All of my favorite fit food. Many recipes are gluten-free, lots of vegan options and all include whole foods instead of refined and processed options. Enjoy!

Recipes that rocked the Blog World:

Breakfast Cookie

Breakfast Cookie Dough Cereal

Perfect Protein Pancakes

Amazeballz (Lemon-blueberry and cocoa-berry varieties)

Whole-grain crepes

Vegan Almond Butter cookies

Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies


-Pumpkin hummus

Baby Food:

-An entire month Round 1 and Round 2

Baby smoothies


Banana Almond Muffins

B-fast Relleno

Blueberry Lavender Smoothie

Butterfinger Smoothie

Cashew Butter Sauce

Chocolate Chip Fit Bars

Chocolate Protein Bars

Cinnamon Quinoa Muffin Tops

Coffee Berry Smoothie

Fiery Goji Smoothie

The Egg Puff

Gluten-free High Protein Pancakes

-Green-a-colada smoothie

Green Chile Egg Casserole

Malted Chocolate Chia Pudding

Protein Froyo

Sweet Potato Biscuits

-Tempeh Bacon


Cranberry Avocado Salad

Fig, goat cheese and asparagus salad

Fitnessista-fied Egg Salad

Gluten-free Mac ‘N Cheese

Homemade Ranch Dressing

Pasta Primavera

Salad with Creamy Dijon Basil Dressing, Millet Croutons

Sweet Potato Spaghetti

Tomato Quinoa Stack

Quinoa Pita Tortilla


Almost Homemade Marinara

Avocado, Asparagus and Artichoke Pesto Pizza

-Balsamic Chicken Caprese Salad

Butternut Squash Lasagna

Carrot Beet and Bean Burgers

Carrot Curry Soup

Cheesy Caprese

Coconut shrimp with apricot dipping sauce

Crustless Mushroom Quiche

Dijon Chicken with Sundried Tomatoes and Quinoa

Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Indian Spiced Chickpea Cakes

Lentil Loaf

Spiced Chickpeas and Potatoes

Salmon Quinoa Cakes

Slow Cooker Chicken Coconut Curry

Slow Cooker Eggplant Curry

Sweet Potato Black Bean Chili


-Tempeh Taco Lettuce Wraps

Veggie and Goat Cheese Enchiladas

Vegan Enchiladas


Banana Chocolate Chip Oat Donuts

Brown Rice Horchata

Chocolate Chip Coconut Crispies

Chocolate Mug Cake

Gajar Halwa

Gluten-free Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

Mixed Berry Crumble

Pineapple Cherry Dump Cake

Sweet Potato Brownies

Sweet Potato Chocolate Chunk Cookies

The BEST Gluten-free Brownies

Vegan Power cookies


Almond Milk

Apricot Mint and Cauliflower Rice Dolmas

Candied Walnuts

Cheezy Mushrooms and “Rice”

Cheezy Pate

Cheezy Red Pepper Pasta

Chia Chili Cheese

Choco-cado pudding

Chocolate Tart that EVERYONE will love- you won’t believe it’s raw

Chocolate Coconut Truffles

Cool Ranch Kale Chips

Fall Fennel Salad

Gingerbread Bites



Lemon Blueberry Scones

Lettuce Wraps

Local honey and walnut Baklava with coconut vanilla cream

Massaged Kale Salad

Mediterranean Appetizer Trio

Mesquite Chia Pudding

Mexican “Rice” Pudding

Not-Chicken Salad

Not Tuna Salad

Onion Bread

Peach Cobbler

Pesto Pasta

Protein Chia Oats

Raw granola

Raw Arrabiata Sauce

-Raw Caesar Salad

Raw Sloppy Joes

Red Velvet Macaroons

Roasted Veggies and Pesto Pasta

Seaweed Salad

Taco Shells

Cocktails and Drinks:

Apple, Pear, Ginger Saketinis

Strawberry-infused Sports Drink

Summer Sangria



  1. Nikki on May 7, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    All your recipes are worthy of a cookbook!

    • Fitnessista on May 7, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      you’re a sweetheart- i’d love for that!

