Crispy Basil

Morning friends! Happy Friday! How’s your day going?


I wasn’t able to do a second blog post yesterday because I got recruited to participate in the dance recital at work. A few times a year, we have Dance Week and major choreographers come to teach at the resort. At the end of the week, there’s a recital where the guests and instructors perform. With the other female dance fitness instructors (there were 5 of us), we did a Zumba dance. Of course there were a few snafus, but it was a lot of fun 😉

Work has been going very well lately- I still love it more every day and have learned a ton. Tomorrow is my first teaching day!!! (Beginning cardio/strength, aqua, and Zumba) – I’m pretty stoked 😉

With everything going on, I somehow managed to forget to water my cute little basil plant. I was making b-fast this morning and remembered “the basil!!!!”, ran outside to check on it and alas…


Crispy basil.

Next to the basil is the inside of a flower pot that must have blown out from the wind this week and also dried to a crisp.

It looks normal from the outside, but I kinda have a black thumb:


Hooray for having a house in the near future.. with a sprinkler system 😉

My eats have been on the *usual* side lately. My appetite is all over the place and I have to be in the mood for what I’m eating. [Coleslaw always sounds good though, haha]

Some recent snacks:


Protein muffin made with goat’s milk yogurt instead of pumpkin. It worked really well and was the FLUFFIEST one yet!

muffin (2)

Little Meg treated me to dinner from Beyond Bread:


(hummus and veg salad with a slice of goat cheese added when we got home)



and this morning’s bfast:


Brown rice farina with blueberries, Tulsi sweet rose tea (<—my new fave).

Lot’s to do today! First I’m off to walk little Bell and get a haircut, then get crackalackin’ on the to-do list.

Have a beautiful day! <3


(Not my plant, haha)



Something to talk about: Any notorious plant killers out there, or do ya have a green thumb? Also, please let me know if there are any recipes you’d like to see- maybe it will help me bust out of this food rut!

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  1. Emily on May 6, 2011 at 11:21 am

    I have a black thumb too! I totally thought this post was going to be about crisping basil leaves like you would kale or greens… I think I might try it anyways!

    Glad you’re loving your new job, sounds great!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

      i thought about that after the fact.. was thinking that it would actually taste delicious!

  2. AJ on May 6, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Yay for loving your job! What a great feeling! Don’t worry about your black thumb. I’ve managed to kill a cactus. Yup, that’s right… a CACTUS!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 11:23 am

      hahaha! that makes me feel better. i’d probably do the same though 😉

  3. Jenny @ Fitness Health and Food on May 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I totally have a black thumb as well I guess that’s why I live in the city! 😛

    I still haven’t tried Nutzo I must remedy this! Have a wonderful friday! 🙂

  4. Sarah Anne on May 6, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I am HORRIFIC with plants. I hate it too because I LOVE green things so much. I love making everything in my kitchen from scratch, I love baking, loving the earth, being vegetarian…everything. But when ti comes to plants, nope. I seem to be able to keep pre-potted herbs, but even then I forget to water and then…crispy everything! You’re not alone!

  5. Emily on May 6, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I’m fairly new to your blog & just wanted to leave a giant THANK YOU. I used to be an athlete but I’m now trying to start getting back in shape. I found your bikini body workout last night & planned a week of workouts & meals, but this morning when my alarm went off to go the gym, it was super-tempting to go right back to sleep. But then I remembered, all I have to do is start SOMEWHERE. I dragged myself out of bed and totally rocked my first-ever spin class. So THANK YOU for the motivation to find my “fit” again! :o)

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

      amazing! keep rocking it out- you know i’m here cheering you on 🙂

  6. P!nky on May 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

    I have killed a cliantro plant (sad face) and almost killed my little basil plant. But with ALOT of love and water I was able to nurse it back to life.
    The hardest part is WAITING for the baby leaves to turn to big leaves.

  7. Holly @ The Runny Egg on May 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I am horrible with plants 🙁 This summer I am helping my mother in law with her garden to hopefully learn some tips on keeping plants alive!

  8. Ali @ Around the VeggieTable on May 6, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I totally have a black thumb too! I over water, and then I forget to water for a few weeks and then over water again…it never works out well. I’m currently working on my own crispy basil plant too! I seriously have NO idea what I’m doing when it comes to plants, which is sad because I have always dreamed of having my own veggie garden.

  9. Stacy @ LoveDiscoveryGratitude on May 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Sadly I’m a plant killer, but i keep trying! 🙂

  10. Elizabeth on May 6, 2011 at 11:30 am

    You can probably revive your basil by watering it today (not much, just a 1/2 cup of water so that you don’t drown it), then another 1/2 cup tomorrow, then a good soaking on Sunday. Basil is remarkably resilient.

    However, it will keep drying out fast in such a thin nursery pot, so keep an eye on it. It doesn’t like to be soggy, but it will need water 2-3 times a week to avoid becoming crispy. I have a blackish thumb, but I’ve kept some potted basil alive for almost 3 years now despite intermittent drooping, leaf dropping, crisping, and other signs of my neglect 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 11:32 am

      wow, good to know- i’ll try it! 🙂 thank you.

