Today is World Health Day; so what does that have to do with chipotle chicken salad? Well first of all, we should all know what this day represents and how I feel my website and paleo in general helps support and align with World Health Day. A low glycemic diet, less sugar, is supported by many such as Melissa and Dale Hartwig of Whole 30, Robb Wolf of the Paleo Solution, Dr. David Perlmutter of Grain Brain and Dave Asprey of Bulletproof Executive. The list goes on! There is an increasing awareness of the impact “popular” sugar snacks and drinks, high carb meals, large meals, empty calories and fast food have on our society. It is really destroying our babies’ health which then destroys our growing kids’ health, hence resulting in obese adults. That is if they live that long.
A diet of good healthy fats, healthy proteins and plenty of organic veggies can and will get most people on the right track. World Health Day is celebrated yearly on the 7th of April. Each year there is a theme. This year it is diabetes, a largely preventable and treatable non-communicable disease that is rapidly increasing in numbers in many countries, growing most dramatically in low- and middle-income countries.
It is no wonder that simple changes in one’s lifestyle have been shown to be effective in preventing or delaying the onset of type 2 diabetes, one of those changes being the maintaining of a normal body weight. Diabetes can be controlled and managed to prevent complications through diagnosis, self-management education and affordable treatment. The estimate is 347 million people in the world have diabetes, with the disease being the direct cause of some 1.5 million deaths. What a shame.
This chipotle chicken salad recipe will be my one small way to introduce to you the above information and to end this blog post in a healthy way. This is my alternative to a chicken salad served on white bread and wrapped in plastic wrap at 7-11. You can discover other ways to serve this with my low glycemic wrap recipe and even my paleo breads. The possibilities are endless and healthy.
Keep that blood sugar balanced and you will feel it. Many call this being “in the zone”. Look that up too. It is quite interesting and Robb Wolf touches on that in numerous podcasts long before Jennifer Aniston was promoting her weight loss a year ago on the Zone diet, which then resulted in Zone bars. Pretty interesting. It all really comes down to stabilizing the blood sugar at healthy low levels. Life Extensions shares the latest news on what is low and high and where we should all be. Check them out too. Lastly, I’d be remiss in not sharing with you the various eBooks I’ve written on the topic of health and wellness. They’re loaded with vital information and don’t cost much at all. You may view the selection here.
Chipotle Chicken Salad
- 1 whole cooked boneless chicken breast, sliced into thin strips (two halves)
- 3 roasted, moist sundried tomatoes, sliced (plain or soaked in olive oil/jarred)
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro
- ¼ small red onion, thinly sliced and then chopped
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 9 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ¼ teaspoon dried chipotle chili powder
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 3 tablespoons raw pine nuts
- 3 tablespoons paleo friendly mayonnaise
- Place all ingredients in a medium size bowl, except for the vinegar, olive oil, chipotle chili powder and salt.
- Toss well.
- In another small bowl whisk the vinegar, olive oil and chili powder together to make an emulsion.
- Add salt and stir to combine.
- Add additional salt if desired at this stage. It is a preference point.
- Add mayonnaise at this stage if you prefer a slightly milder and creamier dressing.
- Pour dressing over the chicken mixture and stir until well incorporated. If possible, let the salad sit and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours or longer, however this isn’t necessary.
- Add pine nuts before serving or before adding to your sandwich or wrap.