Ahoy, Mateys

Heyyyyyy πŸ˜€ How are ya?

So glad you’re enjoying the Raw Cacao Cookie giveaway!


No joke, those beauties came out SCARILY similar to the chewy chips ahoy cookies. Blows my mind!!!

Just to make things more fun, I’m also throwing a jar of my favorite almond butter, a pack of Vega smoothie infusion and a few of my favorite raw bars in there πŸ˜€

Today has been so productive! Crossing things of the to-do list is very nice πŸ˜‰

I started it with a bfast that I haven’t had in FOREVER:

Katie’s Banana Bread in a Bowl!


Into the Vita-mixalicious went:

-1 cup almond milk

-lots of cinnamon

-pinch of nutmeg


-1.5 cups Arrowhead Mills spelt flakes

-1 banana

It was amazing. Katie, my friend, you are a genius πŸ˜€

Next, I went to the gym with Ashley for chest, upper back and shoulders. It was crazy! I’ve really enjoyed lifting weights in the morning lately.. I always push myself harder in the morning, and it’s nice to get it out of the way. Ashley surprised me with a super cute shirt, tooβ€”I’ll take a pic of it and add it to the next post πŸ™‚

After weights, I hit up Wizzle for some grocery necessities and then came back to the casa for some protein:


a double egg white puff on a New York plate.

I started cleaning the vacation tornado that has swept through the casa and stopped for a Mary’s crack break.


These sticks and twigs seriously rock my face off. The chipotle tomato flavor is excellent and I also LOVE the curry flavor πŸ™‚

The pilot and I took the puppers on a walk, and then I made some lunch.

Millet bread with maca and cinnamon:


and a salad beast (organic greens, bell pepper, onion, grape tomatoes, raw goat cheddar and Goddess dressing) with water and MSM powder


Perfection πŸ˜€
I’m off to train a client and then work on Zumba dances (we have 3 new ones for today!) before heading to pilates and teaching Zumba.

Have a wonderful Monday!



HAPPY BIRTHDAY 21st Birthday to my little bro!!!


Sorry ladies, he has a girlfriend πŸ˜‰

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  1. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on February 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I caaaannnot find those sticks and twigs for the life of me, but I NEED them!

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on February 1, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    oh man, i hope i win those cookies! they look UH-mazing and I’d love to try all of the other amazingness too πŸ™‚

  3. Jessica @ How Sweet on February 1, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    Those cookies look so freaking good. They make me want to go out and buy a dehydrator just to try them!!

  4. Dee on February 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    Fitnessista: how do you make the egg puff- if you microwave it, how long and how do you keep it from making a mess?

  5. Lauren @ Eater not a runner on February 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Love your heart shaped bowl!!

  6. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 1, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    I just had sticks and twigs as part of my lunch!!! I haven’t seen that flavor, but the curry ones are AMAZING!!!

    Have a great day!

  7. Geetha on February 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    i’m gonna be dreaming about those cookies….and drooling too…..u such a temptress!! πŸ™‚
    I love the MGC twigs…esp the chipotle tomato flavor…it’s great just like that or with some hummus esp cilantro hummus :)…wasn’t crazy about the curry flavor.
    For Sarah @ The foodie Diaries: Look out for the Sticks and twigs at health food stores and Organic Market. There’s a store called Mom’s Organic Martket near my place that carries them. Giant has the crackers but not seen the twigs. If you don’t find them anywhere and u really really want them, lemme know, i will mail u some.
    Back to the temptress: …..so u gonna keep us all up until midnight today, huh! πŸ™‚
    Enjoy!!…I have my circuit training this afternoon…can’t wait to get a good workout after a lazy weekend. πŸ™‚

  8. Paige (Running Around Normal) on February 1, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Mary’s crack sticks and twigs?! Must find these bites o’ goodness!
    Yay for a productive day! Have a great night πŸ™‚

  9. rachael on February 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    Chipotle crack sticks?!?!?! Where did you find them? If I win the giveaway can you throw in a bag?

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm

      i got them at whole foods.. and yes, if you win, a little baggie will go in with the goodies πŸ˜€

  10. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on February 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Happy birthday to brother Fitnessista! How do you eat that bread with so much cinnamon? I tried topping a wrap with some the other day and it flew right up my nose! (TMI πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      hahah the cinnamon sticks to the bread pretty well πŸ™‚

  11. Danielle on February 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    DAMN! I was about to ask for them digits. Oh well…

    That heart-shaped bowl is adorable, by the way.

  12. Geetha on February 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Happy Birthday Bro!
    Gina- how different are Mary’s crackers from the twigs?…i’ve had the twigs and was thinking of getting the crackers this time.

  13. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) on February 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I wish I could just shadow you one day with all your supah fun fitness classes!! Happy Bday Fitnessbro!

  14. Adrien on February 1, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    How brilliant are Mary’s crackers?! I love them! the salt twigs and sticks are just as brilliant as anything else they do!

    Is there a recipe for those cookie wonders?!

  15. Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) on February 1, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Aw, the oats look so February festive in that bowl! πŸ™‚

  16. Julie on February 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    The one thing I would like to have made raw are cinnamon rolls. The tradition in my family is one giant roll that you cut like a cake. It’s pretty much an entire days worth of baking but so so worth it!!

  17. chocolate-covered Katie on February 1, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    Awww Gina, you just made my day!!

    Oh, and happy birthday to your bro! Jeez, did your family hog all the good-looking genes or what?

    Have fun at Zumba! Someday soon, I really want to try it!

