I was conjuring up a new recipe that I wanted to try for dinner last night, but when I got home and took a look at the Pilot, we knew.

Eclectic it was πŸ˜‰


I was absolutely fried from teaching yesterday. Cooking just wasn’t going to happen.Β 3 days of Zumba again this week (whoo too!) and taught a buff booty class that left my biscuits burning and my legs quivering. Today, each step up and down in the house is a profanity in my mind.Β 

Also fried?



We shared those as an appetizer. Usually I don’t like fried food, but fry a sweet potato and all bets are off. Monkey Burger has the BEST sweet potato fries- waffle for the win.


Strawberry salad

Love this salad so much. Greens, blueberries, strawberries, walnuts, chicken and poppyseed dressing. Β It was such a great meal, and I’m glad Liv doesn’t mind Eclectic. She sits at the table with us, chews on her giraffe and people-watches.Β 



Berry protein oats with 1/3 C oats, frozen organic berries mixed in, Sun Warrior, almond milk, cinnamon and topped with almond butter

I have no idea what Liv and I are going to do today, but it will probably be indoors- it’s supposed to be 107*!


It’s weird to not be planning a smoothie for this afternoon since #smoothieaday in May is over. To those of you who joined in, how did it go? What was your favorite smoothie combo?

It was a little bit of a challenge for me and there were a few days when I didn’t make a smoothie. I got so sick of bananas and ended up skipping them (avocados were a good replacement to add a creamy texture), and there were a few times when I really wanted something different for my afternoon snack since I knew we’d have a big dinner. I think it would have been easier to follow if I would have said a “smoothie or juice a day” in May, because between the two, I wouldn’t get sick of the options and could make a juice for an energy boost instead of a filling smoothie. While smoothies are refreshing, they can be heavy (especially with the way I like to make mine).

Have you done any blog challenges lately? I know Angela is doing a salad a day in June, which will be easy for me to follow along- salad beast is my standard lunch. If you’re looking for something to add to your routine in June, I’m going to aim for 5 minutes of stretching or foam rolling before bed each night. Who’s in for the fun? If you’re looking for foam rolling tips, some of my faves are here, and here’s a stretch video I did while I was pregnant.

Have a happy Friday!



Something to read:

-10 one-minute health, fitness and mood boosters

Simple ways to keep active at work

Something to do:

Stop by the Fashion page or Meg’s blog to wish her a happy birthday πŸ™‚ Happy, happy birthday to my “little sis” – it’s going to be an amazing year <3 love you.

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  1. Sarah on June 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

    That salad looks divine! I’m definitely participating in the saladaday. I’ve felt SO much better since I started having a big salad for lunch every day. It’s amazing.

    I’ve been doing the smoothie challenge too, but sometimes would make a very light smoothie with just fruit, almond milk, and a supplement like raw cacao.

    Does Livi have a Sophie Giraffe? Eli now uses his to hit things.

    Enjoy your day!

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 11:34 am

      yes, she loves to chew on her head. haha

  2. Catherine on June 1, 2012 at 11:36 am

    107! Yikes!

    I’m with you on running out of smoothie steam (especially the daily blender disassembly and cleaning) – if I look at everything that goes into it, it’s a much bigger meal than it seems when you’re just sipping on it.

    My fave of May was spinach, flax seeds, banana, almond milk, and frozen peaches. Mmm.

  3. Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food on June 1, 2012 at 11:39 am

    Making a goal to stretch every day is definitely something that I’m interested in doing! I don’t stretch nearly enough and need to incorporate it more!

  4. Niki on June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

    I just started a burpee challenge, you do 1 burpee on day 1, 2 burpees on day 2 and so on and so. If you miss a day you need to make up for the missed burpees the next day. It goes for two months, you should join in!

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

      whoa, i love that!

    • Wendy Heath on June 1, 2012 at 3:20 pm

      That sounds cool! I really, really have issues with burpees though. It hurts my joints to do them (has ever since I was a kid in decent shape). πŸ™ Sounds really nifty though!

  5. Sana on June 1, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Lol when you say “biscuits burning” What part of the body is that?

