Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad

It’s National Hummus Day!! I’m teaming up with Sabra to celebrate and we’re feasting on a super simple Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad. 

  Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad // treatswithatwist.com

I know that I rarely do savory recipes here, but I just couldn’t help myself when I was given the opportunity to team up with Sabra! Those are the dip Kings and Queens for sure.

I think the most amazing thing about hummus, is that you can find it in SO many flavors, which is what inspired my recipe today.

Because my recipe is 100% pulled together with hummus, the flavor you choose will dictate the flavor of your Chicken Salad! I’ve chosen the Roasted Garlic Hummus, because it has such a bold flavor and that works so well with this dish. I also think it would be amazing with the Lemon Twist Hummus or the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. The possibilities are truly endless.

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The hummus is so creamy and keeps this chicken salad moist without adding extra oil, dressing, or mayo! Literally, we’re just using hummus here folks.

What makes it a signature chicken salad, for me, is the dill! Don’t skimp on fresh dill! It’s my favorite fresh herb to use and you can find it in the grocery store with the other fresh herbs. It truly adds something special to chicken salad. My husband and I agree whole-heartedly: no grapes in our chicken salad. I didn’t grow up with it that way, so that’s not the way I make it (or enjoy it), so if that’s your thing, go right ahead and do it (just don’t tell me about it).

I’ve paired my Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad with various rice crackers to keep the whole dish gluten free, but you can use whatever crackers you like best. My husband ate an entire batch (I had to make 2 batches in one day!) with some fancy poppy seed crackers. Whatever floats your boat!

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AND! To celebrate National Hummus Day, Sabra is offering a coupon for $2.00 off a container of hummus! That’s a pretty sweet deal! It’s good for today only, so go ahead and print that out, then stock up and get ready to party!

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Roasted Garlic Hummus Chicken Salad
This incredibly easy chicken salad will have you ready for picnics and parties in no time! An easy combination of Roasted Garlic Hummus, chicken and herbs, this chicken salad will be your new go-to for easy entertaining. (makes 2 snacky portions, 1 cup)
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup shredded chicken (1 large breast, already cooked)*
  2. 3 Tbs. chopped white onion
  3. 1 Tbs. fresh dill, chopped
  4. ¼ cup Roasted Garlic Sabra Hummus
  5. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Use your fingers to shred the chicken breast. Add the onion and dill, then mix in the Hummus, mixing until completely combined. If you need more moisture, add a few Tablespoons more of the hummus, and mix. Add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with more dill.
  2. Serve with rice crackers for a gluten free appetizer, or any variety of crackers that your guests will enjoy!
  3. Keep prepared chicken salad in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap, until you're ready to enjoy.
Notes
  1. * I purchased a rotisserie chicken and shredded the breasts. If you buy a small one, use the breast and thigh/leg meat. I like to automatically double the recipe, shredding the whole chicken.
  2. Try using any variety of Sabra hummus for a change in taste!
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Note: This post was sponsored by Sabra. All opinions are 100% my own. 

Blend Retreat 2015 with Chex!

This year, Blend Retreat was so amazing, I had a hard time getting myself together to summarize it. Probably because I was in total denial that it was already over!

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I attended Blend on behalf of Chex gluten free Oatmeal and Granola this year! I was so excited to spread the love. When I got to Colorado, I packed up my Chex-mobile and headed to Blend up in Chautauqua Park, with my trusty sidekick Heather (Kiss My Broccoli).

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We, of course, stopped for sushi on the way. When in Boulder, you must eat! I think that’s what they always say…

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When we got to Blend, after checking in, I was able to start passing out Chex Oatmeal and Granola! People were the most shocked and excited that Chex has certified gluten free oatmeal now, and that they could find it at their regular grocery stores.

Friday’s big activity was the cocktail party and dinner, sponsored by Sizzlefish (AHmazing smoked salmon was served at dinner), 34-Degrees crackers and Quest Nutrition. I couldn’t have asked for a better plate of food…which is probably why I ate it up and forgot to take a picture. BUT I assure you, the steak was perfectly seared and the roasted Brussels were delish. And the cheese platter during cocktails!!!! 