  2. Courtney on May 9, 2011 at 7:15 pm

    THIS IS AWESOME. I am bookmarking just this post to come back to whenever I need cooking health-spiration! 🙂

  3. Michelle K on May 10, 2011 at 11:34 pm

    Have you ever posted a macaroon recipe?? I can’t find it! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on May 11, 2011 at 1:32 am

      it’s on lock down for now 😉

  4. Michelle K on May 12, 2011 at 12:32 am

    Boo!! OK.. I can respect that 😉

  5. AK on May 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Just entered this new “universe O’ Blogs” this past year. The Hubs has a food blog ( see website above) I only write about sweet splurges. If you want to read my nonsense-search archives for Del’s Popcorn.
    A couple of things- 1. LURVE Yo Blog. wow! 2. Just made your chocolate, raspberry oats with honey and FOR THE LURVE!!!!! YOU ARE A GENIOUS!!!!!!!! Have a great day- this oatmeal has certainly made mine!

  6. Chachi on June 7, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Hello Gina! I’m a follower of yours and have to say, I love what you do. It’s great to have a real educated person talk about fitness and smart/healthy eating while still being able to live life happily. Like many people, I overcame a heavy childhood, got myself into shape on my own and have managed to keep it off. Since fitness and eating a healthy, balance diet is always my top priority in life, I have been battling with a strange food dilemma…. BANANAS. I know it sounds crazy, but from reading different trainers and healthy food goo-roos, banana’s are always on the “treat” list and are always eaten minimally. Personally, I’m a true believer in eating limitless amounts of anything that comes from the earth on a daily basis. I’ll eat as many fruits and vegetables in their natural state as I want, never worrying or counting a calorie. But lately I feel as if banana’s have been given a bad rep and that we need to eat them in moderation. Some say for example to eat half a day, or in your recent super shape-up post, buying the “mini” bananas because in reality 1 large banana is really two servings. I’ve even read some trainers talk about eliminating them completely! Personally to me this sounds absurd. I don’t think banana’s are bad or should be limited. Yes, I understand that they have a much higher sugar content than other foods/fruits, but compared to all the low-calorie crap that’s out there in terms of desserts, I think bananas take the cake any day in being the healthier option. Maybe I’m freaking out about this issue because I absolutely LOVE bananas and wouldn’t even be able to grasp the thought of saying adios to one of my favorite fruits, more or less feeling guilty because I “indulged” in two bananas in a day instead of one. I guess what I’m trying to ask is what do you think about bananas, that is eating them on a regular basis? And is it true what they say about needing to eat them in moderation?
    Thanks for listening, and look forward to hearing your insight.


    • Fitnessista on June 7, 2011 at 11:23 am

      bananas are fantastic! enjoy them, guilt free 🙂

    • Megan on June 22, 2013 at 11:16 pm

      I have to say, hearing fitness/nutrition professionals discourage bananas or any fruit makes ME go bananas!

      Fruit has sugar yes, BUT, so does bread, pasta, “whole-grains”, or even potatoes.

      Fruit is not making anybody fat. Should you maybe pay attention to how much you eat per sitting? Yes, but that’s true of any food.

      Eat your bananas. In fact, they make great substitutions for OTHER junk in our recipes often. Just try eating them with some protein if you’re worried about their effect on your blood sugar, or go for a walk afterwards.

      I’d rather see you eat a bushel of bananas then a box of sugar-free cookies.

      (from the mouth of a Registered Dietitian)

  7. Joyce on June 13, 2011 at 12:28 am

    I am trying to build muscle and lose weight–what is a good protein powder (without weird ingredients, preservatives, bunch of sugar and carbs!!) ?

