Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Hey everyone! Happy Indian Food Wednesday, which also happens to fall on Cinco de Mayo πŸ™‚ So Indian or Mexican cuisine it is.. unless you want to create an Indian-Mexican hybrid dish (and send me a picture!) πŸ˜€ I’ll be having vegetarian fajitas and a margarita after Zumba.

Ashley and I just finished Insanity (which was glorious) and I was in the cereal-kinda mood.

Cereal, much like pancakes, doesn’t usually fill me up and portion control doesn’t exist- I could probably eat an entire container full πŸ˜‰

This morning, I tried to β€œbeef” up my cereal to see if it would have a little more staying power..


Into the heart-shaped bowl went:

-1.5 servings brown rice cereal with berries

-1/2 banana

-1 T Jarrow brown rice protein

-1 T flax

-1 C almond milk

It was DELICIOUS and I actually feel pretty satisfied πŸ™‚ Bueno.

Dinner last night was quick and easy since I was tired after training clients.


A pasta bowl filled with mung bean pasta, arugula, dijon mustard, Garlic Gold, roasted asparagus and tomatoes, with goat cheese. Not too shabby and it took about 20 minutes to put together… I think the Rizzle would be proud.

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Well I’m off to shower my stinky face and head to my first ultrasound. Don’t get too excited- it’s for my heart, not my belly πŸ˜‰ Remember when I told ya’ll that they diagnosed me with a heart murmur?? Well they want me to get a heart ultrasound to make sure everything is working as it should. I’m not really stoked about spending my day at the doc’s office, but you gotta do what you gotta do and hopefully it won’t take that long. I’ll bring a book and will be tweeting via the crackberry.

See ya this afternoon <3



PS. I LOVED reading about how ya’ll met your significant others! SO many cool and fun stories. It just goes to show all the single ladies out there that you really can find love in random places πŸ™‚ I had dated a crazy creeper (for real) and thought I was destined to be a spinster, and then met the pilot at Starbucks later that summer. It’s funny how things work out πŸ˜€

Something to talk about: Are you celebrating Cinco de Drinko Mayo tonight? What are your party plans?? Also, what was your favorite cereal as a kid?? Mine, by far, was fruity pebbles. The artificial colors, tons of sugar, film it left in your mouth.. it tasted glorious and made the milk turn PINK! πŸ™‚

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet on May 5, 2010 at 9:56 am

    We are having a little blogger yoga party tonight here! I am hoping for some margs afterwards. πŸ™‚

  2. RhodeyGirl on May 5, 2010 at 10:00 am


    I love roasted asparagus + tomatoes + goat cheese. Add some roasted mushrooms and I am a very happy girl!

  3. Little Bookworm on May 5, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Hope the ultrasound goes ok!

  4. heather on May 5, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I’m thinking that my avocadoes need to be transformed into guacamole tonight!

    Amd as a youngin I loved Corn POPS, but grew up in NY where bagels reigned supreme. While I’m sad that bagels are terrible here in Boston, my body isn’t.

    G’luck at the doc!

  5. Charlie on May 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I’m celebrating 5-5 with a 90-minute power yoga clss, and then perhaps I’ll walk around the corner from the studio and dance on the patio at the bar…it’s only 2 blocks away for that reason, right?? πŸ˜‰

    My fave cereal growing up was Kix and Rice Crispies. Boring, but I liked clean, simple flavors, even then!


  6. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on May 5, 2010 at 10:08 am

    I was a weird kid. I hated sugary cereals. My favorites were Multigrain Cherrios and Rice Krispies. Good luck at the docs. It’s never a fun way to spend the afternoon. It could be worse, though: The DMV.

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

      hahah true dat.

  7. Liza on May 5, 2010 at 10:13 am

    I think my favorite cereal would have been Cocoa Pebbles or Apple Jacks! Mmm. πŸ™‚

  8. Katie on May 5, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I’m the same way… I didn’t really like sugary cereals and we never had any in the house! I loved Rice Krispies and Grape Nuts!!!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2010 at 10:22 am

      ohhh i liked grape nuts, too. i haven’t had them in way too long!

  9. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 5, 2010 at 10:22 am

    i’m actually not a cereal person…i don’t really like any of them! as for cinco de mayo we’re definitely having either margs or some sangria…can’t decide yet though πŸ™‚

  10. Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow on May 5, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I could eat cereal all day long if ya let me. Disaster! πŸ™‚

    My fav is still grape nuts w/ banana on top. Glorious!!!!