Cocktail Party - Blend Retreat

Carly, Amanda, Lucy, Heather, myself, Kait, Meghan up front

The best part about Blend is meeting old friends and new (like grown up Girl Scout Camp). I loved being able to lay a big squeeze on my friends I’d met and grown close to since last year.

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Heather Blackmon, another love of mine, gave me this inspiring bracelet from Momentum Jewelry!

 

My cabin mates this year were Giselle and Ericka, and then Heather was my bed-mate (snuggle up!) just like last year.

Saturday we woke bright and early and headed to Bootcamp (sponsored by Gnarly Nutrition). Holy smokes, those ladies were worked! Traveling burpees, squat jumps, sprints with pushups on the gravel, crunches…

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Go Heather and Giselle!

Then breakfast! Breakfast on Saturday was sponsored by Love Grown Foods, Justin’s Nut Butters, and Flap Jacked protein pancakes. It was SO good. I always fill my plate and have to try a little of each. The new Carrot Spice Flap Jacked pancakes were totally the bomb. And the sausage with fresh jam. And the banana bread. Plus, Justin himself came to speak to us, which was pretty darn cool.

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After breakfast we were off on a 2 hour hike up the mountains! The hike was sponsored by Detour Bar and was so much fun. I ended up keeping pace with Kait for the hike, so I had a chatting buddy the whole way up (check out that hair!). When we finally got to a beautiful viewpoint (the whole thing is beautiful, don’t get me wrong!), we got to take group pics and yoga pics, like last year! Kait blew us all out of the water!

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Post hike was: take hot shower, try to feel feet again, chat endlessly, pass out Chex Oatmeal to excited bloggers, meet and talk to Treats With a Twist readers (such an amazing experience!) go to the Boulder Farmers Market, eat all the samples, buy lots of gluten-free brownies at Whole Foods, make Kait into a Quest mermaid, get ready for dinner, attempt to brush hair…

Kait and I headed to Pearl Street just before dinner. We wandered around, got rained on, and like any good bloggers, popped into both spice shops (Penzy’s and Savory) and sampled all of the gourmet salts by the palm-full.

Kait and I met my oldest, dearest friend Rachel at the Med for dinner. Holy smokes it was AMAZING. It was Mediterranean tapas, so we ordered a TON of small plates and passed them around for hours while chatting. I finally knocked some foods off of my bucket list when we tried mussels AND clams (I’ve never been close enough to fresh sea food to feel confident ordering them!).  The food was amazing, and we ordered 3 desserts to share too. There was a citrus creme brulee, a custard with Greek pastry and saffron-poached pears, and a rich flourless chocolate raspberry torte. It doesn’t get better than that!

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The food was great but the company was best. The three of us talked for hours about work, life, food, business, and everything in between. I think we left with Kait and Rachel turning into new, fast friends. Love that. [favorite part: We tortured the waiter with our endless good humor and Kait left him her number as we left! He was a great sport!]

Kait dropped me back at the cabin and I hit the sheets, then she and Heather went out to paint the town red. (how old am I??)

We woke up Sunday morning and got packing. Basically, we tried to fit as many Quest bars into our luggage as possible. Then we headed to yoga, sponsored by Bhakti chai. Yoga was fun, because I was with my girls and we were gettin zen in the great outdoors, but I could do without the instructor’s endless stream of jokes. To each her own. 

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Then! Breakfast again! This breakfast was sponsored by Baobest Boabab superfruit powder, Barbara’s Cereals, Good Belly and The Epic Seed chia yogurts. Those yogurts were the bomb! I was able to talk to their founder, Jesse, and he told me they’ll come out with a plain flavor soon, so I can bake with it, and I’m so excited about that!

Blend Breakfast Sunday

Then, we had our raffle (more free stuff!), Kait won for being a Quest mermaid, then we packed the car and headed out! It was a last-minute friendship, but I was able to get to know Carly while driving and waiting around the airport, and I’m so happy I did! Heather and I had another amazing year, and I hope I’ll be able to go next year as well.

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Heather, Carly, myself - Blend retreat

Overall, this was an amazing year at Blend. I met and talked to so many bloggers and healthy food companies, grew emotionally, solidified friendships, gave out tons of hugs, and I was able to do that all because of Chex, so I thank them from the bottom of my heart.

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Note: This post was sponsored by Chex. They sponsored my attendance to Blend Retreat. All opinions are my own. 

