Start New Again for Nutrition Month + Giveaway

strawberries and national nutrition month


If your new year’s resolutions are but a distant memory, I’ve got some good news. March kicks off National Nutrition Month making it the perfect time to pick up those missing healthy habits you wanted for a healthier 2016.

I totally “get” why our January intentions leave us behind about as quickly as the holiday decor is packed away. It’s easy during holiday vacations to find the time for healthier meals or to head to the gym. But time gets tough when work is calling, schedules are tight and life is simply too busy to make a health a priority.

This whole reality is exactly why I love quick and hearty salads and wraps like the ones I’m sharing today. If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, lunch is the glue that binds a healthy day together. Skip it and you’re sure to be reaching for a less than healthy pick me up in the afternoon or worse, find yourself so hungry at dinner that you can’t seem to find the bottom of your bowl.

But let’s be honest. Salads for lunch sounds skimpy and seem a bit boring. That’s why I focus on these three key strategies to make the most of a lighter, but filling lunch:

  • Fill up with fiber — Whether your salad is grain, greens or even meat based, fiber is the key to filling you up, not out. Be sure to include whole grains, nuts, seeds and fresh fruits, like the California Strawberries I’ve added to today’s recipe. They’re the perfect salad choice because they’re easy to prepare, available year-round and deliver exceptional nutrition and health benefits. I’ve also added pumpkin seeds to today’s recipe to boost fiber and add crunch.
  • Make it sweet and savory — By far one of the most important keys to keeping salads out of the “boring” category is to pair up sweet foods with savory, like I’ve done in today’s wraps. Combining the savory flavor of feta cheese with the natural sweetness of California strawberries takes chicken salad to a whole new level. The good news is that by the choosing natural sweetness of California strawberries, you can keep the calories low. In fact, one serving of eight medium strawberries is only 45 calories.
  • Add herbs and spices for interest — The most memorable salads (you know, the ones you think “I want to eat that again tomorrow for lunch!”) are the ones that have multiple layers of flavor and texture. One of the simplest ways to add more taste is by using fresh or dried herbs and spices. I recommend fresh herbs for green salads and dried herbs or spices for grain or meat based salads. Think beyond your basic basil and grab flavors like dill, cumin, thyme and rosemary.

You may not be able to revive every healthy resolution you made just a few months ago. But with tasty recipes like these, eating healthy in 2016 is back on the plate!

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

2 cups of diced, cooled, cooked chicken breast

1 cup quartered California Strawberries

1/2 cup (2 ounces) feta cheese

2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon dried dill

1/4 teaspoon salt

Large leaf lettuce or kale

Additional toppings: pumpkin seeds and feta cheese

  1. In a medium-size bowl; combine all ingredients (except lettuce leaves); toss well to combine. 
  2. Scoop onto leaf lettuce, add additional toppings as desired and serve.

Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps (horizontal)

Giveaway

What better way to celebrate than with a giveaway! For Nutrition Month, we’re giving away a Fitbit Charge to help you get your fitness in your effort to recapture those healthy goals for 2016.

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Rules: Must be a U.S. Citizen, at least 18 years old and not an employee of California Strawberry Commission or an immediate family member of a Commission employee (husband/wife, child, sibling) to enter. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or Google+. Participant releases Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, California Strawberry Commission and its agencies or representatives of any liability. Entries will be judged on creativity and selected by California Strawberry Commission. California Strawberry Commission reserves the right to disqualify an entry for any reason, at any time. By participating in this contest, participant grants sponsor permission to use his/her name, likeness, and photograph and/or video, submitted as an entry in this contest, for promotional purposes in connection with this contest without additional compensation, notification or permission, unless restricted by law. With all entries, you must note that your tweet, post, video or photo share is an entry into a contest (examples: #contest, I just entered a contest, etc.). By entering, you understand that your email will be added to California Strawberry Commission’s newsletter database, with an option for you to opt out in all related emails. No purchase necessary.

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202 thoughts on “Start New Again for Nutrition Month + Giveaway

  1. Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps recipe looks delicious! I love the additions of strawberries. Happy Nutrition Month, I look forward to making this recipe.

  2. Melissa Cunningham

    Strawberries bo great with just about everything. Loving all the recipes. I usually use strawberries in my salads and smoothies, YUM!

  3. Crystal Smith

    My son is addicted to strawberries right now (he’s 5) and he loves them raw . I like to put them in a fruit shake . And since being on a weight loss resolution I give my self a dessert once or twice a week as a reward and strawberry shortcake is one of my rewards . So glad I found this opportunity to win a fit bit could really use one to help keep track of my progress , thanks for t h e chance!

  4. Jamie Johnson

    Strawberries and feta cheese can keep any salad from being boring. It’s the perfect pairing of sweet and tangy. It is so good, and good FOR you, so that makes it win win in my book. Strawberries also naturally whiten your teeth, just in case you needed another reason to love the little red berries.

  5. Kirsten

    I have never had strawberries in a salad, but I love strawberries and this salad looks delicious and filling. Definitely will try or order one when I have lunch out next.

  6. Tina G.

    The Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps look delicious!! I love to add strawberries in so many things. I enjoy them on my salad, in smoothies, on my cereal and in my yogurt!! We also make strawberries preserves out of fresh strawberries!!

  7. Sharon Kaminski

    The recipe for the Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps looks great. I love to put strawberries in my salad.

  8. Maria C.

    Thank you for posting this article. I cannot wait to try & make myself all these recipes for my family. We love CA strawberries a lot.

