A twist on the old standard

Hi ๐Ÿ˜€ Happy Monday to ya! Hope your morning is less groggy than mine- I slept horribly last night!

I had a giant bowl of buttery popcorn goodness before attempting to crash out last night:


Just 1/4 cup organic popcorn kernels, popped in a paper bag in the microwave for 2 minutes, then topped with 1 T melted soy free Earth Balance, nutritional yeast, sea salt.. and foodgasms ๐Ÿ˜‰ With a side of the new Keeping Up with the Kardashians episode, it was a bueno night.

This morning, I was very excited to try a twist on my usual raw oats.

I blended up soaked untoasted buckwheat groats with a banana, Stevia, vanilla and cinnamon:


And also made a goji berry puree out of soaked goji berries and Stevia.

goji berry puree

I topped the raw oats with said puree, and a scoop of almond butter:


(kind looks like an almond butter eye ball)

And enjoyed my bfast with a snowman full of green tea


Not too shabby ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thereโ€™s a lot going on today in the casa de Gina, including:

-trip to Publizzle for ingredients

-raw dessert-making (pumpkin pie? also hoping to tweak my gingerbread recipe)

-Training appointment

-weights with Jeni

-making CD for Zumba (new dance tonight: โ€œBad Romanceโ€. Iโ€™m stoked!)



-another training appointment

Whew! Iโ€™m off!

Have a wonderful day!



Something to do:

  • Check out my Feet on the Street feature over at Andrea’s blog! A great little interview with my experience with raw foods, running story and workout gear ๐Ÿ˜€
  • Iโ€™ve received a ton of emails and comments from those of you who are curious about cleanses/detox plans, want to incorporate more raw foods and clean up your eats. To be honest, I canโ€™t give advice about fasts/cleanses/detox plans because Iโ€™ve never tried one. With my activity level, it never seemed like a safe time for me to do one and wasnโ€™t sure how to go about it. Well, I have great news! My friend Gena has teamed up with two other certified holistic health consultants to develop a 10-day group cleanse, which is divided into three different levels, depending on what your goals and current eating styles are like. Theyโ€™re offering a special discount for early registration and bloggers and Iโ€™m really excited about it! Check out her blog later today for more info, if youโ€™re interested ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 14, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Ohmigosh Kardashian’s was full of drama last night, wasn’t it?? Love it.

  2. chocolate-covered Katie on December 14, 2009 at 10:52 am

    Hey Gina!!
    Catching up on old posts and OMG your minty shake is lookin so good! But why do you have to tease me so? I have no coconut on hand ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™
    It’s on my grocery list now… as is spirulina, although I don’t know where to find that. Maybe I can find a cute salesguy to help me locate it at Whole Foods ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’ll let you know when I make it!!

  3. skinnyrunner on December 14, 2009 at 10:53 am

    girl you are busy with all your training appts and zumba! your always inspiring how you get your exercise in! have a fab day.

  4. Janna (Just Flourishing) on December 14, 2009 at 10:53 am

    I was actually craving popcorn last night and I tried to send my BF out to get me some. No luck. I’m going to pick some up though, because I just bought some Nutritional yeast and I’m excited to try it!

    Sounds like a busy day for you! Have fun!!!

  5. VeggieGirl on December 14, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Love that mug!! Can’t get over its cuteness ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on December 14, 2009 at 10:59 am

    Yeah, your cereal does look like an eyeball–mine! Both of em, actually, I can’t seem to shake these allergies or something. I wake up every day with major eye boogers and a goopy feeling.

    It was a pleasure to gross you out today. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on December 14, 2009 at 11:01 am

      HAH! the pleasure was all mine ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. Lily @ Lily's Health Pad on December 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Try as I might, I simply cannot integrate goji berries into my diet. I think they taste plain awful! I wish I like them ๐Ÿ™

  8. Jenna on December 14, 2009 at 11:00 am

    keeping up with the kardashians was great last night!

  9. Kristen on December 14, 2009 at 11:15 am

    I love that you made buttery popcorn into a healthy treat…all with ingredients I have in my pantry. WIN! ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on December 14, 2009 at 11:28 am

    That popcorn looks like the best healthy indulgence!


  11. Paige (Running Around Normal) on December 14, 2009 at 11:41 am

    That popcorn combo sounds delicious! KUWTK was great last night! I enjoyed it with some kahlua ๐Ÿ˜‰
    Have a great day, Gina!

  12. Marisa (Loser for Life) on December 14, 2009 at 11:51 am

    Gotta try those goji berries!

    That’s an action packed day! Enjoy!

  13. Kristie Lynn on December 14, 2009 at 11:54 am

    That buttery popcorn looks so, so good. And buttery. Haha.

    Bad Romance zumba dance? Love it!!

  14. Robin on December 14, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Hey Gina!
    Sounds like a fun day coming up for you! I wanted to ask you your advice about cardio. I am having some major difficulties getting started; it is both mental and physical, just to get going. I am in pretty “beginner” shape :)….I am really eating a clean-living, healthy lifestyle, doing some yoga, etc. I have some back issues (and am overweight too), and I have sacroiliac syndrome. I do some yoga and can’t do pilates b/c flat on the back causes fasciatis (no idea how to spell it, basically my hip? pyriformis (sp?) sort of shifts and I am in major pain). I just do have some pain when I exercise, my feel hurt from being overweight…Basically, I need to get started and I just don’t know where to take off. I also could do some swimming, but am also afraid of that. I can’t afford a gym membership, but my dad has a treadmill (nearby). Sooo, any ideas where to start off with cardio with my back, weight, and “emotional/mental” issues. You are always so positive and motivating; unfortunately, you can’t move to chicago to be my trainer (also, weather impacts us – Hello Snow!).

