Goat Cheeseball

(As I just wrote that title, I had a beautiful vision of an herbed goat cheese ball appetizer. That sounds delicious)

How are ya? It’s almost the weekend!!

I started my day off with a Bodyrock workout (today was the Hot Body Beach Workout and I LURVED it)- I never thought I’d find a workout that was more challenging than Insanity… and this totally is. I blasted the Muse station on Pandora and rocked it out- it took about 30 minutes with some breaks scattered in there.

Post workout amazeball:


and met the fam at the Delicious Egg for breakfast.

So since I’ve been able to add back in my beloved goat dairy this week on the 30 day Doctor Detox, I’ve definitely been taking advantage.

In salad beasts


Goat cream cheese stuffed mushrooms


mushrooms (2)

By the slice


and with my current obsession:



Kefir is similar to yogurt and is an excellent way to get digestion-friendly probiotics. You can make it at home (which freaks me out, just a little) or you can pick it up at most health food stores. The goat’s milk kefir is made with whole goat milk, so it’s very calorie-dense and extra creamy. A half a cup (1/2 serving) in the perfect amount to add to a smoothie for flavor/texture or drizzle on top of some cereal. Think of kefir as the middle man between yogurt and milk.

Today is a marathon day, but lots of good stuff in there:


B-fast with fam


-Work all the livelong day


-Meet friend for dinner


I have four outfits and  3 meals packed (whew!) and am wearing a fun new accessory:


A bracelet made of coconut wood 🙂 Hoping to have in on promo very soon.

Have a fabulous day and I’ll see ya after work!


Today’s workout jam: “Lux Aeterna” by Clint Mansell. This incredible song came on the Muse Pandora station right at the end of my workout and helped me push through. Powerful ish 🙂

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  1. Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl on February 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Love the bracelet! Super cute!

  2. Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete on February 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Have you done a past post about why you choose goat milk products as opposed to cow milk products?? What is the difference?

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

      goat’s milk is easier to digest, less mucus forming (eww but true) and tastes better to me.

      • Alicia Plascencia on February 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

        I think you mean goat’s milk!

        • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

          hahah oops. yes 🙂 that’s what happens when my brain is going at a different speed than my typing 😉

  3. Hannah on February 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve done a few BodyRock workouts since you posted the link on your blog and I am in LOVE! I have been sweating more than I was while doing P90x Plyo for an hour and these are so short and effective 🙂 I just signed up for my first half/first race: can I still do the BodyRock workouts throughout training?

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

      yes, but make sure to have an off day in between bodyrock and running so your legs can rest
      sun: long run
      mon: active rest/yoga/x-train
      tues: bodyrock
      wed: off
      thurs: run (tempo)
      fri: easy run
      sat: off

  4. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Very cool bracelet Gina! I haven’t tried kefir yet but I’m curious about it. Good luck with your to-do’s today. I have a long list too! 🙂

  5. LisaG on February 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I’ve been eating the salad/salmon/rice combo few a few days now.Those mushrooms look delish.

    • LisaG on February 17, 2011 at 1:19 pm

      meant “for” a few days now.

  6. courtney@cupcakedynamite on February 17, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I think I had the exact same beautiful vision!! Those stuffed mushrooms look so delicious, too!! Ahhh! You must be ecstatic to finally have your lurve goat cheese back… next comes Pilot?!? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      hahah yes!! all the wonderful things will be back in my life 🙂

  7. hippierunner on February 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    The little stuffed mushrooms look so cute!

  8. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on February 17, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Bodyrock workouts are killer! That is for sure!

    I just wanted to say that I think the goat on your Kefir bottle is super adorable — I love how his little ears are pointed up!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      you’re right- he is cute!

  9. alicia on February 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Gina, I had a life changing experience last night! My first trip to Lululemon! The hubs and I went shopping, so I persuaded to the town closest with a LuLu. It was awesome! I was a bit rushed with the hubby sitting reading a mag. but, I had to walk out with wunder under crops, since you speak so highly! I luuv them. and a tank to match!!! I think I’m an addict, but the first step is being able to admit it right?