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 11:51 am

      bootay πŸ˜‰

  6. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 1, 2012 at 11:49 am

    Salad beast is my standard lunch too! The one you had at the restaurant sounds delicious. All that’s missing is a piece of grilled salmon! πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 11:50 am


  7. Mary on June 1, 2012 at 11:58 am

    So much of what you eat looks great and I’d love to add to my routine but I stopped using protein powder because I didn’t want the soy or whey isolates. It seems like Sun Warrior might be the perfect option for me but I’m wondering about the Medium Chain Triglycerides. What is that? Do you use the Classic Protein or Warrior blend?

    I’m really trying to limit/eliminate my processed foods in general and especially now that I’m pregnant. Any help is appreciated. My morning sickness is making a lot of things unappealing and I want to make sure I’m not eating carbs only all day long.


  8. Emily on June 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    I think that there is currently a recall on Sophie the Giraffe.

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm

      do you have a link??

  9. Maria on June 1, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I’m also doing a salad a day on my blog as well for the month of June πŸ™‚ I attempted the smoothie a day and did pretty good, but here in WI the weather wasn’t always smoothie weather and a warmer breakfast was needed. A salad a day will be a good way for me to get veggies to the baby πŸ™‚

  10. Jordan @ Bake Write Sleep on June 1, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I can never turn down sweet potato ANYTHING. There’s a place here in Jacksonville that has sweet potato tots that have this awesome chipotle pepper spice on them… I could eat one billion of them. I’m glad KMFT usually will split them with them, because I can’t NOT order them.

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

      oh my goodness. that sounds incredible!

  11. carrie on June 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Don’t forget about pumpkin as a texture booster for shakes. I always buy pie pumpkins for fall decor, then roasted and puree for smoothies throughout the year. The cherry bomb shake with pumpkin instead of banana is the BEST! Hope this helps πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 12:31 pm


  12. Katie@PopCultureCuisine on June 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    I started off strong on the smoothie challenge, but dropped off when I got sick of cleaning the blender each day and with work it is sometimes a challenge to pack them along. However, I did discover pineapple to be a great new addition I had never used before…p.s. that salad looks amazeballs, Super Target of all places used to have a to go one similar with the best goat cheese on it! I miss it!

  13. Kimmoy on June 1, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    I’m gonna join you on the stretching and foam rolling challenge, got a hashtag for it? hehe That’s one of the habits I really need to develop cause I’m practically sore every day.

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      #stretchandroll ?? πŸ™‚

  14. Andrea @ Vegvacious on June 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    It’s the perfect time of year for Angela’s salad a day challenge. I eat them most days, but I fail miserably on Saturdays and Sundays! Your salad looks amazing – I definitely need to get my hands on some fresh berries this weekend so I can whip up something like that!

  15. Catalina @ Cake with Love on June 1, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    I am doing Angela’s salad challenge, so far so good, I am having a kale salad today πŸ™‚

  16. Amy @ Inspired Amy on June 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Oh a salad a day would definitely be easy for me, depending on what you call a salad. I just throw a whole bunch of roasted veges on kale and put on some protein (the combinations are limitless). I guess when I put on a bunch of chili it isn’t a salad anymore … oh well πŸ˜‰

  17. Abby @ Change of Pace on June 1, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Sounds like a nice family date! I’ve been foam rolling every night before bed and every morning for five minutes. I’m kind of getting used to it, and it’s doing wonders for my knee.
    Hope your soreness dissapates soon!

  18. Charissa on June 1, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    Mmmmm, that salad looks amazing. I think I’ll be chopping strawberries over my noon meal now!

  19. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on June 1, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Funny you should mention blog challenges for June…I’m actually doing a June Yoga Challenge over here! πŸ™‚

  20. Christina R on June 1, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    i will def be joining in the stretching challenge – i always say i want to stretch more & now am motivated to! i also just did the stretch videos you posted, they are great thank you!

  21. Annette @ FitnessPerks on June 1, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    MMmm salad and sweet potato fries. SOunds like THE perfect lunch to me. We’re BFFs and we didn’t even know it! πŸ˜‰

  22. Chels on June 1, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    So…. Juiced up June?! Haha

    • Neiry on June 1, 2012 at 4:32 pm

      ahahaha YES! πŸ˜€

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

      haha boom!!

