Thursday, June 7, 2012

The beautiful berries have arrived

I've been obsessed with two things lately: fresh berries and Brownberry pocket thins.

At HyVee, there are these delicious pita pocket-esque pocket thins. They're only 100 calories apiece, which makes a nice alternative to a couple of slices of bread when making sandwiches. And they're so delicious. I really like the 8-grain and Italian herb varieties.

Anyhow, this was an easy sammy on the go: a pocket thin stuffed with lettuce, Italian-herb marinated chicken, green onion and diced tomato. I also had everybody pick whichever sauce they wanted: thousand island, bacon ranch, mayo -- whatever works. On the side, fresh berries, of course!

But the piece de resistance in pocket-stuffing came yesterday, inspired by my blog cohort Nicole Helget. Her spicy chicken salad looked delicious, as did a photo of a dark red bowl of cherries she posted on Facebook. So I decided to make up my own spicy BERRY chicken salad.

In a bowl, combine: diced red sweet cherries, blackberries, blueberries, diced chicken, walnut pieces, red onion.
In another bowl, combine: a small tub of low-fat Greek yogurt (very healthy alternative to mayo), 1/8 to 1/4 cup raspberry vinaigrette, squirt of lime juice. And if you want it spicy, crushed red pepper flakes to taste.

Then, mix up all the ingredients into a pink chicken salad!

I stuffed the mixture into an 8-grain pocket thin, topped with green onion and served with more cherries on the side.

Last night's running stats on NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!
Distance: 2.75 miles
Time: 32 minutes
Get through it song: Pink, "Raise Your Glass"

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