Better Than a Sunday Meal

Hi guys! How’s your morning going?? Hope you’re having a great day so far <3

I will spend my morning dreaming of these onion rings

rings

More on that in a sec 😉

Yesterday afternoon, the pilot went to work for a while and I got in a base workout. 25 min on the spin bike + 30 minutes walking around on the indoor track with a magazine. Nothing too crazy but it felt good to MOVE a little 😀

We got groceries, came back to the casa and grilled up a little dinner feast.

feast

Balsamic glazed organic veggies:

veg

(Balsamic, EVOO, garlic, Dijon, sea salt and peppah)

Sweet potatoes,

sweet potatoes

(with Earth Balance, Stevia and cinnamon)

organic steak for the pilot,

and the onion rings – a recipe from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.

MY OTHER VIDEOS

dinner

I’m not a huge Skinny Bitch fan due to the crass language, demeaning attitude and focus on highly-processed soy products (I prefer whole foods), but there are some recipe gems in there, including these onion rings.

rings

I used corn meal, Mary’s Gone Cracker crumbs, sea salt, almond milk and they came out perfectly. Crunchy, salty and not in the least bit greasy. I will devour an entire batch of these sometime very soon, but for last night I shared them with my Pilot love 🙂

+ club soda with a splash of cranberry and a lime

club soda

Lovely.

When I first met the Pilot, he told me I was better than a nice Sunday meal. I didn’t understand his Southern-isms at the time, but now I think that’s a great compliment if we’re talking about our usual Sunday meals 😉 He’s quite the grillmaster.

We washed down our feast with Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

kardashians Source

Oh Kardashians, I love you and your drama 😀

This morning’s bfast:

 WAFFLES

Hemp waffles –I bought them at Publix on a whim and they’re scrumptious- almond butter, peach preserves, cinnamon, mesquite and bananner.

Well, I’m off to get started on the day’s To-Dos:

-Work

-Blog schtuff (going to add a puppers page and get the Top Posts page finished)

-Call moving companies

-Back to work

See ya later today!

xoxo,

Gina

Something to talk about: Have you read Skinny Bitch? What did you think about it?? We talked a little about it at the Healthy Living Summit last weekend and I’d love to hear your thoughts on the controversial and extremely popular vegan lifestyle book.

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82 Comments

  1. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on August 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Mmm those onion rings sound amazing! They are the one fried food I actually kind of miss. 😛

    I haven’t read Skinny Bitch because I’ve heard so many bad things about it! Things like how it recommends ridiculously low calorie breakfasts and waiting until you’re absolutely starving to eat. That doesn’t sound like my cup of tea!

  2. Angela on August 23, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    First of all, those onion rings look awesome. I love onion rings. I also love Keeping up with the Kardashians. Definitely my guilty pleasure.

    I read Skinny Bitch a few years ago and while it made me rethink eating meat, it also turned me off to being vegan or vegetarian because of their attitude towards non-veg. I actually tried to go vegan immediately after reading that book but ultimately decided it wasn’t for me. In part because it was so processed. I also found there humor and choice of words pretty offensive.

  3. Kate @ Ordinary Girl, Extraordinary Journey on August 23, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I did like the Skinny Bitch book at first when I read it. I like the “no excuses” mentality but then I started noticing that it was creeping into my subconcious a little too much. (Like the time I was eating some kind of junk food – which is a treat, not a normal occurance for me!- and I told myself “If you eat $h!t, you are $h!t.” which is a direct quote from the book. That kind of thinking is totally defeating and I can’t live like that.) Like you, I try to focus more on whole foods than soy products. The book’s awful truths about aspartamine did inspire me to {almost} cut my diet soda habit. I’m down to maybe 1 a week where I was having AT LEAST one a day. I haven’t checked out the cookbook though.Maybe I should – These onion rings look delightful.

    I love KUWTK too! And I also really liked The Spin Crowd premiere. Did you watch it?