  23. Ana on June 1, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    I love smoothies, have them everyday, usually for breakfast!
    I almost never use bananss though as I think they always overpower the other flavors. My tricks for adding creaminess to smoothies are mainly avocados and papaya! Pureed butternut squash is also awesome, As is pumpkin. I always buy lots during fall, roast, puree, and freeze them in 1/2 cup portions, then it is always ready to use in soups, smoothies, etc
    Gina, have you considered selling the natural flavor of sunwarrior at your open sky? I love sun warrior but I always get the unsweetened/unflavored variety. This time I decided to try chocolate and ordered it from your open sky. It arrived so quickly I was impressed. However, the powder is sooooo sweet for my palate, I am unable to have a full serving of it, have to mix with the natural or another unflavored protein (and then I loose the cocoa flavor…)
    I you sold the natural variety I would always buy from you! πŸ™‚

  24. Angela on June 1, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Sweet potato fries are also my fried food weakness….they just taste so good crispy!

    Thanks for the shout out Gina. Maybe you can kick my lazy salad making butt for me. πŸ˜‰

  25. Averie @ Averie Cooks on June 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    Greens, blueberries, strawberries with poppy seed dressing…okay that sounds AWESOME!

    And those fries too…you got me craving some!

  26. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on June 1, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Sweet potato fries are soo good. I made some the other night with coconut oil and they rocked. Also I love this stretch challenge! I need to more than I do now…

  27. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on June 1, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    I did a Salad a Day challenge in May – and challenged my readers to go along with me! I was just really coming out of winter eating and struggling with the lack of salads, so it was a good kickstart into summer eating. But yes, like you with the smoothies by the end of the month I was kinda over not having the choice of having it or not! It definitely got me back in the habit though – I’ll have salads far more often now than I did before the challenge.

    I also don’t like fried foods but yam fries are always a-go. With some aioli they are just magic!

  28. Jess on June 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Stretching everyday is something I will definitely follow along with. I could seriously eat a sweet potato everyday for a month and still not be over it!

  29. Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit on June 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    I’m pretty sure I had a smoothie every single day of May. We have one for breakfast every single morning. And even when we were in vacation in Mexico last week, found a spot that made smoothies. I found this challenge over at Powercakes – a powermeal a day challenge. Looks pretty good. All about getting healthy foods into your diet.

  30. Katie on June 1, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Waffle sweet potato fries would be fabulous! <3

    Hope you and Livi had a good day in, way too hot to be outside in those temps!

    I am doing a tea challenge this month! Always fun to motivate yourself and others by doing these things!

  31. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy on June 1, 2012 at 11:31 pm

    i agree — i am typically anti-fried food, but give me a plate of sweet potato fries, and i will inhale the entire plate! haha thanks for sharing!

  32. AMO on June 2, 2012 at 2:30 am

    Ok Gina…I give in. I have been reading this blog since I was a sophomore in college (…I have since graduated graduate school..and refused to comment! I guess I am just too shy). I just wanted to say THANK YOU! The love of my life is a naval avaitor…kind of like the pilot… but our life is a little different. Without trying to sound sappy (which is so not my style πŸ™‚ … I wanted to say THANK YOU! Without your playlists, menus, and regular posts, I have no idea what I would do. Because of The Fitnessista, I have run 4 half marathons, 2 warrior dashes, 1 full marathon and 2 triathlons. I just wanted to let you know that you have positively infleuced my life and I am super grateful for it! Thanks so much!

  33. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 2, 2012 at 8:32 am

    I like to think that the healthiness of sweet potatoes cancels out the unhealthiness of frying. πŸ˜‰

  34. Sarah on June 2, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    First time commentor here. For the past week I’ve been a smoothie a day girl and I chalk it up to your blog for inspiration.

    Every morning for breakfast I’ve blended a protein smoothie and my favorite combination hands down is: milk, vanilla Greek yogurt, vanilla protein powder, frozen sliced bananas, a tablespoon of peanut butter, and a handful of baby spinach. It tastes amazing.

  35. Maggie on June 3, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Thank you for the reminder to stretch tonight! I was already in bed, but I spent all day on my feet walking around so I got out of bed and stretched when I read this!

    • Fitnessista on June 3, 2012 at 8:04 pm

      whoo hoo!

  36. Beth on June 3, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Definitely in for the daily stretching challenge! I’ve been meaning to start foam rolling more often, and this is the perfect reminder.

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