A sweet tater in Brussels

Heyyyyyyyyy 😀 How’s your day going?? Thank you so much for the lovely bday wishes to the pilot and for your sweet potato ideas! I figured I’ll play around after I re-stock the kitchen, and whatever’s left is going in the dehydrator.

After this morning’s 5k, I hit a brick wall. So I laid with the puppies on the couch and crashed for two hours. Much better 😉

Snack was the other half of the bfast cookie nanner, smothered in almond butter, and a Fiji with mesquite and cinnamon a la skull plate.



I suddenly felt a rush of motivation, so I rolled with it and was extremely productive at putting away the Oklahoma and Fresno disaster that is our condo. I washed clothes, put them away (which is always the tricky part), packed away summer clothes, put together Goodwill donations and made a huge dent in everything I need to do to get the casa back to how I like it 😉

Lunch was a wink and a nod to one of my favorite appetizers


Sweet potato with goat gouda (my cheese splurge of the week… that stuff is not cheap), chives from the garden and roasted brussels.

It was my first time roasting brussel sprouts that didn’t come out of the package and they were amazing! It just seasoned them with a little extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, and one minced clove of garlic. Deeeelish 😀

I found a stopping point for the massive reorganization project (I’ll post a pic when it’s all done!) and then did a 20 minute YogaDownload podcast(Core Yoga #1). It was only 20 minutes, but by the end I was sweating and shaking. Just how I like it 😉

Now I’m sitting on the couch with the puppers, watching Girls Next Door and sipping this comfy carob drink.


Showa time, then meeting the girls for some vino. We’re going to celebrate the pilot’s birthday 🙂 I just have to take it easy tonight or I’ll be feeling every ounce during tomorrow morning’s 8 miler. Yowza.

Enjoy your night!



Here’s a list of seasonal produce that we get to enjoy during fall: (from this website)

Acorn Squash
Belgian Endive
Bok Choy
Brussels Sprouts
Butternut Squash
Celery Root
Chayote Squash
Diakon Radish
Sweet Potatoes
Swish Chard
Winter Squash

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  1. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on October 24, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    Sounds like you’re feeling better!! Happy birthday to the Pilot, have a blast tonight! Wish I could get some of your cleaning mojo…

  2. Diana on October 24, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I love a lot of the produce on that list. 🙂
    Have a great night!

  3. Becky on October 24, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Ah that YogaDownload is my absolute favorite! So effective and glorious 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 7:16 pm

      for real- it kicked my booty!

  4. Teresa on October 24, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Congrats on the Run. You are my Fitnessista Champ!

    I just bought my first brussels of the season, so you bet I’ll be roasting then tonight in the same fashion.

    Belgian Endive, huckleberries, and fresh quince (I’ve only had them in baked goods) are the only things I’ve never had on that list. Now I’m on a mission to find them and try all three (just not at the same time).

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 7:15 pm

      ohhh belgian endive makes an awesome hummus scooper! 😀

  5. Fit Vegan Girl on October 24, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Soo envious of that plate of brussels sprouts – they’re one of my favorites! Sadly, they’ve disappeared out of the grocery stores here in the last month or so because they’re no longer in season where I live (Australia).

  6. Shelby on October 24, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Oh how I love sweet potatoes and brussels!

  7. VeggieGirl on October 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Sweet potatos & brussels sprouts = dailies pour moi 🙂

  8. Erica on October 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    Crashing mid day feels amazing sometimes! Mmm sweet tato and brussels? What an awesome plate. Have fun tonight

  9. Fallon on October 24, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    MMMM Lots of Fall veggies to enjoy. I love it 🙂

  10. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 24, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Happy Bday to the Pilot! Your veggie platter looks GREAT! I love my cruciferous veggies like they’re goin’ outta style! Adorable race shirt. Love the carob drink action and congrats on your time. Girl, 25 mins is nothing to sneeze at and I’m sure you’re glad you did it, even if just for the shirt. P.S. Did you get that yoga follow up email about my side crow tips?


    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 9:51 pm

      yes, i got it.. i’m practicing and thank you so much for your help!!!

  11. Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) on October 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    LOVING your veggie platter. Im currently obsessed with sweet taters and brussels!! LOVE eating what’s in season! 🙂

  12. *Andrea* on October 24, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    gahhh you eat like a princess!!! i love your cheesey veggie plates and carob treats 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 9:50 pm

      hahah why thank you 😀

  13. Jess on October 24, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I love your skull plate – super cute!

  14. Gabriela on October 24, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    That sweet potato/brussel sprout combination looks awesome…how did you prepare those?

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 9:50 pm

      just extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and pepper on each, at 375 for 20 minutes, flip and re-season, then 15 more minute. they were awesome!

  15. Autumn Tao on October 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Roasted brussel sprouts are amazing. Next time you can try adding lemon zest and juice after they are roasted with garlic and olive like you did tonight. Also, earlier this week I tried roasting them with oil, salt, and pepper, then putting them into a large bowl and adding a some quality maple syrup and dijon mustard. They were heaven!!

  16. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 24, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for the autumn produce list. 🙂

  17. Shannon, Tropical Eats on October 24, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Ohhh I watched the Girls Next Door too. I miss Holly, Kendra, and Bridget though 🙁 It’s just not the same! Can you believe the new twin girls are from my hometown in Florida? Very embarrassing for us! lol But I’ll still probably watch the show.. reality tv is just too good. Lovely eats today!! Have a great Sunday 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm

      i couldn’t agree more! i miss holly, kendra and bridget too– it’s totally not the same

  18. Erin @ Living and Loving In L.A. on October 24, 2009 at 11:34 pm

    Yummers! Looks delish! I’m making some sweet potatoes tomorrow myself! Hope you’re having a great weekend!!!

  19. Whole Body Love on October 25, 2009 at 1:21 am

    I have been loving autumn produce this week! I had forgotten how much I love butternut squash, warm apples, pumpkin and everything in between!

  20. The Voracious Vegan on October 25, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I love roasted brussels sprouts, they completely transform and become little caramelized bombs of goodness! That carob drink looks so perfect and comforting, I might have to make one.

  21. Emily on October 25, 2009 at 2:29 am

    Happy birthday to the Pilot!
    I am embarrassed to admit I didn’t realize mushrooms had a season like other veggies do ~ maybe this answers my question as to why I have been craving them lately 😉 Thank you for posting that list & have a great Sunday!

  22. Paige@ Running Around Normal on October 25, 2009 at 7:46 am

    Sounds like you had a productive day there! I should try out that yogadownload. Hope you had fun with the girls:)

  23. carolinebee on October 25, 2009 at 8:22 am

    Happy bday pilot! Your nana’s plates are so cute!! My dad’s friends have their house decorated like u described- all modernish, dia de los muertos style and it’s soo gorg! They live in Miami too so it totally works 😀

  24. Jenna on October 25, 2009 at 9:44 am

    love brussel sproutssss!

  25. K on October 25, 2009 at 10:15 am

    That comfy carob drink needs to be in my near future! I’m going carob crazy lately!

    PS. HAPPY BELATED TO THE PILOT!! Way to go on the 5k, G$!

  26. Beth on October 25, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I love the skull plate! I collect Dia de los Muertos art and figures. It’s so beautiful to me. Roasted brussels sprouts are one of my favorite veggies. I’ve never had goat cheese.

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