  11. Beth @ Beth's Journey to Thin on May 5, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Blah not really celebrating cinco de mayo… going to Bikram after work.. does that count? πŸ™‚

  12. Heather on May 5, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Not celebrating Cinco de Mayo so much as my stepson’s birthday!!!!
    Happy bday to Ty πŸ™‚

  13. Therese on May 5, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Ugh this morning I did Pure Cardio + Cardio abs and was literally dripping in sweat! I would have killed for a cold breakfast but with no milk/yogurt/etc. hot oatmeal it was! Stupid 100% humidity in Florida!

    The hubbie and I have a co-ed softball game tonight but seeing as its PROBABLY going to rain, who knows?!

  14. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on May 5, 2010 at 10:32 am


    -Lauren Margarita Skeffington

  15. Katie on May 5, 2010 at 10:35 am

    Good luck at the doctors!!

    I could eat a whole box of cereal in a day, no portion contorl with me either when it comes to cereal!!

    I loved when I was a kid, Golden Grahams, Honey Smacks, Cookie Crisp, and Froot Loops!!!!!!!!!!

  16. Mia on May 5, 2010 at 10:36 am

    Good luck on the ultrasound!

    We are having our own little feast at the house tonight. Our spread includes: Carmarones a la Diabla (love me some spicy!) with an avocado salad & regular tacos for the boy. I am also going to try to create a new recipe for Sangria. Have a great Wednesday!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

      so the question is: may i come over? πŸ˜€

      • Mia on May 5, 2010 at 5:56 pm

        Darn, I didn’t see your response until now! I would have said yes if you wanted to make the trip to Charleston. πŸ˜‰ Dinner will be on at 7!

  17. Caroline on May 5, 2010 at 10:38 am

    I am eating guacamole and a pitcher of margaritas for dinner to celebrate! haha

  18. Theresa on May 5, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hey Gina!

    I’m a sonographer and the echo should only take about 25-30 minutes =) Quick and easy! Especially since you’re so healthy, they will get good, clear images and you’ll be outta there in no time! Now the waiting room part…I can’t promise anything about that! Good luck! Oh and your protein pancake recipe is YUMMMYYYYYY!!! Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2010 at 11:12 am

      awesome, thanks for letting me know!
      and so happy you liked the pancake recipe πŸ™‚

  19. Eileen on May 5, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I have just bought some mung beans and really liked them, but wondered if they are made from soy. I did a search on mung beans and some sources link them to soy, others do not. I have thyroid issues so I avoid soy at all costs. Your thoughts? Love your blog! Thanks!

  20. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin on May 5, 2010 at 10:49 am

    This sounds totally boring, but Cheerios was my favorite childhood cereal! I was never really a fan of sweet cereals, which is crazy since I have a BIG sweet tooth in general!

    Hope the ultrasound goes quickly so you can enjoy the rest of your day!! I’m not sure what we’ll be doing to celebrate, but I hope it involves lots of salsa!!

  21. BethT on May 5, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Let me prepare you now…your first preggo ultrasound will be in your hoo ha and not on your belly. Early on, they can’t see anything via a belly ultrasound. It was quite a shock to me and I feel I need to spread the word to other unsuspecting new mamas! πŸ™‚

    Hope the heart ultra goes well.

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2010 at 11:11 am

      hahah! wow. ok, good to know πŸ˜‰

  22. Heather @ get healthy with Heather on May 5, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I love quick throw together meals like that! Pasta can be so simple and is very comforting after a long tiring day. I’ve gotta find that mung bean pasta, I remember the great stats your shared a while back.

  23. Therese on May 5, 2010 at 10:58 am

    I have class tonight so no partying for moi. πŸ™ Have a marg for me though!

    I LOVED Cinnamon Toast Crunch but we rarely had it as Mom didn’t like having too many sugary cereals in the house. But my brothers and I would conquer that by pouring so much sugar over our Rice Krispies it’d power a group of marathoners for a year! Thinking about it now, I don’t know HOW I managed to eat that! YUCK!

  24. Mo on May 5, 2010 at 11:05 am

    Lucky charms . . . magically delicious!

    My first ultrasound was gyno related – had to drink a ton of water prior – couldn’t wait to get off that table and pee! Thoughts are with you and hope results are good.


  25. Danielle (Coffee Run) on May 5, 2010 at 11:07 am

    Not gonna lie, I got really excited when I saw the word “ultrasound”…but a heart ultrasound doesn’t sound too fun πŸ˜•

    Favorite cereal as a kid = count chockula & cinnamon toast crunch (the taste you can seeee)

  26. Emily N on May 5, 2010 at 11:10 am

    I forgot about Cindo de drinko! I will celebrate by making a black bean burrito w/ tahina, salsa, and spinach to go witha glass of champagne tonight.