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      yay! welcome to the addiction 🙂

  10. Namaste Gurl on February 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Mmm, I love goat cheese- must try!

  11. Madison on February 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Zuzana is a workout goddess. I love Bodyrock! She is so fit! I love how she is so open about working out, what she eats and the amount of discipline needed to look a certain way. Those workouts are amazing!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      she is AMAZING. she doesn’t even look like a real person- she blows my mind

  12. Tracy @ Commit to Fit on February 17, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    Love the bracelet and I am with you about making the goat cheese. Not sure why I am freaked out, maybe we both just have to jump in and give it a try!

  13. Ashley on February 17, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Cute bracelet! I’ve never heard of Keifir’s goat milk before! I think I would feel a little sketched out making it at home, too!

  14. Michelle on February 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    So today I found a chocalate bar with Goji berries in it and was like “I should go tell Fitnessista! She would LOVE this!” hahah is that wierd? 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      hah not weird at all- love it! where can i find one?

      • Michelle on February 17, 2011 at 7:58 pm

        It’s by a company called Voseges Haut Chocolat. I found it in the Chicago airport but Google tells me they also have NY and Vegas. It’s kind of amazing and I think I’m picking up another bar of it when I fly back through on Saturday. Milk chocolate with goji berries and pink Himalayan salt. Pink salt seems better then regular salt!

  15. Heather (heathers dish) on February 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    The bracelet is gorgeous! And that’s quite the schedule you gave there…hope it’s a fabulous day!

  16. Maggs on February 17, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Cute bracelet. Kefir is REALLY easy to make at home. You pour, shake, let it sit.

  17. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table on February 17, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Goat anything is delish! Have you tried goat butter? Devine (as opposed to bovine.. LOL!). And goat milk yogurt is good – a little more tart then greek, but great with some fresh berries and a drizzle of honey.

    I once at goat neck meat with pasta… I don’t think I’d have the stomach to make it myself, but that was some of the most tender, buttery meat I’ve ever had.

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      love got milk yogurt and butter 🙂

  18. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on February 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Love the bracelet!!

  19. Dee on February 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    i love that song (Lux Aeterna)!

  20. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on February 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    I just discovered goat’s milk cream cheese. I need to make stuffed mushrooms with it!

  21. April @ Crazy Fabulous Life on February 17, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Cute bracelet!

    And glad to hear you’ve got your beloved goat cheese back. I bet you were going crazy!

  22. Annette on February 17, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    I love kefir! And I understand with the crazy routines- pack lunches, pack outfits, pack sanity…..practice for teaching. ahhhhh I teach ZUmba tonight- so stoked: ) I love being a Zumba instructor! Have a great one-

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

      pack sanity? i forgot that one today haha

  23. Charlotte on February 17, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    I love the song Lux Aeterna! But since watching Requiem for a Dream (don’t know if you’ve seen it , very very disturbing movie. not scary. just disturbing) I can’t really listen to it. P.S. Those stuffed mushrooms look ahhmazing.

  24. Katie on February 17, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    I had goat cheese on my egg scramble last week in chicago and it was sooooooooooo good!!!! Def yummy stuff !

    I love the bracelet, Im not a huge jewelry girl but sometimes when I find a really cute and simple bracelet I can wear everyday I am happy! I love that one, its so cute!

    Have a great day! : )

  25. Allison @ Food For Healing on February 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    busy busy, holy cow.. or goat! haha
    that bracelet is super cute.

    i have never tried anything made with goats milk, might try!

  26. Stefanie @TheNewHealthy on February 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I can’t wait to try the bodyrock workouts! They sound great! I was so freaked out to try goat’s milk yogurt for the first time–but just like w/goat cheese, I was in love! 🙂

  27. Katie~ Run For The Bikini on February 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I’m so excited you’re doing BodyRock workouts 😀

    and to the comment above about training for a race while bodyrocking, I definitely think the BR workouts have helped me get faster!!!

    • Madison on February 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm

      I definitely agree that bodyrocking has helped me with my running, every little bit counts.

