Mango Ahi Tuna Poke Avocado Bowls

I think I finally have my life back together since I got back from Vegas on Monday. I’m finally not falling asleep in the middle of the day while sitting up. It’s amazing how lack of sleep will make you feel hungover because, honestly, I only had about 2 big drinks while in Vegas so I was never actually got super drunk or hungover. Which was awesome. I can’t help but be impressed with me keeping my sh*t together while not consuming alcohol. I don’t know how I did it. Vegas is so weird.

I went in to the weekend being pretty worried about not wanting to drink and having to be out with drunk people the whole time. But it wasn’t a big deal at all. Probably because I have really cool friends that aren’t d*cks when they drink (except my best friend Sergio, he threw a bucket of ice at my face and bruised my forehead, I hate him). So I felt good the whole time while I was there. We went to 2 pool parties and 2 clubs, seeing 4 awesome DJ’s, and that was QUITE enough. I think one day would have definitely been enough but I pushed through and only felt like semi dying during our flight home. I’m so happy I wasn’t hungover.

But here’s the thing, since I was pretty much sober the entire time, I noticed everything. Especially because my back started to seize up both nights from standing and dancing for so long. So I would have to lean up against something and not dance and would end up just watching people as the night went on. And I saw some awesome sh*t. And gross sh*t. Lots of gross going on in Vegas. Let’s go through my favorite Vegas memories:

  1. Women (and men) have absolutely no shame when it comes to what swimsuits and outfits they wear while in Vegas. Before I left for Vegas, I was trying to stay away from sugar in hopes of looking my best, but then you go to Vegas and you remember that people don’t give AF when it comes to that. Pretty much every female was in a thong bikini, while most of these women had zits on their ass. Hey, we all get zits in weird places, that’s totally normal. But to me, I would glance in the mirror and be like, “Oh sh*t, a zit where a zit should not be. I should probably get my sh*t together and wear a suit with more coverage.” But I guess that’s just me. At one point, I watched a girl dancing her ass off at the pool in her white thong bikini with a small piece of toilet paper stuck to her ass, obviously left behind from a bathroom break earlier. I can’t. I just can’t. People are obviously trying to look their hottest in a thong bikini with doodoo paper hanging out. It’s just too much to handle.
  2. I watched a man snort cocaine off another man’s neck right behind the collar of his shirt, in the middle of a super busy club. They were so nasty and it was so gross to watch. Definitely something I’ve never seen and I truly hope to never see it again.
  3. I came to understand that almost all men are absolutely assh*les while in Vegas. I don’t know if it’s because all they want to do is get some while there, but man, they sucked. I had multiple creepers creep in every way possible. After telling one I was married, he asked, “But is he here?” He then asked out 3 of my friends standing next to me and finally found one chick outside of our group who said yes and saw them leaving together. So gross. It sucks that being a gross weirdo actually works on some women so they keep the act up.
  4. I watched a couple hold each other for FOUR HOURS straight. If that’s true love, I don’t want it. If Brian tried to hold me for more than 2 minutes, I would freak out on him.
  5. On both nights in Vegas, we would think the headliner was going to come on at 1am…but then he wouldn’t come on until 2:30am, which really sucks balls if you’re sober and your back is seizing up. The second night at club XS was no different and I was getting pretty antsy. Luckily, the entire team of the Cavaliers showed up after they won their game and champagne showered the sh*t out of each other. Even though I care nothing about sports, I surprisingly know who LeBron is and it was nice to see the team so happy to help break up the time we were waiting for Alesso to come on. He didn’t come on until 3am. I made it through 2 sets then had to go back to the hotel to sleep for 3 hours before we hopped on a plane home. Most of our friends didn’t get home until 6am. I don’t know how they did it. F*ckin’ Vegas.
  6. Last but not least, WHY DO PEOPLE STILL SMOKE CIGARETTES?! Gross. Grow up. Use your brain to it’s full capacity and stop using something that’s going to kill you earlier. It’s just so insane to me how many people still smoke. My hair smelled like it every night and I hated it so much.

I know it may not totally sound like it based off my b*tchy tone throughout my post, but I seriously had SO much fun. I don’t know when I’ll actually be fully recovered enough to go back, but I definitely want to. But this time for only 1 day and 1 night. Keep it shorter and even cheaper.


