuce leaves and place them on your plate or serving platter.
- Squeeze a bit of lime over your prepared chicken.
- Add 2-3 of the fully prepared chicken strips to each lettuce cup.
- Add a drizzle of your satay sauce on top of the chicken.
- Top with shredded carrots.
Want to add some great flavor to your meal without packing on the calories? Try these ideas:
- Give it a squeeze: Add a squeeze of lemon or lime to make your meals pop and add a fresh flavor for not a lot of calories.
- Aromatics are your friend: Adding fresh garlic, onions, shallot and/or herbs add a great flavor punch to any recipe.
- Spice it up: Spices like smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, ginger and/or curry give any dish a great, bold flavor without sacrificing the calories.