Better Than a Sunday Meal

Hi guys! Howโ€™s your morning going?? Hope youโ€™re having a great day so far <3

I will spend my morning dreaming of these onion ringsโ€ฆ


More on that in a sec ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ˜€

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


Balsamic glazed organic veggies:


(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 โ€“ a recipe from Skinny Bitch in the Kitch.


Iโ€™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.


I used corn meal, Maryโ€™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 ๐Ÿ™‚

+ club soda with a splash of cranberry and a lime

club soda


When I first met the Pilot, he told me I was better than a nice Sunday meal. I didnโ€™t understand his Southern-isms at the time, but now I think thatโ€™s a great compliment if weโ€™re talking about our usual Sunday meals ๐Ÿ˜‰ Heโ€™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 ๐Ÿ˜€

This morningโ€™s bfast:


Hemp waffles โ€“I bought them at Publix on a whim and theyโ€™re scrumptious- almond butter, peach preserves, cinnamon, mesquite and bananner.

Well, Iโ€™m off to get started on the dayโ€™s To-Dos:


-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!



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 Iโ€™d love to hear your thoughts on the controversial and extremely popular vegan lifestyle book.

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  1. wandak on August 23, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I found the book vulgar too…but hardly as vulgar and demeaning as I find the Kardashians.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 9:23 am

      hahah! true, but at least the kardashians aren’t preaching to me about how to eat ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on August 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    I’ve only read an excerpt from it and I was not impressed. I felt the same way you did about it, I reckon. Just way too…I don’ t know, just way too much! I hear alot of people really dig it, though.

  3. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on August 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I haven’t read it either. I know a bunch of people who have, but I never really was drawn to it because of the crass language.

  4. Kathryn on August 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I read it and wasn’t a huge fan. Id rather have a book encourage a healthy lifestyle and vegetarianism (or veganism) than try to scare people into it.

    Those onion rings do look delicious though!

  5. allison @ livingoneday on August 23, 2010 at 9:31 am

    i read it. i thought it was funny and a a big old serving of “tough love,” but i agree about the amount of soy and processed stuff. while it definitely makes you think about what you’re putting in your body, it takes on more of a drill sargeant tone

  6. Joslyn (missfitbliss) on August 23, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I have that book too! I haven’t tried that onion ring recipe, so thanks for the heads up, I’ll definitely try it now;)

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet on August 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I think I read Skinny Bitch in the Kitch but I barely remember it. Not really interested in reading it!

  8. Kristen on August 23, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I recently tried to read it, but found myself skipping huge sections because it was so in your face and I really didn’t like the all or nothing attitude. I think that any change toward more healthful eating is a good one, and I totally agree that we need to be more aware of what we’re really eating. I have a ton of respect for vegans, but I don’t think it’s realistic to expect that lifestyle to be right for everyone. Unfortunately, you get cursed and cussed at throughout the book if you don’t agree or haven’t committed 100%….no thanks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Adrianne@ Flex-appeal on August 23, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I read Skinny Bitch when it first came out and liked it because it was my first REAL eye opener to what goes on in with the meat industry and for that I am thankful. In the book they suggest reading Slaughter House and I did and that was all I needed to never eat meat again (almost, I do eat fish every now and then) I guess I just expected it to be the way it was (vulgar) based on the title. I also read their book Bun in the Oven and did appreciate a book for expecting mothers who don’t eat meat. There aren’t too many out there. That book is what opened my eyes to harmful chemicals being put into baby products and our own, and for that I am also thankful. But, I do totally agree with you though that they do not focus on whole foods and rely on soy based foods way too much. Not the kind of diet I am shooting for. But, I also feel like their books started me on my journey which honestly started in vainity so the whole “Skinny Bitch” thing attracted me, but I have since delved much deeper and am into eating for true health and not to be just a skinny bitch anymore. (I’m really not a bitch) Love your blog! Keep it up!

  10. Jessica@tastyandtrim on August 23, 2010 at 9:53 am

    I gave the book a try a while back but stopped reading shortly after because following a vegan lifestyle just wasn’t for me and I wasn’t a big fan of the vulgarity. Those onion rings look delish though ๐Ÿ™‚ Hungry-girl did a similar recipe using fiber one cereal. Here’s the link if you’re interested!

  11. LisaG on August 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

    I think I bought both of her books on sale for the recipes. The book itself wasn’t too interesting; stuff I already knew. Your dinner looks divine!! Love onion rings; any shape or size.

  12. Erin Hayes on August 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

    Those onion rings look amazing!
    I read Skinny Bitch, and while I found the chapter about the meat industry/slaughter houses very eye opening, I agree with you in that I found it very “preachy”. Also, their whole attitude about being “skinny” rubbed me the wrong way…as if being skinny would solve all your problems. So, I’m glad I read it and have taken from it what I chose, leaving the rest sitting there on the shelf ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ve never heard that Southern-ism!! Love it. Excited to see the puppy page!!

