Raw Not-Chicken Salad

Hiiiii guys 😀 How are ya?

Things are bueno over here- I love reading your guesses about what’s going on. I’m just gonna throw it out there that some of you might have hit the nail on the head, if you know what I mean 😉

I actually just got back from a fun little meeting… the proverbial ball is a-rollin’. SO STOKED 😀

So it’s been a little lacking with the recipes lately in Fitnessista land, so I figured it was high time for a new RAW RECIPE!

Not-Chicken Salad


Serves 2

– 1/4 C raw sunflower seeds

-1/4 cup raw almonds

-1/2 carrot

-1 celery rib

-1 green onion, minced

-1 t tumeric

-1 t savory

-1/2 t poultry seasoning

-1/4 t thyme

-sprinkle of garlic powder

-1/8 C water

-sea salt and pepper to taste

1. In a food processor, pulse the carrot and celery until finely chopped, but not mushy. Set aside.

2. Place the remaining ingredients (except for the green onion) in the food processor and pulse until mixed well and finely chopped. The mixture will be crumbly.

3. Taste and adjust seasonings as necessary.

4. Combine the carrot and celery mixture with the nut and seasoning mixture.


5. Stir in the green onion


6. Serve atop a bed of organic greens:


Or on some bloomin’ onion bread (recipe is here)


7. Feast 😀


© 2010 The Fitnessista


That was my lonchi today –the sandwich version- and it was ahhhhmazing 😀 Let me know if any of you give it a try!

I’ve actually eaten all raw today which hasn’t been happening as much since it’s been colder. Needless to say, I feel pretty good 🙂

I had some fruit before hitting up the gym for a 50 minute cardio sesh:


30 minutes of sprints, steady state and hill walking on the RAD (Revolving Apparatus of Death) and then 20 minutes on the elliptical, pedaling to the music (a faster pace with upbeat songs and higher resistance/slower pace for slow songs). It was a great workout!

When I got home, I made a chocolate-covered strawberry protein shake:


– 1 C almond milk

-1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior

-1 T raw cacao agave syrup (from Katie)

-1 T raw cacao powder

-1 C frozen organic strawberries

-1 t vanilla

-pinch sea salt

-foodgasms 😉


Well I’m off to answer emails –mayjah apologies to all of you whom I haven’t responded to yet, I’m on a mission to get back to you!!!- and then do yoga before heading to work.

Enjoy the rest of your day!



Something to talk about: What’s your favorite protein smoothie recipe?? I try to get new things into the rotation but I always end up going back to the standards. I’d love some new ideas!

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on February 9, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    i can’t say i have a specific fave with protein smoothies, but i always enjoy something with strawberries (fave) and peaches 🙂 soooooo good!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on February 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    I LOOOVE all my protein shakes with frozen bananas – the consistency is amazing. My favorite flavor is BSN coconut-chocolate, and with a frozen banana and peanut butter it is like dessert!

  3. sarah on February 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    My current favorite with the smoothies (and i JUST got my sun warrior yesterday, yay!) is: 2 cups baby spinach, 1 scoop vanilla sunwarrior, 1 cup frozen papaya, ground flax, and agave to taste. Yum! I also sometimes switch out the papaya and replace with frozen acai, it’s so good.

    I also made a chocolatey goodness the other day with: 2 cups baby spinach, 2 tsp coco powder, frozen papaya or acai (acai makes it even more chocolatey), agave to taste, pinch cinnamon, dash vanilla. Mmm 🙂

  4. Christie @ Honoring Health on February 9, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    That not-chicken salad looks great and I think I already have most of the ingredients!

  5. K on February 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    My favorite combo is unsweetened chocolate almond milk with either a banana or strawberries. It’s not a protein smoothie but you could easily add protein powder to it!

    LOVE that recipe – sounds delicious!!

  6. Erica on February 9, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I love this! I am totally giving this a try!!

  7. Vicky on February 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I just made a smoothie with spinach, frozen blueberries and dark cherries, 0% greek yogurt, “So Delicious” unsweetened coconut milk, chia seeds, raw cacao and maca powder and 1TB vega protein powder (chocolate flavor)… tasted like dark chocolate covered berries 🙂 Yum! Also like swapping out the chocolate-y powders and using a little vega smoothie infusion powder with spinach, frozen blueberries, peaches, and red grapes!