Mango Ahi Tuna Poke Avocado Bowls

  • Yield: 3-4 1x


  • 1 1/2 pounds sushi grade ahi tuna, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 avocado, scooped out of shell, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 mangos (mine were small), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 1 seedless cucumber (I used an english cucumber), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoons rice wine vinegar (or coconut vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha (I use this brand or make your own)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 garlic clove, grated
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl and mix until completely combine. Cover and place in the fridge to chill for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Fill avocado shells with ahi tuna poke then eat up!

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


49 thoughts on “Mango Ahi Tuna Poke Avocado Bowls”

  1. Where do you buy your tuna for poke bowls? I only seem to find it rarely at Whole Foods here in Denver, and can’t find it at my local grocery stores.

      1. THANK YOU! I was about to ask the exact same question because this looks YUMMMMMMY and I need it in my tummy!

  2. man, if you’re wearing a white bathing suit of any kind, you have to have your game face on. a white thong? that is fantastic. a white thong + toilet paper, well that’s a whole new level of awesomeness.

    random: as for the cigarettes, I’m soooooooooo disgusted with that. where I live in montreal, Canada, it’s illegal to smoke inside anywhere or within a certain amount of feet from the door. BUT, they are in the process legalizing pot, and it’s like ALL I can smell on the street at like 5pm every Thursday and Friday on my way home. like the downtown business dudes in their fancy suits smoking a doobie. (is that even how you spell doobie??). I’m so sick of smelling it, it makes me sick.

  3. This looks soooo good! I saw an episode of some show on the Food Network that had poke and I’ve been dying to try it!

    This may be a stupid question, but where do you find sushi grade tuna? Whole foods? And like, is it something that it will say it’s sushi grade? Sorry if this is stupid but I’ve never even thought to look for sushi grade fish before. I tried googling to no avail.

  4. This looks amazing and I also would love to know your recommendations and tips to buying sushi grade tuna!

  5. after reading your smoking comment, i have to say that some people use nicotine therapy for disease management. i do and have been in remission for a few years now. my dad does as well. not all smokers are trying to kill themselves. some are trying to prolong their lives.

    1. you have to smoke the nicotine to use it as therapy? that makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. can you send along some information or articles about that? i’ve never heard of nicotine as a therapy, but if it is, i don’t see why you would have to smoke it and breathe in the toxins. and i think it’s safe to say that people in the las vegas casinos and clubs are not using it as therapy…

      1. yes, some people need to smoke actual cigarettes in order to feel their best. it just depends on how their disease responds (Ulcerative Colitis). i am lucky that i can get away with lozenges and patches but my father has to smoke to be healthy. i just think it’s wrong to judge people based on their smoking habit when you don’t know them. people suffering from autoimmune diseases still go to casinos and clubs and have lives… don’t dismiss something just because you are not educated about it.

        there is a lot of info/studies online but here is just a simple article.

    2. Joanna- my husband is in the same boat, unfortunately. Everytime he quits smoking, he has horrible UC flare-ups. He went to Vandy Center for Digestive Diseases so they could help medicate him through his most recent attempt to quit smoking. It’s been about six months and he is on Humora and Lialda, and his flares are worse than ever. Patches and gum do not help. Smoking cigarettes would. It is the craziest thing. So far he is staying the course with medication and not smoking, but he is miserable. I totally agree with Juli that 99% of people aren’t smoking for this reason, but I did want to chime in to say I understand exactly what you are talking about as well. Not a fun choice to have to make! (Juli, I love your blog and recipes and your Snaps! You’re awesome!)

  6. This looks amazing! We caught a huge yellowfin tuna in Mexico and brought it back with us and our freezer is packed full. I’m wondering if I can still use frozen tuna for this? We froze it the same day we pulled it out of the ocean. Hmmm.. will have to figure that out. Super excited to try this!!!

    1. Danielle, I wanted to reply that you DEFINITELY CAN use frozen tuna to make poke and sushi. All the grocery stores in Hawaii have poke bars and there will usually be a little sign that says “using previously frozen fish”. Also, a lot of high end sushi places actually freeze their sushi fish on purpose because they say it makes the fish taste better. So I would suggest googling the best way to defrost the fish and then just proceed from there as if it were fresh.

