A Night in V-town

Hellooooooo Smile How’s your Cyber Monday going?? So glad ya liked the gift guide!

I’m in Valdosta Open-mouthed smile


Usually my sanity cries when I drive into this town, but today it felt really, really good.

After hitting up the gym –too late to get a spin bike, so I ellipticized instead- I packed up an overnight bag and my trusty co-pilot.


We came to Valdizzy to see my friends and pick up Viesa’s furry face. She’s been at doggy camp (aka the kennel) since before Thanksgiving. I missed her so much!

Earlier this morning, I enjoyed a glorious creation:

Butternut Sauce

-1 can pureed butternut squash

-garlic, sea salt, pepper, pinch of Stevia

-Almond milk to thin it out

It makes a lovely omelet topping:


(stuffed with goat gouda and arugula + hummus salad)

and a delicious soup:


Side note: if you don’t like brussel sprouts, it’s because you haven’t had them steamed with organic butter, nutritional yeast and sea salt


During the road trip here, I listened to the new Zumba music –I think it’s time to start teaching again- and sipped on the ol’ standard:


(Sun Warrior and almond milk—SW promo has been moved until the end of the week. I’ll let ya know when it’s a go)

an apple

and caffeine:


Small soy latte with 1 pump peppermint. I usually get black coffee but wanted something different today Winking smile My stomach already hurts from the soy, but it was delicious.

We checked into the hotel de Jeni:

jenis house

and I’m about to take Bella to get her shots (sorry, Belly) before dinner with the girls.

Have a great night and I’ll see ya in the morning! <3



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  1. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on November 29, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    I could go for a peppermint latte right now. Yum.

  2. Maren on November 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve been putting nutritional yeast on everything lately!! I will definitely be trying it on my brussel sprouts next time! YUM!

  3. Paige @Running Around Normal on November 29, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I bet it feels so good to be “home” after all the traveling you’ve done – even if it is just for a couple days!

  4. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on November 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Wowzas! I’m gonna have to try that brussel sprout technique. I’ve been sauteing them but yours sound delicious… and protein-packed!

  5. Shelly on November 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    I hated Brussels sprouts until I tried 101cookbooks golden crusted Brussels sprouts. You basically cut them in half and cook them in olive oil until they get crusty (and caramelized which takes away most of their bitterness)then top them with your choice of cheese. I’ve been a huge fan ever since.
    I also like to roast them (again with the caramelization) and eat them in a quinoa bowl with lemon juice and olive oil as dressing- along with some browned onion and garlic, Parmesan (or whatever cheese or cheez you like), and a fried egg!

  6. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on November 29, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Sometimes you definitely need a “fancy” drink, right? 😉

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I love brussels now, but pan-seared with balsamic vinegar!

  8. Heather (Heather's Dish) on November 29, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    i hope you have a great time back home! and i’m down with you teaching zumba again…but more videos please 🙂

  9. Amanda (Eating Up) on November 29, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I should take an adventurous cue from you–I need to try some peppermint in my coffee!

  10. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    I have totally made that same sauce/spread before, but with goat cheese melted in… delicious! 😀

  11. LisaG on November 29, 2010 at 5:12 pm

    Hey Gina! Holler if u get a chance for a drink or lunch before you head back. Miss ya. I still haven’t tried Brussel sprouts again yet.

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2010 at 11:29 pm

      miss you too!! i have to head back early tomorrow but i would love to make plans for when i come back in january!

  12. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on November 29, 2010 at 5:13 pm

    How anyone dislikes brussel sprouts I know not. I’ve never tried them with nooch, but since they’re both delicious on their own, I imagine the combo would be amazing!

    Have an awesome time in Valdizzy!

  13. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 29, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    I always get an americano with almond milk and 1 pump peppermint. 😀 Delish.

  14. grocery goddess jen on November 29, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I definitely am not a huge fan of brussel sprouts, but the way you made them looks pretty darn good.

  15. Tara on November 29, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    So are we ever going to get the rest of that chocolate tart recipe? I want to make the crust, but I decided I better hold off until I get the rest of the recipe. We’d love to see it. Looks delicious. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      yes i’ll post it tomorrow!

  16. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 29, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I adore brussel sprouts, but they look even better with the organic butter and nutritional yeast!! Yum!

  17. Ashley on November 29, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I love peppermint ANYTHING – especially in coffee/latte, etc. Sooo yummy! Hope you have a good little trip!

  18. LuAnn Roy on November 29, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, i follow your blog and i love it!!! i also love your shake cup, where did you get it?? is it glass??? it looks very functional. thanks so much, keep up the good work

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

      yes it’s glass- from tj maxx

  19. Christine (The Raw Project) on November 29, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    The latte sounds wonderful and I’ve also been dumping nutritional yeast on everything lately.

  20. Leah @ Why Deprive? on November 29, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I LOVE brussels sprouts. Ive never steamed them though, thats a good idea – easier dishes to wash than roasting too. 🙂

  21. Georgie @ Georgie Goes Healthy on November 29, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    I have only ever had brussel sprouts roasted because I like to mix them with other veggies as well but those look sooo good!

  22. Cara Craves... on November 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    Great idea with the squash topping!

  23. fittingbackin on November 29, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    I’ve still never had brussels sprouts – eek! I don’t know if i’m ready!

  24. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on November 29, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    It’s amazing how we miss something when we don’t have it. 🙂 Bella looks way too cute in that picture.

  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 29, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    The food in this post all is just…perfect!

    The Bnut sauce. Yum!
    The coffee changed into a peppermint soy latte looks great (but sorry bout your tummy hurting from it!)
    And i love the answer to if you think you don’t like brussles sprouts it’s because…love that 🙂
    And the Sun Warr and almond milk.

    Simple but perfect food!

    Glad you’re back in Vtown with your sanity in tact!


  26. Shanna, Like Banana on November 29, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    What a beautiful guest bedroom!

    And does this mean you don’t have to give Viesa away???

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      we do- the family who is going to adopt her lives in phoenix

  27. katrian on November 29, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Sounds like you have been crazy busy. I don’t know how you do it! Those brussel sprouts sure do look tasty. Speaking of tasty, are we going to get the rest of that chocolate tart recipe?

    • Fitnessista on November 29, 2010 at 11:22 pm

      yes! haha how did i forget to post that? 🙂

  28. Megan L on November 29, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Hi Gina! I’m a big fan of your blog, and have a question regarding balancing hormones.(mine is a bit off…i think i need more estrogen.) What foods or supplements do you recommend for this?

  29. Allison @ Food For Healing on November 29, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    ooh latte, how i crave thee.

    bella looks like she has a huge smile on her face, so cute!
    aw i’ve missed viesa’s face!

  30. Carly on November 30, 2010 at 1:38 am

    What kind of dog is Bella? She is SO ADORABLE! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 30, 2010 at 7:18 am

      she’s a maltipoo

  31. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 30, 2010 at 8:41 am

    I don’t know how anyone can dislike brussel sprouts, especially when they’re roasted in the oven with EVO until they get crispy. I’ve never tried them with nooch, but I bet that’s good too!

  32. Christina on November 30, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I love how Bella looks like she’s smiling in that picture, adorable!

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