  18. Susan on February 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Happy birthday to your brother, hope he has a fun 21st. The banana bread in a bowl looks great. If I get any good recipes in the Happy Pear healthy eating course tomorrow night, I’ll send them onto you. Last week, we talked about the China Study and did juicing and wheatgrass. Will keep you posted. Enjoy the zumba.

  19. Karyn on February 1, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    chewy cookies are the best. and i love the heart shape!

  20. rebecca lustig on February 1, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Happy birthday to your bro, hope he stays safe πŸ˜‰

    And like others have said, those cookies look PHENOMENAL.

    Hope you enjoy the rest of the day
    bec xo

  21. Jamie on February 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    oh wow, thanks for showing the new Mary’s Crackers Product! I’m such a fan after seeing them on your blog and trying them!

  22. kat on February 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    ok, I’m with DEE, how do you make the egg white puffs?? I see them and must know how to do them right! Thanks girl!

  23. Tyler Ramey on February 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    You always make everything dehydrated look so good! I may have to break down and get one. THEN can we have the recipe for the macaroons??? j/jk

  24. amber on February 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    oh my goodness i wish i could enter the giveaway more than once!! i’ve been meaning to ask you where you buy your millet bread? i can’t seem to find it in my local grocery stores. is that at whole foods? thanks a bunch, gina!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2010 at 4:01 pm

      hey amber,
      i get it at the health food store here, but they also have it at whole foods- it’s the food for life brand
      have a great day!

  25. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on February 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Your raw cookies look like chewy chips ahoy too!

  26. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on February 1, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    I miss my maca and cinnamon (I use ezekial bread)…yum! When I get home that’s going to be the first thing I eat! :)) And you’re the one I learned about the maca from!!

  27. Amanda on February 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    Longgggg time reader FIRST time actually commenting!!! Absolutly adore your blog πŸ™‚ I check it atleast 3 times a day!!!! You have majorly influenced me in my quest to living a healthier lifestyle so THANK YOU! Those cookies look sooooo good I need to buy a dehydrator asap! I had a couple of questions for you but can’t seen to find an email to reach you at? Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm

      hey amanda!
      thanks so much for saying hi!
      here’s my email:
      fitnessista at gmail dot com
      have a great night!

  28. Tiffany on February 1, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Aww happy birthday to your little bro! πŸ™‚

  29. lindsey on February 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    happy birthday fitnessista little bro πŸ™‚

    ♥ lindsey

  30. Nicole on February 1, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    What a cute bro you have!!! Katie’s recipe looks so good. I wonder if I could sub for the spelt.. Probably.

  31. Erin @ Big Girl Eats on February 1, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    Aw, little bro’s are the best! Happy Birthday FitnessBrosef!

    I would be super impressed if you could turn my friend’s amazing mint chocolate chip ice cream cake into a raw version. Yummm!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      fitnessbrosef!? hahaha.. i love it!

  32. Heather on February 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Oh guess what….i bought some maca and it is on its way. I cant wait to try this stuff. Those cookies are stealing my heart for sure! hehe. Perfect V-day give away. You think of everything.

  33. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 1, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Your Chips Ahoy look great! Recipe please! I want to compare it to mine and see what you like to put in yours. I never dehydrate b/c I just love the raw dough taste LOL πŸ™‚

  34. Danielle (Coffee Run) on February 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    Seriously Gina, you need a cookbook πŸ™‚ I would pay for the Chips Ahoy recipe!

    Happy birthday to your bro!

  35. Jess - The Domestic Vegan on February 1, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Uhhhh, I’ll take some of that Banana Bread in a Bowl right now, please! YUM! Those cookies look fab, too!

  36. Valerie on February 1, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I love that banana bread cereal too! Have you tried it warmed up? It’s SO amazing! Like warm banana bread!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm

      ahhhhh! warmed up?! might be tomorrow’s bfast πŸ˜‰

  37. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    Give.me.the.cookie.now. πŸ™‚ Seriously….YUM!!!!

  38. Roro (**AmazonChick**) on February 1, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    HEY GIRL!!
    Zumba was Great tonight!!!
    Can I get a request for Pitbull on Wednesday?!

    • Fitnessista on February 1, 2010 at 8:55 pm

      glad you had fun- i love that class!
      fo sho.. hotel room or calle ocho??

      • Roro (**AmazonChick**) on February 2, 2010 at 4:23 am

        Hotel room!!;)

  39. Rosemary on February 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    Every time I see it, I think I gotta try the millet, maca, cinn combine one day.
    Cookies look delish!

  40. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on February 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Happy Birthday to your brother! πŸ˜€

    Banana Bread In a Bowl? Just added that to my list of things to try!

  41. fittingbackin on February 1, 2010 at 10:47 pm

    Those sticks and twigs look awesome!! Happy birthday to your bro!

  42. Jenna on February 1, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    It’s my lil sis bday today too!

  43. Liz on February 1, 2010 at 11:33 pm

    Those cookies look adorable. They kinda make me want to bake right now. Gosh-you’re a bad influence! lol

  44. Ariela on February 1, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I have a serious addiction to Mary’s Curry Twigs!!! Amazing-ness and I love that they’re made from quinoa and chia seeds!

  45. Jaclyn on February 2, 2010 at 12:46 am

    hmmm will have to look out for new sticks and twigs crack πŸ˜‰

  46. Jenny on February 2, 2010 at 8:35 am

    Oooh I already thought the giveaway was awesome, but now it’s even better! πŸ˜‰

    Happy 21st to your bro, so fun!

  47. All Women Stalker on February 4, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Your cookies are adorable! Lovin’ the egg white puff, too.

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