  4. tweal on August 23, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t like ‘skinny bitch’ for a few reasons, the main one being that I hate the word ‘bitch’. I try not to use it when I speak/write, and I cringe when I hear it. To me, there are few other words as demeaning to a woman. Also, I have paged through a friend’s copy of the book, and I don’t care for their ‘tough’ condescending attitude. I hear there are some good recipes, but unfortunately they lost me as a reader once I saw the title.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:00 pm

      i totally agree about that word- i hate it

  5. Pearl Lee on August 23, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    those onion rings look delish!

  6. Jessica on August 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    I read Skinny Bitch almost 2 years ago and haven’t eaten meat since. I think the blunt message is a good way to make the switch for good.. but it’s definitely not enough to enjoy the journey of being vegetarian/vegan. I didn’t like the soy substitutes so at the beginning I had an incredibly hard time getting enough nutrients. Fast forward to present day where I drink a green monster, eat oatmeal every day, and couldn’t be paid to read skinny bitch again. (well maybe if I was paid 🙂 lol) I spend hours every day reading and researching recipes and nutrients as well as spend money and hours making meals that don’t quite cut it but I’m happy with my lifestyle. I’ve stopped beating myself up if I consume something that has dairy in it, a mindset which I probably inherited from The Book.

  7. Jessica on August 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm

    I liked ‘Skinny Bitch’ for a few reasons. First of all, I took its tone to be a wake-up call for so many women out there who have never given healthy eating a chance. Second of all, I didn’t notice any talk of deprivation in the book- their whole philosophy seemed pretty much in line with all of my favorite bloggers: don’t skip your favorite foods- just make healthy versions of them! I do understand that the language and insults can be off-putting, but everyone has a different style and there are plenty of people who wouldn’t be offended.

  8. Kristin on August 23, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    I read skinny bitch about a year ago. While the book had a couple of points that were interesting, and back then I thought the book was good, I realize now that it cuts out a BIG group of people. After 10 years of being vegetarian I have started including fish in my diet since I have low LDL (omegas) and have determined I’m allergic to a lot of go to things for vegetarians (eggs, bananas, casein, and wheat). I also try to not eat soy as I have a thyroid problem. So I may have to start eating meat to be healthy since my food options may become severly limited, which brings me back to Skinny Bitch. I have learned there is no one size fits all for food diets, some people are forced to eat certain things in order to be healthy and feel great every day. So to write a book that is more propaganda based and less focused on the opportunity for people to see how a vegan/vegetarian option could help them seems counter productive. In the end it’s about doing what is best for you personally that truly matters.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

      i couldn’t agree more. it’s up to us to determine the best eating style for us and most likely, it’s not going to be one suggested in a “diet book”

  9. christina on August 23, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    I like that the ladies have attitude and that they advocate veganism, but all that soy is not a good fit for me… PS-I always add mesquite to your perfect protein pancakes recipe, it tastes amazing!

  10. Natalie on August 23, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Unfortunately, shocking sells and extreme opinions will generate discussion. The book accomplished what it set out to do–make money. It led to a whole franchise including Skinny Bastard. LOL!

  11. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on August 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I really liked Skinny Bitch the first time I read it– but it was back when I was in college, and truly had ‘no clue’ how to eat healthy! My boyfriend’s family was vegan, and I had no idea where to even start with that! While I avoid processed-soy products like the PLAGUE now, they were very helpful to me when I was transitioning into a healthier lifestyle. And the “tough love” approach in Skinny Bitch did give me a wake-up call I needed! (…even if I don’t really care for most of their meal suggestions now!)

    I tried being vegan immediately after reading this book, but it didn’t last long. As with any lifestyle change, I think it needs to be more gradual and enjoyable to last! I’m curious about their recipes now, though!

    Did you see many other “whole food” recipes you liked, or do they mostly focus on fake meats and tofu??

