Healthy Girl’s Chicken Wrap Recipe

Chicken wrap Nowadays, chicken wraps are the way to go. Places all over are offering them as a quick snack or healthy lunch. But are they really that healthy? Many chicken wraps are drenched in ranch and defeat the purpose healthy choices. Try making your own snack wrap at home. My chicken wrap recipe is bigger, has less fat, and will keep you full longer.

Makes 4 Servings

What you’ll need:

  • 4 Whole wheat tortillas (or low carb)
  • 1 Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • low fat or fat free ranch (I like Hidden Valley)
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 1/4 of an onion
  •  handfull shredded cheddar cheese (or your favorite cheese, feta is great too)
  • 1 1/2 cups of baby romaine lettuce or spinach leaves
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • splash of chicken stock or broth
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (or your choice of cooking oil)
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp of basil
  • dash of pepper

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 Directions:
Make sure chicken is defrosted before cooking. Cut the breasts up into small bite size pieces and put in into the pan at medium heat with a dash of EVO, stiring occasionally. When the pieces start to get a golden brown, add the pepper, basil, chicken stock, garlic, and onion powder, and let it simmer until most of the moisture is absorbed and evaporated.

Pour the chicken pieces in a bowl and place in the freezer for five minutes to cool while you prepare your wrap. Cut up the onion and tomato into small pieces and put them in a bowl. For those of you really short on time, try buying pre cooked chicken strips at the grocery store, or cooking a big batch of chicken in advance to use for many different recipes! Add the lettuce and cooled chicken and a splash of ranch. Mix together. Take a tablespoon of your ranch and spread it across the inside of each wrap. Add the ingredients from the bowl to each wrap evenly and add a small sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese. Wrap those suckers up and you’re good to go!

If you are looking for more fun wrap recipes, try “Wrap of the Week”, a recipe book by Lucy Fast.

Enjoy!

How do you like this chicken wrap recipe? Would you do anything different? Comment Below!

~Healthy Girl

 

10 Minute Workout Program for Beginners

Many of you have jobs, school, kids, volunteer work, housework, or some combination of these put together. This leaves very little time for work outs. I want to tell you that if you are trying to lose weight, dieting alone can be a very tedious and slow process. But many of you say you don’t have time to work out. Understandable. Many people have been there, done that. Here is a 10 minute workout program for beginners. It is a video by Sparkpeople.com to help get some calorie burning going on in your body. This workout includes the warm up and cool down, so you’re all set. Try this workout before your daily shower routene, to save even more time.


sparkpeople.com is also a great place to go if you want support for your workouts and weightloss efforts. They are a great source to find workout programs for beginners. You can sign up and join a community near you. This site offers calorie counters to keep track of your eating, it has expert written articles about health and fitness, and many workout videos and routenes for you to try. You can track you weightloss, talk in the forum, and meet up with locals in your area with the same goals in mind.

~Healthy Girl

Manage Stress in College

Causes of Stress…

    With life in general, there are many causes of stress. Many causes have to do with family problems, deadlines, and social issues. It is important to take care of long term and short term stress right away because it can have a major effect on your health. The best way to combat stress period is to avoid it when possible. For example, if you know you are going to have a stressful semester at college, try taking fewer classes, or a fun class in between some hard ones. More prevention you do, the better it will help your stress levels. We cannot usually avoid all stressers. For these times, here are a few helpful tips.

Time Management

    Many of us already know it is important to manage your time. But how well do you do this? Do you plan out your days, weeks and months? Make sure you have a calendar on your computer, desk, phone, or any item that works for you. Make sure you know all the major events going on about a month in advance. Also keep track of smaller daily tasks, and know what is coming up about a week in advance. Be sure to have a general idea of how your day will go, and give yourself breaks and some downtime. The more knowledge you have about potential stressers, and the more time you have to prepare for them, the easier it will be to handle them.

Working Out

    Working out is a wondeful way to combat stress. Sometimes stress is a regular symptom you have to combat, other times it can show up as an occasional occurrence. In any case, working out at least three times a week will help your stress levels tremendously. You can also try yoga or pilates with videos or classes. Be sure to set time aside time three times a week, if possible. If weight is something you struggle with, this will be an added destresser as you work on self improvement. If you do not have time to work out, try going on small walks during your breaks between classes or at work. A quick walk daily can help combat stress as well.

Setting Aside Social Time

    Although it may not come to mind at first, spending time with people you care about is an important tool to help manage stress in college. Most people have friends or family they enjoy being around close by. Even if they are far away, try communicating with them through a web cam, or calling them. In any case, be sure to set aside time to spend with them. It is important to keep up with social aspects of your life. Often it helps vent to these people about your problems to blow off steam. In other cases you can forget about your troubles and have some quality time with people that matter most. Which method works better is up to you and how you feel.

~Healthy Girl