A different domestic

Hey everyone! Hope your day is going well 😀

It’s funny how views of domesticity can change…

When I was younger, being domestic meant my once-weekly apartment cleaning extravaganza 😀

Now, it’s making fresh almond milk to go with my cereal


(For info on making almond milk, check out Gena’s how-to post)

I poured myself a bowl of the good stuff


And added some of my new raw cacao crunch cereal (from Earth Shift)


The nutritional info for this stuff is AWESOME


And I seriously still can’t believe I only paid $6 for the giant bag.

Check out the texture.. it’s like cocoa krispies for raw foodies


with my 1/2 cup serving, I added a sliced nanner, 1 T of goji berries and 1/2 T of cacao (cacao! cacao!) nibs


It was pretty face-rocking good 😀

I promised I’d give some info on each of my new products as I use them, so here’s some details on the benefits of cacao nibs and goji berries

Cacao nibs

Are peeled, crushed cacao beans and are extremely high in antioxidants (more than green tea, red wine and blueberries).

The antioxidants provide the following benefits:

  • Decrease blood pressure
  • Improve circulation
  • Promote cardiovascular functions and help fight heart disease
  • Improve function of endothelial cells that line the circulatory system
  • Provide protection from free radicals, which may trigger cancer, heart disease and stroke
  • Improve digestion

Cacao nibs have also be shown to aid in:

  • physical and mental wellbeing
  • increase energy
  • improve mood
  • keep appetite under control


And they taste like heaven and can give you a little caffeine buzz 🙂


Goji berries

Are also called “wolf berries” and are native to China. Like cacao, goji berries are extremely high in antioxidants and can help to cure cancer and slow the aging process. They have been used to treat high blood pressure, fever, age-related eye problems and diabetes. Goji berries can help immune function, protect vision and may help prevent heart disease.

From this website

Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process. It does this by minimizing damage to your cells from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.

So basically it’s the berry of youth 😀

I put the rest of the almond milk in the air force cup to use in the next couple of days:


And dehydrated the almond pulp to use as almond flour in some un-baked goodies

almond pulp

After all of that fun, I went to Targizzle to buy things I don’t really need get some sandwich baggies, maple syrup and paper towels. I tried on some of those boyfriend jeans and they were not cute at all. Super comfy, but I looked like a slob. Bah.

Then Jeni and I met at the gym for some legs:

Elliptical 5 minutes Level 5
Side lunge to plie 6 lb kettleball 3 sets of 10 on each side
Calf raise on a step Body weight 3 sets of 12
Hip abductors/adductors 50 lbs/35 lbs 3 sets of 12 of each exercise
Bridge pose into 1 leg bridge, switch 6 lb kettleball 30 seconds, 10 seconds, 10 seconds
Weighted booty blaster 8 lbs 3 sets of 12 on each side
Elliptical 20 minutes Level 6
Total time: 1 hr    

When I got back to the casa, the pilot was here!! He came home for lonchi, so I made him a turkey, pepperjack and avocado omelet with toast, and an open-faced salad for me:


Romaine, chickpea miso, tomato, 1/2 avocado, green onion, rice vinegar and cayenne.

With a side dip into the almond butter jar and some cocktail


I’m off to make phone calls (it never ends!), go for a run (I will do it! Hahah. The weather is beautiful which will help my motivation..and I found an iTunes gift card in the office), then making some ‘roons for a veggieFriend.

Have a great day bloggies!



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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 15, 2009 at 2:19 pm

    I need to be more domestic right now because my house is a mess! I love almond milk, I’m sure the homemade kind is amazing.

  2. Diana on October 15, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    That breakfast looks so good! And homemade almond milk? Wow, awesome!

  3. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    Sold! I want to try cacao nibs!

    Also–I never thought I’d be domestic. But good food is worth the housewifey-ness 🙂

  4. VeggieGirl on October 15, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    How does that raw cacao cereal compare to the One Lucky Duck chocolate crispies (which I had for breakfast this morning, funny enough, haha)??

