Easy Avocado Tuna Salad

Easy Avocado Tuna Salad RecipeLet me introduce you to your new favorite healthy snack: Easy Avocado Tuna Salad. My quest for an easy and healthy snack lead me to The Healthy Maven’s recipe for tuna salad. I made a few tweaks, and immediately became hooked.

Although I’d love to nosh on cheese and crackers all afternoon long—and believe me I could with the entire cheese drawer in our refridgerator stuffed full of decandent cheese—my waistline and my dietitian (and of course by dietitian I mean the internet), confirm that this is not the snack of champions. And that is how I arrived at a delicious and healthy alternative to the classic tuna salad. Hardcore health nuts and weight lifters will eat tuna straight from the can. I’m not that hardcore. Not even close. But I don’t eat mayo. See my dilemma? Enter avocado, stage right. The tangy flavor of Dijon mustard mixed with refreshing apple and crunchy celery, plus a dash of spice and citrus, and voilà! A simple, healthy and flavorful snack was born.

This is culinary greatness in my book. Easy, few and fresh ingredients, healthy, and cheap. Yep, culinary greatness by all accounts. Get ready to toss out that unhealthy version for this Easy Avocado Tuna Salad.

Easy Avocado Tuna Salad
Here’s what you’ll need:

1 large ripe avocado
2 cans of chunk light tuna in water, drained
1/2 cup chopped scallions (green parts only)
2/3 cup chopped celery
1/2 green apple, chopped
1 heaping tsp. dried dill weed
1 1/2 tsp. dijon mustard
Juice of one lime
Salt and pepper to taste

Makes 4-6 servings.

  1. Peel and pit the avocado and place in a medium bowl, then mash it up with the back of a fork.
  2. Add in tuna, scallions, celery and apple. Mix until just combined.
  3. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
  4. Serve as a healthy snack on top of crackers or cucumber, or enjoy spread between two slices of bread for the perfect sandwich any time of day.

Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 💜

Printable recipe

Vegetarian Leftover Pasta Frittata

Vegetarian Leftover Pasta FrittataFridge odds and ends, meet leftover pasta. Leftover pasta, meet frittata. And that’s how Vegetarian Leftover Pasta Frittata is born. This is a take on Just a Taste’s Leftover Pasta Frittata in which whatever leftover pasta you have from the night before is transformed into today’s heavenly breakfast packed with protein, veggies and carbohydrates. This dish is perfect after a long run or bike ride. In fact, my husband and I devoured the entire panful following our Tuesday morning calorie-crushing long run.

This recipe is a base to work from. So grab whatever veggies are on the brink of no return, whatever cheese is lingering in your cheese drawer (everyone has one of those, right?! A drawer that is so chalk full to the brim with cheese that a bag always catches when opening and closing it?!), and last night’s pasta and get ready to devour your own take on Kelly’s masterpiece!

ingredients for vegetarian leftover pasta frittata

Vegetarian Leftover Pasta Frittata
Here’s what you’ll need (Remember this is just a base to work from, get creative!):

1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup orange bell pepper, diced
1 roma tomato, diced
2 large baby bella mushrooms, chopped
¼ cup green onion, diced
1 small handful spinach, roughly chopped
1 cup leftover pasta from last night (any pasta will do; we used angel hair)
2 eggs
¾ cup egg whites
¼ cup feta cheese
Italian seasoning (or whatever you typically season your eggs with)
sea salt
black pepper

Makes one medium skillet full; about 4 servings

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs and egg whites until combined. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. Add the extra virgin olive oil to a medium skillet and heat on medium-high. Once hot, add all of your veggies except the spinach. Season veggies with Italian seasoning to taste. Cook until just slightly tender. Now add the spinach and pasta and cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Note: If using a stringy pasta like angel hair or spaghetti, “fluff” the pasta before adding to the skillet so it isn’t one big clump in the center of your frittata.
  3. Pour the eggs into the pan. As the eggs begin to set, slightly lift the mixture up at the edges to ensure any uncooked egg flows to the bottom. Cover and continue to cook until the eggs are well set and the bottom has slightly browned.
  4. Remove the frittata using a rubber spatula and transfer to a plate. Sprinkle with feta cheese and cut into slices to devour!

Buon Appetito! 💜

Printable recipe

Monday Motivation: Take a breather

Rest. It's part of the program!This is not your typical Monday Motivation post. I’m not going to tell you to push harderfind balance or jump. Instead, I’m going to tell you to rest. Take a breather. Chill out.

Rest days are vital to you on your fitness journey. Your body needs rest to rebuild and recuperate. They also help you avoid injury so you can stay at the top of your game. But, a rest day doesn’t mean indulging in everything under the sun. Stick to your healthy eating and remember to still drink lots of water.

