A New Chia in My Life

Hiiiii 🙂 Hope you’ve had a fabulous Saturday so far!

After this morning’s post, I couldn’t wait to try out something new in my bfast:


Chia goodness. And goodness it was 😉


I munched 1/3 C oat bran with banana, vanilla Sun Warrior protein, mesquite, cinnamon, 1 T chia goodness (which is chia with cacao and buckwheat), and 1 T almond butter

Then I went off to do a nutrition analysis for a client. Every couple of weeks, we go over meal plans that correspond with her exercise schedule. The cool thing is, as I create the meal plans, I tell her why I’m choosing the foods and ratios that I do, and now she’s getting to a point where she can do it on her on, no problemo. I’m super proud of her 😀

After the gym, the pilot and I ran some errands and I had the un-mistakable urge to SHOP!!! Too bad Valdizzy’s mall is puny…. until I can stop the shopping beast in Orlando next weekend, I bought a couple of new things at Books A Million (Beefcake and Noble wannabe).

An AMAZING raw cookbook:


I’ve been wanting it since I attended 105degrees. The recipes are so beautifully created and I love the emphasis on glamorous plating.


Don’t you just want to grab a fork and dive in?!

I also bought THIS:


Yes, I’m 14 years old. And yes, I can play the first page of Bella’s lullaby now 🙂

We stopped at Main Squeeze for juices (I got apple, wheatgrass and ginger) and then back to the casa to be lazy clean and stuff.

Dinner was one of my favorite types… super simple and super delicious


Roasted eggplant with rosemary, sea salt and pepper

roasted asparagus and grape tomatoes with garlic, sea salt and pepper

Balsamic marinated portobello mushroom caps with wilted spinach and goat cheese (the pilot had chicken)


Since the pilot had some studying to do, I got to pick a girly movie to watch 🙂

Julie and Julia:


I’ve seen it before when it first came out, but definitely wanted to see it a second time. Meryl Streep cracks me up and even though I despise Amy Adams haircut in the movie, I adore her so much.

We had plain popcorn (popped in a paper bag in the microwave) and topped with sea salt, Earth Balance and nutritional yeast as we watched the movie:


Not a bad night 😉

Well I’m off to take these puppies for a short walk then crash out. I’ve got a 6-miler in the morning with the girls—it’s our last long-ish run before the half. Eeeeeeek!!!

Have a lovely evening <3



Something to do: Keep those Winter Shape Up success stories coming my way! A re-cap, mumbo jumbo and a giveaway are all coming atcha on Monday.

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  1. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on February 27, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    I haven’t had goat cheese in what feels like forever (okay a couple weeks). Those lumps are calling my name!

    Plating/styling food is so important for satisfaction.

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on February 27, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    what a great saturday!!! the eggplant looks amazing, and i’m totally with ya on the twilight movie…i think we’ve all reverted back to 14 years old when that came out!

  3. sarah on February 27, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Go Team Edward lol
    Although I have to say, I upset myself drooling over 17 yr old Jacob in New Moon, what a cougar I am 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 27, 2010 at 10:11 pm

      ahah me too, girl. i can’t help it

  4. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on February 27, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Mmm, never seen that chia, but it sounds like something I would love. 🙂

    Still haven’t seen Julie and Julia. Everyone I know told me I should see it, and I love Meryl Streep too. Don’t know what I’m waiting for. Will download it on iTunes right now. That and Food, Inc. I think I’m the only food blogger that has seen neither.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend Gina!

  5. Danielle on February 27, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Um, 14 years old right there with ya! <3 Edward I know, he's half my age Is that wrong?

  6. Sara @ ActiveGal on February 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Team Edward all the way! Good luck on your run tomorrow – have fun!

  7. Marissa on February 27, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    I really love roasted veggies! I haven’t seen J+J yet but I want to!

  8. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on February 27, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    The chia oat bran mix…yum… I love chia seeds. So good!!!
    Twilight is awesome… totally brings out the teen in everyone!! 😀

  9. christina cadden on February 27, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    Sounds like a fun day! Dinner looked so good!

  10. melissa on February 27, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Gina,
    yummy cereal…where did you get the chocolate flavor? Also, what brand goat cheese do use buy?
    Have a great weekend:)

    • Fitnessista on February 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

      i got it at the health food store
      for the goat cheese, i buy whatever they have that uses vegetable rennet or no enzymes (that one is chevre)

  11. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on February 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I want to try that chia stuff! It looks quite interesting 🙂

  12. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on February 27, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    I’d love to try that chia goodness! Think it can be found at Whole Foods?!?

    • Fitnessista on February 27, 2010 at 10:40 pm

      i think so 🙂

  13. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on February 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I’m with ya– Amy Adam’s haircut is awful in that movie! It was a fun one to watch, though! 😉

    That looks like a great new raw un-cook book! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!!

  14. Baroque Diva on February 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    I think I’m the only food blogger who’s SICK of the J&J movie! 🙂 I got it for Christmas, and whenever a girlfriend comes over they ask to watch it! LOL I loved it the first few times, though!

    OMG- i LURVE that you bought the music score of the Twilight soundtrack! You can play piano? Yippee, another musical food bloggie! 🙂 I’ve never seen Twilight, but I have tons of musical theater books… AND… I can play the waltz from Amelie on piano!

