Sushi Salad

Hi friends! How is your August going so far? 🙂 Hope you’ve had a happy Monday!


(Dahlias- so fun and different)

I started my day off with a beastly cardio workout –testing out the Schweaty August cardio workout!- and a breakfast cookie before heading to a checkup appt.


(Awesome thing about bfast cookies: I can keep them in my car or the gym locker to devour post-workout)

After the doc’s, I stopped at TJs to get our groceries for the week.

Our pantry is no longer bare, and the fridge looks like people live here now 😉


I’ve been having a crazy hankering for sushi lately, which I’m pretty sure is mostly due to the fact that I can’t have any. Technically I can have California rolls, but to be real, I want a piece of raw salmon sashimi covered in wasabi. In the sushi spirit, I decided to make my favorite deconstructed sushi salad for lunch:


The star of the show:


Cauliflower “rice”!

The only ingredient: cauliflower florets pulsed in the food processor to resemble rice. Just make sure to season it, or it will taste like death and sadness.

I flavored the rice with 2 grated carrots, lime juice, Nama Shoyu, cayenne and garlic. Then I topped it with 1/2 avocado and seaweed snacks, which I used to pinch up bits of cauliflower and ‘cado. It was pretty mind-blowing 🙂 [You can also add tuna, cucumber, salmon, wasabi, or any of your favorite sushi fillings)

Some more recent eats:

ice cream

Protein ice cream (Sun Warrior, cacao powder, frozen organic berries, 1/2 frozen banana, almond milk, stevia)

and a new-to-me trail mix, which I busted into on the car ride home 🙂

Just almonds, cashews and chocolate. A trifecta of glory.

trail mix

The Pilot just got home so we’re gonna hang out and take Bell for a walk before dinner 🙂

See ya in the morning with a Reader’s Request post!



Something to talk about: One (or two) ingredient wonders! Cauliflower rice and banana soft serve come to mind, but are there any other ones I’m missing out on?

Something else to talk about: I’m so stoked ya’ll liked the “10 Ways to Make August Awesome” post! I was trying to think of some examples of spring fitness events that would be fun ideas to register and start training for- any other ideas besides the Disney Princess Half?

Here are some that I found online:

26.2 with Donna, February 12 (Jacksonville Beach, FL)

Little Rock Half Marathon, March 4 (Arkansas)

Arizona Distance Classic Half Marathon, March 25 (here in Tucson!)

*If you know of any fun/well-organized races to look forward to in early 2012, please hit us up in the comments! You may help another reader find their next big race 🙂

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  1. Amy @ purewellnessamy on August 2, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Avocado and nooch (on toast) is a lovely two ingredient combination 🙂

  2. Amy on August 2, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I thought you werent supposed to eat raw fish when your pregnant

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2011 at 9:34 am

      Exactly- if you read above I mentioned I was craving it but can’t have the real thing, so I made a pregnancy-friendly version with no fish

  3. bonnie @ vinyasa vixen on August 2, 2011 at 9:00 am

    i love making vegan mousse- i just toss silken tofu, agave (to taste) and either raw cacao powder or peanut butter in the vita and mix until it becomes mousse. in a pinch, it helps calm down a ragin’ sweet tooth

  4. Hillary on August 2, 2011 at 9:19 am

    I NEVER would have thought of that cauliflower rice idea. Gonna have to try that!

    Does PB straight out of the jar count as a miracle recipe? ; )

  5. Brandi @ The Vitamin Bee on August 2, 2011 at 9:32 am

    My favorite two ingredient wonder is a banana and almond butter. It’s stupid good.

    I’m running the ING Miami Marathon (!!) Jan 29th and the LA Marathon March 18th! So so so excited! I think there’s a Tinkerbell Disney Race Jan 28th in Disneyland too…

  6. Sara Nickel on August 2, 2011 at 10:32 am

    I live in the Midwest near the Kansas City area and located 4 popular 1/2 and full marathons occuring in April:

    1. Rock the Parkway 4/14/2012 info can be found at
    2. St. Louis Marathon 4/14/-4/15/2012 info can be found at
    3. Brew-to-Brew 44 mile relay race happening sometime in April, they hadn’t posted next year’s date, but info can be found at

  7. Gillian on August 2, 2011 at 10:43 am

    hey!!! love the august is awesome post.. basically because im super stoked on august 🙂

    you should do a “focus on” post about TRX classes! they are awesome full body workouts that any fitness level can do!

    have you tried TRX before??