  13. Cynthia on August 23, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I read excerpts of that book and I didn’t like it, mainly because of the reasons you said, that the recipes relied mainly on processed foods that were kind of fatty anyway. They ended up not really healthy because of the ingredients. That onion ring recipe sounds awesome though. I LOVE onion rings. Delish!

  14. Shelby on August 23, 2010 at 9:56 am

    I would love to see a post regarding the “toning shoe” craze! I think a personal trainer could offer some great insight on that topic!

  15. Amber on August 23, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I read it when it first came out, and while I do think it was over the top, I definitely laughed out loud a few times. I think it’s a good stepping stone and it encouraged me to do some more research on food and food choices. I had been a vegetarian (well, I guess Pescatarian since I devour sushi ๐Ÿ˜‰ )for a long time and we have been a chemical-free food and whole foods home since we had our oldest son – however, it really opened my eyes to different issues and now we are mostly dairy free as well. I don’t think that its a book everyone should read, a lot of people may be turned off or not have the ability to mentally look past the language and the in-your-face writing style, which is counter productive to the meaning of the book. But, for me it was a great read. I think it’s important for people to do their own research and draw conclusions/opinions, and it gave me some really good starting points in an otherwise daunting plethora of information available! ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on August 23, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I haven’t read Skinny Bitch – and I’ve heard comments similar to yours about the preachiness, etc. I’m not interested in learning about how to eat processed soy products either.

    I can’t wait to see the Pups’ page!

    Any meal with a sweet potato is a good one ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Sarah on August 23, 2010 at 10:03 am

    You don’t have to scare people for them to eat ethically! And soy isnt’ that great for your body or for the planet. I read the book as well and had the feeling they wanted to appeal to the “non-Birkenstock wearing interested-in the vegan lifestyle” people and show them that you don’t have to eat only seeds to be vegan and that you can eat no animal product and still be cool, but yes, they are kind of “in your face” and almost trying too hard to be cool. Veganomicon is a (more polite!) great vegan cookbook with a rock’n’roll attitude, andthose by Dreena Burton are very good as well, but I have to say, the granola recipe from Skinny is amazing!

  18. Kristina @ spabettie on August 23, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I’ve read it, and I agree the abrasive attitude should go (it turns many off – I’ve had this discussion before also!); however, I do believe the core statement is a good one, and the book has succeeded in changing the eating habits of many for the better – from no longer eating meat to “cleaning up” their way of eating.

    I think many purchase the book #1) because it is popular, and #2) because they think it is a “diet” book with a secret to skinny… either way, it IS getting the message (Monsanto, etc) out there to people who may not otherwise get it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on August 23, 2010 at 10:19 am

    I’ve never read it and probably never will. Just the title tells me what I’ll be in for. And that’s not the type of food book I like to read.

  20. Sara k on August 23, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Those onion rings look delicious! I read Skinny Bitch my freshman year of college, and since I had anorexia at the time it just furthered my restricting habits- but post-recovery when going through my books I decided to throw it away because I found most of it to be crass and basically propaganda implying that it is impossible to live a healthy lifestyle without being vegan (which I’m not.)
    At least some good recipes came out of it ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. Michele Williams on August 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Ok, so I’m not the best healthy eater but I’m trying to change my ways, and I think that’s a good start. So in an effort to eat healthier I read Skinny Bitch, along with many other books about a healthy diet etc. It scared the hell out of me!!! It was vulgar, and it made me never want to eat ANYTHING!!! Is it extreme???? I have no idea as I am not a health expert, so I’m wondering what your thoughts were on the book??? Oh, and I have another question( sorry), I’m wondering what your thoughts are on eating grass fed bison meat as an alternative to beef? Thanks!! Love the blog!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 10:45 am

      hey girl,
      you can read my basic thoughts about skinny bitch in the post– as far as the bison meat goes, i think it’s a great choice for meat.

  22. Mandy A on August 23, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I haven’t read Skinny Bitch… I had heard so many mixed things about it… and so it hasn’t been high on my list to read! But those onion rings do sound amazing! I have heard that the actual recipe book is good, though… so maybe that’s worth picking up!

    I had the same exact breakfast this morning minus the peach preserves ๐Ÿ™‚ I had cherry preserves instead ๐Ÿ™‚

    Have a great Monday!

  23. Erin on August 23, 2010 at 10:39 am

    OMG the crass language is the best part! ๐Ÿ™‚ It truly did make me laugh in between reading some horrific facts (which made me cry). I love the Skinny Bitch girls and anyone who tells it like it is (I hate it when people beat around the bush!)

