Raw sloppy joes

Hi everyone! Hope your day is going well! I wanted to blog earlier but haven’t had the time—things have been extra ccrrraazzyy. But I’m here now 😀 Hi!

I started the day with a new bfast…


(I always take a drink before taking a picture of beverages in case I don’t like it and send it to garbage disposal city)

I was way excited when Kelly from Sequel Naturals offered to send me some of the new Vega Smoothie Infusion. Honestly, it’s been sitting in the pantry for about a month, but today I was feeling brave and decided to give it a whirl.


I added one scoop into the Vitamix with 1 cup vanilla hemp milk, 1 banana, 1 cucaracha (aka medjool date), cinnamon, 1 tbs raw almond buttah, and vanilla extract.

It was GOOD!!!


I’m honestly not a picky person when it comes to powders because I ate protein powder pretty consistently for 2 recent years in my life. It’s the GREEN that gave me the heeby jeebies! Yes, I’ll drink green juice all the live long day but a green powder kinda weirds me out for some reason. Hence, why I have not and probably will not drink that Amazing Grass stuff.

The smoothie was very satisfying –such a great summer bfast- and then I was off to teach spin.

Teaching spin was ROUGH today. Not only after my wine induced evening but after the lack of sleep I got last night. Viesa is lucky to be alive right now hahah. She cried ALL night because she wanted to go see Megan. Which is very sweet, but also highly annoying. Maybe she’ll be lucky enough to sleep in Megan’s room tonight.. I hope 😉

So after spin, I came home and had 30 minutes to chill before going to the other gym to train my client (who bought a hefty training package today- woot woot!).

Feeling spontaneous and wanting to use some of the mountain of produce that Megan and I have in the fridge, I made RAW VEGAN SLOPPY JOES!


Ahhhhhh they were so delicious!!!!!

Here’s the recipe, friends:

RAW SLOPPY JOE “MEAT” (Serves two.. or one hungry Gina)

– 1/4 cup soaked raw walnuts 

– 1/2 red bell pepper, roughly chopped

– 1/3 sweet onion, roughly chopped

-1 carrot, sliced

-1 celery stalk, sliced

– 4 sundried tomatoes

-1 garlic clove

– 1 portobello mushroom cap, washed and diced (medium)

– raw apple cider vinegar, nama shoyu, cayenne pepper, chili powder, oregano, fresh rosemary, sea salt and pepper

  1. Add all of the veggies, except for the portobello mushroom pieces into the food processor and process until well chopped and combined

  2. Put the veggies into a large bowl and stir in the portobello mushroom pieces
  3. Season with a splash each of nama shoyu and apple cider vinegar and drizzle with a little flax oil
  4. Add dried oregano, a little fresh rosemary, sea salt (go easy on the sea salt.. with the nama shoyu, it would be easy to make it too salty), pepper and a little cayenne and chili powder
  5. Serve on romaine leaves for maximum deliciousness


I can’t get over how good these came out.. and it took me about 10 minutes from start to finish.

Let me know if you give it a try! 😀

My favorite kind of vegan meat… the kind that doesn’t taste like meat at all 😉 Full of veggies and seasonings- glorious!

I also put the pilot’s REAL meat meal in the slow cooker:


Spanish chicken- chicken, San Marzano tomatoes, garlic, onion, red bell pepper, oregano, tomato paste, Italian sausage, and after it’s cooked I’ll add in artichoke hearts and olives. Super easy and hopefully he’ll love it! It smells like heaven.

After my training appointment, I came home to chill for an hour before going to teach spin and Zumba.

I had a fruit bowl with  a beautifully ripe mango, a saturn peach and Rainier cherries


All in my monster bowl.. because, well, I’m secretly five years old


The I laid on the couch for 20 minutes before leaving to teach and that’s when disaster set it. I felt clammy, my throat started hurting and I felt the past few weeks catch up to me a little. Coincidentally, I haven’t had green juice in about 3 days… I seriously think it makes a HUGE difference in helping me get through my busy days.

At the pilot’s suggestion, I canceled tonight’s spin and Zumba classes. I HATE hate haaaaaaaate (Petah Pan.. Hook reference… anyone?) canceling classes, but the pilot had a good point in saying that if I don’t take it easy tonight and chill, tomorrow is going to be even harder than today was. I totally agree- when your body is telling you to back off, you gotta listen.

So here I am, 5:30pm in jammies. A grandma in all my splendor. Haha.

I hope you’ve all had a great day and I’ll see ya tomorrow morning!



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  1. The Rest is Still Unwritten says:

    Hope you feel better soon! I got kicked out of spin class yesterday! I didn't know I had to sign up…Woops. Wish I could take one of your classes! and cooking lessons!

  2. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) says:

    Those sloppy joes are one of about a million reasons that I:

    A) might be making sloppy joes for dinner;
    B) know you are going to rock at raw cooking school!;
    C) love you, love your blog.

    I hope you feel better!!!

  3. Danielle C. says:

    I have to admit it…but I (not so secretly) covet your monster bowl. 🙂

    Feel better soon!

  4. heartswholefoods says:

    The raw sloppy joe's sound really good, and looks fantastic too 🙂

    I hope you feel better, Gina!!!

  5. awwwwwwwww I'm sorry you're feeling like poop! I hope you feel better fast! I tried the amazing grass today and it was good! Def a strange grassy under tone…but I kind of liked it! Those raw sloppy joes look awesome. I am making sloppy janes tonight 🙂 Thank you for your thoughts on the Heart Rate Monitor stuff!!