    • Fitnessista on June 13, 2011 at 1:35 am

      sun warrior or vega 🙂

      • joyce on June 13, 2011 at 8:15 pm

        thanks for the response! 🙂
        anything a little cheaper?haha

        • Alyssa on June 15, 2011 at 1:35 pm

          I’m not Gina, but I really like the taste and nutrition facts of Natural Factors Vanilla Whey Protein Powder- I haven’t tried any of their other flavors, but the Vanilla is delicious mixed with almond, soy or cows milk. And it’s a lot cheaper than sun warrior or vega. I’m lactose intolerant and it doesn’t bother my stomach. I bought mine on amazon

          • Anna @ The Guiltless Life on February 27, 2012 at 12:47 pm

            I also really love Kaizen Natural’s Vanilla Ice Cream flavour – sweetened with stevia, no funny additives; 115 cals a scoop and 24g of protein. But it’s whey protein powder so a lot of vegans or lactose-intolerant people don’t like it. A huge tub is just $24.99 though (and that’s Canadian – I live in Vancouver – I think you’d find it cheaper in the US). I see it in most major supermarkets.

    • Lacy on November 15, 2012 at 11:54 am

      Hey Joyce I have always found Tri-sorb protein to be the best when trying to shed fat and build muscle! Taste is key though!

  8. Jennifer on July 8, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I just started following your blog, and i love it so much! i had never in my life tried almond butter, but you had it in one of your posts so i bought some and…oh my gosh. now im all, “almond butter, where have you been all my life?!?” i really enjoy all the food photos, thank you!

    • Fitnessista on July 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

      once you go almond, you never go back 🙂

  9. Krista on July 22, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Hi! I was curious if you had advice for people starting a GF diet. I don’t have Celiac disease, but definitely have an intolerance to it. I have noticed you seem to use a lot of various GF tortillas, etc. but in my experience, they go bad before i’ve a chance to use them yet. Maybe a GF post in the future?? I’ve tried searching through your site but it was sort of hard to find a specific post, just a lot of mentions. Just a thought! Thanks, and congrats on the little nugget.

    • Fitnessista on July 22, 2011 at 11:05 am

      that’s a great idea!
      for the tortillas, keep them in the freezer. when you want one, take it out (they’re easy to separate), and microwave for about 30 seconds.

  10. Krista on July 23, 2011 at 11:04 am

    I love the freezer idea! I don’t have a microwave but I can do a couple at a time and defrost overnight. I know, it’s crazy but there’s not enough room really in our apt!

  11. Michelle on July 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Saw your blog in Redbook magazine and just browsed…awesome!!! such great advice, tips and recipes!! will definitely be a daily reader of your blog

    • Fitnessista on July 25, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      Thank you so much! Lovely to *meet* you 🙂

  12. Jess on July 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    Hey Gina! I’ve been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I’m already in love with it! Your food always looks so good but unfortunately I have a nut allergy and almost all of your recipes include almond butter. Is there any other kind of vegan or healthier option butter out there for someone like me to substitute in your recipes? Thanks so much, keep up the good work!

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

      hmmm… can you have sunflower seed butter? or cashew butter, since they’re technically a legume? i’m not sure how bad your nut allergy is, though- check with your doc before trying any of my suggestions, i would be horrified if you had a reaction or something

  13. Hannah on July 27, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    I was looking for your black bean burger recipe but only see the beat one… but it’s actually titled “Carrot Bean and Bean Burgers”, when I think you meant to have “beat” in there 🙂

    Do you have the recipe available for the black bean burger I’ve seen on your blog?

    • Fitnessista on July 27, 2011 at 5:41 pm

      oop! haha
      it’s not my recipe- it’s emily’s from’s. her black bean burger recipe is the best i’ve tried 🙂

      • Hannah on July 28, 2011 at 1:54 pm

        Ok thank you so much!