  7. You know, a few days ago, my family and I made Poke bowls! I kept mine grain free and stuck with salad mix, seaweed, tuna, avocado, salmon, radish sprouts and sesame seeds! SO GOOD. Now I’m craving them again! And what an amazing avocado hack too!

  8. I laughed my a** off at everyone of your comments about Vegas!!! I’ve never been. Now maybe I don’t want too lmao

  9. The sad truth is that I’ve seen almost all of the above (no doodoo paper on a thonged butt) while in Vegas, and I still love it. Almost as much as I love the looks of this recipe.

  10. Julie, this post made me LOL. I seriously hate Vegas and I would be super grossed out to see that crap (doodoo paper and all). You’re a saint.

  11. Reading this post made me kinda sad. I love following your Instagram and your posts, and you have great recipes, but this post just felt kind of Mean Girls.
    I agree, Vegas is a weird place. You work really hard to be healthy and look good, and you DO look amazing, but I feel like you were dumping on people for wearing things that they felt good in.
    And I feel awful for that chick with the TP stuck to her booty. Where are her friends?! Or even, where is a friendly person to say “hey, if want to know this if it were gapping to me…you have poo poo paper on your tush”.
    Vegas is just a place where people go to legit let go of everything. That doesn’t mean like, guys should be dicks or creepily bump lines off of each other, but it happens.
    i love your stuff, but reading this post just made me kinda sad

    1. sorry you feel like it’s mean girls kristin. i did feel like a mean girl when i was out there, actually. but that can sometimes happens when you are sober. again, sorry you feel like i was being mean!

  12. I live here and wasn’t offended. As a local you tend to avoid the Strip for all the reasons mentioned. On the rare occasions we take the time to dress nice and go out you look around and think people give zero fvcks anymore about how they look in public!

    1. lol thanks sabrina! there are some AWESOME restaurants there, so i would totally go out randomly if i lived there. have you ever gone to lotus of siam? it’s my FAVORITE and was bummed i couldn’t make it while i was there!

  13. Oh no…I just got back from Vegas and I’ll I did was people watch!! I got the biggest kick out of the girls who got their sexy on, but really looked like blobs!!

    Don’t get me wrong…I’m fat and seriously out of shape, but come on…there are just some things you don’t wear anywhere!!

    My boys (25/23) eyes were popping out of their heads most of the time!! And we laughed a lot!!

    Juli…I laughed again reading your post. I got to see the normal superb side of Vegas and loved that even more. I got to see Palo Verde High School graduation of 600 seniors, 8 Valedictorians & Salutatorian speeches and feel confident our nation is in good hands.

    1. right?! some things are meant to just hang on hangers and never sell. glad you got to see our nation hopefully moving in a better direction haha!!

  14. Thanks for sharing the recipe. It looks so delicious. I will definitely try to cook at home for my family.

  15. Do you remember when your husband told you to stop hating on your body? I wish you would apply that wisdom to other peoples’ bodies as well, because I love reading your blog posts, but this one was hard to read; it just came across as cruel.

    1. you’re reading it wrong, taylor. and reading way too into it. i wrote this post just like i write my bachelorette/bachelor recaps. i said exactly what i saw. i’m not hating on anyone’s body, no where did i make fun of someone’s figure. i’m sorry you felt it was cruel, i was literally just saying what i saw. sorry again if it upset you.

  16. I ran into the same issue at my whole foods so I made a variation of the recipe using seared ahi on top of the mixture and mixed greens. I also added some pickled ginger. My husband and I loved it! Thanks Juli- adding this one to the rotation.

  17. Oh man I seriously loved this post and everything you said about Vegas. I have never been, but all my friends have pretty much told me similar stories to what you wrote, especially the part about the thong bikinis being everywhereeeee. Also so cool that you got to see the Cavaliers party post win!!!! I would have been in heaven haha.

