Pineapple Avocado Salsa (Perfect Fish Topping!)

Pineapple Avocado Salsa (perfect to serve over fish!) -- customize this recipe with your favorite fruit combosThis tropical salsa is a super easy way to take a boring fish dinner to the next level, and it’s totally customizable. One week try it with the pineapple and kiwi combo I’m using today—next week switch it up with mango and some jalapeño. It’s one of those recipes where measurements and following the ingredient list don’t really matter. In other words, this is basically not even a recipe. Enjoy! Pineapple Avocado Salsa (perfect to serve over fish!) -- customize this recipe with your favorite fruit combos Pineapple Avocado Salsa (perfect to serve over fish!) -- customize this recipe with your favorite fruit combos

Pineapple Avocado Salsa (Perfect Fish Topping!)

Pineapple Avocado Salsa (Perfect Fish Topping!)


  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 2 kiwis, peeled and chopped
  • ½ red onion, chopped
  • 1 avocado, chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, loosely packed and chopped
  • Juice from 1 large lime
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Mix everything together in a bowl.
  2. Serve over fish (or as a dip).


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It'll stay fresh for about three days.
Pineapple Avocado Salsa (perfect to serve over fish!) -- customize this recipe with your favorite fruit combos Pineapple Avocado Salsa (perfect to serve over fish!) -- customize this recipe with your favorite fruit combosIt’s been a while since I’ve posted a recipe so I went totally overboard with the pictures. Humor me… :)  Pineapple Avocado Salsa (perfect to serve over fish!) -- customize this recipe with your favorite fruit combos Pineapple Avocado Salsa (perfect to serve over fish!) -- customize this recipe with your favorite fruit combossignature


Core + Cardio Circuit with the Rower

Bear Crunches using a rower (from Core + Cardio Circuit Workout with the Rowing Machine)It’s the official first day of the month-long challenges for everyone playing along! Stay on track towards your goal all week and there will be a kickass giveaway for you to enter on Sunday. I’ll share one of the prizes (there are several) now to spark your motivation: class at your favorite local fitness studio (any studio you choose).

I’ve mentioned before that my favorite way to use a rower is in short bursts, as one station in a circuit. Rowing Whoops. Your. Butt. And legs, and arms, and core…

Today I’m sharing a circuit focusing on core work, but trust me, your legs are going to be jello as well from the long(er)-distance cardio sprints. You can use this circuit format with any of your favorite exercises if you’d rather target arms or full-body off the rower.

Core + Cardio Circuit with the Rower

Equipment I Used:

  • WaterRower GX (use whatever rowing machine you have access to!)
  • 10-lb medicine ball
  • Exercise mat

You’ll go through the following circuit 5 times. Every round of rowing, the distance you race gets shorter and shorter. Your first time through the circuit, you’ll row 500 meters. The second time: 400 meters. And so on, down to a 100-meter sprint to finish the fifth and final round. Here’s the simple breakdown of the circuit (detailed exercise description below the pictorial):

  • 60-sec plank
  • 50 Russian twists with medicine ball (25 to each side)
  • 25 Bear crunches on the rower
  • Fast sprint on the rower (distance gets shorter every time you go through the circuit: 500m, 400m, 300m, 200m, 100m)

Core + Cardio Circuit Workout with the Rowing Machine

60-sec Plank | You can do it from your forearms or hands, up to you. If you need to modify, hold the plank from your knees (just make sure you’re not sticking your butt up in the air—abs should still be engaged!).

50 Russian Twists | Start seated, holding the medicine ball in both hands at your chest, feet lifted off the ground with your knees bent. Lean back slightly, core engaged, balancing on your tailbone. Twist to one side, bringing the medicine ball to the outer side of that hip; then repeat in the other direction. Really twist at the waist—you want your chest to be totally facing whatever side you’re bringing the ball.

25 Bear Crunches on the Rower | Start in a plank position with your feet on the seat of the rower, hands on the floor off the back. Keeping your hips level with your shoulders, back flat, slide your feet forward, bending your knees in towards your elbows. Slide feet back out, straightening your legs into plank position. Two most common errors while doing this are lifting the booty up as your feet slide in and letting the low back arch down towards the floor. Pull your abs in tight the whole time, maintaining a flat back. This is an ab exercise, but you’ll feel it in your legs as well (especially after those long rowing races!). Important: If you don’t feel safe with your feel on the seat of the rower, you can do this exercise with your feet on a towel or sliders on the floor instead.

