Switch things up with a convenient (and grown-up) snack box packed with creamy chicken salad.
Cooking fatigue is real. That’s why Tonal coach Gabby Sansosti loves a good snack box. It’s been one of her favorite ways to satisfy midday munchies for some time. “I like the variation. You get lots of different colors, flavors, and textures,” she says.
If you often feel torn between something sweet or savory, this chicken salad snack box will give you a little bit of everything. The creamy chicken salad is packed with muscle-repairing protein, which is satisfying even on its own thanks to Greek yogurt, crisp celery, and sweet raisins. Plus, research shows that foods high in protein, fiber, and whole grains increase satiety when consumed as snacks.
Add texture and color with crunchy whole-grain crackers, fresh veggie sticks, and hard-boiled eggs to create variety for your palate, which can make fueling up between meals more gratifying.
“There’s a parallel to be drawn in variation for both training and nutrition,” says John Christie, a registered dietitian and director of Curriculum Intelligence at Tonal. “The same way people need variety in workouts—which is why Tonal has so many different movement options—there are benefits to adding variety in your nutrition by way of texture, flavor, and color.” Christie explains that while this adds more vibrant, nutrient-dense produce to your plate, different foods also prevent palate boredom and can help keep healthy eating more appetizing in the long run.
When making your snack box, play around with combinations to include your favorite textures and fridge-friendly foods. Think creamy hummus, carrots, cucumber, and deli turkey or sweet apple slices, crunchy almond butter, cheese, and celery. “It’s just about making subtle little healthier choices while still reaching for things that taste good,” Coach Gabby says.
For the chicken salad:
- 2 cooked chicken breasts, shredded
- A handful of raisins or golden raisins
- 1 celery stalk, dime sliced
- ½ cup Greek yogurt
- 3 Tbsp. mayonnaise
- 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Additional snack box ingredients:
- 4 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
- 4 portions of your choice of crackers
- 1 cucumber, cut into sticks
To store and serve:
- Four compartmentalized containers
- In a large mixing bowl, combine cooked chicken, raisins, celery, and yogurt, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Assemble your snack box by dividing the chicken salad equally in one compartment of your snack box. Next, place one hard-boiled egg into each compartment. Do the same with your crackers. Finally, divvy up the cucumber sticks in the final compartment of each box. Seal your snack boxes and place in the fridge.
Note: The values below represent one serving for the chicken salad only and do not account for additional ingredients.
- Calories: 208 kcal
- Carbohydrates: 10g
- Protein: 29g
- Fat: 9g