Bake the cloud away

Hey everyone! Thank you so much for your good vibes, prayers and sweet words– I appreciate them so much! <3

To get rid of the gloomy black cloud, I did some baking (and UNbaking) for a friend and my clients.

First on the list was RAW MACAROONS! πŸ˜€

roon dough

(Sorry, no recipe.. it’s top secret for now)

I made the traditional blonde version, and then super-fied half of the dough by adding maca, cacao nibs and goji berries


Does that make them Super-roons?? πŸ˜‰


Next I made some of my vegan almond butter chocolate chip cookies using gluten-free flour:


And some raw chocolate chip cookies.

dough 2

I winged the recipe on that one after reading some online, and used raw cashews, oat groats, cacao nibs, vanilla, sea salt, cinnamon, coconut oil and maple syrup.

After making all of that goodness, my stomach was GROWLING.



Seaweed salad with arame, rice wine vinegar, Nama Shoyu, carrots, grape tomtoes, garlic powder, sesame seeds and cayenne

And a salmon salad made with Wild Alaskan salmon burger, onion, bell pepper and the same seasonings as the seaweed salad.


Wrapped up in collard:

wrapped up

As I was munching the first one, I pondered why collard is most often sautΓ©ed with bacon or ham. Then I remembered…. collard tastes pretty wonky on its own, despite the awesome salmon filling πŸ˜‰ So I filled a little bowl with Goddess dressing and dipped it in there- much, much better πŸ˜€

I had a couple of training appointments, then came back to the casa to get ready for Pilates and Zumba.

Snack out the door:


I LOVE Vega Smoothie Infusion! It’s been too long πŸ™‚ I was a little more than stoked when I saw those at Whole Foods.

Mixed with almond milk:


And MILLET! My bread love.


Pilates was beautiful, Zumba was outta control and now I’m back at the casa, chilling with the puppers and waiting for the pilot to get home. I took my Flip cam to Zumba to film a dance, but got so excited and distracted because there were SO many people, that I forgot to film. Probably for the best as we had a lot of newbie Zumbies and I didn’t want to scare them away πŸ™‚

Well it’s chillax time up in herrre.

Hope you’re all having a great night!


Today’s tip: If it’s difficult for you to get in all of your fruit and veggie servings –it used to be for me back in the day- aim to have a fruit or veggie serving with every single meal and snack (3 small meals, 2 snacks). If you’re low on veggies during the day, make dinner salad-based, or whip up a smoothie with banana and spinach πŸ™‚

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 25, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I do the same with my fruit and veggies – something at every meal!

  2. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I’m dying for some macaroons… there’s a place near my work that sells raw ones that barely even come close to yours, but they’ll do in a pinch!

    You (and your readers) should check out my giveaway on this post:

    I think you all would LOVE it! (Sorry for the shameless plug… gotta get entries somehow!)

  3. bobbi on January 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Man I am dying to try those macaroons of yours!

  4. ashleigh on January 25, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Your macaroons and raw cookies make me want to run out an buy a dehydrator!

    Thanks for the todays tip.. I always love those! Whenever I feel like I haven’t had enough veggies I eat a big salad with some fruit.

  5. Melissa S. on January 25, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I always do that with my fruits and veggies…every meal i try!

  6. Jackie on January 25, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    i heart zumba.

  7. susan on January 25, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    i just tried millet bread and i looove it. do you keep in the freezer or the fridge? thanks!

    • Fitnessista on January 25, 2010 at 10:01 pm

      i keep it in the freezer and chisel off a piece when i want some πŸ™‚

  8. Gabriela on January 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Your macaroons always look so incredible…they’re the #1 reason I want a dehydrator!

  9. Suzanne on January 25, 2010 at 9:55 pm

    Hey G-$$,
    Catchin’ up on posts and I’m very sorry to hear that one of your fam was in accident. I’m not a prayer kinda gal, but I am a think good thoughts and vibe out your feelings kinda person, so please know that I’m wishing you and your family the best.

  10. Run Sarah on January 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Great tip with the fruit & veg! I try to get a serving in with all my snacks & meals.

  11. Kelly Michelle on January 25, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    good advice, all of my meals/snacks usually are fruits and veggies with a serving of something else on the side but I know that’s not realistic for most people. I love how you always give simple ideas that anyone could follow πŸ™‚

  12. Katie on January 25, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Ooh, look at all of those goodies!

    I love your arame salads… I haven’t tried making my own, but I always love it in restaurants.

    Have a lovely evening!

  13. Brittany on January 25, 2010 at 10:13 pm

    Gina, my thoughts are with you and your family. I sincerely hope your family member will have a fast recovery.

    Baking always lifts my spirits as well. And, I love the super-fied macaroons. They looks delicious!

