Banana split smoothie

Hi! Happy Wednesday to ya πŸ™‚ How’s the day going so far?

This week has already been a lot of fun. I took Livi to her yoga class and we planted some herbs in the garden. I might eat my words later, but I feel like you really have to work to kill plants here. Succulents grow freely out of the cement, and our hibiscus plant, which hasn’t bloomed in about a year has tiny little flower buds. It’s pretty exciting! I filled some of Livi’s Easter eggs with herb seeds for us to plant together, so we planted some spinach, basil, San Marzano tomatoes and jalapeΓ±os. Fingers crossed that they grow!

One thing that I’ve noticed about living here is that it’s actually a little more challenging to get organic produce at the grocery store. I’m not sure why, but the Trader Joe’s nearby hardly has any organic produce. Maybe because there are so many farmers markets? I have no idea. Anyway, when they didn’t have organic berries, I knew that frozen would be a good substitute.

An awesome sundae-esque smoothie we’ve been enjoying: 

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This is a great combination of protein, carbs and healthy fats.. and really tastes like a dessert.

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a whirl. (Newsletter subscribers got this one already!)

-1 frozen banana
-1 cup almond milk
1/2 pack or 1 heaping tablespoon of your favorite protein powder (optional)
-1/2 cup plain yogurt (can use vegan yogurt or goat’s milk yogurt, too)
-1/2 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
-1 tablespoon(ish) chocolate chips
-Stevia or honey to taste (optional)
-1/2 teaspoon vanilla
-sprinkle of cinnamon

Some pics from last night’s dinner party:

classic salmon with a maple-ginger-orange marinade

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+ baked sweet potatoes

a big ol’ salad:

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and pizzookie!

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(Used Elana’s Pantry dough for the crust, baked for 15 minutes and topped with coconut ice cream.)

Last, but definitely not least: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to this lovely lady <3

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See ya later on the Family page + back here for a new treadmill workout πŸ™‚

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  1. Jackie on May 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

    That smoothie sounds delicious!!!

  2. Kaylin on May 7, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Yum! But, a bigger question, where are your pattern pants from?!

  3. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on May 7, 2014 at 11:36 am

    your salmon dinner looks so satisfying, mmmm.

  4. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on May 7, 2014 at 11:38 am

    That salmon looks divine! I can see in the background that you used a Green Goddess dressing on your salad. I’ll have to pick some of that up! I’ve been wanting to give it a whirl.

  5. Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye on May 7, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I can’t wait to try that smoothie!

  6. Traci on May 7, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I’m always looking for new smoothie ideas, and this one looks great!

  7. jen on May 7, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    our TJs in new york also hasn’t had organic berries for the longest time! very disappointing…

  8. Domi @ Eat, Pray, Lift on May 7, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Those pants are fantastic! So sassy! πŸ˜‰

    Is that an arugula salad? I bought a bag at TJ’s earlier this week but have no idea how best to serve it in a salad. Already used a handful in a quinoa dish but I have 3/4 of the package left! Ideas?

  9. Maria on May 7, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    that smoothie looks and sounds delicious!! I did some planting this weekend too! Fingers crossed our grass grows and that our flowers don’t die!

  10. Kara H. on May 7, 2014 at 12:21 pm

    Mmmm that Salmon looks delicious! I noticed that our TJ doesn’t have a lot of organic produce here in Indiana. I always have to go to Whole Foods. Lucky to have them both in our area!

  11. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 7, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    That smoothie looks great! That’s weird that there’s a lack of organic foods in grocery stores. Have you checked out Whole Foods?

    • Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on May 7, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Sorry, obviously the local Whole Foods. Not have you ever checked out a whole foods ever. That would be a stupid question. ;p

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm

      yeah but i find that the produce is super overpriced. i like to pay $4 for my organic strawberries instead of $7 πŸ˜‰

  12. Tracy on May 7, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Yum! I bet you had some very happy dinner guests πŸ™‚

  13. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork on May 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for sharing your smoothie recipe! Sounds devine!

  14. Ash Bear on May 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    That smoothie sounds delicious!

  15. Robin on May 7, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Hey Lady!

    For Organics, try Sprouts (many local locations, one on Rosecrans and Midway) or Baron’s (right near Orange Theory – across the street, in fact).

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2014 at 5:09 pm

      awesome, thank you! i’ve been to baron’s once, but it was a quick blitz in and out. i’ll have to go back soon! and yes, sprouts is a fave too but i like trader joe’s prices better, so i go there for all of our other groceries (butter, milk, eggs, meat, etc)

      • Robin on May 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm

        Me too, end up doing split grocery shopping (which does get a bit old)…

    • Nat on May 8, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I concur with the the Sprouts suggestion. They have tons of reasonably priced organic produce- or the Hillcrest farmer’s market.

      • Fitnessista on May 8, 2014 at 10:45 am

        yes, the hillcrest market had beautiful produce and great prices. i’ll definitely check out sprouts again!

  16. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on May 7, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    That smoothie looks delicious! I’ve decided I need more smoothies in my life!

  17. Lindsay on May 7, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Hey, Gina! I’m not exactly sure where in SD you are but have you tried Sprouts? I know there are a few in town and they have great organic options. I have to say that Sprouts is the thing I miss most about the west coast (I’m in NC now).