  11. Carrie on May 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I have renamed the office in my house, The Roome Where Plants Go to Die because even though it has the most sunlight and I water them, they do not survive.

  12. Amanda D on May 6, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I didn’t get a chance to plant flowers at our new house last summer, so I’m going to try it this year. I’m hoping I didn’t inherit my mom’s black thumb.
    When I asked her what she wanted for Mother’s Day she told me that a nice rose bush or two for her to massacre would be nice!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 11:37 am


  13. Vanessa on May 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    quick question – did you make any other substitutions to deb’s recipe other than the yogurt? it looks so delicious!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 11:37 am

      brown rice flour instead of coconut flour. SO good 🙂

  14. Ruth on May 6, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I reckon you should crumble the crispy basil into an omelette, or onto a salad! 🙂

  15. Brooke @ The Bohemian Coconut on May 6, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I try so hard to keep plants alive and I always manage to kill them? Too much water, too little, not enough sun, too cold, too hot….its a lot of work!

  16. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Oh gosh, I am a horrible plant killer. Every year I try, every year I fail. 😉 I’ll keep trying though!! 🙂

  17. Heather (heathers dish) on May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’ve been scared to grow basil ever since mine got murdered by a hail storm 2 years ago. You’re a brave basil-growing woman!

  18. Dani on May 6, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I’m definitely a plant killer. But my boyfriend bought me an Aerogarden! Minimal work. I’m trying to grow my own garden this summer though so hopefully that green thumb develops

  19. Len on May 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    random question…. would you consider Bikram a form of a cardio? Tomm is acardio day… id rather do bikram than run though. I also hate strength training! any tips to get into it?

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 11:47 am

      i don’t consider bikram as cardio, but it is a great workout. what about going for a speedy walk outside?
      for strength training, see if your gym has a weights or bodypump class- that’s a fun way to get started.

  20. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 6, 2011 at 11:44 am

    happy friday!
    last year i had one of those hanging flower pots, i figured they just kind of did their own thing, and you just had to water it, i did so, but it died in NO time. I dont get it!? lol
    Hopefully one day when i have a house with a garden, i’ll be a little better

  21. Faith @ lovelyascharged on May 6, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I just recently planted my first two herbs – basil and cilantro. They seem to be doing well for now, and I hope they actually come to sprout! I haven’t actually planted seeds or grown anything since I was a little kid, and I dont recall any of those projects ever turning out well!

  22. Tracey on May 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Hi Gina! I struggle to come up with something healthy to bring to cook-outs that won’t bore everyone or go un-touched by the boys. Just throwing that out there if you have recipe ideas, thanks! On a side note…I had a dream the other night that I met you. It was so exciting…like meeting a celebrity!! Haha 😀

  23. ellalinea on May 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

    Omg my plants always die on me! For that reason I recently bought a fake one for my small terras.. It looks like a real one because it was so pricey but at least I don’t feel like a plant murderer now 😉

    I must try that muffun, it looks sooooo good!

  24. Kim@ The Future Dr. B-S on May 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

    I ALWAYS kill my basil! And pretty much everything I try to plant!

  25. Christine @ Merf In Progress on May 6, 2011 at 11:58 am

    I’m a plant killer but I’m improving. You really can do better with practice. Watering is sort of essential 😉

  26. Morgan on May 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    I had a dill plant and cilantro plant…killed them both quickly. My boyfriend has about 8 house plants that he constantly forgets to water and yet they are thriving! I even killed a topsy turvy tomato plant!!! Lol…have a great day!

  27. Desi on May 6, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    My husband has been teasing me about my black thumb for years and since moving to the desert it has gotten WAY worse. So far this year I have killed, 8 pea plants, 2 broccoli plants, a strawberry plant, a random flower my oldest brought home from school, and some dill. I still have some things growing but I am sure that they will die soon.

  28. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on May 6, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    I used to think I had a ‘black thumb’, but I realized the problem was … forgetting to water them! lol. Now I think I’ve turned to a green thumb. I always choose plants that are really hearty so if I forget to water them for a couple days, they don’t die on me. I’ve got a thyme plant that is going CRAZY. I need to share some!! …and to think I only bought the plant bc the store I was at was out of thyme in their produce section. Now I have thyme whenever I want… and the plant was only 50 cents more than the bunch that they sell.

  29. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on May 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    I have a pretty black thumb too. I don’t do much as far as gardening goes.. but my students planted seeds for the mommas for Mother’s Day – I brought them home to care for them (and replace them with store bought flowers in case they didn’t grow) … and theboyfriend had to water them every day because I always forgot!

  30. elizabeth on May 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Lord yes, I look at a plant and it bursts into flames. My husband, on the other hand, has a green thumb galore. Like, he can grow avocados. In New England.

