Avocado Salmon Salad

This recipe is a simple and healthy lunch, snack or even dinner option that I recently threw together and loved! I am a big fan of both salmon and avocado, so I’ve had this idea for quite some time and am glad I finally gave it a try.

The salad is super versatile and can also be easily customizable to your preferences. You could eat it with pita chips (my favorite) or crackers, on toast or a bagel, as a sandwich or even plain with a spoon! There are also a variety of substitutions below that may help you choose the ingredients that work best for you.

Health Benefits

  • Salmon is a great source of protein, heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and other beneficial vitamins and minerals.
  • Avocado is also full of heart healthy unsaturated fats and other nutrients, such as vitamin K, folate, vitamin C and potassium.
  • Greek yogurt is another great protein source and is also packed with probiotics to promote gut health and calcium to support your skeletal system.


  • Canned salmon or cooked and shredded salmon can be used to achieve this delicious recipe, but you can also try it with chicken or tuna if you have that available instead.
  • If you are part of the 20% that thinks cilantro tastes like soap, leave it out or replace it with some herbs of your choice, such as parsley or dill.
  • As always, if you don’t like an ingredient or don’t have it, leave it out and get creative with ways to replace it with what you have!

Salmon Salad with Avocado

  • Servings: 2 servings
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This healthy salmon salad recipe is perfect for a quick and easy lunch and can be eaten in a variety of ways- with crackers, as a sandwich, on toast or even plain.


  • 5 oz can of salmon, drained or 1/2 cup cooked salmon, flaked
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 avocado, diced
  • 2 teaspoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • garlic salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  1. In a small bowl, add all of the ingredients and gently stir until combined.
  2. Pair with pita chips or crackers, put it on some toast or a bagel, make a sandwich with it or eat it plain and enjoy!

Thanks for following along and I hope you also enjoy this quick and easy recipe!


“Avocolada” Smoothie Remake

This creamy green smoothie is inspired by Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s “Avocolada” smoothie. It’s packed with lots of nutrients and is a great summertime drink, even if you don’t consider yourself a green drink lover!

These reusable “Hip” straws are flexible and have a seal that can open/close for the easiest cleaning ever!

Health Benefits:

  • Avocado is an excellent source of healthy fats that your body needs to function properly, along with containing fiber, vitamin K, folate and more.
  • Coconut water is about 90% water, but it also contains electrolytes, making it a great option for hydration.
  • Spinach and kale are both healthy greens, offering lots of vitamins A, K and C, iron, calcium, folic acid and more.
  • Bananas are known for being a source of potassium, but they also provide other antioxidants and carbohydrates which provide energy.
  • Pineapples are rich in vitamin C and manganese, aiding with growth, metabolism, maintaining a healthy immune system and more.
Not pictured: banana and ice

This green smoothie is creamy, delicious and packed with lots of great nutrients to fuel your body!


  • 8 oz. or 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 avocado, ripe
  • 1 cup spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup kale, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup pineapple, fresh or frozen
  • 1 banana, fresh or frozen
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • ice to reach desired consistency


  1. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. If needed, and depending on whether you use fresh or frozen ingredients, add ice to reach your desired consistency.
  3. Pour into two glasses, top with coconut flakes and add your reusable straw for a fresh and easy green smoothie!

I hope you get the chance to remake this green smoothie full of goodness sometime this summer and if you do, let me know how it turns out and compares! As always, thanks for being here and checking out this post!


Sour Cream Cherry Pie

This recipe, like the Dreamy Strawberry Pie, comes from my grandmother’s cookbook and is a seasonal family favorite! We always make this with fresh cherries from our cherry trees, but buying cherries from the store works just as good! You can also substitute the cherries for blueberries if you aren’t a cherry fan or if they aren’t in season.

The pie has a sweet sour cream filling with the perfect amount of tartness from the cherries. Along with this, it has a vanilla wafer crust that makes for the perfect pie combination! This recipe is not a healthier version and definitely contains sugar and fat, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy it when you want. Besides, cherry season doesn’t last all year!

Sour Cream Cherry Pie

Another perfect summer pie for cherry season that balances a creamy, sweet filling with the tartness of cherries and pairs perfectly with the vanilla wafer crust!


  • 40 vanilla wafers, crushed
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup sugar, for the crust
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup sugar, for the filling
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups sour cherries, pitted


  1. For the crust, crush approximately 40 vanilla wafers, which should equal 2 cups afterwards. You can place them in a large bag and use a mallet or rolling pin, but you can also throw them in a blender or food processor until they are all crushed up.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix crushed vanilla wafers with melted butter and the 1/4 cup sugar. Press into a pie pan and bake at 350° F for 10 minutes.
  3.  For the filling, beat 3 eggs in a medium bowl and add the 3/4 cup sugar and sour cream. Mix well, then fold in the pitted cherries. Pour filling into the baked vanilla wafer crust and bake at 325° F for 1 hour, then chill and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this pie recipe as much as my family does and maybe make it for your next summer gathering! If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to let me know! Thanks for being here and checking it out!!