    My boyfriend and I already planned movie night b.c of how crazy our schedules have been, but at least we can toast to Mexico’s underdog vicotry against the French that paved the way to their liberation:)

  27. Raya @ Raya Runs on May 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I have had an ultrasound on my heart before (family history of heart problems) and it’s not too bad, other than the goo they put on you. But don’t worry you’ll be fine!

    Favorite cereal: peanut butter Cap’n crunch!! Yum-o. πŸ™‚

    The closest I will prob come to celebrating cinco de mayo will be some avocado with my dinner after yoga tonight. Because I am 80 years old in a 27 year old body, obviously.

  28. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 5, 2010 at 11:20 am

    I was a huge fan of the cocoa puffs. Lots and lots of chocolate. And afterwards your left over milk suddenly turned into chocolate milk.

  29. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on May 5, 2010 at 11:21 am

    KIX !

  30. Sara on May 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

    So there is actually a restaurant in my area which specializes in DELICIOUS indian-mexican fusion food…like Indian burritos/enchiladas/etc…delicious- the meat or veggies are marinated indian style and instead of salsa/sour cream etc there is tamarind chutney/yoghurt sauce/mint chutney etc…they are AMAZINGGGG!

  31. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on May 5, 2010 at 11:32 am

    I had cereal for breakfast and I’m having cereal for lunch…gotta clean out the pantry before heading home, and it’s one of the only things I have left in my apartment!! I loved Cocoa Puffs, Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Lucky Charms. Cascadian Farms actually does a pretty good job of making them in slightly healthier, more natural form! Hope you have a terrific day!!

  32. Jessica on May 5, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Hahah oh yes, you definitely went to the U of A! If I didn’t have the hardest finals everr in just two days, i’d be celebrating cinco de DRINKO too…but alas, the girl’s gotta study! πŸ™‚

    My fave cereal as a kid was definitely honey bunches of oats! It seemed healthy enough so my mama approved! Now i’m obsessed with the 365 brand’s honey cruches & oats. Brings me back!!
    Have a fab day Gina!

  33. allison @ livingoneday on May 5, 2010 at 11:44 am

    yummm dinner last night looked great! those are my kind of meals!

    my favorite cereal as a kid was fruit loops. my dad used to combine all healthy cereals (like kashi – plain, no FLAVA, taste like cardboard – those kinds), and then sprinkle, literally, a handful of the fruit loops in the mix. he used to scoop us out each a bowl. i guess it worked – i crave healthy cereal now, and sugary stuff makes me sick. but i’ll always remember those few colorful beauties in the mix!

  34. Mo@MommyRD on May 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Haha, my favorite cereal was Fruity Pebbles as well. Now the thought of them makes my stomach turn.

    We are celebrating tonight…our 3rd wedding anniversary. Yes, we live in AZ and got married on cinco de mayo. πŸ˜‰

  35. Lisa on May 5, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    Okay, first of all, try Nature’s Path “Heritage Flakes” (see: http://www.naturespath.com/products/eco%20pacs?tid=All&brand=All&nutri=All). I find this is one of the only cereals that keeps me full longer than 3 hours. I “beef” it up with flax seed, blueberries, nuts etc. It’s a really great base cereal, but it’s also delicious on its own.

    Secondly, I live in Vancouver, Canada, and we have a restaurant here called “Indo Mexicana,” which is an Indian-Mexican fusion restaurant. I haven’t eaten there because I’m a bit worried…they have curry burritos :-S

    This Cinco de Mayo, I am going out for dinner with my grandparents and my boyfriend and then we’re seeing my little sister’s play at her school (wild night, I know!).

  36. Ilana on May 5, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    I’m planning to have a chipotle chick pea salad for dinner tonight (aka open a jar of chipotle salsa on top of chick peas and greens). Does that count as Mexicindian? I’m also having sangria (which I made and is just screeeeaaammmiiiinggg to be drunk), probably with my roommate, but I don’t know about celebrating hardcore … le sigh.

    I can’t even pick a favorite childhood cereal. I. Love(d). Them. All. Everything. The sweet ones, the not sweet ones, the weird flavored ones… Cereal was the best thing ever. Until I decided I couldn’t have all that sugar in my body anymore! And of course, I have no self control when it comes to cereal.

    Happy Cinco de Mayo!

  37. Jenny on May 5, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    I love lucky charms! Still do- and I’m glad I’m not going to be a spinster!