  14. Megan on July 27, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Your food suggestions are wonderful! They always turn out so good and I’m hooked on smoothies! I was wondering about the protein powder you use, if it can be bought in stores or strictly online only? Thanks so much!

  15. Karli on August 16, 2011 at 3:06 pm


    I just stumbled on your website while looking up recipes for higher protein meals (without meat!) I LOVE this quasitarian idea. I HATE red meat and rarely eat chicken, and I work out like a crazy person. I need to cut out sugar from my diet and find better ways to replace protein, I saw you had some books on your site, but I forget where I saw them. Could you suggest some of your faves for recipes and food ideas??

    Thanks so much!

  16. Kelly on September 10, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    Hi There,

    I only recently started reading your blog. I can’t even remember how I stumbled upon it, but I sure like it! I’m wondering if you can tell me where you do most of your grocery shopping for your specialty items like Nutrional Yeast?

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2011 at 4:02 pm

      welcome to the little blog 🙂
      i usually shop at whole foods or trader joes, but most health food stores should carry nutritional yeast

      • Kelly on September 10, 2011 at 6:39 pm

        Thanks! I’ll have to check to see if I can find some health food stores in my area. I’m up in Canada and just moved to a new city, so I guess I’ll have to venture out and look!

  17. RachelG on September 12, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Tonight I came up with a totally Fitnessista-inspired dessert! Honestly, without your blog posts, energy and ideas I would have eaten the ice cream that my body did not want.

    Recipe for “Dear God, I Don’t Want Another Ice Cream Cone Dessert”: Crushed graham cracker, crushed almonds (6), sprinkling of rice krispies (or similar puffed cereal), half teaspoon of almond butter, one square of really good softened 70% dark chocolate. stir and (hopefully) enjoy!! 🙂

  18. Willa on September 13, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I love your creative and healthy recipes. Do you have a compiled list of your “snack” recipes??

  19. Angie on September 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Do you have a recipe that you like for hummus? I love it but the amounts that me and my family eats it…it gets expensive. I didn’t see anything in your recipe list. Thanks!

  20. Carrie on October 14, 2011 at 3:34 am

    Hey there! Late commenting ahhhgain, but was perusing all your gorgeous recipes for a healthy fresh option to serve the hubs this weekend 🙂 … was looking at the picture for the dinner category and I was like what a gorgeous table!!! So pretty, I wonder where Gina took this?

    And then…I spotted a tiny, itty bitty, precious Bella melon sticking up clocking the spread…she is so hilarious! Should have known it was Casa de Gina!!! Bella is beyond adorabe…she’s like hmmm…so many options….!

    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes! 🙂

  21. williana on October 26, 2011 at 10:14 am

    LOVE THIS BLOG!!! dont ever goo away!

  22. Missy on October 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm

    Hey Gina! I am obsessed with your blog, it’s so great! Thanks for sharing all your food and fitness tips! I’m in college and I’m trying to lose some weight and keep it off. I don’t have a lot to lose (probably 10-15 Max)but I definitely want to tone up! I have been a healthy eater and work out 5 days a week (lots of cardio and weights). The past two weeks I haven’t lost an weight though, I blame pumpkin muffins. Anyway, I feel like I am at a weight loss stand still.. any advice? Also, will protein powder help or hinder my weight loss and toning process.. I’ve been thinking about trying it for a long time but I’m scared it will just make me gain weight. Thanks!!

  23. Madison on November 4, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Hey Gina, I was wondering if you could also include a section in your Food tab for your dinner party menus. Your blog is a fantastic resource- thank you so much!

    • Linda on November 17, 2011 at 9:38 pm

      I was just going to request the same thing. Party menus..

  24. Debbie on January 5, 2012 at 12:02 am

    Is your “goddess” dressing homemade?

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2012 at 12:04 am

      no it’s either annie’s brand or trader joe’s- they each have a version

  25. Katie O on January 30, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    Gina, where do you get your nutritional yeast? I keep seeing recipes (here and daily garnish) that use it and i’m hugely curious and would like to try it! any hints?