Kale & Greens Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

This is a healthy and delicious caesar salad recipe that is now my new favorite side salad with dinner. It’s pretty simple and makes for an easy side, but can be built up to make it a meal. For example, you can add salmon or chicken to it along with some roasted sweet potatoes, brussel sprouts and whatever other toppings you like and have available.

Health Benefits:

  • Kale is a nutrient dense food that contains high quantities of vitamins A, K and C. Along with this, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron can also be found within these dark leafy greens.
  • Chickpeas provide carbohydrates for energy, fiber that aids in digestion and gut health and are a plant-based protein.
  • Bolthouse Farms Creamy Caesar Yogurt Dressing is a better alternative to many dressings, as they use no artificial preservatives or flavors, have less total fat than the leading brand and are also a small source of protein.

Kale & Greens Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpeas

A healthy and delicious caesar salad recipe that can be eaten as a side or built up to a meal.


  • 1 can chickpeas, drained
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 4-5 cups chopped kale and greens
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons Creamy Caesar Yogurt Dressing
  • grated parmesan, to taste 


  1. Start by heating a skillet with 1 tablespoon olive oil and add in the drained chickpeas. Sprinkle in the paprika, garlic powder and cumin, then stir gently to coat all of the chickpeas. Continue to stir occasionally on medium-low heat until chickpeas are hot and begin to crisp.
  2. While chickpeas are roasting, wash and chop greens, then mix in bowl with 1 tsp olive oil and lemon juice. Gently massage greens in this mixture to lessen the bitterness of the kale.
  3. To put the salad together, add your caesar dressing (I recommend Bolthouse Farms) and toss your salad to incorporate it evenly. Next, add and toss the majority of the roasted chickpeas and your desired amount of parmesan. Top it off with the rest of the chickpeas and another sprinkle of parmesan for visual appeal and enjoy!

As always, I’d love to know if you try this recipe and hear any feedback you might have from it! I hope you enjoy and have a great rest of your day!!


Dreamy Strawberry Pie

This pie comes from my grandmother’s cookbook and is my all-time favorite dessert and yearly birthday request! It’s especially perfect in the spring and summer with warmer weather and fresh strawberries.

Though this recipe definitely has sugar and lots of cream cheese in it, it makes me happy and is totally okay to enjoy every once in a while, as long as you are still providing your body with the nutrients it needs. You don’t need to “earn” this dessert by working out more or limiting your calories that day. So just enjoy this perfect combination of strawberry glaze, fresh strawberries and cream cheese filling with a hint of orange!

Tips & Tricks

Your pie crust doesn’t have to be homemade. Store bought saves time and still tastes great in my opinion. In the pictures for this post, I used a store bought crust because we had it. If you don’t have any on hand or want to get a little more creative, then make your own! It’s all up to you and will taste great either way!

When choosing your strawberries, save the best looking ones to place on top of the filling and use the ones that aren’t as pretty (or are frozen) for the strawberry glaze. I used about eight large strawberries to place on the filling, but if yours are normal sized you will probably need a few more.

While your pie crust is baking, get to work on the strawberry glaze! Once your strawberries are starting to warm up and soften, mash them up to your desired consistency. Then, add in the corn starch and sugar mixture and stir until the glaze is thickened and glossy, not cloudy anymore. Take it off of the heat and let it start cooling.

By now, hopefully your pie crust is pretty cool and your cream cheese has softened so you can start on the filling! Use a standing or hand-held mixer to cream softened cream cheese with the rest of the ingredients. For the orange juice, you can juice the orange you use for the zest, but if you don’t have oranges or want to save it to eat, feel free to use some orange juice from your fridge. Wait until crust is cool, then spread filling in an even layer on the bottom of the crust.

Now it’s time for the pretty strawberries! Wash and vertically cut the strawberries in half, then arrange in circles on top of the filling layer. Space them out and arrange them however you want, they’ll still taste the same, but below is a picture of how I arranged mine!

Lastly, once the strawberry glaze is cool, carefully pour and spread it on top of the filling and fresh strawberries. Then the worst part, putting it in the fridge for 4 hours to chill, but in the mean time you can lick the bowls!

Dreamy Strawberry Pie

  • Servings: 1 pie, 8 slices
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The most delicious combination of strawberry glaze, fresh strawberries and creamy orange filling!