  9. Gina N.

    We love combining strawberries in so many recipes & enjoy them daily. The kids always ask for their favorite treat, a strawberry smoothie; which honestly mom & dad love too. #8aday #contest #giveaway

  10. Tonya Atkinson

    I know that adding strawberries or other fruit is the new “big thing” but, I am not sure if it is something I can get into.

  11. Elizabeth Bourn

    My boys and I live on strawberries during summer! We enjoy them frozen esp. in the 100+ heat! Then of course, you gotta dip them in chocolate too 😉

  12. Pam H.

    Strawberries are one of my favorite fruit. Enjoy them in salads, in cereal, in yogurt, in smoothies, and for dessert. I just tried some in my grilled chicken salad last night. It was delicious.

  13. jules m.

    the chicken lettuce wraps look delicious! i love strawberries in a salad, they provide such a sweet, refreshing balance! 🙂

  14. Patricia Biggar

    Your recipes look delicious – I’m going to get the ingredients when I go grocery shopping later today – thanks!

  15. Myra Ball

    My family eats strawberries weekly and I use them in lots of recipes. Fruit smoothies with strawberries are one of my favorites. My kids eat fresh strawberries and dip them in sugar. We 💝 strawberries.

  16. Heather Curtis

    Those Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps sound incredible! Strawberries really do compliment almost anything and they’re by far my favorite fruit! I love that something so delicious is also so, so nutritious! I love not having to feel guilty about what I’m eating.

  17. Angela Diaz

    This looks yummy. Definitely gonna try out the recipes. I love strawberries and eat them every morning..whether it be in a smoothie or with my yogurt.

  18. Stephanie Olmsted

    Great meal ideas. I am having sliced strawberries on my cottage cheese this morning. I add sliced almonds and a drizzle of honey. So good!

  19. elizabeth miller

    My daughter loves strawberries so much she could eat them every day and pretty much does. We buy frozen ones when fresh ones get to be 5.00 a small container in the stores. She eats them fresh, in smoothies, on cereal and she just saw your on toast recipes and wants to try the one with cinnamon.

  20. Amanda Throckmorton

    Feta and Strawberries go really good together. I have to say very informative, as I am not always able to get very good health information, the internet is just crawling with health options and recipes.

  21. karen bellomy

    I absolutely love fresh strawberries I grow them in containers and can’t wait to make pies, cakes and use them in my salads!!!

  22. Tina G.

    That salad looks delicious!! It is the perfect balance of sweet and savory!! I love chicken, feta cheese and strawberries and I never even thought of adding pumpkin seeds, so I am definitely going to make this salad. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  23. Justin Tan

    The Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps look delicious and healthy. It’s also great for my diet. Definitely going to make it for my lunch! thanks for sharing

  24. Catherine Tellier

    I have had to be on a heart and kidney healthy diet starting right before The New Year. I can only have 1,000 mg of sodium. You don’t realize until you have to cut it out exactly how much is in everything. Now that I have recipes from here I will e adding strawberries in it too. Thank you so much

  25. Wizdom

    I LOVE fresh fruits! Especially strawberries. Can’t say I’ve ever had any other fruit that tastes just as good as they do. 🍓🤓

  26. Sl Hansen

    Thanks for the wrap recipe. Looks like a winner, and it has everything my daughter and I love to eat, plus she is gluten-free and this is a great way to make her lunch. I’m going to try it this weekend.

  27. Kasey B

    What an easy, healthy, super yummy sounding wrap!! I will definitely be making this week, thanks for the awesome recipe!

  28. Sara M

    I love making my own warm breakfast cereal with strawberries. I use steel cut oats, chia seeds, pure vanilla extract, sea salt, low fat milk, nuts & sliced strawberries. It’s so good!

  29. Darlene Maroni

    I Love Strawberries period! I will eat them plain or in many different recipes. I will definitely be trying the recipes you have shared. Thank you !

  30. DEBORAH COLEMAN

    I Love Strawberries. I love them in Salads and right out of the box. I will have to try the recipes on your site. TY

  31. Elizabeth Cruz

    Strawberries are the ONLY fruit that I absolutely adore! Fell in love with them as a baby and haven’t stopped loving them since!

  32. Sabrina Pennington

    Strawberries are my favorite new salad addition and my grandson’s favorite smoothie ingredient ! Who knew this and forgot to tell me?!

  33. Karen Adams

    Love Love Love Strawberries..They are good in so many ways..Cereals,Smoothies,Salads,and so much more..Thanks for the chance to win

  34. Mary M.

    I like strawberries. I eat high fiber cereal for breakfast each morning. It is an easy way for me to get more fiber in my diet.

  35. Lorelei Mason

    I can’t wait to pick up a few strawberry plants this weekend. I’m going to grow them in hanging baskets on my front porch. My kids adore strawberries, and our mulberry tree should start producing fruit soon, so they will make a great vitamin and mineral filled topping for cereal and yogurt, a tasty syrup for pancakes and waffles and a scrumptious filling for pies. Yummy!

  36. Nichole Smith

    The Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Lettuce Wraps look really yummy! I tried Strawberry Balsamic vinegar just recently and I could’ve drank it through a straw it was so good!

  37. Betsy Pauzauskie

    Eating a ripe strawberry straight, as a snack, is my favorite way to enjoy strawberries. I admit dipping in powdered sugar is good, and strawberry shortcake is a favorite dessert of mine. However, I always appreciate new recipes. Thank you! (And, with the heat of summer strawberry milkshakes are one of my favorite cool-me-down treats! Our Granddaughter got hooked on them to and learned to make them in the blender!)

  38. Elicia P

    The best way I enjoy strawberries is right off the vine when I can. But other than that straight out of the clamshell!

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