One of the most challenging things about eating clean is finding a healthy option that won’t destroy your diet while you’re out and about – ESPECIALLY in a shopping mall food court.
You’re just within reach of foods that are deep fried and packed with sodium. Resisting that takes a lot of willpower, if you ask me!
These days, I’m shopping quite frequently (it is, after all, my favourite form of cardio) and I’m glad that I often cross paths with Cultures because of all of the healthy eating options offered by this franchise.
For my first meal at Cultures, I went for one of their special wraps. Even though I chose what sounded good on the menu, I was even more pleased when I saw the nutritional information for the Chili Lime Tilapia with Mango Salsa (filling only): 190 calories, 7g of fat, 20g of carbs, 14g of protein and 320mg of sodium. Nutritionals aside, I was impressed with how delicious my entire meal was.
I was especially in love with the edemame and chickpea side salads. When I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about how much I loved them so I decided to attempt my own version of the chickpea salad.
I should warn you that I’m not a cook. My general philosophy in the kitchen is… if it takes more than 10 minutes to make, it’s too much work.
RECIPE // Healthy + Easy Chickpea Salad (Inspired by Cultures)
1 can of chickpeas
1 can of whole kernel corn
1 small red onion
½ English cucumber
1 pint of cherry tomatoes
Directions // Possibly the most self-explanatory directions EVER… Drain the chickpeas and corn. Dice up the red onion and cucumber. Halve the cherry tomatoes. Mix everything up in a bowl!
This recipe should yield about 6 cups. A serving size of one cup will only set you back about 140 calories but keep you feeling satisfied with all that protein from the chickpeas. 🙂
I eat my salad plain but you could always add flavour by adding your favourite salad dressing to the recipe. Even a splash of lemon juice with fresh herbs and/or black pepper would also go a long way. As an added bonus, this salad also keeps incredibly well in the fridge and it works just as well for topping a bed of your favourite greens.
What other healthier food options have you encountered at food courts?