    Any input would be appreciated.



  15. maris on December 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    hey gina had a question about exercise, and was wondering if you could help out. I read in a exercise blog online that you should limit cardio to no more than 3 to 6 hours a week. because if you over train, you’ll lose muscle and gain fat? is this true, I always thought cardio 3-5 times per week was okay!

  16. Marissa on December 14, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Nutritional yeast + popcorn were made for each other!

  17. Teresa on December 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm

    I’m totally going to have to try that goji puree- you are genious! Just out of curiosity why do you use buckwheat groats and not oat groats for your raw oatmeal. I wasn’t sure if it was for taste? health? convenience? cost? ???? Thanks!

    ps- your snowman love always makes me smile ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Mama Pea on December 14, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    I have that cutie snowman mug! I’m going to use him through January, and I don’t care what the naysayers say (I guess it’s “nay”, right?). Happy Monday!!!

  19. Megan on December 14, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    I seriously almost died of laughter when Khloe did CHARADES of deadbeat dad. That family is too much!!!

    • Fitnessista on December 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm

      hahaha i was cracking up, too. hilarious

  20. fittingbackin on December 14, 2009 at 4:16 pm

    That popcorn looks fabulous! oooh what songs are on your newest zumba CD?!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:23 am

      some of the new ones are “suelta”, “taca taca taca”, and “el chico del apartamiento 512” ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Nicole on December 14, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    great interview – that was fun to read!

  22. MeggyD on December 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Hi! I just found your blog! AMAZING. I’m going to stick around. Great food advice and recipes! I’m so excited to try this raw oat breakfast mixture. Yum! Thanks!


  23. Rachel on December 14, 2009 at 5:25 pm

    Hi- I have recently been trying to eat foods in their natural state. You have been such an inspiration and I just wanted to let you know that I tried the oatmeal cookie for breakfast recipe, I just made it and had a spoonful and it tasted just like a quaker chewy bar, just without all of the preservatives ๐Ÿ™‚ I cant wait to eat it in the morning before my workout! Thanks

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

      i’m so glad you liked it! ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. Lisa on December 14, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    I still want the pilot’s jalapeno popcorn recipe; I hope you can duplicate it for us. I still have issues w/ Stevia; I don’t know why it tastes so bad to me. I guess I’ll have to stick w/ agave or honey, since splenda is chemicals. (Maybe it just tastes bad in my coffee.)Thanks for your onion crackers; they were superb w/ my veggie chilli!!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

      i’m glad you liked the flat breads! the stew was GLORIOUS ๐Ÿ˜€
      i’ll be working on that hogcorn recipe ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. borntocare on December 14, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Yum, Looove popcorn… i still want the hogcorn recipe too!
    Please post the zumba dance!!!! I love zumba now (i go every week) and I love Lady GaGa–every time i hear that song i wanna dance!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

      i want to post the zumba dance but as of right now, i have no way to do it!
      i need a flip ๐Ÿ™

  26. Mer on December 14, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Great blog, Gina! I just found Fitnessista recently and I love coming here everyday to get inspired and to find new healthy living tips. Question: Could you tell us what it felt like when you first switched over to this style of eating? Did you feel sluggish at first as your body was making the transition? I’m definitely feeling that, and I’m wondering if it’s just a matter of getting used to eating whole, unprocessed food, etc. Thanks in advance!

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

      yes, i felt a little sluggish, but honestly it wasn’t bad at all.
      hang in there, and you’ll feel amazing in no time ๐Ÿ˜‰

  27. Jordan @ Salt Sweat Sugar on December 14, 2009 at 10:09 pm

    Where do you buy your plain kernels to pop in the brown bags?

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:20 am

      i got them at whole foods and they usually have them in the bulk bins at most health stores (i know the j-ville wf’s has them) ๐Ÿ˜€

  28. Gena on December 14, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks so much, Mama, for the shout! Hope I can help inspire people ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:19 am

      i’m sure you will ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Chantal on December 14, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    Gina, your answer #3 on your post on Andrea’s blog totally made my day… because I could SWEAR that I wrote that answer about myself at the Sport’s Authority about two weeks ago. I really wanted pink shoes to replace my old ones (also pink) and was sooo super disappointed that no good shoes came in that color and actually ended up going for the exact same pair as you (which I also swear by now… who you knew you could run with 0 pain???) hahaha…

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 9:17 am

      that’s awesome! before i got fitted for my running shoes, i was trying to run in kid’s size pink nikes. ummm, major difference in the pain factor haha ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. Jackie on December 15, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I really think you need to write a cookbook and publish it. Because honestly, all of your meals look fantastic. I know some are from other people’s books. But overrall, I am jealous of your ability to throw those meals together. Like the buckwheat groats with goji and almond butter look amazing.

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm

      thanks jackie!
      well, i’m workin’ on it.. i would love to have a book out there ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Lauren (Biochemista) on December 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Great guest post, Gina! I’ve been sick lately so the running shoes have seen more of the closet than my feet, but I’m hoping to get my running mojo back soon!

  32. chrysta on December 15, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Oh yum! that popcorn sounds amazing! Cant wait for the hogcorn recipe too! =) Have a great day!

  33. Michal on December 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Love this post! Isnt raw oatmeal the best? Ive been obsessed with it since this past may. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Dana Marie on September 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I love goji berry! esp how they turn orange like that

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