11/4: Meals and Fitness

After a pretty full day at work, and being out and about quite a bit lately, I told the Pilot it would be nice to stay home last night. We hung out just the three of us, grilled chicken and veggies for dinner, and crashed early- it was perfect. Apparently my iPhone didn’t get the message that AZ doesn’t do daylight savings- I woke up feeling so rested and awake at 6am! Turns out, it was 7am. Oops.

Farm box

Here’s what’s on the tentative plan for food and fitness this week:

Our farm box order:

Beets with greens

Apples (2)- 1 for juicing, one for eating


Hatch chile peppers (2)


Acorn Squash

Cherry Pie 

Jelly ballz

Meals and Prep:

PB & J amazeballs

-Zucchini banana pancakes and some purees for Liv (recipes to come on the Family page)

Cranberry, salmon, apple salad (it was so good, we have to have it again)

Sweet and savory squash bowls

Spicy almond butter kale chips 

-Grill chicken

-Chop salad veggies


Kale chips


-Sunday: OFF

-Monday: Runday

-Tuesday: November Knockout Workout

-Wednesday: Teach Zumba

-Thursday: OFF

-Friday: Active recovery (yoga with friends)

-Saturday: Teach World Beat and Zumba


What are you up to this week? Any new recipes or fitness classes on the agenda?

Any idea what to do with the hatch chiles?

Have a very happy Sunday!

See ya soon.



Your November workout calendar is here! 🙂

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  1. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on November 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Tonight I’m trying honey-beer chicken for the first time. I’m really excited to try it…and to drink the leftover beer 😉

    • Kim on November 4, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      That sounds awesome!! Might have to hunt for a recipe!

  2. Claire on November 4, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    you got a pie in your farm box?! that is fabulous.

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      YES. i’m kind of excited for it 😉

  3. Britt on November 4, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Chile rellenos with Hatch chilies…they’re the best!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm


      • Britt on November 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        So psyched that you put up a recipe!! Excited to try something different from my family’s recipe. Thank you!

  4. Erica { EricaDHouse.com } on November 4, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I’m doing a lot of ‘first’ this week in the kitchen! First time baking acorn squash, sweet potatoes and butternut squash!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      whoo hoo! enjoy 🙂

      • Jen on November 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm

        Maple syrup is so good on the Acorn and Butternut!

  5. Marcella on November 4, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Monday: 1 hour of Total body, wednesday aerobics, thurday: essentrics (something new, never tried) and sunday running about 8 kilometers (don’t know in miles?)
    Trying to make some quinoa!

    greetings from Holland! Marcella

  6. Alicia @NeverEverBeenSkinny on November 4, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    I am putting together my meals for this week right now…borrowing ideas from some fitness blogs ^_~…but this week is the start of my Eat at Home Challenge. Which is gonna be interesting!

    • Maria on November 4, 2012 at 1:20 pm

      Good Luck with your Eat at Home Challenge! I did that several months ago and discovered that I was a far better cook than I realized!

  7. Krista on November 4, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    I made my first stew yesterday and it turned out delicious! I even added some of the broth to my baby girl’s cereal for supper last night and she gobbled it up.
    Gonna try a few of your baby recipes this week for her. She digs combos much more than single foods.

  8. Brooke (beinvivacious.blogspot.com) on November 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I have been trying to be a bit more active in the kitchen and actually “cook” a bit more this week. (lamest excuse ever but life’s been so busy!) I have really been wanting to do a veggie stir fry with a healthy cream sauce. oh how nice it would be to have a farm box and not need to put in the effort at the grocery store to pick out all my veggies. I should see If I can’t find a place around where I live that does that.

  9. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance on November 4, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    This week I’m going to try making split pea soup for the first time. I’ll post about it, and hopefully it turns out well!

  10. jacki on November 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    We’ve had Hatch chilis on softshells with a little cheese to tone them down. Roast them first to remove the outer skin. Also put into Chili. Not sure what level of hotness you got but you can probably chop up into your eggs, etc. or use as you would a jalepeno.

  11. Kristen on November 4, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Heres a hatch chile recipe for stew. It says pork, but chicken works well too!

    If you’re feeling adventurous, make this apple cobbler. 🙂

    I’m making my own almond butter this week. I’ve never made it before. Do you recommend anything to put in it or should I just leave it plain?

  12. Rachel Boller - Busy Mama on November 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Ooooh zucchini banana pancakes sound DIVINE!!! This week marks the start of half marathon training for me! Will be very new for me adding all the running into my workout schedule!

  13. Amy on November 4, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    This week I start massage for my ankle area. I was massaging it this weekend and after an hour I moved it around and noticed my range of motion had greatly increased. So I found an Orthopedic Massage Therapist a 30 minute drive from my house and will start seeing her this week. Not sure how many times a week I’ll need to be seen but I really think it will help me get back full ROM again.

  14. lisa on November 4, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    I love hatch peppers, we grill them and top chicken or steak.