Monkey Munch Chex Mix

To celebrate the rolling of Spring to Summer, I’ve teamed up with Chex cereals to bring you a fun snack that is perfect for road trips and travel! You’ll love this Monkey Munch Chex Mix!

Monkey Munch Chex Mix // treatswithatwist.com

I adore these warm Spring months. They feel like all of the wonderful celebrations that are to come. There are so many Summer birthdays, graduations, zoo trips, holidays, road trips, long weekends, and fun trips on the horizon! And my favorite part: the food! The grilling, the watermelon, the potato salad, popsicles, handfuls of snack foods while driving across the country!

At the moment I’m celebrating a few big summer activities: Blend Retreat, Memorial Day and the road trips I’ll be taking to visit family.
I’m so excited to go to Blend Retreat later this week. I’ll be gathering with 100 other healthy living bloggers for a weekend of fun and networking. I attended last year and could not pass up the opportunity to go again this year, representing Chex!

After Blend Retreat is Memorial Day weekend, which my husband and I always celebrate with his dad because it usually falls around the same time as his dad’s birthday. I’m ready for the lake and some sunshine and good food!

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Monkey Munch Chex Mix // treatswithatwist.com

I’ll be brining loads of my Monkey Munch Chex Mix to keep my hungry tummy tied over! This Chex Mix is one of my favorite creations. It’s full of peanut butter and bananas, peanuts and popcorn. I love that the popcorn adds lots of volume, so you can eat way more, without adding a ton of calories. I also love that the banana chips give me an excuse to put the “healthy” stamp on this.

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As far as Chex Mixes go, this one is a super simple one. No baking, no mixing of spices. It’s made in a similar way that you’d make Muddy Buddies (or do you call it Puppy Chow?), pouring melted peanut butter and coconut oil over two kinds of Chex cereals. Then I just mix in some more goodies, cover it in powdered sugar, and you’re good to go!

My husband and I ate 2 batches of this stuff, so it’s definitely family-approved! Make a big batch of my Monkey Munch Chex Mix before your next road trip and you’ll have some happy campers in your crew! 

Monkey Munch Chex Mix
Monkey Munch Chex Mix is a fun mix, perfect for summer! Rice Chex and Honey Nut Chex collide with peanut butter, peanuts and banana chips, plumped up with popcorn, and dashed with a touch of sweet powdered sugar. This mix is a fun snack for summer road trips and parties. (makes 8 cups)
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Ingredients
  1. 3 cups Rice Chex
  2. 3 cups Honey Nut Chex
  3. ½ cup creamy peanut butter
  4. 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  5. 4 cups popcorn (air popped or store-bought)
  6. ¾ cup dry roasted peanuts
  7. 1 cup banana chips
  8. ¾ cup powdered sugar
Instructions
  1. In a very large bowl, combine the Rice Chex and the Honey Nut Chex. In a small microwave-safe bowl, heat the peanut butter and coconut oil until completely melted (a minute or so). Stir the peanut butter and coconut oil together, then pour over the cereals. Use a large wooden spoon or silicone spatula to carefully stir it all together, coating the cereal.
  2. Add the popcorn, peanuts and banana chips to the bowl of peanut butter-covered cereal. Add the powdered sugar and stir carefully until everything is well coated (you can use more powdered sugar if you’d like). At this point I like to put the whole bowl in the fridge so it sets up well, but you can just leave it on the counter until the mixture is completely cool and set.
  3. Scoop your Monkey Munch into snack-sized bags for an easy grab and go snack! Enjoy!
Notes
  1. Eat Monkey Munch Chex Mix within the week of making. You can store extras in the fridge. Keep in an air-tight container.
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Note: this post was sponsored by Chex cereals. All opinions and content are my own. 

Happy Graduation to my baby Brother! I can’t believe you’re a grown man, college educated, and on your way to worlds of success! I love you. 

Fabulously Fit Friday 63

Happy Friday! I have a fun Fabulously Fit Friday for you today, including a Springtime Leg Torcher workout for you to try! 

Fabulously Fit Friday and a Springtime Leg Torcher Workout // treatswithatwist.com

I’ve started to pick up the intensity of my workouts lately. I have decided that I am going to focus on having awesome legs and strong arms for the summertime. Middle be dammed. Kidding, it’ll just be covered in fabric for the summer, and I am a-okay with that. 

