B-fast Relleno- sneaky giveaway ENDED

Hi friends 😀 How’s your day going? Hope it’s been lovely so far.

Lately in the mornings, I’ve had to drag Bella out of bed to go outside.


We wake up to my alarm, she covers me in Bella kisses and then she goes back to sleep until I’m ready to leave for the day. She’s not a morning person, either 😉


Since I’ve been living in Tucson, so many Mexican food memories have come back to me. Tamales, pink cookies from the Mexican bakery, nana’s homemade tortillas and beans, salsas, etc. etc. etc. For the past couple of days, I’ve had chile rellenos on the brain. When my family and I would go to Mexico more often we would always stop to have chile rellenos at the mercado. The lady who would make them would spend all day  making chile rellenos- fresh peppers stuffed with cheese and lightly fried. The egg batter was so light and crispy – they would literally melt in your mouth. Definitely swoon-worthy.

So today, the breakfast relleno was born 😉


Last night while I was making dinner, I roasted two polano peppers in the oven for 30 minutes at 350.


I popped them into a container and put them in the fridge to be waiting for this morning.

When I woke up, I cut down each pepper and removed the seeds with a knife:


and then filled each one with goat cheese 🙂


The peppers went under the broiler for 4 minutes, and while they broiled, I made some scrambled eggs (1 egg + 2 egg whites).

Stuffed the peppers with said eggs:


And served with pico de gallo (you can make fresh or buy), tea and (brown rice) toast.

chies rellenos

Vegan? You could use vegan cream cheese of choice and a tofu scramble in lieu of eggs (tofu, peppers, nutritional yeast, sea salt, pepper and cumin)

They took less than 10 minutes to make and were AMAZING. Spicy, savory, and perfectly filling. The beautiful aroma even got Bella out of bed 😉

Well I’m off to work!
See ya laterrrrrr <3



Thank you so much to everyone who entered the sneaky giveaway! The random winner is China, who said:

Gina, your blog is my favorite. It’s so inspiring, and the perfect mix of fitness, nutrition, and everyday life stuff. I don’t know how you manage to generate so much new content, but I’m glad you do! And here’s a secret: I’ve been dreaming of winning some of your macaroons since I started reading way back in 2010!


I appreciate all of your comments and thank you for reading, whether you’re a veteran or newbie. I am so very grateful to all of you! Stay tuned for more giveaways coming up and China, check your email 🙂



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  1. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on May 28, 2014 at 6:48 am

    What an interesting idea for breakfast! Not sure if I could handle the spice, especially not first thing in the morning (I blame my Irish and French roots on the not being able to handle spicy food!), but could do this with a regular pepper or sweet pepper as well. Love your sneaky giveaway idea!

  2. Vicky on May 28, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Yay for sneaky giveaways! Would be so excited to try macaroons!!!

  3. lara on May 28, 2014 at 7:06 am

    I’m in my first trimester and macaroons and granola sound so good!! Fulfill this little pregnant ladies dreams and send me some 😀

  4. lara on May 28, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Oh dear… pregnancy brain must already be taking over as I wrote “ladies” and not “lady’s”… Buckle up.

  5. Jenny on May 28, 2014 at 7:12 am

    You are the sweetest! I’m so grateful that you share your happy life with us! I’ve learned so many great tips and tricks from you over the years, from twisty bangs and sweaty circuits to the best pasta salad in the world. Thank you even more for reminding me to stop and literally smell the roses, and to look for ways to display gratitude every day. I’m so thankful for both the simple and the profound ways you pour into my life and make me want to pay it forward and be a blessing to the people around me.

  6. Amy on May 28, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I just love your blog so much! It’s the perfect balance of fitness and life…look forward to reading everyday. As a matter of fact there are only a few I read now…I’ve quit reading blogs for the most part, but will always read yours!! Mmmmm, macaroons sound yummy!

  7. Natalie on May 28, 2014 at 7:25 am

    Would love to try some of the famous macaroons! Also what a great “vintage” post as I have two poblano peppers sitting in the fridge.

  8. Ali on May 28, 2014 at 7:33 am

    I would love some yummy macaroons. Secret giveaways are fun!

  9. Gina g on May 28, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I hope I didn’t miss the sneaky giveaway!

    Thanks for this awesome opportunity/giveaway!

  10. Megan on May 28, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Awesome idea for a sneaky post! So cool, Gina!

  11. Emily on May 28, 2014 at 7:45 am

    Yum! Would love to try some macaroons and SD treats! My husband grew up in La Jolla and it’s always such a treat to visit there- you are so lucky!

  12. Marissa on May 28, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I love your post and would love some macaroons!

  13. Maria Pike on May 28, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I loooooove macaroons – and I looooove San Diego! We honeymooned at the Loews resort in Coronado:)

  14. Emily@WhateverFloatsYourOats on May 28, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Love the idea of a sneaky giveaway! Your blog is fantastic – encouraging and motivating!