  15. Yoona on November 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Hey Gina! I’ve been reading ur site for awhile and this is my first time leaving a comment (shame on me I know!) just wanted to let you know that you’re a great role model for myself and a lot of people out there. Your healthy choice with food, your love for your baby and the family, your amazing relationship with people, your active life style, etc you know the list can go on 🙂 hope your site stays forever cause I always come visit your site whenever I’m feeling down or need some type of inspiration. Thanks for all u do:) oh btw ur veggie box..is that for only locals?

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      wow, thank you so much yoona! i appreciate your kind words <3 thank you for reading, too!
      and yes, sadly, the farm box is only available in phoenix and tucson

  16. Amelia on November 4, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    When I lived in Denver, the Whole Foods out there made Hatchamole instead of plain guacamole. Essentially it was the Hatch Chili Peppers added to their traditional guacamole. SO FREAKIN GOOD, especially with those Xochitl chips. Yum!

    Your farm box looks quite impressive! Right now I have been loving kale salads for lunches & making cranberry/pecan/coconut amazeballs. 🙂 How about that Alabama game last night? Happy Sunday!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 11:31 pm

      oh that’s a great idea! i love those xochitl chips
      and yes! ROLL TIDE 🙂

  17. Libby on November 4, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Love love love your blog! I made your amazeballs today (pb&j) and I am so hooked!! They are wonderful and easy to make. I am a runner (proud to say that I have lost over 80lbs this year) and I am always on the hunt for healthy protein packed meals! Thank You so much for sharing this recipe…I plan on trying every flavor…just not at one time;)

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      80 lbs!!! WOWEEEEEEE! congrats, you are amazing. keep up the great work. i’m so happy you liked the balls!

  18. Rebekah on November 4, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    I made baked turkey meatballs (ground turkey, feta, egg, italian bread crumbs, shallot, garlic) to eat with marinara and spaghetti squash for dinners this week. However, I’m most excited because after trying to make your perfect protein pancakes a couple of times and having them not turn out, they came out perfectly today! I’m not sure what I did differently this time, but I’m excited to have them again because they were AMAZING!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

      oh, good i’m glad they turned out for you!!
      and the meatballs sound like a fantastic idea- i might need to do that for next week

  19. Joanna on November 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    I am planning my workouts for the week. Planning has really helped me stay on track. I can only do one week at a time but I have it posted and I started a journal for it. I did my first yoga day last week and it was amazing. My back felt so much better. I can’t wait to do it again. 🙂 Have a great week!

  20. Sarah M on November 4, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    After a several month hiatus, I’m joining a gym this week. I’m excited to get active again and stronger.

  21. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 4, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    This week I’m making glazed pork tenderloin, citrus-marinated tofu with peppers, and massaged kale salad! At least that’s the plan… but my meals almost never go quite as planned! 😛

  22. Leslie W on November 4, 2012 at 7:23 pm

    Hey, Gina. I wonder if I could play with this to make a Fluffernutter amazeball? My kids love those sammies so I wonder if adding a little fluff could do it. I don’t want to add too much refined sugar, though. Hmmm…

    I’ve yet to try kale. Those chips look so good!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      that would be amaaaaazing

  23. misschels on November 4, 2012 at 7:40 pm

    Gina! I absolutely love hatch chiles. I roasted a batch when they were fresh and froze for later use. I love roasting them and putting them in my homemade salsa, tomatillo salsa is my fave but I’m sure any would work. I have also put them in my homemade chicken salad made with Greek yogurt to give it that extra spice it needs!

    • Fitnessista on November 4, 2012 at 11:29 pm

      YUM, ok thank you!

  24. Stephanie on November 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I discovered your blog a few weeks ago and am in LOVE!

    I have decided to follow the November workout calendar and I have a few questions:

    1- Where can I find a list of Hiit It workouts?
    2- I am unsure what 30-30s for 20mins means?


  25. Morgan on November 4, 2012 at 10:08 pm

    I plan on taking advantage of the lower cost of apples and making homemade applesauce and a batch of apple crisp!! Nothing says fall like the smell of apples cooking!!!

  26. Kristi @ lifesprinkles.com on November 5, 2012 at 2:30 am

    I bet those hatch chiles would make and awesome omelette or frittata 🙂

  27. Bek @ Crave on November 5, 2012 at 6:51 am

    I’ve tried a new Les Mills group fitness program called Grit this week- and can’t wait to do it again on Sunday! HIIT in group fitness style- my fav 😉

    • Hilary on November 5, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      How much did you love it?! I am a Les Mills instructor of many programs – isn’t it an awesome?! A totally different style!!

  28. Rebecca on November 5, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    You could try my aunt’s award-winning Roasted Hatch Chile and Corn Pizza– it’s halfway down the page in this article: http://www.austin360.com/news/lifestyles/food-cooking/food-matters-hatch-chiles-bring-a-welcome-heat-v-1/nRw6T/

    I tried it once, though with HAbaneros since I can’t get Hatches here. She makes great pizza and this recipe, even with Habaneros, tastes incredible!

    I’m not sure if you eat cheese…? But you could probably make the pizza vegan; just be careful not to make it too spicy in that case.

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