  8. melissa @ the delicate place on February 9, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    my go to: 2 scoops naturade whey protein, 1c almond milk, stevia, 2tbsp dark cocoa powder and a handful of spinach. so so tasty and simple!

    when i have more time: my pumpkin pie smoothie: 1/4c canned pumpkin, 3/4c almond milk, 1/2 avocado, and 1scoop naturade whey protein + stevia and loads of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and a hint of ginger!

  9. Susan on February 9, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    The not so chicken salad looks wonderful Gina, I’m going to try it at the weekend, what could I substitute for poultry seasonin and savory? I can’t find it in the stores here. The onion bread looks great, how many servings does it make? My vitamix arrived today, woo hoo!! Have almonds soaking at the moment and will try making almond milk after healthy eating class in the Happy Pear. Have a great day.

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 1:24 pm

      enjoy the vitamix! you’ll love it
      for the onion bread, i half the recipe and it makes two two-slice servings
      instead of poultry seasoning and savory, add in some rosemary, marjoram and celery salt

      • Susan on February 9, 2010 at 5:34 pm

        thanks Gina for the tips, can’t wait to try out the recipes. If you’d like me to send you over any of the Happy Pear recipes, let me know.

        • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 5:42 pm

          i would love some! thank you 😀

  10. The Hot and Fit on February 9, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I am ashamed to say but I just use the whey isolate (chocolate – my favorite) together with some milk and water…I am always on the go, so its convenient to just throw it in the bag and add the liquids later!

  11. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on February 9, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    frozen bananas, cherries and strawberries…yum!

  12. Amy on February 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Since you are on a chocolate kick, what about some chocolate and some nut butter! YUMMY!

  13. Lisa on February 9, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Wahoo on the ball-a-rollin!! I need some of that non-chicky salad.

  14. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

    Mmm….non-chicken salad! Looks great Gina!!! And the smoothie looks good…now that I finally have a Vitamix, I’m going to have to venture into smoothie land!

  15. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on February 9, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Yum!! I need to try that, thanks for the recipe!


  16. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin on February 9, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Yum! Thanks for the recipe! As soon as it gets warmer again, I’m thinking of going back to eating raw until dinner, too! I feel so good when I’m getting lots of raw nutrients. 🙂

    Can’t wait for you to share your big news!!

  17. Alexis on February 9, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I’ve been making a vanilla peach smoothie lately — 1 peach (or 2 small ones), 1 c. spinach, 1 T vanilla flavored rice protein powder, and enough unsweetened almond milk to make it thin enough to drink. Sometimes if I’m feeling really crazy, I’ll throw a banana in there 🙂

    I just saw organic strawberries on sale at Publix — I’ll have to give your choco-covered strawberry one a try!

  18. Jenn @ Livewellfit on February 9, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    I’ve been mixing up my smoothies and incorporating more mango these days. They are almost as creamy as a banana when you add almond milk. So funny, just yesterday I created a whole page on my blog about smoothies b/c I’m so obsessed with them right now!!

    My current fav:
    – banana
    – about 1/2 mashed avocado
    – chocolate Shakeology (the protein powder that I use these days!)
    – 1/4 c. greek yogurt if I’m feeling extra hungry
    – 3/4 c.- 1 c. almond milk

  19. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 9, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    You are a raw diva!!! Thanks for the recipe!

  20. Kailey (SnackFace) on February 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Gahhhh you’re killing me with this secret. Macaroons+ chef shoes+ map/location/something. You’re going to be selling your macaroons for retail somewhere in Valdosta. You’re going to open your own raw “bakery” (or fakery?) in Valdosta. Uhhh! You bet I’ll be contemplating this in my next class.

    Oooh I need to bookmark this page for smoothie recipes. I’m still searching for a fave.

    Have a faaab tuesday!! xoxoxo

  21. MySensei on February 9, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! It looks soo yummy-a definite must try 🙂

  22. Island Girl Eats on February 9, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    That’s a fabulous looking lunch!

  23. Sarah Ikegami on February 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    I just found your blog and I love it! Your recipes will be fun to try!
    OK, this is way non-traditional but I love to blend chickpeas into my smoothies. Natural, affordable, protein and fiber!