  8. Michelle @ Crazy*Running*Legs on August 2, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Gasparilla (in Tampa) is a weekend long running celebration — last year it was the same weekend as the Princess Half and I paid half as much for two races and free beer 🙂 Highly recommend it! This year it’s March 3rd-4th.

  9. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 2, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    I love making deconstructed sushi bowls when I have a craving for sushi but don’t want to go out. I always have dried seaweed in my cupboard just for that purpose!

  10. Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs on August 2, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    That salad is pretty much exactly what I was craving as I was thinking about what to make for lunch today. Thanks for the recipe! I love making sushi bowls too when I have a craving for sushi–sometimes it’s just not in the budget! I love adding a siracha-soy sauce mix to it, it gives it a good kick 🙂

  11. Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs on August 2, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    PS I’ve also read that the Salt Lake City Marathon is a lot of fun. It goes through some fun neightborhoods and ends downtown. I am thinking of doing the half this year, it’s in April 🙂

  12. Katy @ RunKatyRun on August 2, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    This November, I’m doing the Women’s Running Magazine Half Marathon in St. Pete.

    I’ve yet to find a spring race that I can do! It’s a little frustrating!
    I wanted to do:

    Disney Princess Half (can’t because it’s my future sister-in-law’s bachelorette party weekend)
    Gasparilla (can’t because it’s the weekend of my brother’s wedding)

    I can’t catch a break! lol

  13. Emilie on August 2, 2011 at 1:52 pm

    Great ideas here- thanks!

  14. Sarah for Real on August 2, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    Why is it you can’t have raw fish when you’re pregnant? I know it’s a standard guideline but I never knew why. I love sushi too and will definitely miss it when I get pregnant (eventually). Is it because of food poisoning? I’ve personally only ever gotten food poisoning from a regular dinner salad, never sushi. Eating when pregnant must be so confusing.

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      i think it’s because of the bacteria. from what i’ve heard, a little is ok, but i’m scared to risk it

  15. Jill on August 2, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    Right now I’m eating my “salad” from last night’s supper. Roasted beets + feta cheese. It’s cold now and even better than yesterday. I actually roasted the beets in foil packets on the BBQ, too, to avoid turning on my oven. The past couple of weeks my go-to afternoon snack has been a small container of almonds, cashews, and chocolate chips. A large part of my job is being on the phone so I need things that I can grab a quick bite of in between calls. I also find that soy sauce + honey + cayenne pepper makes a great sauce for tons of veggies–I like to cover little potatoes in it and roast them in the oven/bbq.

  16. Dana Marie on August 2, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    this looks innovative and good- I got the cauliflower – (and almond butter-curse you gina for reminding me of the temptress!) but was wondering if TJs has the Nama Shoyu – never used that stuff?
    I was able to pass the trek mix at tjs today and not get it — I am trying to loose these hoorribly ten pounds~ruining my life!

    • Dana Marie on August 3, 2011 at 9:28 am

      Does ANYONE reading know if TJs carries Nama Shoyu????

      • Fitnessista on August 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

        they have tamari, i don’t think they have nama shoyu- whole foods does, though

  17. Amanda on August 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Sushi salad sounds awesome. I really need to make cauliflower rice some time.

  18. Pam on August 2, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Your sushi salad looks awesome! Love the cauliflower rice, what a unique idea 🙂
    I made cauliflower ‘mashed potatoes’ last week for the first time and thought I was cool.
    You have great recipes, I have a list that I need to make asap!

  19. Rhiannon on August 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm

    I have a confession, just got back from my first trip to Vegas with my husband. We ate sushi every day…once at Yellowtail which was heaven! And we also had breakfast one day at Mon Ami Gabi, thank you so much for your suggestions in your posts! <3

    • Fitnessista on August 2, 2011 at 10:23 pm

      LOVE yellowtail! so glad you liked mon ami 🙂

  20. SushiTail on August 5, 2011 at 5:52 am

    Coming up with the cauliflower rice is like letting imagination gone wild. I could have never thought of that. Amazing creativity!

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