Chocolate cherry bomb ice cream

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start 🙂

If you’re catching up on the bloggy this morning, here’s what went down this weekend:

I bought a ticket to Chicago for Healthy Living Summit weekend

-The pilot and I enjoyed a Bobby Flay feast and

The blogroll is BACK 😀


Well, I’ve been quite obsessed with Kristen’s Chocolate Cherry Bomb Shake for a while…

choc cherry (2)

As well as Heaby’s Protein Ice Cream:

protein ice cream

So you can imagine my delight when the two got together and had a protein lovechild 😀

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Ice Cream

(a hybrid of the Chocolate Cherry Bomb and Protein Ice cream)

choc cherry

*2* servings or one hungry Gina serving

Into the Vita-mixalicious:

-1 C almond milk

-1 scoop Sun Warrior

-3/4 t xanthan gum

-1 T raw cacao powder

-1 T hemp seeds

-1/2 C frozen organic black cherries

-Stevia (I used about 10 drops of vanilla Stevia)

-1/2 T maca (optional)

-pinch of sea salt

-1/2 t vanilla

-2 handfuls of ice

-water as needed to thin it out while blending

Ridiculous. You get a GIANT bowl of ice cream, which your pilot/husband/boyfriend/friend/cat will be extremely jealous of 😉

Last night was a pretty chill night. I got home from Bizzle, ate some dinner and ice cream,

lounged with the puppers


put on a face mask (I use Repechage Honey-Almond scrub as a mask for 15 minutes, then exfoliate and rinse off)

and read SELF while watching Definitely, Maybe and Next Food Network Star.


(Holler to Caitlin for Operation Beautiful’s blurb in the mag!)

Sometimes it’s nice to do absolutely nothing– especially before a hectic Monday.

I’m off to make some bfast, pump some crazy iron and then do the work thang 🙂

Enjoy your day (and some ice cream) 😀



Something to do: Strength and Hills Workout!

Biceps and Triceps

5 min cardio warm up

Seated incline hammer curls

Tricep dips

Assisted Pull-up

Cable bicep curl

Tricep kickback with pronation (rotate the weight as you go back so your palm faces the ceiling)

Hills: Start at an easy speed (4.0) with 4.5% incline and add in 1% incline every minute until you can’t take it anymore—keep it there for 1 minute, then take it back down to 4.5% and repeat for a total of 25 minutes, cool down for 5 minutes

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  1. Laura J. on June 21, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I’m taking that strength and hills workout to the gym with my tonight! Can’t wait! 🙂 Your workouts always result in me leaving the gym a sweaty beast. And for that I love you. haha 😛

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 8:45 am

      haha, you’re welcome 😉

      • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 8:53 am

        please let me know how it goes 🙂

        • Laura J. on June 21, 2010 at 9:18 am

          Definitely! 🙂

          • Laura J. on June 22, 2010 at 11:00 pm

            It was great!! I wanted to scream profanities a couple different times during the hill workout, ha. But that’s just a sign it’s a freakin awesome workout! Mission accomplished 🙂 Thanks again for another great workout!

          • Fitnessista on June 23, 2010 at 7:20 am

            hahah awesome!

  2. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on June 21, 2010 at 8:28 am

    WOW, I can’t wait to try that cherry protein ice cream! I’m also a huge fan of the choc cherry bomb smoothie so I’m sure this will be just as delish as you said!

    Quick ques: Do you know how important the hemp seeds are? I have the rest of the ingredients and want to make this soooon 🙂 Like NOW, LOL

    Have a great day Gina!!! XOXOX

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 8:45 am

      the hemp seeds are optional- sometimes i use them, sometimes i leave em out 🙂

  3. Jocelyn on June 21, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Yummy! That icecream looks delish 🙂 I like anything with cherries. If only Canada would hop on the frozen cherries bandwagon! Also, cute pic of the pup 😉

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet on June 21, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Oh YUM. That is a brilliant protein creation!

  5. Marissa on June 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

    I love making protein “Frosty”s! They’re by far my favorite meal ever. A gigantic bowl of chocolatey goodness that is actually GOOD for you? Amazing!

  6. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 21, 2010 at 9:06 am

    that ice cream looks totally YUMMY! wow.

    I love just totally veggin’ out and taking some time for MYSELF once and awhile!

  7. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 21, 2010 at 9:11 am

    WOW that looks delicious! This may sound like a very silly question, but what’s the difference between raw cacao powder and cocoa powder? Does raw cacao have higher nutritional value?