  28. Alycia [Fit n Fresh] on February 17, 2011 at 2:57 pm

    I am in LOVE with BodyRock!! I can’t wait to try this workout 🙂

  29. Ashley on February 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    That bracelet is so cute. That is a lot of work, and packing. Good luck!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 7:33 pm

      thank you!

  30. Doc (The Healthy PhD) on February 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for introducing me to Bodyrock. I saw it on your blog, and it’s just the boost I needed for my workouts!

  31. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 17, 2011 at 3:17 pm

    I love kefir! I have never had goat’s milk kefir though, just coconut milk kefir. I make mine with coconut milk. I bet it would be soo delish with goat’s milk. Most anything with goat’s milk IS 🙂

    The amazeaballs get me every time. I want one!

    Great info on Bodyrock/Insanity…I need to get on board w/ Bodyrock and try it.

    Love the bracelet!

  32. Laura @ prettylittlewords on February 17, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Does the goat milk kefir have a strong…er…goat-y taste? I’ve never had any other goat dairy that goat cheese.

  33. fittingbackin on February 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Great bracelet! Glad you’re having a fun, productive day!

  34. andi on February 17, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    What are these bodyrock workouts you speak of?? I am intriqued?

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 4:36 pm

      i linked to it in the post- check it out! 🙂

  35. Kate on February 17, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    Ahhh I have loved those mushrooms ever since I saw them on your blog over a year ago. When I read this post I was envisioning a delicious cheeseball made of goat cheese too. Maybe you could work on one…? 😉

  36. Danielle @ InDeesKitchen on February 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Silly question but… are the goat cheese stuffed mushrooms simply… mushrooms stuffed w/ goat cheese? Are they cooked? Any spices? Pleaaaseee a recipe? I want to make tonight!!

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 6:57 pm

      bake 20 min at 350- stuff with goat cream cheese, garlic, oregano, sea salt, cayenne and pepper 🙂

  37. Gosia on February 17, 2011 at 4:41 pm

    Hate milk, don’t really care for yogurt LOVE kefir! Homemade kefir alongside potatoes sprinkled with fresh dill = childhood food 🙂

  38. Mo on February 17, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I am absolutely in love with goat cheese – those stuffed mushrooms look terrific. I bet I would also like the kefir. The mushroom recipe???? Cool bracelet too. I just got into Pandora myself – we bought one of those Netflix boxes and it is on there . . . lots of free access to music, movies and tv series – watched a short film on pickling – everything from sauerkraut to kombucha. I’m in love with that thing. Hope work is quick and uneventful for you! Enjoy your evening and take care.


  39. Christin@purplebirdblog on February 17, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    I’ve been eying that goat milk kefir for a while but always choose the coconut milk kefir instead because it’s cheaper. 🙂

  40. Michele on February 17, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    Random but… do you use any other protein powders besides the sun warrior? I LOVE the sun warrior but my boyfriend wanted to try something different. Any recommendations?

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 6:56 pm

      ehhh… sun warrior is my fave 🙂 nothing tastes as good!

  41. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on February 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm

    I love goat milk! My body has a super hard time digesting regular yogurt (like greek yogurt) but I can easily digest goat yogurt. Now if they would only make goat milk cottage cheese…

    • Fitnessista on February 17, 2011 at 7:34 pm

      i keep wishing for that too- i miss cottage cheese! if anyone will do it, it will be tj’s though 🙂

  42. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on February 17, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    I just tried kefir a few weeks ago and I wasn’t really a fan. I definitely share your goat cheese love though! 😉 That’s so exciting you can eat it again!

  43. blackhuff on February 18, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I don’t like the taste of goats milk, so I am very skeptical about this goats milk Kefir.
    I like that stuffed mushrooms of yours. I love mushrooms – if it depended on me, I will have it every day 🙂

  44. Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg on February 18, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    Those stuffed mushrooms look delicious!

    Love your bracelet, so cute 🙂

  45. Rachel @ Healthy Teacher on February 18, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    I recently, as in three days ago, became obsessed with goat cheese. So. Good.

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