  24. Shanna @ Shanna LIke Banana on August 23, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Never read it…curious about it, but probably would have similar complaints.

    I’m checking out a new Indian restaurant this Friday..what are your top favorite (vegetarian) dishes that have a lot of KICK? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 10:44 am

      ooooh have fun! baigan bhartha (eggplant), dal bukara (lentils) or channa masala (chickpeas)- ask for them SPICY and they’ll kick it up for ya ๐Ÿ˜‰

  25. Katie on August 23, 2010 at 10:43 am

    I have never read skinny bitch, but THAT RECIPE makes me want to buy that book!!!!! yum!!!

  26. maren on August 23, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Like you, I’m not the biggest fan of Skinny Bitch, but I do think some of the recipes are great. The Carrot Cake is AMAZING! The stuffed mushrooms are delicious as well ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 11:23 am

      the stuffed mushrooms look incredible! i might try those next ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. Daisy on August 23, 2010 at 11:03 am

    I hated Skinny Bitch so much I actually threw it away, less someone end up with my copy. I’m all for healthy eating, but when I got the chapter on why you shouldn’t eat meat, and their sole argument was the treatment of animals I got downright enraged. There are plenty of reasons to not eat meat, but if you are writing a book on the topic and the only one you can use is the emotional argument, I’m done. I was hoping for some more HEALTH reasons behind it, as I’m well aware of the poor treatment of animals.

  28. RhodeyGirl on August 23, 2010 at 11:04 am

    We had our nice Sunday dinner on Friday, and it was so fun! Isn’t it a blast to make dinner with ur hubs and then hang out and enjoy it?!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

      YES ๐Ÿ˜€

  29. Jill on August 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Like most other comments above, I read it and was turned off. Not so much by the language (although it was a little much), but by the preachy-preachy you’re-a-fool-if-you-don’t-do-what-we-say attitude. I read it to see what the hype was about and I did find some thing enlightening, but I don’t like being shamed into doing anything especially eating a certain way.

  30. Jessie (Bites and Pieces) on August 23, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Oooh, those onion rings look amazing! I read Skinny Bitch back when it first came out (after I was already vegan) and while I appreciated the message, I can see that it would be a turn off to a lot of people. However, I lent it to a friend and it definitely changed the way she thought about food and eating. I think it depends on the person!

  31. Abby on August 23, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I completely agree wit you about the book. The language was awful! But I still keep it around to refer to it!

  32. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on August 23, 2010 at 11:09 am

    I agree with out on the book – there are ways to be funny without cursing! Even though the part on the meat industry was informative, everything was a little too in-your-face for me.
    By the way, I love that line of The Pilot’s about being nicer than a Sunday meal – never heard it before but it’s so cute! ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. rebecca lustig on August 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    i still havent read skinny bitch– ive heard many mixed reviews and wouldnt want to harm my recovery process.. however, your dinner looks SO elegant, divine and DELICIOUS.

    you can cook for me anytime. id pay you ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 11:22 am

      hahah i’d be happy to cook for ya ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Natalie on August 23, 2010 at 11:10 am

    First of all, I love all the Kardashian drama too! As for Skinny Bitch, I liked a lot of the content but felt pretty sick of the foul language and tone by the end. A few years ago I was part of a health and fitness book club and this pick generated the most interesting discussion! The use of so many fake meat substitutes made me feel like it is tailored more to heavy meat eaters.

  35. Carly (Swim, Run, Om) on August 23, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I read “Skinny Bitch” when it first came out, and while I was okay with the language and even parts of the tough love, the authors seemed to be equating “skinny” with health. I also don’t like the theory that you have to be “skinny” and meat-free to be truly healthy.

  36. Heather (Heather's Dish) on August 23, 2010 at 11:26 am

    this is a seriously beautiful dinner! i haven’t read skinny bitch, and don’t really ever plan to. i’ve heard reviews about it and it just doesn’t sound that interesting…

  37. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on August 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I read skinny bitch a few years ago, and it’s what first got me interested in vegetarianism. While I don’t agree with some of the things touted in the book (including the title), it has done a great job of increasing public awareness of vegetarian and veganism. The cookbook isn’t bad though- the 7 layer bars are to die for!

  38. kim on August 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

    yup, it’s offensive & preachy but the thing i LOVED about the bk is that it’s so utterly counter to the prevailing vegan & vegetarian reputation, ie weak, mealy mouthed & apologetic. the tone of the book is over the top but it ‘s nice for the world to hear from an angry vegan for a change.
    that said, the onion rings look crazy delish.