  14. Karyn on January 25, 2010 at 10:24 pm

    sending t & p to you and your family! and i eat some fruit and veggies with every meal too. makes it really easy to get all those servings in

  15. Jessie (Vegan-minded) on January 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    Those are definitely some super-roons! I can’t believe I haven’t made your almond butter cookie recipe yet, what the heck is wrong with me? They look amazing! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on January 25, 2010 at 10:32 pm

      seriously, get on that πŸ˜‰
      haha i think you would like them, though

  16. **Lauren (Biochemista)** on January 25, 2010 at 10:30 pm

    The salmon salad wraps look AMAZING!!!!! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  17. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on January 25, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I try to get fruit/veggies into every meal I have. Great tip!!

  18. Sara on January 25, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    LOVING those raw choc chip cookies! Amazing πŸ™‚

  19. Theresa on January 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm

    I love that you used the word “wonky” in your post! My husband constantly accuses me of making up words and wonky is one of them! Now I’ve got another source to use when I prove to him that I’m not making things up!

  20. Fitography on January 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Great tip! I was good all week and then the weekend came – I definitely wasn’t reaching for the veggies. I am also thinking of having a ‘treat meal’ instead of treating myself on Sunday. I baked and it was too tempting having it around the house on Monday! Also, I love the Intro to Iron Pumping. I went to the gym and worked out my shoulders, chest, and triceps today.

  21. Julie @SavvyEats on January 25, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    Definitely call them ‘superoons.’

  22. Danielle (Coffee Run) on January 25, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    I’ve just discovered Millet bread and I love it!
    I wish you’d share your ‘roon recipe πŸ˜‰ Either that or open up a bakery where I can buy them πŸ™‚

  23. Aletheia on January 26, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I looove wakame! I think collard wraps are awesome, but it’s always a tricky thing for me to actually get the darned things to wrap. Ya know? I have an aversion to fragile things.

    You make me want to try millet bread so hard.

  24. Heather (Heather's Dish) on January 26, 2010 at 12:39 am

    i need to find millet bread somewhere! i’ve been hearing so many great things πŸ™‚

  25. Caroline on January 26, 2010 at 1:16 am

    Sorry you didn’t have the best day sweetie! cheer up with this yoga youtube video… your gogi berries reminded me of:

    You’ve probably seen it – but it always makes me smile! Enjoy!

  26. Susan on January 26, 2010 at 2:05 am

    Yum your cooking today has made me hungry, those macaroons and cookies looks great!! Never tried millet bread, don’t think you can get it here. Hope all is well with your family member, if you’re worried or can’t sleep during the night, email me it’ll be daytime here and I’ll write back. Hope all is okay.

  27. MizFit on January 26, 2010 at 5:40 am

    still sending my thoughts your way…

  28. Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN on January 26, 2010 at 6:09 am

    You’re killin’ me with those macaroons! LOL I would love to have one *one day*. πŸ˜‰ I’m such a baker and have been since I was just a little girl. I’m starting to research some yummy good-for-you recipes to bake… I’m so excited to venture into a new “level” of baking. πŸ™‚

  29. GirlonRaw on January 26, 2010 at 6:10 am

    We are sooo insync, I made an almost identical seaweed salad yesterday for my lunch! Haha bet your was yummy. Mine certainly was…just overdid the nama shoyu part though, prior to working out and oh boy did I need LOTS of water at Boot camp training πŸ™‚

  30. Paige (Running Around Normal) on January 26, 2010 at 7:51 am

    All the baked and unbaked goods look delicious! So jealous:D
    Great tip. If I’m slacking on the veggies, I know a “salad beast” for dinner will nip that problem right in the bud!

  31. CM on January 26, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I like the new workout! Did it last night, only got through it twice. On the recommendation of a nurse, I’m tacking some cardio on at the end of my strength program!

  32. Jaime on January 26, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Today’s tip is totally my mantra. LOL. I’m constantly beating that to death on my blog.

  33. Marshall on January 26, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I’m so excited for the Zumba video!

  34. Jenna on January 26, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Yummy baking!!

  35. denise on January 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Your family is in my prayers. Enjoy the macaroon πŸ™‚

  36. thedelishdish on January 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

    those macaroons are making my mouth water!! please please start a bakery soon!!

  37. All Women Stalker on January 26, 2010 at 11:21 am

    They all look so yummy! I wish I could bake as well as you do.

  38. Lauren @ eater not a runner on January 26, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Your cookies look WAY too good, I want some right now πŸ™‚

  39. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on January 26, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    Great tip!!! I usually get plenty of fruit but my vegetable intake is seriously lacking a lot of days. I’m definitely a fruit girl πŸ™‚

  40. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on January 26, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Baking always seems to lift my spirits too. Your treats look yummy!! Lucky clients πŸ™‚

  41. Erin H on January 26, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I made the vegan chocolate chip almond butter cookies tonight, AMAZING! They definitely scored an A+ not only on taste, but presentation as well. Almost every time I have made regular chocolate chip cookies they get flat and hard. These are so soft, fluffy, and delicious. I substituted agave nectar for the molasses because I figured I would use the AG more regularly then buying/using a whole jar of molasses. GREAT recipe, thanks again for sharing! : )

    • Fitnessista on January 26, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      YES! i’m so excited you enjoyed them πŸ™‚

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