  24. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on February 9, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Chicken salad looks delish!!! 🙂 🙂

    My favorite smoothie combo is:

    1 scoop vanilla protein
    1 small frozen banana
    1/8 – 1/4 cup blueberries
    1 tsp spirulina
    1 tsp flax seed oil
    dash of stevia

  25. The Brunette on February 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    SUPER weird, maybe creepy question, but how is the raw onion bread on your breath? I find that raw onions equal bad breath (not that that stops me, most of the time), and was wondering if the raw onion bread did the same?

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      oh yeah, it will give you DRAGON BREATH. i usually have some gum afterwards 🙂

  26. Kyle on February 9, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    My FAV is the following: (Makes one HUGE ~250 calorie smoothie)
    -1/2 cup almond milk
    -3/4 cup water
    (Pour those into the blender, then add ice until filled to the 2.5 cup line)
    – 1/3 – 1/2 cup pureed pumpkin/ acorn squash
    -1 scoop Peanut Butter chocolate Spiru-tein
    -1/2 scoop TJ’s soy protein (vanilla)
    -1 TBSP Rice protein powder (used to use NOW Foods brand, but they discontinued it 🙁 )
    -vanilla extract
    -stevia to taste (I use 5 little scoops from the 1 oz. jars of powder)
    -instant coffee crystals
    -2 tbsp cocoa powder
    -1/8 tsp xanthan gum
    -1/4 tsp guar gum
    -1 tsp soy lecithin granules (optional)

    blend until FILLED with fluffy airy goodness and ENJOY. THE BOMB.

    😀 😀 😀

  27. Catherine on February 9, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    My fav as of yet involves the homemade rice milk I made in my vitamix – (just cooked brown rice & water!). I usually do a combo of rice milk, frozen bananas & canned unsweetened pumpkin with a healthy dose of cinnamon and some kind of nut butter or raw, soaked cashews for protein. I also like to do a PB&J version with frozen strawberries and peanut butter. I love my smoothies… and my Vita Mix even more!

  28. Susan D on February 9, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    I don’t drink protein smoothies, but that is because I don’t know what to try and when to drink it. Should I drink it before or after a workout, or can I drink it anytime?

    Also, do you drink almond milk because you don’t drink cow’s dairy? Ever try goat milk (since I know you eat goat cheese)?

    Love the blog!

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 5:43 pm

      i’d drink it after a workout, or as part of a meal
      and yes, i drink almond milk instead of cow’s.. goat milk freaks me out for some reason, but i’d probably try it 🙂

  29. Sammi on February 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I have two smoothies that I can’t stop drinking!

    My favorite:
    Chocolate soy milk, ice, strawberries,half banana, and jay robb chocolate whey protein isolate

    My 2nd favorite:
    Chocolate soy milk (always the best base imo), 1 banana, ice, 2 scoops crunchy pb, and a tiny bit agave nectar. Sometimes I add extra protein with whey.. depends on my mood!

    I much prefer these to fruit smoothies.. I’m a chocolate fanatic! And chocolate milk is good after a workout so I’ll use that as my excuse 😉

  30. rebecca lustig on February 9, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    I think a pomegranate smoothie would be delicious… hmm….

    LOVIN that recipe.
    Stay warm, lovely lady!
    bec xo

  31. Anna on February 9, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Hi Gina! I know you always include your seasonings when you post recipes, but maybe you could do an entire post on herbs, spices etc…good combinations, what seasoning to use with what food, etc. I’m struggling to make healthy food taste more interesting! Thanks, I love your blog!

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 5:58 pm

      hey anna!
      that’s a great idea for a post- thank you!!
      spices make ALL the difference in the world

  32. kara on February 9, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    I almost always do the same protein shake-
    1 frozen banana
    chocolate protein powder
    1 T AB or PB
    Skim or soy milk


  33. maggie on February 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    My favorite shake lately is vanilla egg white protein powder, vanilla extract (or actual vanilla bean), unsweetened vanilla hemp milk and a frozen banana. Sometimes I throw a fudge baby in for kicks! Kinda like the ones from Dairy Queen…but healthy 🙂


  34. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on February 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    My favorite? Hmmm…. I think that would have to be:

    Frozen Banana
    Flax Seed
    Natural Peanut Butter (or almond)
    Chocolate protein powder
    Almond Milk

    Yes, Please. 😉

  35. Mama Pea on February 9, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    What a great recipe! I must try!!! I’ve been on a carob powder kick with the smoothies lately…I honestly just use carob powder, protein powder, stevia, ice and almond milk. YUM!