Metered Race on the Rower | Your goal is to finish the designated distance as quickly as possible—these are races, not a leisurely paddle. By the end of the row (especially the first few longer distances), your legs should feel spent and your body slightly breathless. I’ve put together some goal times so that you have some general guidance with pacing. These times are for ladies (sorry, guys, I don’t have as many men in my rowing classes so I don’t know numbers for you—aim to be a little quicker than what I’ve written though). rowing-distance-goal-times

The above numbers are for generally healthy and fit individuals. If you have a medical condition that would prevent you from pushing at max exertion on a rower, by all means, please go slower than these times!

If you don’t have a rower at your gym or in your home, you could easily do this circuit with another form of cardio (.5mile sprints on the treadmill, reducing it down to .1mile at the end). Get creative! Core + Cardio Circuit Workout with the Rowing Machine

WEARING | tank: StyleStalker // leggings: Fabletics // sneakers: Nike

Have a great start to your week! signature


P.S. The DietBet starts today! You can still join in if you want some added motivation to drop a few lbs this month.


Weekly Meal Plan & Prep (Sample Week)

Sample Week of Meal Planning and PrepWoof. I promise this isn’t meant to be a bad Easter joke, but I feel like I’ve just come back from the grave. Thursday night I got hit with some terrible stomach flu and couldn’t leave my bed until Saturday morning. Fever, nausea, couldn’t eat anything, too exhausted to open my eyelids. Although I’m still weak, I feel much better today and decided to do something I always wish I did more regularly: meal plan, grocery shop and food prep for the week.

It saves time, money, and really helps with staying on track with healthy eating—so what better time to share an example week than the night before the DietBet starts? Even if you’re not participating, having ready-to-eat snacks, prepared lunches and the ingredients on hand to make healthy dinner makes the week that much easier.

Example Meal Plan for the Week

meal-prep-smoothie-frozen-fruitI keep things simple—my apartment kitchen is not a restaurant, and serving up a different dish every meal of every day would be cray. I think of it as switching things up week by week, not day by day (this helps keep the bill down, too!). Here’s my thought process when planning meals for the week:

  1. I pick one or two new recipes I want to try.
  2. I think of other things I like to eat using some of those same ingredients.
  3. I fill in the rest of the week with the basics.

I want to recreate the coconut “fruit” pops from Whole Foods without dairy, so I added that to my list along with a pea soup using coconut milk as the base (Joe loves pea soup). Those will be my new recipes to have fun with this week.

Joe usually buys lunch or has lunch meetings, so I don’t worry so much about planning those, and between me teaching late and Joe playing hockey late, we only have a couple nice “together” dinners and then the rest of the week can be leftovers or quick meals.

Keeping in mind that I’m not going to eat every meal/snack/bite of food at home, here’s what I planned to have on hand in the apartment this week:


  • Juice
  • Smoothies
  • Eggs, avocado & toast




  • Cod Topped with Fruit Avocado Salsa over Quinoa (make enough for leftovers)
  • Sweet Potato Veggie Burgers
  • Coconut Pea Soup
  • Roasted Veggies (side): Brussels sprouts, sweet potato

Food Prep I Did Today

meal-prep-granola-bars-recipeAfter hitting up Whole Foods, I did some food prep with my glorious bounty. Actually, first I watched three episodes of Scandal and took a nap. I’m getting over the flu! Don’t judge me!

Here’s what I made today:

  • The granola bars
  • The sweet potato veggie burgers
  • The soup
  • The popsicles (<– might need a re-do with this recipe)

Here’s what I prepped today:

  • Skinned and chopped up a bunch of sweet potatoes for easy roasting
  • Cooked a massive pot of quinoa
  • Cut up some bananas and put them in a baggie in the freezer for smoothies


The majority of my shopping is done in the produce aisle and at the bulk bins. Man are they a beautiful sight.

Do you meal plan and prep for the week? What are some of your go-to dishes? signature