UPC’s Micro Greens Chicken Salad
It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a post. For that I apologize. I’ve lost a bit of my “mojo” recently. Part of that is because I’ve just got too much on my plate in the real world. Of course, I simply need to offload some of those things so that I can return to the things that are really important to me, like posting! And part of that is because the pressure at my job has ratcheted up a notch; and that clearly can’t be offloaded at all… So I need to start to work on some more effective stress-management, so that I can get back to the things that are really important to me: like posting!!
There are a lot of people who manage their stress really poorly. Today I’d like to share some of the stress management techniques that have worked for me, and some of the ways that have not. Of course, everything has a time and a place; and that has a lot to do with what kind of stresses it is that you’re dealing with. So here are some of my techniques, and how I use them to maximize my life:
- Working out
This is an old fall-back for a lot of people, in a lot of situations. If you’re dealing with work-stress, social-stress, or similar, this is a great technique. There’s nothing like working up a great sweat to make your social or work problems melt away in your mind. This is especially effective if the type of workout that you turn to is also meditative for you. For some people, that’s running, for others its lifting. Whatever works is great!
This may not work if: The stress that you’re under is, in part, a lack of sleep. If you have any symptoms of adrenal fatigue, working out could very well make your problems worse; and you need to be very careful about mixing strong workouts with sleep loss. That can lead to a very counter-productive feedback loop.
- Social time
Going out for a drink with co-workers, friends, or family is a great way to blow off the steam of the day. There’s nothing quite like “a cold one” to bring down the simmering temperatures in your head!
This is going to be counter-productive if: The people you turn to for social time are part of what is causing your stress, or if they’re going to add additional unnecessary drama to your life.
- Chilling out on the sofa (hopefully, with a book!)
This is a great way to just let your troubles fade away. This is really productive when you can’t really turn to your friends or social circles to ease your troubles.
This is not so effective when: You’ve got some good sleep under your belt and you have a fairly regular workout schedule. In this case, it’s likely that getting some sweat-time in would be a better way to calm your mind.
Now that I’ve shared these all with you, I am going to go take a dose of my own medicine! Keep your eyes peeled for photos of me getting some run-time in out in the beautiful sunshine we have today!!
- 2 cups Baby Kale and Baby Spinach mix, chopped
- 1 cup Parsley Micro-Greens (not packed)
- 1 cup Beet Sprouts (not packed)
- 2 large Roasted Carrots, chopped
- 6-8 Roasted Mushrooms, chopped
- 2 mini Cucumbers, chopped
- 1 medium Avocado, chopped
- 2 tablespoons Coconut Oil
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 cup Water
- 2 cups Slow-Cooked Organic Chicken, shredded
- In a large pan, add the water, coconut oil, chopped mushrooms, and chopped carrots (also see the Notes). Turn on the heat to high, and cook covered.
- While the carrots and mushrooms are cooking, prepare the salad in a large mixing bowl by chopping and adding the kale and spinach first, then adding the micro-greens (the parsley and beet shoots), followed by the cucumbers, avocado, and finally the olive oil.
- Mix the salad.
- After about 7 minutes of cook time, check on the mushrooms and carrots. Once the water has evaporated off, turn the heat down to medium-low and continue to cook covered.
- Shred the chicken (see the Notes) in a separate bowl, adding your favorite spices. I usually use turmeric, and a mixed spice like Herbs De Provence.
- Add the chicken to the salad.
- When the mushrooms and carrots are finished (about 15-20 minutes cook time), let them sit for 5 minutes to cool, uncovered.
- Once cooled, add the carrots and mushrooms to the salad, mixing the final product thoroughly.
- Serve and enjoy!