  36. bobbileigh on February 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    my favorite is:
    Vanilla Soymilk
    chocolate protien powder
    coffee grounds (they arent grainy when all blended)
    and ice
    I find the coffee hides the taste of anything I dont like in the protien powder and it gives me a little pick me up.

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

      YUM i love the idea of adding coffee! thank you!

  37. fittingbackin on February 9, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    I’m always so impressed with all of your raw food finds- the way you eat really inspires me to eat less processed!

  38. Run Sarah on February 9, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Love this salad idea Gina! It would be fine unrefridgerated for a few hours and uses everyday ingredients…cant wait to try it, perfect for lunches!

  39. Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog on February 9, 2010 at 7:39 pm

    right now mine’s a cherry almond protein smoothie!

    1/2 c almond milk
    1 small container of organic vanilla yogurt
    1/2 c frozen cherries
    1 frozen banana
    1 TB almond butter
    2 pitted dates
    Scoop of brown rice protein powder

    garnish wish sliced almonds. because it’s fun to garnish.

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      it is fun to garnish! can’t wait to try it out 🙂

  40. laurie on February 9, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I LOVE all of the raw recipes. I am about to purchse my first dehydrator and a Vitamix–SO excited! I have a weird question–where did you get the glass straw and how do you clean it? (I have seen stainless steel straws on other blogs, and although I love the idea of NOT using plastic straws, I am afraid I wouldn’t be able to get a glass one clean!

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 9:10 pm

      hey laurie,
      i got mine at 105degrees but glass dharma makes them- check out their website. i just throw them in the dishwasher where the silverware goes. perfectly clean every time 🙂

  41. carolinebee on February 9, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I cheaateddd and read some comments but if it’s what I think it iiss then you are so stoked- yay!!!!!
    ps love the glass straw, so legit 😀

  42. Rosemary on February 9, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    That lonchi looks so yum!

    (“Lonchi” – now you’ve even got ME talking Fitnessista-ese – lol.)

  43. Tyler Ramey on February 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    YUM to the not-so-chicken salad. I am trying this asap.

  44. Michelle on February 9, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    “I love reading your guesses about what’s going on.”

    I just wish you were starting a Dating School … you know, for all those hot, single military men hanging your way. 😉

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm

      if you ever make it to valdosta, i do happen to know quite a few military bachelors

      • Michelle on February 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

        Just the thought to brighten a dull summer’s day in NZ. 😀

        Best of luck with the exciting developments, Gina!

  45. Stephanie on February 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Okay Gina here to report back on this weeks summer shape up. WOW. That was hard. Amazing workout, one of the most challenging I have ever done. Those lunges and squats at the end were slow motion :).
    My husband and I always do super sets on the weekend together and he is definitely getting this one this week! Can’t wait to try it again, see if I can do better.

    • Fitnessista on February 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

      that is so awesome. way to rock it out- i’m proud of you! thank you so much for letting me know 😀

  46. Ashlei on February 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I love the pineapple cilantro smoothie from Sarma’s new book. Yum!

  47. Whole Body Love on February 9, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I have go-to ingredients that I mix and match: Frozen bananas, frozen berries, Vanilla Oikos, Vanilla Stonyfield Yogurt, Cocoa, Hemp Prot Powder, Whey Prot Powder and so on

  48. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on February 9, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Girl you are so creative in your meals!!!

  49. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on February 9, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    I love having the Vanilla protein with spirulina combined with 1 c vanilla almond milk 1 banana, 1 tbsp AB or PB, a little cinnamon and honey. Its great and you can get it all organic!!

  50. Janice on February 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Hello, I LOVE your blog and read it ALMOST daily – I am vegan & started working out on Insanity this week in an effort to get more fit & drop off BP pills 🙁 but I currently also use sun warrior protein but team beach body offers the SHAKEOLOGY products -??do you know or have exp with those – they are costly !!!???? wanted to hear your opinion – if I missed it in the past I apologize & appreciate your time & response


    • Fitnessista on February 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

      hey janice,
      i actually haven’t heard of shakeology. off to research… 🙂

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