Spicy and sweet pecans

Hiiiiii 😀 How are you? Hope you’ve had a lovely day. I enjoyed reading about whether you do a treat night or the moderation thing. Different strokes for different folks and as long you know what works for you, that’s all that matters 🙂

We cleaned the casa today,

and Bella got a bath, too 😀


Doesn’t she look so presh? (she knows it, too. haha)

I had a legendary to-do list today, and managed to ninja-kick through most of it. I also did the legs workout I posted this am- I may or may not be walking like a cowgirl tomorrow 😉 Let me know if any of ya give it a try!

Some recent eats:


Salad beast made with leftovers from last night:

-Frijoles on the bottom, topped with romaine, shrimp fajitas, pico from home and a crumbled goat cheese medallion



-Water (I’m out of almond milk! Thank goodness for grocery day tomorrow)

-Vanilla Sun Warrior + 2 t Sun Warrior Super Greens

-1/2 banana

-frozen blueberries


It was kinda ick from the wayer, but I drank it anyway. Almond milk makes smoothies soooo much more delicious.

B-fast this morning was Breakfast Cookie Dough cereal, heated up for a minute:


It will never get old 🙂

This afternoon, the Pilot was getting kinda snacky, and I remembered the pecans my nana gave us from Wilcox.


She handed them to me and said “You can grind them into nut butter or do whatever you like with them.” (<— she knows me very well)

When I saw them, I had a mental flashback to Valdosta, when I first started working as a department store manager. I was on my break, walking down one of the mall wings when an unforgettable aroma hit me in the face. It was buttery and sweet… praline pecans. They were giving out free little samples to those who would walk by, and I will never forget how delicious they were. I had a little sample almost everyday that I worked –and supported them by purchasing gifts and the like- and a tip I received from the owner was using egg white to thicken the sugary coating.

So today, I scribbled out a few ingredients and decided to make a sweet and savory version for the Pilot:


Spicy and Sweet Pecans

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1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 and grease a cookie sheet with nonstick spray or the Misto.

2. In a bowl, combine 1 egg white, 1 T sugar, and a generous seasoning of sea salt and pepper. To one cup of pecans, drizzle the egg white mixture on top to coat fully –you may not need to use all of it. Spread the pecans onto a cookie sheet.

3. In another bowl, combine 1 T brown sugar and 1/8 t cayenne. Sprinkle this mixture on top of the pecans, and bake for 7 minutes. Flip and re-season if necessary and bake an additional 7 minutes.

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He LOVED them. These would be a fun snack for a March Madness game, or for late-night munchies 😉

I’m off to dance! See you in the morning <3



Something to talk about: I sent in my design sheet to my new blog wizard today- facelift is officially underway! I’ll let ya know when the new bloggy will be revealed, but please let me know if there’s anything different you’d like to see or be changed. As of now, pink will still be the theme (it will never leave, haha), new header, more user-friendly, and the pages will be easier to navigate. Should be bueno 😀

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  1. CathyK on March 29, 2011 at 11:41 am

    ooo, will be fun to see your blog ideas and updates! hope the changes can be made smoothly and without stress!
    those pecans look awesome! i think i’ve only ever had them in pie…
    have a great day, gina!

  2. Jessica C. The Happy and Healthy Blog on March 29, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Those walnuts look good! Scientists just found that they have the most antioxidants of any nut, so yummy and healthy!

  3. Dana Marie on March 29, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    this post makes me wish I had stopped at the organic pecan farm guy’s table on the UWS. Of course, after I would have devoured them all, I wouldve surely regret it though! Scores: even. 🙂 vicarious enjoyment: check.

  4. Roz on March 29, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    Hello. I’m new to your blog, found your site via Mara’s blogroll. Just had to say “hi” and how much I love it. I’ll be bookmarking and visiting often. Your recipes look great, your dog is adorable and you are a Zumba instructor! I’ve just started taking Zumba myself – love it, though don’t have all the moves down quite yet! Have a great day, and thanks for all the info you provide.

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      thanks so much for saying hi! mara is a good friend of mine 🙂
      so cool to hear from a fellow zumba fan! hope to see you around more often!

  5. Dana Marie on March 29, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    oh, and I found a lady selling a maltipoo puppy on CL and it’s so adorable from the pics – but priorities first, I don’t even make enough to support myself much less a cutie pup!
    if anyone is interested: http://newyork.craigslist.org/mnh/for/2289230460.html

  6. Beth @ DiningAndDishing on March 29, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Looking forward to seeing the new blog design! I’m glad the pink is staying – it’s so Fitnessista-y :).

  7. Gina on March 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

    I need to try again to make your cookie dough cereal. When I made it before it turned out pretty meh. Also, looking forward to the new bloggy!

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2011 at 1:27 pm

      hopefully you like it more the second time! it may be the type of protein powder you’re using.. try adding a little stevia or honey to the mix

  8. Beth on March 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm

    This is a little random 🙂 but I noticed your blueberry smoothie doesn’t have blueberry skin pieces. Does your vitamix do that awesome of a job? I am wondering because I would drink a lot more smoothies if they were totally smooth, but I have a hard time even getting banana seeds down. I guess I’m too much of a texture person!

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2011 at 1:45 pm

      yep the vita-mix is that good 🙂

  9. Beth on March 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    And also, how do I put a pic by my name? I’m technologically disabled.

    • Fitnessista on March 29, 2011 at 1:43 pm

      you’re asking the wrong girl- maybe someone else will know? technology and i don’t get along very well 😉

  10. Sarah on March 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    WHOA, Bella looks like shes HUGE in that picture!

    and that smoothie looks delicious 🙂

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