1/4: Meals and fitness for the week

Hi guys! Hope you had a wonderful weekend <3 This little feature is back by popular demand. I used to share my weekly fitness plan and meals, and stopped to take the weekends off when we were crazy busy with the move and finishing up edits for the book. Now that things have stabilized (for now haha), I’ve had some requests to bring it back! 

Meals and fitness

Some eats from lately:

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(protein oats: simmer 1/3 cup oats until cooked, stir in 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1 cup frozen berries, and a lot of almond milk. Sweetened slightly with Stevia and topped with a tablespoon of almond butter)

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(The cheesy manchego top on cauliflower pizza!)

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(Lemon-paprika baked chicken with roasted broccoli)

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(A glorious feast at Miguel’s: tamale, enchilada, rice and beans, with a Paloma Mule to drink)

Here’s what this week’s tentative fitness plan looks like: 

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Sunday: Core40 Combo

Monday: Teach BODYPUMP and Spin

Tuesday: OFF

Wednesday: Teach Zumba + 20 minute strength blitz

Thursday: OFF

Friday: Orangetheory

Saturday: Teach Zumba


Meal prep is pretty light this week (just planned a few simple dinners for Mon-Wed, since Livi’s birthday is on Thursday and we’ll be celebrating!). She requested macarons and cupcakes for her class. 😉

Here’s what I have for dinner ideas:

Mini turkey and lentil meatloaves with mashed sweet potatoes and salad

Crockpot chicken cashew chicken with brown rice 

Crispy mustard roasted chicken (using coconut flour and almond meal instead of panko) with brussels sprouts and cornbread

Crustless quiche with breakfast potatoes and salads


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Snacks and prep:

Protein brownie batter bites

Paleo bread

Chop veggies for salad, wash fruit

Make huge batch of chia pudding

Grain-free granola (from the book!)

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(I love packing this to-go in a jar, and adding almond milk) 

Are you planning and prepping today? What’s on the menu for this week?



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  1. I’m starting a Whole30 tomorrow, so my meals have been mapped out and blogged! I made a tasty Mexican feast today that will be lunch tomorrow 🙂

  2. Sounds like you have a great plan for the week! I haven’t planned out this week yet, but will probably get some meal prep etc going on tomorrow 🙂

  3. I got your book on Wednesday and read it cover to cover! I made your perfect protein pancakes and froze them for breakfast and baked some sweet potatoes for lunches. I am all set for the work week and just heard my school district might be closed tomorrow! Cold day, baby!

  4. Clara Altemus says:

    Random Question: if I wanted to make any of these different recipes, particularly the superfood cookie dough, would it still work if I substituted regular peanut butter for almond butter and added vanilla protein powder? If so, how much protein powder is recommended?

  5. Justine mckenzie says:

    Inspiration for a healthy week 🙂
    I just did your most recent Barre HIIT YouTube today and it was AMAZING!
    Feeling the oh so good burn.
    thanks for putting out quality fitness videos I can enjoy in my home gym.

  6. Ilovefetacheese says:

    so glad food posts are back!! 🙂 love these

  7. Jacquelyn says:

    SOOOO happy these are back!!! Love love love these posts!!!!!!

  8. Alexandra says:

    So glad that this feature is back! I love getting weekly food and workout inspiration! Thanks 🙂

  9. Ahhh! I cannot wait for my book to arrive! 🙂 I’m cooking some meals involving tempeh, kale and sweet potatoes… Can’t go wrong with that! Have a great week!

  10. Glad these posts are back! I am stocked up for the week, but was a little light on food prep as well. May at least chop some veggies tonight. Have a great week!

  11. I made granola today, chicken is in the crockpot for tomorrow’s shredded chicken tacos, a big pot of friendship soup is on the stove, meals planned, grocery list complete. Now I have a pile of laundry to tackle, then maybe a little knitting (dishcloths).

