I love Chinese food and when I say Chinese food, I mean Americanized Chinese food. I still remember when I was younger and my Dad was out of town, my Mom and I would always treat ourselves to Chinese. My Dad didn’t care much for Chinese food so it was a perfect time to indulge ourselves.
We’d always order way to much food so we’d have leftovers. The one thing we’d always love is the sweet and sour chicken. Chicken, battered, deep-fried, and slathered with thick orange tangy sauce. Mmmm it was soooo goood, and soooo bad for you lol! But when I started eating healthier I needed a healthier alternative to my beloved sweet and sour chicken!
Now I confess this recipe uses Guy Fieri’s Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce. While most would state that this isn’t exactly clean – I scoured the grocery aisles for a BBQ sauce that wasn’t loaded with sugar and vinegar (it kills my stomach) and still tasted good. My criteria also includes that I can still pronounce all the ingredients on the back and that there is no high fructose corn syrup – so it’s a win for me.
- 3 chicken breasts
- ½ cup sweet bbq sauce
- ⅛ cup honey
- ¼ cup water
- Spray skillet with your preferred cooking spray.
- Scissor cut chicken into bite size pieces into a skillet.
- Add honey, bbq sauce, and water.
- Coat the chicken with the mixture and place skillet on medium heat.
- Continue to stir contents together until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Sauce should begin to lightly boil.
- Serve over rice or your choice of veggies. My favorite is Jasmine rice and a bell pepper mix!
Spotlight on Honey
It’s true, honey is packed with calories and sugar but it is still a super food and studies are still showing it’s incredible health benefits – so indulge in this delicious dish, but everything in moderation!
- Honey’s antioxidants and flavonoids help to reduce risks in cancer and heart disease.
- Can help in reducing ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders as all honey is antibacterial.
- It is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time – so hit the gym!
- Helps in reducing inflammation, and is used as a cough suppressant/throat irritant.
Sam’s Link Love from the week!
Retrain Your Brain – The Cookie ChRUNicles reminds us that sometimes to stop a negative thought you just have to imagine a stop sign. Negative thoughts in your head get you no where fast! Great tips on how to quickly get back on track!
Yoga & Acceptance – Fitting It All In writes on the benefits of yoga on your mentality and outlook (especially on self acceptance of your body). Yoga is a big part of my life and it literally helped shape the person I am today. Good read for yogis and non-yogis alike!
Winnie the Pooh’s Top 5 Tips for a Happy Life – The Positivity Blog. Tips like “Do nothing every once and awhile” and “Appreciate the Small Things” all tips I know I needed a gentle reminder of – maybe you will too!
Be Unapologetically, You. – Katalyst Health Blog “I also realized that I would rather be out casted for who I really truly am, than accepted as something that I can’t stand.” PREACH
5 Ways to Increase EPOC aka Workout Afterburn – Your Trainer Paige. Great tips from Paige such as combining upper and lower body movements and decreasing the rest period between sets! Love the afterburn effect!
Chocolate Chia Recovery Drink Minimalist Baker for after my long runs! Coconut water baby!
Kettlebell Training for Beginners – the Fithitchick. I have always wondered if I was doing a clean right with the kettlebell. This post will break down all the beginners moves!
HIIT Cardio and Ab Circuit 9/15 – Lauren Glensberg This entire workout can be done at home. Try it and report back 🙂
Pumpkin Cookies with Coconut Cream & White Chocolate – Food Faith Fitness. Did you read the name of this recipe. Yes that is all. YUM YUM YUM
No-Bake Vegan Oatmeal Fudge Bars – . running with spoons. Ummm this girl is a genius in the flavor department! 9 ingredients and you don’t have to bake these – instant gratification! Make these and smile 🙂
Pumpkin Cornbread – from Fooddonelight. I’m hoping this will be on my Thanksgiving menu (maybe made into a stuffing). Can not get enough pumpkin here!!
Paleo Pecan Pie Squares – from Peachy Palate Yes there is a crust and that gooey topping that makes pecan pie so amazing. Except this is oh so much better for you. Another fall must!
Spiced Zucchini Carrot Bread – Peanut Butter Runner. Jen teased us with pictures of this for almost an entire week. Great bread to bake today and take to work tomorrow – guaranteed happy co-workers!
Apple Pie Granola – Blahnik Baker. I made a version of this Saturday night, except I used the puffed kamut and honey like in the pumpkin pie recipe. I even made apple chips to put in it! I’m trying to be good and not eat the entire batch before bed! I’ll share my version with you later this week!
How About You
- Did you and your Mom have a special food that you shared?!