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

      yes, it’s not heated so more of the nutrients are intact. both are a great source of antioxidants, though

  8. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on June 21, 2010 at 9:13 am

    Holy cow, perfect creation for the first day of summer!

  9. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on June 21, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I watched Definitely, Maybe this weekend too 🙂

    Happy Monday!

  10. Paige (Running Around Normal) on June 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I love hill walking, but always forget about it! For cardio, if I’m not running, I’m usually in a class – or on the elliptical.

  11. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) on June 21, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Protein ice cream? Sounds like a summer staple to me, I can’t wait to try it! 🙂

    Where do you do your grocery shopping? I don’t have any Whole Foods, TJs, etc nearby, and I can’t seem to find raw cacao or hemp at my local grocery… any tips?

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

      online! i don’t have any of those stores here, either. i always hit them up when i travel though! check out amazon 🙂

  12. Marilou @ Mostly Healthy on June 21, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Can’t wait to start Summer Shape Up Next week! I’m looking forward to not being able to walk for days 😀

  13. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on June 21, 2010 at 10:13 am

    You can’t beat a big bowl of ice cream! Enjoy your Monday!

  14. maxinthegym on June 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I just bought that issue of Self too! I’m ready for “My Best Summer Ever” with a bowl of your delish protein cherry bomb ice cream!

  15. Heather (Heather's Dish) on June 21, 2010 at 10:20 am

    i need to find a way to make that ice cream…it looks and sounds WAY too good to not have tried it already!

  16. Laura on June 21, 2010 at 10:50 am

    Wow that looks delicious! i love combining my favourite foods to make a delicious combo! recently i’ve been mixing Weetabix and fruit puree..a weird but VERY tasty combination xx

  17. Katie on June 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

    YUM! I made something similar last night with raspberries, but no protein powder. Wondering if the powder is a key ingredient, because it was good, but not amazing.

    • Fitnessista on June 21, 2010 at 12:11 pm

      i’ve tried it with less protein powder (1/2 scoop) and it was nowhere near as creamy and amazing

  18. Shannon @ Before Sunrise on June 21, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I can’t wait to try that Strength & Hills workout!!

  19. Rosey Rebecca on June 21, 2010 at 11:42 am

    That ice cream looks awesome! Glad you had a nice relaxing night!

  20. Carrie on June 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

    Gah, it’s 8:48 am and I want nothing more than that ice cream.

  21. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on June 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Vieserton looks so freakin adorable in that picture!! I can’t wait to get a dog 😉

  22. A Teenage Gourmet on June 21, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    So, these frozen treats are so popular in blog world. I’ve been taking notes, and I believe that it’s time I make my own. 😀 . . . By the way, I made my own carrot, apple, beet, and ginger juice (inspired by yours) and I really enjoyed it!

    • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 21, 2010 at 1:26 pm

      I finally did week 1, day 1 of your summer shape up (I know, I’m a little behind) and I’m pretty sure my arms are going to be cursing you tomorrow! 😛

  23. Katherine on June 21, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    yay! Biceps and triceps work out! I was just complaining about my lack of upper body strength.

  24. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on June 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I haven’t gotten that issue of Self yet! I can’t wait till it comes 🙂

  25. Heather Eats Almond Butter on June 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    Haha – just finished off a big bowl of chocolate protein ice-cream topped with some PB puffins. Perfect since it’s so freaking hot outside. Happy 1st day of summer to me!

    Hope you’re having a wonderful day Gina. 🙂

    Always love your pupper pics!

  26. Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks on June 21, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    Dang! I really need to get some frozen cherries!!

  27. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on June 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    I always salivate over your chocolate cherry bombs but never have cherries…I finally bought some so I can make one ASAP!!! Can’t wait to try it 🙂

  28. Jessica on June 21, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Making that tonight!!!!!!


  29. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on June 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Oh WOW foodgasms. I need to try this, ASAP!!


  30. Jill on June 21, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Seriously Gina, you rock! My first ever Vitamix should be arriving within a few days and I’ve been waiting like a kid at christmas. I have all of the fixins layed out on my counter to make me some of that chocolate cherry bomb ice cream , I’m having foodgasms just thinking about it!!

  31. Ashley on June 21, 2010 at 11:29 pm


    You need to do a meet up for us non-bloggers to meet the famous Fitnessista!

  32. Krista on June 22, 2010 at 9:07 am

    Sounds like you had a wonderful day, Gina!

  33. maria on June 22, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    i have that self too – didnt that goat cheese salad look very gina-esque? lol

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