  26. Jennifer on February 24, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I was wondering what your thoughts are on eating and using coconut oil? I have seen a lot of studies lately. Thoughts?

    • Fitnessista on February 24, 2012 at 3:11 pm

      i think it’s great in moderation, and love the taste 🙂

      • Jennifer on February 28, 2012 at 3:26 pm

        I love it too!!! 🙂

  27. Amber on March 6, 2012 at 1:05 am

    Hi! Do you know if Sun Warrior protien goes bad??

    • Fitnessista on March 6, 2012 at 1:20 am

      i don’t think so, but usually i eat my bag within a couple of months max 😉

  28. Katie o on March 10, 2012 at 2:29 pm

    I can’t find your recipe for cookie dough flavored almond butter! Help!

  29. Andrea M. on March 21, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Hello Gina, been following your blog for awhile now and you’ve got a very lovely list of healthy fit food recipes here. Love it! Gotta bookmark this page for future use. Thank u for this list.

  30. Beth on April 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Hey Gina,
    I notice you eat gluten free. Is this because you have a gluten allergy or sensitivity? I’ve been having some digestive issues and am experimenting with a gluten free diet. Just curious if you have a diagnosed issue or if you just feel better eating gluten free.
    I really enjoy your blog. I find it both entertaining and motivational!

    • Fitnessista on April 11, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      it’s a combo of both. i feel better when i don’t eat it, and a est by my homeopathic doc said i was borderline intolerant, so he told me to stay away from it for the most part.
      thank you so much for reading!

  31. ashli on April 22, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    I love your website and have been reading for a little over a year now, but I can not seem to remember ever seeing a recipe for your Goddess dressing. Do you make it, or do you pick it up from TJ’s?

    • Fitnessista on April 22, 2012 at 11:09 pm

      trader joe’s 🙂

  32. Milan on May 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Great recipes! A little too much grains and carbohydrates for my style, but I am sure very useful for people who don’t want to give up their pastas and muffins. They are certainly very tasty and life is short. So why not!

  33. Hallie on July 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Gina, I recently started drinking green smoothies. I usually do spinach, protein powder, orange juice, some sort of fruit (banana, strawberries, cuties, blueberries or frozen fruit, just whatever is on hand) and lots of ice.

    So far, I love them. I usually drink them as a meal if I work out pretty late and don’t want to eat or cook a full supper so close to bedtime.

    I have been wanting to try them as a meal replacement at different times of the day, but I have a few questions:

    1) Is it always a good choice as a meal replacement? I’m trying to lose weight and I’m not sure if this really saves calories or if I’d be better off eating a grilled chicken salad or something like that.

    2) Can you make them ahead and keep them in the fridge until time to eat? I have a weird thing about ground up spinach sitting in a glass for hours before I drink it…. just freaks me out!!

    I’d love your advice!

  34. Cassie on October 23, 2012 at 1:17 am

    I just ran across your blog via pinterest and baby food making and its fantastic. I wanted to ask you if you had ever tried perfect fit protein powder and your thoughts on it? It seems you have already chosen a protein powder, just thought I’d ask as this one had no scarey ingredients in it

  35. Ash V on October 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Hey! I’m really dying to make some amazeballs, but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. However, I don’t have a food processor. I’m definitely a kitchen novice, so I’m wondering if a blender would suffice, even though I know the tools are somewhat different. Regardless, what kind of food processor do you have? How big is it? Thanks!

  36. Jayme S on November 11, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    I just had surgery a couple weeks ago. I had a bone taken out of my right foot. Before surgery I ws able to lose 10 pounds and get down to 185. My goal by next may is to down to 145. I am non weight barring for another couple weeks then have a cast put on till janruary. WHat are some ways to lose weight without working out? THanks

    • Fitnessista on November 12, 2012 at 12:02 pm

      i would focus on diet and upper body strength training, plus core. talk to your doc and see what they recommend

      • Jayme on November 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm

        Ok thanks for the reply. Can you recommend some upper body exercises and some core exercises? I went to the doctor today and Im still non weight barring for another 3 weeks while using crutches and a cast boot. I appreciate your advice.

