Enjoying a little bite to eat or mini meal should be really easy, but it is one of the hardest things for me. When I get hungry, it's easy to just grab whatever I can find. However, I find that if I can keep my snacking in check, then everything else falls into place.
These Healthy Chicken Salad Bites are a big help. Not only are they high in protein and big on taste (they taste like chicken salad in one yummy little bite), but they are also a perfect make-ahead, grab-and-go snack. So, they're a total win-win. They're also great for meal prep because they keep well in the fridge for 2-3 days.
Healthy Chicken Salad Bites
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
- 2 cups cooked and shredded boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 4 ounces Greek yogurt cream cheese slightly softened*
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- Kosher salt and black pepper
Heat about 2 cups of water in a large, microwave-safe bowl for 2 minutes and 30 seconds, or until hot and steaming.
Carefully remove water, and place spinach leaves in hot water for 1 minute.
Remove spinach leaves, and squeeze dry.
Finely chop spinach and chicken. Set aside.
In a separate medium bow, beat cream cheese, chia seeds, lemon zest, and Italian seasoning together.
Stir in chicken and spinach.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Using a tablespoon, scoop out a scant spoonful of chicken mixture, and shape into a ball.
Repeat with remaining chicken mixture.
Store covered in the fridge for up to two days.
*If you can't find Greek yogurt cream cheese, substitute 1/3 less fat cream cheese.
Adapted from Power Snacks.