I received an email a couple of weeks ago from my client who is trying to lower her cholesterol. It’s wonderful news! Her bad cholesterol has dropped 10 points and her good cholesterol has gone up! Her Dr. says she can stay off the cholesterol lowering drugs if she can continue to lower it another 10 points. He has given us another 6 months to achieve this. She mentioned she hasn’t been doing as much exercise as she would like, so I am hoping with the added exercise and the continuing diet from Grits and Honey, we can achieve this goal! This is really exciting and I absolutely love being a part of this journey.
One of the meals that I fix for her is this Greek Salsa with Grilled Chicken Breasts. This is super easy to make, fresh, and absolutely perfect for the summertime.
4 Chicken Breasts
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1 fresh lemon juiced
1 clove of minced garlic
1 European Cucumber seeded and diced
4 Campari Tomatoes seeded and diced
Hand full of dill, chopped
Hand full of parsley, chopped
1 cup of Kalamata olives sliced
1 cup of feta cheese (optional)
salt and pepper to taste
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees. Place Chicken breast on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through. (I like to make my chicken breasts the night before. This way, I don’t have to heat the oven in the hottest part of the day to prepare for dinner.)
In a medium mixing bowl, mix the next 8 ingredients. Let this sit out at room temperature for at least an hour to let all the flavors blend. And, there you have it!
Sometimes being conscious of eating healthy, living a stress free lifestyle and excercise can seem overwhelming. I know I can feel it. As you see, it is not an over night accomplishment to lower cholesterol. We may not be doing all that we could be doing but we take one foot in front of the other to accomplish the end goal. I am at fault for wanting a quick fix to things in my own life but it does take time to let go of old habits. I have to consciously put forth the effort to relax during these wonderful months of summer so that I can enjoy it with the girls. Otherwise, I blink and this summer will be over. This recipe is exactly what I need to have a simple, healthy dinner for my family. It gives me so much pleasure to share it with you and with my clients because of its simplicity and its benefits. Here is to living healthy, enjoying the summer, and doing it one meal at a time. Cheers!