Hello world! I’m Jillienne. I am creating this blog to document my journey toward a fit, healthy life. This blog is all about sharing recipes, fitness advice, health tips, and the occasional product review.
You may be asking how the blog’s name came about. It all started in 1996 when I was visiting my grandparents in Oregon. That summer, my brother, cousin and I were glued to the TV watching the 1996 Olympics. Like most little girls, I couldn’t miss a chance to see the USA gymnastics team. Remember when Kerri Strug stuck her vault landing before crumpling to the floor in pain?! The USA team got gold because of her. Strug was my hero! My love for fitness started there. I have been fairly active throughout my life. I tried gymnastics, swimming, softball, tennis, lacrosse, cheer leading, and ballet but nothing stuck for more than a year or two. I hope this blog will help me stay accountable for my new fitness goals, like running 10ks and exercising six times a week.
But I digress… On a beautiful Oregon summer day, my grandparents took my brother, cousin and I to pick raspberries at a field. Each of us got to fill our own bucket with raspberries. I couldn’t help but eat the raspberries as we picked them. It was that day when I discovered how deliciously sweet, yet tart, these little red berries tasted. I ended up eating all of the raspberries that the three of us picked! And I have been Chasing Raspberries ever since!
To start the blog off right, here is a recipe for my favorite raspberry salad. I got the idea for this salad at a bridal shower, but I modified the recipe quite a bit over the years. She used strawberries instead of raspberries… also delicious!
- 1 carton of organic raspberries
- 2 handfuls of organic baby spinach
- ¼ cup Trader Joe’s sesame honey cashews
- ¼ cup feta
- ⅛ teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- 1½ tablespoon olive oil
- ½ tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon organic honey
- ½ tablespoon minced shallots
- Top spinach with raspberries, feta and cashews.
- Mix all dressing ingredients until combined; top salad.
I found these little guys at Trader Joe’s. Be careful… they are addicting! If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, use regular cashews.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do! Welcome to my blog!