  6. My dog does the SAME thing when we have visitors! Little monster 🙂

  7. simpledaisy says:

    I definately agree that you have to listen to your body! I am training to ride in a century and sometimes I just feel to tired to ride…..so I rest and then I am back at it the next day!

  8. Veganissexy says:

    Feel better 🙂 You hubs is right! You do need to give your body a break…I tend to do the same then hit a serious wall and crash big time. Take it easy and enjoy your jammie time! Love the sloppy joe recipe….looks like a winner!

  9. ttfn300 says:

    hope you're feeling better soon hun!!! LOVE those joes 🙂

  10. The Pilot says:

    Nice cookin', my little zombie girl. Proud of you, babe.

  11. Yum…those sloppy joes look good! I don't like mushrooms, but wonder if I would in this dish?
    Get some sleep and I hope you feel better!

  12. K from ksgoodeats says:

    Oh. My. Gosh. Those sloppy joes sound and look FANTASTIC! I'm so making those!!

    Feel better, G$ 🙂

  13. Mrs. LC says:

    Aw, I love when I catch comments of the Pilot's, what a cutie. 😉

    Feel better sweet g! Your body will thank you for taking tonight off. xoxo!

  14. Gena (Choosing Raw) says:

    Rest up mama! Double green juice for you.


  15. buffmuffy says:

    lol you are 5 and 75 at the same time!
    i love that bowl. is it from target?

  16. RhodeyGirl/Sabrina says:

    gina i'm being a grammy with you! i even stayed home from work today, which i haven't done in over 2 years! can't be sick for my wedding!!

    we call those peaches "dinars" after the jordanian money 🙂 in jordan they SERIOUSLY taste like heaven and i have eaten more than my fair share in a sitting before. yum.

  17. just me says:

    love the different ages throughout the day! if i could i'd stay in my pj's all day longggg!

  18. Sloppy joes look FAB!

    Hope you feel better soon!!! (((HUGS)))

  19. Balance, Joy and Delicias! says:

    raw sloppy joes looks delicious!!~~
    Glad you take the day off with teaching! Hope you feel better soon! 🙂

  20. I LOVE your new recipe! I am totally trying those out ASAP!

  21. MarathonVal says:

    Your raw sloppy joes look AMAZING!! If you concocted those in your head, you are a culinary genius. I can't wait to make them…

    Hope you feel better soon!!

  22. those vegan sloppy joes look amazing! feel better soon!

  23. eatlivelovedream says:

    Hope your feeling better soon!!! Your such a busy woman! it's good your hubby made you rest:)

  24. OMG….those Vegan Sloppy Joe's look GREAT!

    I was Vegetarian for eight years but eat meat now, however those seriously look fabu!

    – AnnQ

  25. Menden @ Skinny Menny says:

    Aw, definitely get some good rest tonight! The pilot's right…you gotta listen to your body!

    Those faux sloppy joe's look awesome…I'm absolutely going to try your recipe!

  26. Christina says:

    I love the monster bowl!!! I think I need to add some kiddie bowls to my collection.

  27. Great recipe! I'll be giving that one a try for sure 🙂

  28. well wishes being sent your way 😉

    Thanks so much Gina for sharing the Raw sloppy joe recipe, it looks scrumptious! I'll let you know when I try it out 😀

  29. Anonymous says:

    Gina, your food looks awesome and truly it will change your life, but I have to say that your roomie is the best part of your blog 🙂 hee-hee Love, Megan's Mom 🙂 !!!!

  30. fittingbackin says:

    I love your monster bowl! And I love that you slowed your roll – listen to your well fed pilot! Good for you for taking care of yourself in ALL aspects. 🙂 Feel better, grandma!! j/k

  31. wholebodylove says:

    I wish I had a food processor! I want to try those raw joes! I agree with the pilot (whatta smart guy) take it easy, you do SO much day in and day out. Your body will love you after some rest. There is NO shame in taking care of yourself 🙂

  32. Kristin says:

    Those sloppy joes look fantastic. Here it is, almost two in the morning and my mouth is watering 🙂 I may have to make them tomorrow.

  33. i'm a grandma most nights too – i could have used a 5:30pm jammie night last night instead of staying up until 11pm watching so you think you can dance. awesome show, bad idea.

    LOVE those sloppy j's – might have to give those a whirl! have a good one 🙂

  34. Girl on Raw says:

    Look after yourself sista! Get some rest and hopefully you will wake up tomorrow feeling much better!

  35. those sloppy joes look great!

    i hope you feel better today!

  36. heyitstay says:

    awwww feel better, gorgeous!! Rest up and take it easy!

  37. Ruh roh, hope you feel better soon! I will definitely be trying your sloppy joe recipe, for what it's worth!

  38. Raw sloppy joes sound great! Thanks for sharing! Feel better!

  39. ohmygosh. YUM. i love raw food. AND sloppy joes!
    Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  40. Hey there! I have been following your blog for a while and think you are great! You are changing people’s lives through food, fitness, and fun. Have you considered coaching for beachbody? I think you would be great at it! It’s all about motivating people to stay healthy and reach goals. LMK if you want to know more! Keep up the great work…and keep posting recipes so I can keep my hubby out of the junk! 😉

    • Fitnessista says:

      thanks so much!
      i’ve considered it, but am so busy with other things, i wouldn’t be able to fully commit

  41. I was just browsing your recipes (you come up with the most unique stuff!) and the vegan sloppy joes sound sooooooo gooooood. I can’t wait to make them!!!

  42. NADIA TRINDADE says:

    I stumbled upon your website & needless to say I fell in love! Your website has all the necessary ingredients any girl could ask for: fashion & fitness. Would it be to much to ask if you can post some healthy recipes? I’m also taking your Summer challenge. 🙂

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