  15. Michelle on May 28, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. We love macaroons in my house!

  16. Elise on May 28, 2014 at 7:57 am

    Those breakfast rellenos look amazing! Excited for the giveaway!

  17. Angie on May 28, 2014 at 8:00 am

    Even if I don’t win the macaroons thanks for the great throw back to the B-Relleno’s, yummo!

  18. Beth Chu on May 28, 2014 at 8:01 am

    I would love to win some macaroons.. Perfect snack to have around with a 6 week old baby

  19. Marissa D. on May 28, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Love your blog so much! I hope to win the sneaky giveaway 🙂

  20. amy on May 28, 2014 at 8:08 am

    I’ve never had macaroons! They sound delish though!

  21. Chrystal J on May 28, 2014 at 8:10 am

    Yum, macaroons! Never been to San Diego so would love to see what fun things you come up with. 🙂

  22. Melissa Hernandez on May 28, 2014 at 8:12 am

    How exciting for sneaky giveaways!!!!! I can only imagine how delish your macaroons are!!!

  23. Meg K on May 28, 2014 at 8:13 am

    Would love to try your famous macaroons! 🙂 Love your blog! Have a great Wednesday!

  24. Jessica B on May 28, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I love your blog and how you keep it real….and your macaroons sound delish!

  25. Kiki on May 28, 2014 at 8:15 am

    I can only agree on what the others have written so far. Thank YOU for posting great tips about fitness, food and lifestyle on a daily basis!
    It’s great to read your posts in between breaks at work or elsewhere just to have some new ideas and tips :).
    And macaroons….what can I say: I lovveeee them. Hahaha!

  26. Kate D. on May 28, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Sneaky giveaway, such a fun idea. The San Diego treats sound good 🙂

  27. Erica on May 28, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Haha what a cool way to do a giveaway! I would love love love some of your macaroons! You rock, sister! Xoxoxo

  28. Jennifer S on May 28, 2014 at 8:28 am

    Yay for vegan macaroons! Thanks for the chance to win.

  29. Wallis on May 28, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Since I first discovered your blog it has become a go-to for workouts, recipes and pick-me-ups during the day – thank you so much!!!

  30. Jennifer S on May 28, 2014 at 8:31 am

    Your macaroons have always looked so so amazing! Love your weekly workout plans!

  31. Nikki on May 28, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Would be so lucky to try your macaroons, Gina! Been eyeing for for so long!

  32. Brittany K on May 28, 2014 at 8:36 am

    Sneaky, sneaky! I could use a healthy treat! Thanks for sharing your life with us, and helping us improve ours!!

  33. Alycia on May 28, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Sneaky sneaky! 🙂 That picture of Bella is so cute!

    I love your blog, so excited for the book to come out!

  34. Valerie on May 28, 2014 at 8:42 am

    Yay for sneaky giveaways! Those macaroons look amazing! Heading to Disney with my family in a few days and would love a sweet treat when we get home!

  35. Becky on May 28, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Would love to try the ‘roons!

  36. Amber on May 28, 2014 at 8:56 am

    Love the sneaky giveaway idea! I’m also glad you chose this post, i forgot I was wanting to make these!

  37. Jen on May 28, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Lol this was a very creative idea 🙂

  38. Karen on May 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

    Thank you for all you do! You post so many recipe ideas and fitness tips!! Love it!!

  39. Kate on May 28, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Thanks for the sneaky giveaway!

  40. Kelly on May 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

    Great idea! 🙂

  41. Kerry on May 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Oh yes please! I love love your blog!

  42. Andrea on May 28, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Yum! Your macaroons look great! Thanks for the sneaky giveaway!

  43. Angie on May 28, 2014 at 9:13 am

    Oooh, so glad I signed up for the Fit Tips 🙂 Love the weekly workout ideas too…thank YOU for being awesome!

  44. Amanda on May 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

    What a fun giveaway!

  45. Jessica on May 28, 2014 at 9:14 am

    A sneaky giveaway – what a cool idea! Thanks Gina! Love your blog!

  46. Elizabeth on May 28, 2014 at 9:18 am

    Love the sneaky giveaway! And love the Fit Tips newsletters!

  47. Lynne on May 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Hope I’m not too late. Love the newsletters! Helps me to get focused 🙂

  48. Sara on May 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I love a sweet breakfast but now I’m craving eggs! 🙂 Excellent giveaway you’ve got going on.

  49. Katie on May 28, 2014 at 9:26 am

    Long time follower and first time commenter. Love your blog!! Love macaroons too!!

  50. Emily on May 28, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Now I’m craving breakfast rellenos:) I would make the vegan version for the husband, and the egg version for myself. Thanks for reminding me of your pepper + goat cheese love:)

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