Comfy Green Chair

Hey guys 😀

Holler from the comfy green chair

green chair

I’m chillin’ here at Bizzle, doing the computer work thang for a few hours. I like to think the green chair is lucky 🙂

I LOVED reading your comments about whether your kids [will] eat like you do. I agreed with so many of you guys who said that attitude about food is so important. It’s crucial to make sure kids have a healthy attitude about food and not feel like anything is “forbidden”. Instead, it’s a great idea to surround them with the good, healthy stuff and not freak out when the not-so-healthy kid food sneaks in. I had a pop tart every day for maybe 10 years of my life (S’mores flavor is the best, btw haha) –  I’m still alive and kickin’ 🙂

Today’s Insanity workout was a little rough. I didn’t sleep well last night, so even though it woke me up a little, it was *extra hard*. We did it, though and I felt like GOLD when it was over!

My protein pancakes were also too hard…


I tried using more flour to see what it would do, and it was a bad idea. Come on, perfect protein pancake! I’m so close….


I took the puppers for a walk on base, then came home for some lunchin’.

Sweet potatoes with goat cheese and chives

sweet potatos

Salad beast with tomatoes and dill:


I’m gonna get back to work so I can work more party this weekend but I hope ya’ll have a great night <3



Today’s tip: This weekend, buy a fruit or vegetable that you’ve never tried before. If your produce section doesn’t have anything new-to-you, buy an old fave a do a spin on how you’d usually prepare it (serving it savory instead of sweet and vise versa.. and google will help ya out). You may find a new produce love 🙂

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  1. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 30, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    i like your little arrangement of the sweet potato disks and goat cheese! it’s like super healthy yummy nachos 🙂

  2. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on April 30, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Last week I bought turnips and made the nut butter fries inspired by Angela @ Oh She Glows. They were so delicious, I can’t believe I haven’t had them ever before. Also I tried beets in my juices and am now obsessed! Hope you get lots of work done!

  3. Jenny on April 30, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    I used to eat the cinnamon sugar pop tarts every morning! I can’t imagine doing that anymore:)

  4. allison @ livingoneday on April 30, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    hahahah i have a feeling you’re going to be eating pancakes everyday until you get it right! and yes, smores was by far the best! also, i have fresh chives growing in my garden and i throw them in EVERYTHING! especially egg whites in the morning =) happy weekend gina!

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2010 at 4:09 pm

      i have a feeling you’re totally right, haha.

  5. Carrie on April 30, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    My mom used to let me pick out a special fruit when we’d go grocery shopping when I was young. It was the first time I tried a pomello (which I also discovered is not a favorite). I think this is a great idea for parents, I thought it was so special and adventurous when she would let me choose a new fruit.

  6. LisaG on April 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    I know I still need to try fresh beets,they look so pretty spiralized. Maybe I will like them that way.

  7. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 30, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I’ve always wanted to try starfruit. Can you believe I’ve never tried it before?!

  8. Beth on April 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    I thought I hated brussels sprouts until I found out about roasting them while watching Ina Garten on Food Network a couple of years ago. I tried roasting them and now they’re one of my favorite vegetables.

    Totally agree with the balanced approach to food. I don’t stock junk and candy in the house on a regular basis, but if one of my kids asks for a box of Cap’n Crunch or a bag of Doritos now and then I buy it for them. They’re 18, 15 & 12 now and have great attitudes toward food. Nine times out of 10 they will snack on fruit or vegetables dipped in hummus, or kale chips (they have been known to fight over kale chips) so if they have a PopTart once in a while, I’m pretty sure they’ll make it out alive.

  9. Red on April 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Ha! Smore’s flavor was the best! 🙂

  10. highonhealthy on April 30, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I’m looking forward to your perfect protein pancake! I’ve been waiting ever since you mentioned it. :p

    I tried a new veggie the other day! It was that broccoli stuff. Looks like broccoli except it’s long and skinny. I can’t remember it’s name. :/

    • LisaG on April 30, 2010 at 5:32 pm

      Probably broccolini or broccoli rabe. It is good

  11. Jennie {in Wonderland} on April 30, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    What salad dressing do you use, Gina?