  12. Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf on August 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I skimmed through one or two of their books at a local bookstore and I wasn’t impressed. I’m not a fan because crass language really turns me off, and my personal food and healthy philosophy of “everything in moderation” doesn’t seem to jive with their militant all-or-nothing attitudes. I didn’t get healthy by cutting out entire food groups or depriving myself.

  13. Sarah Anne on August 23, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I LOVE SKinny Bitch, and from time to time, read it again and again. The language doesn’t bother me, maybe that makes me ‘uncouth’, but I think they are just trying to be in your face and kind of current. Rather than many books on being veg, that to be honest? Are boring and regurgitate the same information. They are tough to get through and sometimes don’t get the point across.

    I feel like Rory and Kim got their message across, and unlike other commenters, I didn’t take their attitude towards flexitarians and so forth personally. I kind of skimmed over it, and read for what I wanted to hear – which was the information on health and the industry.

    The recipes – I think kinda suck. I also bought skinny bitch in the kitch, and I don’t like the focus on soy/processed stuff. I DO understand though, why they use them. For those who are heavy on meat, using soy meat is a decent transition. I think that if you’re INTERESTED in what they have to say, it’s pretty natural to lighten up on the fake meats once you get used to not having meat in your diet. You get more creative in the kitchen, rather than needing to sub the steak, in steak and potatoes with something.

    Skinny bitch pushed me to go the extra mile, and go BACK to being vegetarian after a good 6 year hiatus. It pushed me to do MORE research, learn more and eat better.

  14. Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries on August 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    I’ve read Skinny Bitch and I actually have their recipe book- Skinny Bitch in the Kitch! Honestly the book was waaay too extreme for me but the underlying principle (no processed foods) was a good one. their recipes aren’t bad!

  15. monicanelsonfitness on August 23, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I think the book has great points, but as far as the way they tell the message… it works for some and others not so much. I do agree though, with some of the others that the Recipes are pretty great. By the way I love your blog, just started to follow! We have a ton in common, I am a private trainer out here in LA, married, have 2 dogs, I love food,fashion,fitness,etc. 🙂
    Also,That vegan crackalicouis treat you posted just now, I will be trying for sure:)

  16. Christina @ Food.Fun.Fabulous on August 23, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I’ve only heard bad things about Skinny Bitch and don’t plan on reading it!

  17. Mi-An Dela Cruz on August 24, 2010 at 2:17 am

    I just recently read skinny bitch, and although i thought the book was filled with humor in the beginning, i started to get bothered everytime they cursed. i thought, is that necessary? i get your point already! then i ran into the kind diet by alicia silverstone, a much better way to learn about veganism… if i can describe it in weather words: skinny bitch is like a big thunderstorm lightning and all! while the kind diet is the calm after the storm…you’re able to take a breath. 🙂 i’m not vegan or vegetarian, but have similar diet as you! no labels or anything! just trying to eat the best food for my body! Cheers!

  18. Amanda on August 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Just out of curiosity- with all the exercise you get in, aren’t you starving by just eating a baked potato and some grilled veggies for dinner? I just got my body fat retested and am about 16% body fat– I assume you’re probably similar to me in body composition– and I’m starving for real food. I know you tend to have mini meals, but do you ever eat bigger portions?

    • Fitnessista on August 24, 2010 at 9:25 am

      that wasn’t all i ate for dinner… i had an almond butter and jelly sandwich about an hour and a half before that 🙂
      i don’t post all of my food because i don’t like readers to compare their eats to mine and feel like they should eat a certain way

      • Amanda on August 24, 2010 at 11:03 am

        thanks. i just couldn’t help but look at that steak and think how much i’d be drooling over it come dinner time! But I totally understand your thinking in not posting everything.

  19. CaSaundra on August 28, 2010 at 8:50 am

    I haven’t gotten my hands on that book yet–but I do like Hungry Girl’s healthy onion rings–yours look good!! 🙂

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