  12. I actually just finished prepping some egg white muffins and your breakfast cookies (which I make a batch of every Sunday!). Question for you – where do you find most of your meal inspo? Pinterest, your own blog, google, cookbooks? Just curious. I was obsessed with Pinterest recipes for a while there, but received an Ina Garten cookbook and the Pioneer Woman cookbook for Christmas, so will be pulling most of our dinners from there for the next few months 🙂

    • Fitnessista says:

      cookbooks and restaurants! i love looking at restaurant menus and getting ideas from there. love ina garten and red; you have some amazing meals on the way 🙂

  13. That pizza looks super yummy! What recipe do you use for the cauliflower crust?

    • Fitnessista says:

      it was a variation of jess’ from how sweet eats, using goat cheese and manchego instead of the other cheeses

  14. After the holiday weight gain, I am back at it all tomorrow. Having quite a few salads with many kinds of greens and tons of WATER. Talk about salt and sugar overload.

    • Fitnessista says:

      same. i went a little crazy with the salt and sugar this year. feels good to get back in the swing of things!

  15. I am planning my workouts this week based on HIIT It! I am so happy it is finally out 🙂

  16. Yaara Leve says:

    Thank you thank you thank you for this!! I know I’ve been bothering you about it for a while! Umm hello! I need that paprika chicken in my life! I think I’m going to make that for dinner this week too! You must have so much energy! I’m just tired reading your teaching schedule–lol. Also Just curious–what happened to barre? I remember you taught on Tues and Thurs? Did you just not count that because it’s more demonstrating? And I just noticed–from the pic above–you have really nice turnout!! I have the worst! My feet are flat like Fred Flintstone and pronate inward. Have a great week girlfriend!! XOXO

    • Fitnessista says:

      i don’t include barre because even though i do a lot of class with them, it’s more of an instruction-based class. i got a sub for thurs night so we can celebrate with liv for her birthday 🙂 and don’t let the turnout fool you; ballet was never a strong point for me haha. my irish dance teaching once told me i had “duck feet” bahaha
      hope you’re enjoying the new year!! xoxo

  17. I got your book Friday and almost finished reading it already! I could totally relate to the part where you talked about steady state cardio & not seeing results. I definitely had results doing that during my weight loss, but since then the same as you described still had the jiggly bits. Funny thing is my injuries last year forced me to do more strength training which prompted me to incorporate them in circuits. Your book is going to really help me take that to the next level. Thank you!!!

  18. Yay! I’m glad these posts are back. It helps me plan my weeks. We’ve been in major food ruts for months. I blame my picky kids. They change what they are picky over constantly! Loving meal ideas in your book too. Mapping out workout plan tomorrow. Have a good night!

    • Fitnessista says:

      we get stuck in our routine, too, because i tend to gravitate towards things i know liv likes and will eat. happy to hear you’re getting some new ideas!! xoxo

  19. Brr, it’s a cold day outside and im going to make me some curry soup to warm my stomach! I “meal prepped” yesterday for today’s meal which is pork kidneys and bone broth 😀

  20. I never ever plan.
    this is my year to MEAL PLAN for at least a few days a week.
    baby steps 🙂

  21. happy Bday to Liv! And thanks for sharing the meals and workouts

  22. I love that Liv requested macaroons! She knows what’s good 🙂 I really want some of that grain-free cereal right now…

  23. Yum!! I feel so much more prepared for the week when I have some things prepped and a plan in place. I made some minestrone soup with homemade bone broth, a frittata and salads for the week!

  24. Not related to this post, but I just wanted to say how inspiring you are. Your posts about giving back, being mindfully thankful, and passing those values on to your daughter have really influenced how I think and act, especially at the start of a new year. Thank you so much for sharing a slice of your life with us!

  25. So many great eats for the week! I’ve never heard of Core40, is it similar to pilates? The apparatus looks similar.

  26. I love how prepped you are!! such yummy snacks to have on hand 🙂

  27. I prepped some overnight oats for breakfasts and bought a bunch of veggies to roast up for sides today. Here’s to a great week!

  28. queenoffitness says:

    last night i made some mediterranean chicken and pasta, an old recipe from fitness magazine. tonight before i prance off to teach zumba, i am making your sweet potato and black bean crockpot chili from the validizzy days! i made it last week too and i can’t get enough. i always loved your old serving size terms, “serves 1 gina as a snack or two normal people as a side dish.”

  29. I made a big batch of chili today to eat for lunches/dinners during the week!

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