    Also, I’ve never seen your back, but I’m guessing it’s bangin’. 😉 What exercises do you do for your back, specifically?

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm

      here’s the dressing recipe:
      right now, i’m not weight lifting because we’re doing insanity, but i think the best back exercises are:
      bent over flys (rear delts)
      lat pulldowns (lats, a little bit of biceps)
      stability ball back extensions (lower back)
      and seated rows
      xoxo 🙂

  12. Tyffanie on April 30, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    Hi there! I am new to your blog and was wondering if you can post the recipe you use for the protein pancakes? They look fabulous!

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm

      i’m still working on the recipe! it’s almost perfect 🙂

  13. Mama Pea on April 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I too am playing with a vegan protein pancake recipe and cannot get it right. Dangnabit! In fact, I googled “vegan protein pancake” last night and all that came up was my janky recipe. DOH!

    Have a good night, hon.

  14. on April 30, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    i love the feeling after a hard workout. we all know we push through and keep that mantra in our head “think of how i’ll feel when im done”

    yummy pancakes too btw! woot! <3

  15. Lauren @ Eat, Drink, and Be Hopeful on April 30, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    I love that you use fresh herbs in a lot of your dishes. (Chives on sweet potatoes, dill on salad). It pumps up the flavor so much. Great idea!

  16. Tay on April 30, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I can’t wait for you to perfect your recipe and share it with us! The pancakes just look too tasty!!

  17. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 30, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    isnt it the best doing work when you are super comfortable! that chair looks so comfy and nice.

    i love chives and dill, yumm

  18. Melissa S. on April 30, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    i bought a vegetable pear i’m going to try! i saw them at a farmers market and can’t wait to see what it’s like!

  19. Tyler Ramey on April 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Soul Sista!!! I don’t know what I am more jealous of. The comfy green bizzle chair, or the pink Vaio!

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

      hhaha the only requirement for my laptop was that it had to be pink 😉

  20. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on April 30, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    I like the tip! I’ve been meaning to give kale a try…

  21. Danielle (Coffee Run) on April 30, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I’m looking forward to the perfect protein cake recipe 😀

    And I’m lovin the new produce challenge- I recommend yucca, lotus root, and mustard greens!

  22. Colleen on April 30, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Sooooooo funny, s’mores pop tarts are the best!! I saw them in the store the other day and came so close to buying them. I might just have to do that now that I have crazy stress-inducing finals next week. I can pair them with some healthy stuff, like a green monster! 🙂 Have a great weekend Gina!

    • Fitnessista on April 30, 2010 at 8:50 pm

      oh girl, you will love them. toasted. oh yes….

  23. Emily @ Emilyeatsclean on April 30, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I love sweet potatoes and goat cheese, but I love this new little twist on it! I’m planning on hittin up the farmers market tomorrow morning so I’ll try to scope out something new to buy!


  24. kristinp on April 30, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    GAH!! I’m not usually the hugest fan of sweet potatoes, but that goat cheese/chive thang you got hapnin’ looks FABULOUS!

    So I have a question for you: are there “healthy” foods you dislike but want to find a way to enjoy? For example, I really don’t like bananas or sweet potatoes, but I would really like to find a way to enjoy them. I managed to do this with squash and tomatoes and now I’m hooked, but I can’t seem to replicate the process with ‘naners or sweet potatoes. Any thoughts, trials or tricks that have worked for you? Have you even dealt with this before? Am I totally nuts? 😉

    I love your blog!

  25. Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries on April 30, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    I think I’m going to try those turnip fries everyone is talking about! Yumm 🙂

  26. amyjogo on April 30, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Did you change your header?? Maybe I’m crazy but it looks different to me. I don’t remember the blades of grass on the right side.

    Thanks for today’s tip. I’m gonna do that this weekend!

  27. Brittany on April 30, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    Smores was my favorite Poptart as well. I remember loving those and toaster strudels with the icing. Did you ever have those?