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      i have! the one here has an ok selection, but i like trader joe’s prices even more πŸ™‚

      • Laura Ann on May 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm

        You might give Sprouts another chance. They have awesome prices on produce, really good sales, and I love that things aren’t pre-packaged like they are at TJ’s. It is true that some of the Sprouts have a better organic selections than others.

        • Fitnessista on May 7, 2014 at 11:50 pm

          that’s a good idea. i’ll check it out when i replenish our produce stash tomorrow πŸ™‚

  18. Chelsea @ BigBitesLittleBudget on May 7, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    I love smoothies like this! I have never added chocolate chips before so I will have to try that for a bit more indulgent smoothie. It sounds like the new place is just a lot of fun. So glad to hear!

  19. Megan @ The Skinny-Life on May 7, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Smoothies have been rocking my world these days! I’m craving a ton of fruits and veggies right now. Must be the heat! It hit 100 last weekend in AZ. I never thought about tossing in chocolate chips in my smoothie. That’s a great idea!

  20. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on May 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    it’s finally summer! So I have to, have to, have to make this smoothie!

  21. Abi@AbsofSteel on May 7, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    That recipe sounds great, I’m so happy that it’s smoothie season again! Not that I don’t have smoothies during the winter but it will be nice to drink them without wearing 3 layers of clothing πŸ˜‰

  22. Elizabeth {Positively Healthy} on May 7, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    I make something very similar to this! Love the combination!

  23. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on May 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    That smoothie sounds great and I want to face plant into that sweet potato! Yummo!

  24. JennS on May 7, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Do you give Liv regular milk or almond?

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2014 at 4:59 pm

      regular. 2% or whole organic

  25. Polly @ Tasty Food Project on May 7, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    That banana split smoothie looks amazing! I’ve never had chocolate chips in my smoothies before. I’ll have to give it a try!

  26. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on May 7, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    So many delicious things in one post! πŸ™‚

  27. Beth on May 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Is that 1/2 cup of strawberries measured whole or diced? Also, what is a pizzookie?

  28. Amanda on May 7, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Don’t be too surprised if the farmers markets are a little disappointing. We are originally from the Midwest and to us, farmers markets are where everyone goes to get their fresh produce, eggs, bread, cheeses, even meats sometimes.. Along with coffee, crafts, etc. But we’ve been to about 5 different farmers markets here in San Diego and they mostly consist of food vendors (tamales, street corn, gyros, etc) with MAYBE 1-2 produce vendors.

  29. Jessie on May 7, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    That Smoothie is yummy! Oh Sweet Potatoes got to love them! I put one in my salad almost every time πŸ™‚

  30. Yaara Leve on May 8, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Hey girl,
    I was just wondering–do you only eat goat’s dairy–like for yogurt as well? I’ve been reading up on it–and it seems like goat’s dairy is better for you. It has less lactose sugar found in milk and is easier to digest. But–the only goats yogurt I’ve found is the red hill brand at whole foods and it’s a lot more calories and fat than just plain fat-free cows Greek yogurt–which I love. I was just wondering what you’ve been doing. Do you avoid all cows milk dairy or do you switch it up? Thanks!

  31. Larissa on May 8, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Those pizzookies look amazing I will have to copy that some time!

    This is totally random, but hubby and I live in SD too and I get some great organic produce -and meat actually -at Costco. It’s a commitment sometimes to finish it but I buy stuff all the time and am surprised to find it’s organic when I get it home (and like other people have said Sprouts is awesome too and have amazing bulk bins)! Happy produce hunting!

    • Fitnessista on May 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm

      i’m so excited to hear this! i’ve tried to go to costco TWICE but have been eaten by ikea instead.

  32. Laura @ In This Moment on May 8, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Finally smoothie weather in NYC and this smoothie is going to be the first I make-love dessert tasting smoothies! Thanks for the recipe. πŸ™‚

  33. Mer on May 9, 2014 at 8:03 am

    Gina, how do you cook your salmon? I love salmon, but whenever I make it, that white stuff (I don’t if it’s the fat or what) comes oozing out of it and doesn’t really come off even if I try to scrape it. It never comes out looking like yours, whether I do it in the oven, stovetop or grill. Help!

    • Fitnessista on May 9, 2014 at 10:39 am

      i pan-sear it and then bake it. i think the white stuff is actually protein (?) and is a sign that the salmon is overcooked. you want it dancing on the edge of done πŸ˜‰ i’ll sear it (skin side up) in a scorching hot pan and then flip it into a baking dish (skin side down). bake at 375 for about 10 minutes until it flakes easily with a fork

      • Mer on May 9, 2014 at 10:47 am

        Thank you so much! I’m definitely doing it this way next time!!

  34. Kim on May 9, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    My teens and I loved the smoothie recipe! My son agrees it is as good as a milkshake- but much more nutritious! Your dinner looks fabulous. Do you have a recipe for the salmon marinade?

    • Fitnessista on May 10, 2014 at 12:13 am

      i’m so happy you all liked it! the salmon is a recipe for the book. email me (fitnessista at gmail dot com) and i can send it to you πŸ™‚

  35. Kristin on May 21, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Delicious smoothie! I did not have any bananas frozen and was too impatient to wait, so I used a fresh banana; also, I don’t use protein powder, so I threw in a raw egg. Very tasty–will definitely make it again!

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