  18. Juli, I love you. I think you have a good heart, you’re funny, and your food is kick ass. But there are moments in recent posts where I feel like you just judge everyone around you and show very little self reflection, almost to the point of seeming shallow and just plain mean. I know that you clearly define yourself by your body, your six pack abs, the “omg look at my outfit of the day and leggings” (but really guys, LOOKIT my abs) insta shots, the way a lot of your posts these days are about image — It’s disheartening and makes me wonder how you really feel about yourself and what sort of direction this blog/your writing is headed. I know you’ve worked hard for your body. I know you’ve had issues with food, and you feel healthy and happy now, or so you say. But are you really? I mean REALLY. If you are, awesome. I just sense like there is something deeper going on.

    1. i’m so sorry you feel that way, jenny. can you explain to me of other examples other than this blog post about vegas? i think you’re reading way too into this. i talked about zits on asses in thong bikinis and people snorting cocaine off each other and men being complete pigs. all things that happen in vegas every day and you would talk with your friends about, which is what my blog has been from the beginning. that being said, you’re asking a person you have never met and know nothing about, if they are truly happy. doesn’t that seem strange? how do you know what their happiness even is if you don’t actually know them? i’m sorry that you’re not a fan of the leggings and sports bra photos. i like to show those photos not only to share my clothes but to prove that eating my recipes and sticking with working out really does work. we live in a world that believes quick fixes are possible and i’m showing people that it’s just not the case. it takes hard work. no pills, no crash dieting, no bullshit, just hard work and dedication. my body is very important to me and i will not apologize for that, it’s the only one i’ll ever have. i will continue to do what i love and share what i believe in and say what’s on my mind. my happiness continues to grow because of my blog and because of all the crazy moments i get to share with my readers. but at the end of the day, i can’t make everyone happy. just myself. sorry again this post upset you, just try not to read into it too much. i have around 650 posts, that’s a shit ton of posts to offended over.

  19. OMG- I LOL’ed at this post for sure!

    You know you had a good time (and/or you are getting old) when your back seizes up from dancing so much!!

  20. This poke bowl was so good! Even though I used Tabasco, because I didn’t have sriracha, it was the kick it needed to take it over the top. This dish will be on heavy rotation this summer paired with some plantain chips.

  21. Autumn Numbers

    This recipe is absolutely incredible! I made it for a group of 12 last night and everyone loved it. Thank you so much for sharing!

  22. I’ve read your blog for a long time but I don’t know if I can anymore. You talk about loving yourself but sh*t on people doing just that. Sometimes it’s hard for people to accept who they are, so kudos to anyone who can embrace their flaws and put on a bikini because it makes them feel good, even if they aren’t a size triple zero. You don’t know what any of those people are struggling with, maybe they are trying to be healthier but are enjoying their vacation. Maybe they are just going to be themselves and be proud of whatever body they have. They definitely don’t need other people shaming them and judging them. I’ve got acne and could probably lose a couple pounds so I guess I should probably just hide away so no one is forced to see my flaws in public. Eff that.

    1. kristin, you gotta calm down. i didn’t talk about anyone’s weight here. no where in this am i shaming anyone for their weight. at all. you read it like that. i’m so sorry this upset you, but i’m not shaming anyone for their weight here. whatsoever.

  23. Gurrrrl, I feel ya! The older I get the more I realize how silly people are. I went to Mardi Gras, in college, and let’s just say you can’t un-see the disgusting things you saw. (Why was that a good idea to go??) Isn’t it funny how when you stay sober you see how ‘awesome’ people truly are 😛 I’m with you 100% on this post…especially the smoking part. Thankfully, it seems like it’s not the cool thing to do anymore–my girls won’t even know that you could smoke on airplanes, in the back of the plane no less.
    Sorry peeps are hating on you!

    Keep ‘keepin’ it real,’ chica…and thanks for all your inspiration!

  24. Vegas is the best and worst place. So much great people watching, but people give zero f*cks and are basically gross as hell. Good place to sit and laugh! As for the smoke, that is the NUMBER ONE reason I loathe going to Vegas. Your hair stinks so bad all the time. There are a few non-smoking casinos, but they are few and far between.

    Made the poké tonight and it was amazing! I doubled up the sriracha, because…sriracha. But I kept everything else the same. Wonderful!

  25. This was delicious! We will for sure keep this in rotation. We have loved every recipe we have tried from your site. Is it safe to store and eat leftovers?

  26. Made this 3 times now, so good every time! We added a sirracha mayo on top with primal kitchen mayo this time it was the bomb

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