    Speaking of avocados and recipes… I’d like to eat some vegan avocado ice cream please! There are some recipes out there, but I don’t know those bloggers. I’d like a GINA recipe. Maybe with coconut to make our hair all glossy and gorgeous like Princess Catherine/Kate?

  31. kristi (sweet cheeks) on May 6, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    SO cool that you are enjoying your new job. It’s so important to actually like what you do for a living! That is a concept I don’t think many people actually get. You are a great inspiration Gina! <3 have a great Friday!

  32. Angela on May 6, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    It’s probably been asked, but where did you get the resealable cup you use for your green smoothies? So cute looking! I need one bad. I use to have the blender ball and even the mini ones from GNC but meh,

  33. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 6, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    That’s such a coincidence about your basil, because I put mine outside yesterday (since all previous days have been chilly and rainy) and when I got home from work, it was shrively and limp! Go figure?! You’d think that plants would LIKE to be out on warm-ish sunny days! Here’s to hoping we can revive them!

  34. nnd on May 6, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I am trying to gain weight , and unable to exercise. I’m trying to focus on smaller meals more frequently (would this be better for my digestion? I find my body reacts horribly to too much food or certain things and I’m too stubborn and tired to restrict or be obsessive).
    But would this be an easily digestible, “simple” lunch meal: small veggie salad + 1/2 avocado + 1 ounce of goat feta cheese + a serving of mary’s gone crackers?
    Is it okay for me to eat crackers and breads and grains if I don’t exercise and am gaining? Are they okay for a stomach that is filled with an unhealthy bacterial intestinal flora?

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      hey girl,
      i’d double-check with a doc or rd in your area- they’ll be able to better answer your questions. i have no idea if it’s enough, since i can’t see you face to face, know your history, weight, age, activity level, body fat %, etc etc
      gena from does online and phone consultations- she might be an excellent resource
      hope this helps a little!

  35. Julie on May 6, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Gina!

    Did you see that Beyonce has teamed up with Michelle Obama’s Lets Move! campiagn by remixing “Get Me Bodied” and using it as a fitness video for kids? I just watched the video and thought you might like it! Dancing, being foxy, and being healthy? Yes!

  36. Katie on May 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Black thumb fo sho!!! I was given the task of watering the plants at work. Umm pretty sure the big man’s plant is almost dead. He is super nice though and hasn’t said anything… but you can tell it’s approaching the afterlife. Maybe it’ll be a green plant in it’s next life. 😉

  37. jodie on May 6, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    I do not have a green thumb at all. I managed to kill and aloe vera plant. How did I do that????

    I would like a recipe with collard greens or a corn bread one.:)

  38. Elena @ GagaForGrapefruit on May 6, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    so glad work has been going so well girl! and i have a black thumb as well!

  39. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on May 6, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Mmm I gotta try the protein muffin with yogurt!

  40. kate on May 6, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    I killed four little basil plants this summer so needless to say my thumb is black as well. So sad I love gardening but its just not my thing!

  41. Ali on May 6, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Like the nut butter addict that I am, I ordered the Nutzzo stuff. Earlier this week I bought more raw almond butter and a new sunflower butter from Whole Paycheck, as you would say! Thanks for the temptation 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      anytime 🙂

  42. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on May 6, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I don’t do too well with plants either! I feel your pain.

  43. Michelle on May 6, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Black thumb all the way here! Makes me sad because my mom is amazing with plants and always had the pretty gardens growing up. I rely on my sprinklers and my lawn people for my pretty green grass/shrubs 🙂

  44. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on May 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Congrats on being asked to participate in your work event…very cool!

    Green thumb…well, I am not the person to ask b/c I just have countertop “gardens” of herbs and so forth. Nothing too big. Sometimes they live, sometimes I black thumb them. lol

    The green smoothie…i just made a avocado + banana smoothie in a bowl the other day and posted about it. LOVE avo’s in smoothies. Makes them sooo creamy!

  45. RhodeyGirl on May 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve killed a bunch of plants too but my MIL is currently teaching me to take care of Baby Basil, our beloved housepet hahahah! Anyway, according to her you MIGHT be able to save your basil plant! Trim it all really low right above any tiny new leaves and water it well but don’t overwater. You might be able to save him!

    • Fitnessista on May 6, 2011 at 4:43 pm

      ok i’ll try and see if it comes back to life! 🙂

  46. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey on May 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I kill everything – and I’m hoping that streak stops because I’m planting a garden this year!

  47. Alexa @ Simple Eats on May 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Your goat cheese always looks amazing. Where on earth do you get sliced goat cheese like that?!
    I’m AWFUL at keeping up with plants, too!

  48. Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty on May 6, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I’m sure someone has said this already but you just have to water the basil, it’s very temperamental, so once you water it, it will come back to life!

  49. kaila @ healthy helper! on May 6, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    Hahaha I thought you made basil chips….like kale chips! That would be tasty I think! And we are totally twins…I killed my huge basil plant after only a week last year….it was a sad, basil-less day 🙁

  50. Susanne on May 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

    I’m a black thumb for sure. I’ve managed to kill every plant under my care.

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