  39. Allison on August 23, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I look at Skinny Bitch the same way I look at PETA; it’s a bit controversial, and it’s certain that it’s difficult to agree with every aspect, but it’s also EXTREMELY EFFECTIVE. I went vegan after reading Skinny Bitch, and I’m not the only one. Like most things, it’s best when taken with a grain of salt, but like I said, bottom like is that it WORKS.

  40. Pop on August 23, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Fitnesssita, strolled on to your blog only a week ago via a link from Gracefulfitness. I love the raw recipies as this is something I’m quite interested in. I like the idea of being raw till dinnertime. Seems much more attainable and less socially challenging. I personally really liked the tongue and cheek element to the book. While ofc attention grabbing and able to be classed as crass language, its really just a colloquial way to bootcamps peoples ears in to focus. I enjoyed the sass, recopies, and eye opening stats. But if there is anything I would say that was bad about it, was it was a little superficial and irrelevant for people who haev weight to lose. To improve health a vegan diet is amazing but to loos pounds lots of replacemnt meals with fake cheese and the like wont help so much.

  41. brittney on August 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Too many stupid puns in the Skinny Bitch in the Kitch book.

    I have a very low pun tolerance. ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Jennifer on August 23, 2010 at 11:46 am

    I bought the book and cookbook bundle. I have to agree with you as well. I also felt sick and nervous and scared about food when reading about the processes our food goes through and what the animals go through but I was disappointed when I was getting towards the end and found out it was a vegetarian/vegan diet book. I felt pretty tricked. Some of the food sounds really good but I know I’ll definitely be substituting the vegan foods when cooking the recipes.

  43. Jordana on August 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I thought the book was hilarious, but I see how it could be offensive to some. Its basically a Vegan book masquerading as a diet book though. I have to admit though, as soon as I started reading, I havn’t eaten an ounce of meat, except fish.

  44. Laura on August 23, 2010 at 11:58 am

    Never read Skinny Bitch, don’t think I’m tempted to after most of these reviews. I do love your blog title though and your Pilot’s affinity for Southern phrases. Bless his heart! My favorite Southern phrase is “If knowledge were leather he/she wouldn’t have enough to straddle a junebug!”

    Said with a Southern smile of course ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 12:03 pm

      LOL! love it ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. fittingbackin on August 23, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    those glazed veggies and onion rings look amazing! i haven’t read it – I tried to read a few pages in a book store once and didn’t think it was for me. Funny -but very opinionated.

  46. Kimberley on August 23, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    I read Skinny Bitch when it first came out and felt like I didn’t really learn anything new, but just wanted to see what all the hype was about. I’ll be the first to admit that I am the potty mouth queen and even I thought that their choice of language was over the top. Not so much because it was offensive, but because it was just….stupid. Additionally, I haven’t eaten meat or dairy in nearly 15 years and certainly don’t “sit around on my fat, lazy ass” and I could still definitely stand to drop a few (ok, several) lbs, so I really just found their overall tone demeaning. Despite that, I bought In the Kitch because a friend told me how fantastic it was. I was again really disappointed. But I will definitely be looking for that onion ring recipe tonight. It looks fantastic!!

  47. Rebecca on August 23, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    I read Skinny Bitch and like others took it with a grain of salt. Yes, it is pretty crass but it did make me laugh a little at times. I didn’t care for the preachy feel of the book. I did consider for a weekend going vegetarian. However, I did not. I don’t eat a lot of meat but I do like it and don’t judge anyone on their eating habits whether they eat meat, don’t or are vegan. A friend’s daughter recently went vegetarian (she’s 12) and even though others were teasing her I applauded her and encouraged her to stick with it if that is truly what she wanted. I felt like the book was very narrow minded, but I also think it is because I read so many healthy living blogs and you and many other bloggers have shown me there is a difference between what people think is healthy and what really truly is. I am definitely prefering the whole foods and very rarely eat anything soy based. Just personal preference.

  48. Judy (cookbook maven) on August 23, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    I read Skinny Bitch a long time ago. Wasn’t a particular fan, either — but I’m a huge fan of the cookbook.

    I know it’s opened the eyes of a lot of people, tho & that’s a good thing.

  49. Sana on August 23, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    What???? He watches The Kardashians with you!!!!??? He ruless! P.s I would be soo pissed if someone spilled wine on my new pillows!

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 12:48 pm

      haha pretends to be working on his computer while it’s on.. but he totally watches ๐Ÿ˜‰
      OMG me too!! her house is amazing

  50. Brooke - One Healthy Cookie on August 23, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    I haven’t read skinny bitch because I don’t like books that put down other people’s lifestyle choices (eating meat, etc.). There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being vegetarian/vegan, but do you have to condemn other groups’ lifestyle choices as well? No.

    • Fitnessista on August 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

      amen girl

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