In order to cash in on all the training, get the rest. If you can’t run as fast as you want to, you haven’t rested enough. – Ted Corbitt 

Rest days:

  1. Rebuild and repair muscle tissue.
  2. Build strength.
  3. Replenish fluids and energy stores.
  4. Minimize fatigue.
  5. Refresh our mental energy.
  6. Reduce the risk of injury.

So go ahead, give yourself the day off. And get right back into it tomorrow! 💜

[Life] Paddle boards, birthdays, and triathlons

Life has been exhausting in the absolute best ways imaginable. Every morning just before the sun rises I’m up eating breakfast and heading out the door to run, walk, paddle board, or bike with Joe (and often Coco). In addition, three days a week I’m at the gym (the $20 a year membership gym!) circuit training with light weights and my own body weight. If you think I’m starting to look like a bodybuilder you’ll be disappointed to know that the only thing about me that resembles a bodybuilder is my tan (and even that’s not exactly accurate because of my fair skin, blonde girl problems). Anyway, it has been the most enjoyably exhausting two months and here’s just some of the latest and greatest happenings from the caribbean:

  1. Paddle boarding has become my newest addiction. It scares the H-E double hockey sticks out of me while simultaneously thrilling me to pieces. And to be fair, I’m only scared when it’s cloudy outside and I can’t see the bottom or if I’ve travelled too far into the deep that I can’t see the bottom. Perhaps you could say I’m not a fan of the deep, dark blue waters and what swims below. Flashbacks occur now and again to that time I drifted miles from shore into the deep abyss waters of Lake Superior in a tiny raft, having to be saved by my father who clearly thought I had better arm-strength, boat handling and navigational skills. However seeing sea turtles, beautiful sting rays, and countless starfish make it all worth it. Plus having Coco dangling over the front of my board or hiding in-between my legs or watching Joe move with ease on his board makes my heart full. Joe-Paddle boarding
  2. I celebrated my golden birthday! And it was extra-amazing thanks to Joe, my handsome husband! He spoiled me to an evening out at my new favorite restaurant, Zion Modern Kitchen, where I gorged myself on seared ahi tuna and banana bread pudding. There may have even been some late night snacking on french fries and a frosty and even pizza, three things I rarely eat but apparently you only have one golden birthday so… go big or be old!Ahi tuna-Zion Modern Kitchen
  3. I drove for the second time since we moved! It turns out that the need for coffee can be an extremely powerful motivator. Let me expand on this a bit further: Driving occurs on the left side of the road and although most drivers are polite, they drive a bit crazy and I’ve never had to deal with rush hour traffic until moving to an island. Figure that one out. And since we’re on the subject of driving, if you want a thrill drive 60mph once or twice a month after only driving 35mph at the absolute most any other day. I’m not even kidding, 60mph on the only highway on the island feels like 120mph and you better believe I’m holding on for dear life.Iced Mocha-Bistro Cafe
  4. I roped Joe and I into volunteering for St. Croix’s Ironman 70.3 and it was awesome (and exhausting)! Athletes endured jellyfish stings, poor road conditions, and pouring rain to make it to the finish line. Being up close and watching those athletes motivates me to want to do and be more in my own fitness and triathlon journey. It was amazing to see the diversity among the athletes—age, weight, fitness levels—and know that all it takes is the time, dedication, and mentality and anyone can push through to the finish.Swim Finish-St. Croix Ironman
  5. The dark side of the island… St. Croix is unfortunately a place where dogs are seen in a different light. They are seen as fighting dogs that will earn you money and not a member of the family like most of us view them. Pit bulls are top dog on the island (along with short-legged mixes of who knows what) and they are everywhere. Fortunately there is a rescue service on island and many dogs are given a chance at a better life. If you ever visit St. Croix I encourage you to look into taking a rescue dog back to the states with you for someone to adopt. Paws From Paradise takes care of all the details, all you have to do is fly.Sunrise-St. Croix

Until next time… Cheers! 💜

Every now and then bite off more than you can chew… then chew like crazy. -Lorna Jane Clarkson

Monday Motivation: Sweat, Achieve, Succeed!

You are so worth it. Stay strong!

Guess what? You have a brand new week ahead of you to slay dragons, achieve goals, sweat more, gripe less and ditch the fear! 

Think you can handle it? I know you can! 💜

Overcoming your fear and going outside of your comfort zone are two big steps that will catapult you toward achieving your goals. But just reaching goals won’t make you happy. You have to stay positive, gripe less, and be thankful more. Whatever dragons you face, face them head on!

My focus this week isn’t just sweating more, but clearing my mind and finding inner peace. I really want to get into meditating and hope anyone that has suggestions on books to read on this topic will put the title in the comments below. Here’s to a happy and healthy, dragon slaying, fearless and sweaty week! 💪