    THANKS FOR THE SHOUT-OUT!!! Can’t wait for the goodies to arrive – much love xo

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2009 at 11:19 pm

      don’t be mad, but i’ve never tried the cereal from one lucky duck!! (i’ve only had the macaroons and a raw-nola bar) i’ve made the chocolate crispies before and it tasted like chocolate cardboard. so i have no clue how they compare :/

  5. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 15, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    mmmm ‘roons… droooollllll
    I love the looks of that open faced salad. I used to call open-faced sandwiches “open head” 🙂

  6. Stephanie on October 15, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    I just learned more about soy than I ever knew thanks to your link to Gena’s post… and I am glad I read that bc I think I may use that information going forward in my choice of “dairy” products and making sure my digestion is in order (which let’s face it, not always is). I also want to try to make this at home, so cool… thanks Gina! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2009 at 11:20 pm

      no prob! gena is an encyclopedia of nutritional knowledge 😀

  7. elizabeth on October 15, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    $6 for that much raw granola???? i’m checking out the website asap!

  8. Suzie on October 15, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Hey Gina-I’m just curious-but how come you do one hour of leg workouts and a run in the same day? That sounds like a lot of exercise.

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2009 at 4:13 pm

      hey suzie,
      because my workout is a mix of weights and cardio- i do cardio 6 days a week and weights 3 times a week. some days are easier than others to vary the intensity. today will be an easy 4 mile run, just to get my ticker going. tomorrow, i’ll do a slow 45-60 minutes on the elliptical and some yoga

  9. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on October 15, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Can you please be my stay at home chef? You get to live in Seattle insted of Valdizzy!

    Everything looks amazing, I’m inspired by your wonderful meals!

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm

      i would love to! so, when can i start?! you can’t tempt me with the thought of living in civilization 😀

  10. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on October 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    your so food is so georgous! and the plates and bowls you use are so pretty too! it really makes the food stand out to its fullets!! 🙂 thanks for the link on how to make the almond milk I have always wanted to make my own so here is my chance!!

    great workout!!

    • Fitnessista on October 15, 2009 at 5:13 pm

      thanks naomi! 😀

  11. K on October 15, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Cocoa crispies were one of many cereal addictions I went through – that bowl of cereal sounds A-mazing!! WOOHOO for the iTunes gift card! You’ll be jammin’ 🙂

  12. Sara on October 15, 2009 at 6:54 pm

    Hey Gina! That granola looks awesome! I was wondering – are there certain types of granola that are better than others? I know I used to always be told that granola was very high in fat for you so I didn’t know if there are certain kinds you are supposed to stay way from.


  13. Jenna on October 15, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    yummy breaky!

  14. Lyss on October 15, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    thank you for posting gena’s almond milk recipe! i drink the stuff all of the time and could not for the life of me figure out how it’s made! it looks so easy – i’m going to have to try to make my own VERY soon!

  15. chrysta on October 15, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    WoW! Awesome post. Thanks for the info on the almond milk. I ve actually always wanted to make my own but have been kinda intimidated to try it out. Im thinking this weekend though Im going to give it a go!

  16. Menden @ Skinny Menny on October 15, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I bought some boyfriend jeans from Express and, although they are SO comfy, I feel the same way as you do! So…guess I’ll be saving them for when I’m bumming around the house 🙂

    Oh, and love the cereal / goji berry mix! yum!

  17. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on October 15, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    I love homemade almond milk, it’s so easy and delicious. That cereal looks amazing too 🙂

  18. muffy on October 15, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    omg that cereal looks awesome!
    glad you like kombucha now 😀 hehe

  19. WholeBodyLove on October 16, 2009 at 12:18 am

    It’s amazing how our lives evolve over time. Did you ever think you would make your own almond milk for a breakfast of cacao and goji berries?

  20. One Healthy Apple on October 16, 2009 at 12:22 am

    My idea of being domestic has changed over the years as well- I never thought I would be cooking and doing laundry for my own family! I would love to try some goji berries- I could use some youth these days!

  21. Jenn (eating bender) on October 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

    Hola chica bonita!! I just read your personal trainer post (yeesh…am I showing how behind I am in life by saying that?) and wanted to tell you that I am so happy that you are doing something you love. That’s what counts the most!

    I could use a kick in the pants when it comes to being domestic. When I get home from work, I have no desire to cook/clean lately and it’s really making me sad! I miss being creative in the kitchen 🙁

    The cacao (said like a parrot, lol) looks delish! Have a great weekend, G! We need to catch up soon!

  22. Paige on October 16, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Suzie homemaker:) heck yeah! That’s awesome you make your own almond milk!!

  23. Tina on October 16, 2009 at 11:32 am

    I ran out of almond milk a few days ago and my oatmeal is just not the same with all water! And yum, the cacao crunch looks INCREDIBLE!

  24. Erin on October 16, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    Don’t you love when the boyz come home for lunch?! Hope you got a little afternoon delight 😉

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