    • *Andrea* on April 30, 2010 at 11:27 pm

      i loved those!!! my sister would get so mad because i’d steal an extra icing to put 2 on one streudel 😉

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2010 at 9:37 am

      YES! those were awesome

  28. caronae on April 30, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    I love working in comfy coffee shop chairs 🙂
    I just saw your last post and, really randomly, I JUST wrote a post about that. Here’s the link, if you want to stop by.

  29. *Andrea* on April 30, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    i always get the most stuff done with my laptop at coffee shops! starbs def has magical powers lol.

    i used to LOVE poptarts. s’mores is good but the cinnamon is my fav 😉 the fudge sundae is also delicious

    yummy idea to put goat cheese on the sweet potatoes!

  30. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on April 30, 2010 at 11:29 pm

    Ooooh s’mores poptarts were good! But I love cinnamon and brown sugar, too!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2010 at 9:36 am

      ohhhh those are definitely my 2nd favorite flavor 🙂

  31. hotchick on May 1, 2010 at 12:00 am

    Hi Fitnessista, the other day you were asking what blogs we like. I found one recently that I thought you’d like: She’s from UK and cooks a lot of vegetarian Indian food. Have a good weekend!

    • Fitnessista on May 1, 2010 at 9:35 am

      awesome- thank you!

  32. Janeen Cohee on May 1, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Okay so I don’t know if this would be a “perfect protein pancake” but I saw this on a blog that I came across (I don’t even know who’s blog it was) and they were so amazing when I made them at home! Here’s the recipe:
    4 Egg Whites
    1/2c Oatmeal
    1/4c Fat-free Cottage Cheese
    1/4 Banana
    Dash of Cinnamon
    Dash of Nutmeg
    Dash of Stevia or Sweetener

    Mix all of the ingredients in a blender or a Magic Bullet.
    Cook just like you would a regular pancake.
    Spray I can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Spray and top with Sugar-free Syrup,Agave, Jam, or peanut butter
    This morning I added sliced Strawberries to it and it made it taste even better.
    Don’t forget the Banana… it takes away the egg taste and makes it taste even more like a real pancake! and sometimes I use the rest of the banana, slice it and put on top of pancakes.
    This recipe is supposed to make 8-9 medium pancakes but when I made it I only got 4 small or 2 medium pancakes.
    So obviously it is only enough for 1 person so if you have a husband or kids you probably will need to double it!
    It seriously took me 10 minutes and I love it because I don’t really enjoy eating eggs for breakfast!
    Also, you get the protein and fiber you need to kick-start your day!
    I have fallen in love with this recipe and have been obsessed with it! Yum Yum!

  33. Suzanne on May 1, 2010 at 1:11 am

    My breakfast in highschool was one of the options as follows, every day, no deviations.

    1. A (white, normal size…ie a bajillion calories and white carbs) bagel toasted then, while still hot, smeared with gobs of peanut butter (ie now that I know what a serving of PB would look like, I probably had a good…3 servings slathered on there) and covered with chocolate chips (the chocolate would melt and holy crap was the whole thing tasty)
    2. Brown-sugar cinnamon pop-tarts
    3. mcdonalds hash brown and biscuit

    All washed down with a 20 oz or larger real Dr.Pepper.

    Seriously Gina, seriously. The crazy part was I was about the same size as I am now, only with drastically different body composition. I can’t even fathom putting that shizz in my mouth now, but it was fun to remember the glory days

  34. CertifiablyFit on May 1, 2010 at 7:53 am

    I have my fingers crossed you perfect your protein pancakes and post the recipe on here so I can steal it LOL!

  35. jen trinque on May 1, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I just bought parsnips for the first time last week, and bought one again this week, so I’m still experimenting with a new to me veggie.

    I bet you’ll get your protein pancakes just perfect, even if you have to eat them every day for a month 🙂

  36. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on May 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Sweet potato and goat cheese sounds GOOD!!!
    And I love trying new fruits and veggies! 😀

  37. Raya @ Raya Runs on May 1, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    I might have to try that sweet potato/goat cheese thing you’ve got going on there, looks awesome!! I don’t know how anyone (aka my mom) can not like goat cheese? It’s sooo Yummmmmm.

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