  38. Kristina on May 5, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    a *bit* off-topic, but it’s still breakfast… ! I made your recipe just now (different vanilla protein) and they are DELICIOUS !! I’ve been waiting (rather impatiently, if I must be truthful!) for the recipe since your first post about them, and I want to THANK YOU for sharing! I love pancakes, love love love, but they don’t generally have staying power… I can tell these will stick for a while!

    …we rarely had this cereal, but my favorite was Peanut Butter Captain Crunch… HA! … there’s a puffins flavor I get every now and then… Yum. πŸ™‚

    • Kristina on May 5, 2010 at 12:54 pm

      um, protein pancake recipe. πŸ™‚ I was so excited I stumbled right ovah that fact!!

    • Fitnessista on May 5, 2010 at 1:40 pm

      whoo hoo! so happy to hear you liked them πŸ™‚

  39. Sarah on May 5, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Definitely having some take-out mexican for dinner tonight in celebration of Cinco. Love rice and beans! My favorite cereal as a kid was Rice Krispies (with sugar added). The best part was drinking the sugary milk when I was done.

  40. Caitlin @ Right Foot Forward on May 5, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I loved Lucky Charms! Haven’t had them in years. So much sugary deliciousness!

  41. Jennifer (take the day off) on May 5, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I thought I was the only one who complained about the film on fruity pebbles! Captain Crunch has the same side effect!

    I loved both of those as a kid, and I also loved marshmallow alphabits. Yum. Yum.

  42. Paige (Running Around Normal) on May 5, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    Hope the ultrasound goes ok, chica.
    I’m celebrating by playing my first game of sand volleyball in the league I joined. It’s at a bar though, so I’m sure there will be PLENTY of people celebrating there! haha

  43. adriana on May 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I was diagnosed with a heart murmur last week too. It kind of freaked me out at first. But the more I hear about people living long and healthy lives with a heart murmur, the less I panic. I also had an ultra sound and the doc said that thanks to my high activity level, my cardiac output is very good. meaning my heart is pretty strong. Good luck!

  44. Alexis on May 5, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I split today, just had chickpea marsala and dal saang for lunch, and will be getting down on some tacos tonight at a Cinco de Mayo event here in Orlando. Best of both worlds, if you ask me (although I may be in for some serious heartburn later)! πŸ™‚

  45. Naomi (onefitfoodie) on May 5, 2010 at 2:06 pm

    i LOVE rice krispie treats cereal!! it was huge chunks of rice krispie treats all doused in milk! omg there was NOTHING like it!!!

    i cant wait to make your protein pancakes!!

    I run into the same problem with cereal and staying power so i always try to beef it up with banana, nut butter, protein powder etc

  46. Allison on May 5, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    Funny story for you… my parents are driving from our condo in Ft. Lauderdale back home to WI and I was just randomly texting with my mom.. she says, “stopped for gas in a place called Valdosta, GA… vidallia onion capitol of the US” and I was like WHAT! IT REALLY EXISTS! I “know” someone who lives there! haha.

    I’m not sure if i’ve ever commented but I’ve been reading your blog for over a year and I think you’re absolutely amazing! I really appreciate your approach to blogging. Specifically, the fact that you don’t post your weight and measurements. It’s always a really nice reminder that there is no point in comparisons. I think it’s so easy to get caught in that trap (I do all the time)… and it’s always such a breath of fresh air to be reminded how pointless it is. You’re beautiful, keep up the great work!

  47. kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com on May 5, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    i wanna bottle up rachel ray and keep her on my counter. love that woman! <3

  48. Amber @ Pampered Recipes on May 5, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    That is definitely a hearty, filling breakfast…leaving only room for a lunchtime salad! Will probably be using that recipe this weekend…

  49. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on May 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    You should recreate some healthified fruity pebbles! I bet you could make something awesome. Maybe soak some buckwheat in batches of beet juice, carrot juice, green juice…I wonder if that would dye the grains enough…? And then dehydrate with some sweetener…? I dunno, I’m just fantasizing. I think my fave cereal from the kiddie days is Life!

  50. Katherine on May 5, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Happy Cinco!

    Good luck with your heart ultrasound. I’ve been working in the heart clinics at a local hospital/doctors office and it is sad to see all the people with conditions. It is rare to see someone like you (good shape, young, happy) in there. Today I saw an overweight 24 year-old who had to go in; it just hurts me that so many of today’s population needs that!
    …sorry for the tangent (I know you’re not in the heart clinic due to lifestyle choices at all! you’re the healthiest)

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