Pesto Chicken Salad Recipe + GIVEAWAY!

This pesto chicken salad is a protein packed recipe to change up your usual sandwich routine!

This pesto chicken salad is a protein packed recipe to change up your usual sandwich routine!

Howdy friends!

Unfortunately, I don’t have any scary tales or spooky snapshots to share, since I ended up binge watching scary movies at my brother’s rather than looking for my Danny Zuko for the night.

But lucky for you, I have something even better!

This pesto chicken salad is a protein packed recipe to change up your usual sandwich routine!

Thanks to my lovely SPA Sisters and Manitoba Harvest, not only did I get to try my first hemp seeds on for size, but I get to give YOU your very own haul as well!

I am one to usually crack open a can of tuna, plop it on a bed of spinach with some avocado and call it a meal. I knew tossing some hemp seeds on top of this fare wouldn’t fly for my first hemp seed experience.

This pesto chicken salad is a protein packed recipe to change up your usual sandwich routine!

Since I was already in love with Lee’s 5 Minute Pesto recipe and had a withering basil plant that was in dire need of some love, I figured it was time for these little seeds to show me what they’re made of.

This pesto chicken salad is a protein packed recipe to change up your usual sandwich routine!

Since hemp seeds are loaded with omega-3’s and protein, this pesto-fied salad is even more satisfying and addicting. Because, everything pesto touches is unofficially sacred.

This pesto chicken salad is a protein packed recipe to change up your usual sandwich routine!

5.0 from 5 reviews
Pesto Chicken Salad
Recipe type: Sandwiches, lunch
Serves: 1 sandwich
  • ½ cup chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pesto*
  • ¼ cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Pesto:
  • 2 tablespoons hemp hearts (or hemp seeds)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • juice of a lemon
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  1. To prepare pesto, add all ingredients to the bowl of a small blender or food processor.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. In a small bowl, add chopped chicken and tomatoes.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons of prepared pesto, and stir to combine.
  5. Serve atop a salad, in a lettuce wrap, or in your favorite bread of choice.

You could even make this with leftover turkey once T-Day comes around, which will be sooner than we know it. And you best believe I will be upping my tuna game with a dollop of this magic thrown into it.

And now it’s time to get your hemp love on. Just enter for your chance to win a bag of your own Hemp Hearts with the giveaway below. Good luck!


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One prize per person. If you win this giveaway, and have already won another prize from Manitoba Harvest through another blog, please disclose that you have already won so we can choose another winner.

Make it a great day!

NOURISH. A Lorna Jane Cookbook Review.


Long time no see my good friends! The day is finally here, and I am off to Paris and the likes of France to eat, drink, and relive my childhood obsession with Mary Kate and Ashley. Passport to Paris anyone?!



But before I barrage you with pictures and updates of the City of Love, let me let you in on something and someone else I love. Ms. Lorna Jane!



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Thanks to Fit Approach and my amazing Sweat Pink Sisters, I had the chance to preview Lorna Jane’s new cookbook NOURISH and give YOU guys the opportunity to win your own copy and $200 to spend on some Lorna Jane gear!


So first off, if you don’t know Lorna, she is not only the creator and face of a popular self titled active wear line, but also one who lives, eats, and breathes active living. This is proven by her new campaign for the cookbook launch which is #liveloveNOURISH.


July Editors Letter: Let's Live Love Nourish | Move Nourish Believe



This encompasses what Lorna Jane lives and stands for and is what the NOURISH cookbook starts off with. Active living can be summed up in three workds. MOVE. NOURISH. BELIEVE.


Move your body everyday.

Nourish your body with delicious food.

Believe that anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.


Agreed. The other great thing about NOURISH is the fact that it supports an anti-diet mentality. I’ve ranted about my despise for diets before, and love how Lorna focuses on how diets are not the way to a healthy body and life. It’s more about putting good food into your body and giving it what it needs to fuel whatever you have in store for it.