  37. Leeanne on November 15, 2012 at 10:02 pm

    I absolutely love your blog!
    I have a question , I like to work out early in the morning what would you say is a good per workout snack? Something that is not too filling.
    Thank you!

  38. Lauren D. on December 4, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I love this bookmark!

    You are a regular blog that i visit. I can’t tell you how much I love girls that rock!

    I found a great ebook this weekend! I think you would like. It has opened my eyes to some things that make a lot of sense!

    Maybe a good xmas gift to share!

    I will continue to share your blog with friends! 🙂 Thanks

  39. Jennifer on January 28, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Gina, a while back you made some almond butter brownies (brownies that used a whole jar of almond butter). Do you happen to have a link to the recipe saved? I’ve tried searching the site but I haven’t found it. Thanks. 🙂

  40. Ashley on March 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    I looove all your recipes!! How do you feel about greens superfoods? I don’t eat enough veggies, just can’t get myself to like them as much as I should :-/ but I have been making smoothies and stuff w/ Amazing Grass ( and did their 2 week challenge which I LOVED, and that actually had a lot of great veggie recipes, but most of the time, I don’t eat enough of em…I really love the Amazing Grass, do you think that’s enough as an alternative to veggies?

    • Fitnessista on March 12, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      i’m not a huge fan of the taste of amazing grass (i think spinach in smoothies is milder) but whatever you enjoy that will help you get extra nutrients!

  41. andrea solomon on July 2, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    hey gina, have you switched from sun warrior vegan protein to vega?

    • Fitnessista on July 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm

      no, i just had some vega on hand i wanted to use.

  42. Elyse on July 9, 2013 at 10:53 am

    Hi Gina,

    I love your blog! I’ve recently been introduced to a new snack and I’m not sure if it’s healthy or not. Can you review the Planters Trail Mix (Energy Mix)?

    I like to keep healthy snacks on hand at work but I cannot figure out whether this is a good snack or candy diguised as a “healthy” snack. I would appreciate a post on that and any other healthy snacks that are easy to for ‘on-the-go’


  43. Alice Corcoran on August 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Gina,

    We love what you are doing on your site and would be interested in collaborating. We are a healthy living subscription box service founded by leading nutritionist, Heather Bauer. Feel free to send me an email.

    Have a great weekend!

  44. Bri on October 16, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I popped over to pull up your turkey ball recipe, but I am not see it. Maybe I am wrong that I got it from you in the first place. Let me know if you have one. I have my meat set out to make them! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 16, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Which turkey balls? The turkey lentil muffins?

  45. Jacki on January 2, 2014 at 2:54 pm

    I know you’ve had posts in the past about food you prepare for people who have just had a baby. We have a family at my daughter’s school where the mom is having some serious health issues, and I’ve signed up to bring them a meal next week. I’d love to try some of the stuff you’ve posted in the past. Can you point me in the right direction? Thanks!

  46. Katie on March 10, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    Hey Gina!
    I’m trying to find a recipe you posted a while back.. It was for quinoa muffins (savory) and had sun dried tomatoes and either goat cheese or feta in it. Do you know where I can find it? Maybe I missed it when I skimmed, but I didn’t see it on here.


  47. Susann on August 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    Hey Gina,

    just discovered your blog. I really like the recipes on your site. I am always on the hunt to make food be healthy and nutritious but still bursting with flavor. I just cooked Capsicums stuffed with rice ( but instead of using rice I used black as well as red quinoa to make it a little more protein filled. It’s really good and I am sure if you will love it. Give it a shot and let me know.

    Def. need to to try your chocolate mug cake….sounds so delicious.

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