Chocolate cherry bomb ice cream

Hi everyone! Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start ๐Ÿ™‚

If youโ€™re catching up on the bloggy this morning, hereโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜€


Well, Iโ€™ve been quite obsessed with Kristenโ€™s Chocolate Cherry Bomb Shake for a whileโ€ฆ

choc cherry (2)

As well as Heabyโ€™s Protein Ice Cream:

protein ice cream

So you can imagine my delight when the two got together and had a protein lovechild ๐Ÿ˜€

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 Beautifulโ€™s blurb in the mag!)

Sometimes itโ€™s nice to do absolutely nothing– especially before a hectic Monday.

Iโ€™m off to make some bfast, pump some crazy iron and then do the work thang ๐Ÿ™‚

Enjoy your day (and some ice cream) ๐Ÿ˜€



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 canโ€™t take it anymoreโ€”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! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your workouts always result in me leaving the gym a sweaty beast. And for that I love you. haha ๐Ÿ˜›

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

      haha, you’re welcome ๐Ÿ˜‰

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

        please let me know how it goes ๐Ÿ™‚

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

          Definitely! ๐Ÿ™‚

          • 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Yummy! That icecream looks delish ๐Ÿ™‚ I like anything with cherries. If only Canada would hop on the frozen cherries bandwagon! Also, cute pic of the pup ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

    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! ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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 ๐Ÿ˜€

  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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  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. ๐Ÿ˜€ . . . 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! ๐Ÿ˜›

  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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

    Making that tonight!!!!!!

    THANK YOU ๐Ÿ˜€

  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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