Now probably my favorite part (other than the actual recipes) was the emphasis on eating local. While buying organic is the next best thing, Lorna really shows her belief and support for local foods that were grown closest to home with minimal processing. This is more of the approach to eating that I have been more focused on recently so I was right on board with this. I believe local foods not only have better nutrition, but are better for the environment and community we live in. Did I mention it also just tastes damn amazing?



Okay on with the food! So far I’ve tested 2 of the 120 recipes NOURISH has to offer, and of course both of them have to do with my favorite meal of the day, BREAKFAST.





First up was a spinach, salmon, and preserved lemon omelet. Now I love salmon. And spinach. And omelets. But together? I was skeptical of how this might turn out. Being one to try new and strange food combos I had no fear of giving it a whirl.


Let me just say the omelet did not live to see another day. I actually had it for lunch instead of breakfast, but in my world breakfast foods are suitable for any time of day. Plus this took probably less than 5 minutes to make, so if you get a case of the hangries often, this is a tested cure.


Here’s what you would need to make this omelet of wonder:


omelete ingredients


Simply add your eggs to a preheated skillet over medium heat, coated with 1 tsp of coconut oil. Once they are almost set, add the remaining ingredients, and transfer to a plate folding in half along the way.


Now I do have to say that I cheated and used canned wild salmon instead of steaming a filet like the recipe called for, but if you are doing some meal preppage then by all means cook that salmon.

The flavors really melded together well and was super filling and satisfying. As soon as I took my last bite, I thought to myself, “Girl, you know what you’re doing. Mad props, sista.” Good thing I just thought this one out, since talking out loud to a digesting omelet is just plain creepy.


Next up was a Green Breakfast Smoothie. Now prepare yourself for some epic photoshop skills…and by epic I mean amateur. Either way I patted myself on the back for this one.



LJ smoothie



You like that?! Yeah so did I.

I’m usually not one for smoothies, but on a 92 degree humid day, a bowl of oats just ain’t gunna cut it. Plus it has almond butter in it, so I was sold solely on that fact.


Simply blend the following:

-1 cup coconut milk

-1 small banana, sliced

-1/2 mango, frozen (or organic frozen raspberries as I did)

-1 Tbsp almond butter

-2 tsp chia seeds

-2 tsp raw honey

-1 tsp maca powder

-1 cup organic baby spinach leaves


Then top with some more banana slices and chia seeds and devour.




Thirsty for more? Well here’s your chance!

As part of the #liveloveNOURISH campaign Lorna Jane is giving away 10 copies of NOURISH along with $200 to spend on some new swanky workout gear!


All you have to do is share your favorite recipes and ways to NOURISH your body. Easy peasy, right? The most active participants will be the winna winnas cooking in new yoga pants dinnah!


Just share your recipes and NOURISHments on any and all social media platforms. Here’s the nitty gritty for each:


Twitter: Tag @LornaJaneActive, #liveloveNOURISH

Instagram: Tag @LornaJaneActive, #liveloveNOURISH

Facebook: Tag @LornaJane

Pinterest: Tag @LornaJane, #liveloveNOURISH



But wait, there’s more! You can also join Sweat Pink and  LJ (yeah we’re on a nickname basis now) for the #liveloveNOURISH twitter party tomorrow night at 9PM EST for another chance to land your hands on a copy of NOURISH and some cash money to spend on Lorna Jane activewear. RSVP on FB now and don’t miss this awesome par-tay, bay-bay.



Tweet: Join the #LiveLoveNOURISH initiative w/ @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach! Giveaway of: 10 NOURISH Cookbooks + $200 Gift Card to #lornajane!
Now if you’ll pardon-moi I’m off to offend the French with my inhalation of peanut butter. Wine you later!!



Make it a great day!

What’s your favorite way to nourish your body?

Favorite piece of workout gear? YOGA PANTS.

**Disclaimer: I received a electronic copy and $50 gift card from Lorna Jane in exchange for this post. As always all thoughts and opinions are my own.**