  15. Bridgette on February 28, 2010 at 12:06 am

    I’ve never tried Chia seeds before and I saw that Chia Goodness in my local organic grocery store but I didn’t buy it. What do you think of the product?

  16. Run Sarah on February 28, 2010 at 1:09 am

    Your dinner looks seriously amazing…yum. That Chia Goodness sounds like a fun oatmeal addition!

  17. caronae on February 28, 2010 at 1:24 am

    Fun new chia combinations? I’m in. I really need to see Julie and Julia. Can’t wait.
    Happy Sunday Gina!

  18. Elizabeth on February 28, 2010 at 7:16 am

    Hi Gina. Your dinner looks delicious! Can you share exactly how you cooked the vegetables. Mine never look that good. Thanks! Elizabeth

  19. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 28, 2010 at 7:37 am

    That cookbook cover is SO beautiful. I’d buy it for the cover alone!

  20. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on February 28, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I love that simple dinner =D

    And I love Julia & Julia! Now my boyf doesn’t hate it after seeing it a few times! lol


  21. Lauren @ eater not a runner on February 28, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Yes her hair is pretty awful in that movie!

    Enjoy the run 😉

  22. Lisa on February 28, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Looks like we did similar stuff yesterday. I spent my gift card @ BAM and got a couple of cookbooks (Ani Phyo & Matthew Kenney) and The China Study. Then watched Love Happens & We’re All Fine. I loved J&J too; got it for Christmas.

  23. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on February 28, 2010 at 9:24 am

    WHY did they have to give her that terrible haircut??? I don’t understand what it does to the movie! haha I have been debating this with people since I saw it. I have heard good things about that Chia goodness, can you get it at whole foods or trader joes?

  24. Emily N on February 28, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I’ve been doing your weights routine but I modified it a little b.c my goal is training for a half marathon in April. Anyway, I never did weights before but now I enjoy it and (*bonus*) I have actual arm definition now! Thanks so much for all your tips and links to video on form…they really helped me since I had no idea what I was doing when I started.
    p.s. I can’t wait to place an order once your site launches. Congrats!

  25. Bethany on February 28, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Hi Gina! Just wanted to let you know the package arrived! Thank you so much and the macaroons are UH-mazing. Seriously. Foodgasms. I’ll be placing an online order just as soon as you’re up and running!
    Thanks again 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

      whoo hoo! i’m so glad you got them 🙂

  26. Krista on February 28, 2010 at 9:38 am

    I’ve got Ruth’s cranberry ginger in my pantry, but I didn’t realize there was a chocolate one, too!!!!

  27. Elise on February 28, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Hey Gina,

    Can you please remind us (again) where one would find nutritional yeast? By that I mean in what section of the store? We don’t have a whole foods close but we do have an HEB Central market. I just have no idea where to start looking. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

      hmmm it’s usually by the supplements, but i’d ask someone where they carry it

    • Jenny on March 1, 2010 at 11:42 am

      I just bought some at Central Market this weekend. It’s in the bulk bin section by all the flours, sugars, grains, etc.

  28. Amy on February 28, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Have you been playing the piano for a long time? Do you have a piano?

    You’re such an interesting person!

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 11:22 am

      hahah thanks 🙂
      i’ve been playing since i was 10 because i really started to get into singing. piano made me a much better singer!
      i stopped singing in college, but kept playing the piano on and off… just starting to get back into it 🙂
      and yes, we have a piano

  29. Kalli@fitandfortysomething on February 28, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I have tried that chia too and love it! Your dinner looks great. Hope you have a good run!

  30. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 28, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Sounds like you had a great evening planned! I did the same….chilled and watched TV. Good luck today on your run.

  31. LEM on February 28, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I saw the exact same movie yesturday!! I LOVED IT!! it inspired me in so many ways!

  32. skinnyrunner on February 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

    ive never tried chia seeds before but the chia goodness has me tempted.

  33. Allison @ Food For Healing on February 28, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I’ve thought about buying that Chia Goodness, but i just haven’t broke down and done it yet just because of the price. Maybe once I have some more money coming in, in a couple weeks, i’ll give it a try, ive always been curious.

  34. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on February 28, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Such a lovely plate of veggies for dinner. Those kinds of meals make me feel amazing!

  35. Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on February 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    I absolutely LOVE twilight! I read the entire series in just 2 weeks! haha I couldn’t stop and I have the first soundtrack on my itunes!

  36. Angela on February 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    what type of bag do you use to pop the popcorn in the microwave?

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 12:15 pm

      just a plain paper lunch bag

  37. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on February 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    LOVED Julie & Julia! So cute 🙂 Where did you find that chocolate chia??? I must get some ASAP!

    • Fitnessista on February 28, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      got it at the health food store

  38. Kristilyn (My 29th Year) on March 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    I tried Nutritional Yeast on popcorn on the weekend and it rocked! I absolutely loved it. 🙂

    I never knew you played piano! How lovely. I’m a piano player myself, too, and I’ve actually released a few albums in the past few years (http://www.reverbnation.com/kristilynrobertson). I love the Twilight soundtrack, though I heard a leaked copy that was supposedly Bella’s lullaby and I loved it so much better.

    I’ll have to try that Chia Goodness sometime! I see it all the time in the grocery store, but always pass on buying it. I never knew there was a chocolate flavour – yum!


  39. Dana Marie on September 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I was an extra in Julie and Julia! It was so cool to be in two scenes with Meryl et al!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      whaaaat?! that is so awesome 🙂

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