  • 1 pie crust
  • 3 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 2 tbsp cream
  •  8-12 fresh strawberries, halved


  1. Bake a pie crust of your choice (homemade or store bought) and get out cream cheese so it can start to soften.
  2. For the glaze, heat and mash strawberries to desired consistency in a saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir together 1 cup sugar and corn starch in a bowl, then add to strawberries. Stir on heat until mixture is thickened and translucent. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. For the filling, use an electric mixer to beat together cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, orange zest, orange juice and cream. Beat until smooth.
  4. Once pie crust is cooled, spread filling in an even layer on the bottom. Arrange fresh, halved strawberries on top of the filling and then pour cooled strawberry glaze on top. 
  5. Refrigerate for 4 hours so pie can set, then enjoy!

Thanks for being here and checking out one of my favorite recipes! If you bake this, I hope you love it as much as me (but that might be hard)!!


Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Granola

This healthier granola recipe is not only delicious and easy to make, but it is also super customizable! It’s a fun way to get creative and there’s really no way to go wrong.

This recipe has now become part of my weekly routine, but I rarely make it the same as the time before. I switch it up depending on my preference that day and the nuts and fruit we have on hand. This granola can be eaten as a topping on yogurt, like cereal with some milk, or by the handful as a tasty snack.

Health Benefits:

  • Oats are a great source of both carbohydrates and fiber, meaning they provide you with energy and promote digestive health.
  • Nuts not only are a plant-based protein, but they are also a healthy fat that provides long-lasting energy and many other health benefits (like reducing LDL (bad) cholesterol and aiding in hormone balance).

Easy Substitutions & Additions

  • Use any combination of nuts that work for you: walnuts, pecans, almonds, peanuts, etc.
  • Replace raisins with cranberries or coconut flakes
  • Substitute honey with real maple syrup (I might be biased but I think this is best with local honey- especially when it’s from your dad)
  • Add flax seed for some added fiber benefits
  • Add pumpkin, sunflower or any other seeds for added flavor and healthy fat
  • Get creative with your spices (I sometimes like to add in a sprinkle of nutmeg to this recipe)

Homemade Cinnamon Raisin Granola

This tasty homemade granola recipe is easy to make, healthy and totally customizable!


  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup nuts (1/2 walnuts & 1/2 almonds)
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F and grease a baking sheet, preferably rimmed
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the oats, nuts, dried fruit, cinnamon and salt
  3. In a small bowl, mix together melted coconut oil, honey and vanilla
  4. Pour wet mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until all is evenly combined and moist
  5. Pour onto greased baking sheet and spread evenly
  6. Bake for 15 minutes, then take it out and mix it up with a spoon so it can be cooked on both sides, return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes
  7. Let cool completely before removing from baking sheet and storing in an airtight container

If you try this recipe, I hope you enjoy it and if you have any questions, comments or feedback for me I would love to hear it! If you chose to customize your homemade granola, let me know what you used in the comments!


Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

These are my classic, tried and true protein balls that are easy to make, good fuel for your body and most importantly, they taste great!

I started making these protein balls my freshman year of high school to bring to track meets for easy snacks after races. It wasn’t long before bringing a few for myself turned into making a whole batch to bring for my distance teammates. By my senior year I was doubling this recipe every day before a cross country or track meet to bring and share with my teammates. It became a fun ritual and the protein balls felt like a good luck charm for me!

Flash forward a couple years and now these protein balls have become an easy snack staple, especially during this time at home in quarantine. I like to have these ready in the fridge so that I can grab one after a run to refuel, to tide me over until dinner in the late afternoon, or as a healthier treat for dessert!

Health Benefits:

  • Oats and flax seed are a good source of fiber, which is important for our digestive health.
  • Peanut butter is a healthy fat and a great plant-based source of protein, which is needed to build and repair our tissues (important post-exercise).
  • Oats are also a carbohydrate, which means that they provide our body with essential energy (carbs are important in a balanced diet, something that “diet culture” often tries to change).

Easy Substitutions & Additions:

  • Any nut butter of your choice can be used to replace peanut butter
  • Maple syrup can be used to replace honey
  • Chocolate chips can be left out or replaced by dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries.
  • For added protein, include a scoop or two of your protein powder of choice (if consistency becomes too dry, add a little more peanut butter- this isn’t a perfect science)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Protein Balls

A delicious and healthy snack to fuel your body at any time of the day!


  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup flax seed
  • 1/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix until combined
  2. If consistency appears to be too dry or moist for your preference, simply add a little more peanut butter or oats/ flax seed
  3. Refrigerate for 20 minutes to make it easier to shape into balls (if you don’t have the time or patience you can skip this step)
  4. Use a cookie dough scoop or spoons to shape into balls
  5. Store in wax/parchment paper lined tupperware in the fridge and enjoy!

If you try these out on your own, I hope you enjoy them as much as I do! Thanks for taking the time to be here and if you have any questions, comments or feedback, I would love to hear it.