So, I set up a new workout on Wednesday and completed it outside in the blazing heat. I did it one complete time through and then speed-walked 3 miles in the evening to round out my day. Speed-walking is my new cardio love. I’m going to be so pro. Anyways, I woke up Thursday morning with the most satisfyingly sore legs, I knew I’d found a winner!

This workout is a circuit workout. You complete Round 1 as many times over and over without stopping within 7 minutes. When your alarm goes off, stop and pant and drink water for up to 90 seconds, then move on to Round 2. Seven minutes later, you can drop to the ground begging for a popsicle or you can do it all over again, your choice! Just keep moving. Remember, you’re only moving for 7 minutes, so go from one move to the next as seamlessly as you can, working as efficiently as you can while keeping good form. You’ll thank yourself when it’s all over! 

Here it is! Let me know if you try it (you can tag me on Twitter or Instagram or just shoot me a comment or email). 

springtime leg torcher circuit workout // treatswithatwist.com

 

Other than workin it, I’m really looking forward to Blend Retreat! I’m leaving on Wednesday for Colorado to visit my family and friends there, and then the conference starts Friday night! I can’t wait to meet up with my best Blend and have an amazing gals weekend together. I’ll be there representing Chex cereals, which is just amazing! The weekend is full of hiking, yoga, workouts, and getting to know other healthy-living bloggers and I truly cherish that time. I can’t wait! 

After Blend Retreat I have SO many fun and exciting things coming your way! I’m partnering up with Sabra dips and attending an event with them. I’ll bring you several recipes using their dips too over the year. Love! And then some other secret but amazing things too! I’m so excited for you! 

Oh and thank you for all of your entries in my KitchenAid giveaway! The winner via random drawing was Cindy!! 

Note: I am not a professional trainer, I’m just a workout fanatic that knows how to put together a sweaty workout. Use your judgment and be safe. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles

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I’m so excited to bring you an easy treat for Cinco de Mayo! Mexcian Hot Chocolate Popsicles

  Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles // treatswithatwist.com

I had concocted all of these elaborate Mexican chocolate desserts, and then when it came down to it, fudgsicles and popsicles were screaming louder than the rest. Popsicles are great because they’re always simple, sweet, and fun to eat. So, you can’t beat that.

If you like the whole “sweet then heat” you get from putting a pinch of cayenne into chocolate, then certainly do that here. I know it can be super trendy, but I’ve just never loved it. I don’t like sucking on chocolate and then wondering why my throat is on fire. Instead, I like just a bit of flavorful cinnamon in my chocolate to make it “Mexican.”

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If you don’t own a popsicle mold yet, you definitely should. They range in price from a few bucks, to pretty darn expensive, depending on how “fancy” you want them to be. Some come in “instant freeze” packaging, but I have just the old fashioned “wait forever while freezing” variety. I’ve picked up a few different mold shapes over the years, but just remember, they all taste the same. I have these ones and these ones and love them.

Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles // treatswithatwist.com

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This recipe is super simple. If you like a creamier popsicle (fudgsicle, more like), then I’d use canned coconut milk. Because I was feeling lazy, I went with some unsweetened almond milk, which results in a bit icier popsicle. Either way, you get a great chocolate punch of flavor from real melted chocolate and a fun twist from the cinnamon. I think these are the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo…you know, until the margaritas are ready.  Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles 3

Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles
Mexican Hot Chocolate Popsicles are the perfect treat for Cinco de Mayo! Cinnamon spiked hot chocolate is frozen into popsicle molds, making it a fun, portable treat for the warmer months. (makes 5 popsicles)
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (or coconut milk)
  2. ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips
  3. ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  4. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  5. optional: pinch of cayenne pepper or chili pepper
Instructions
  1. In a saucepan on the stovetop over medium-low heat or in a microwave-safe bowl, combine the unsweetened almond milk and the chocolate chips and stir until completely melted and combined together. Turn off the heat, add the vanilla and cinnamon (and chili if you’re using it). Whisk together.
  2. Pour the hot chocolate mixture into your popsicle molds (mine made 5 standard-sized popsicles). Freeze overnight. Un-mold, lick, enjoy!
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