Golden Roons

Hey guys! Itโ€™s almost the freakinโ€™ weekend! Iโ€™m glad.. how bout you? ๐Ÿ˜€


HOLY MACAROONS!!! Thank you guys so much for your generous bids for Angelaโ€™s Shop 4 a Cause and congrats to Erin E., the winner! I canโ€™t believe they went for such a hefty amount โ€“money to a truly excellent cause. I promise to make them extra delicious (perhaps sprinkle gold on them) and throw some fun goodies in there for you too, Erin <3 To those of you who didnโ€™t win, I promise a โ€˜roon giveaway in the near future.

I also LOVED reading your โ€œEat, Pray, Loveโ€s from last night. Your comments were beautiful and so much fun to read ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for making my night! Between your comments and the macaroon success, Iโ€™m oozing with happiness and mush like a goober over here ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, I finally got my Indian Food Fix.


I was so stoked that they had Gajar Halwa (check out my healthier vegan version here), along with dal, veggies and cabbage.

With roti, of course ๐Ÿ™‚


I ended up saving a lot of the roti because while I was waiting for Jeni to call me to meet her for dinner, I had two coffee cups full of Puffins to take the โ€œedgeโ€ off- I was a hungry monkey after teaching.


To rewind (a lot) before teaching spin and Zumba, I was feeling a little sluggish.

Green juice to the rescue ๐Ÿ˜€ (aka Raw Vegan Redbull)

green juice


– 1 pear

– 1 apple

– spinach

– 1/2 cucumber

– 1/2 lemon

with 1 t spirulina stirred in

green juice (2)

Itโ€™s funny because even in my coffee drinking days (in college some days I would have 16 cupsโ€ฆ not joking), coffee never gave me as much energy as green juice does. I totally believe in raw enzyme powahhhhhh ๐Ÿ™‚

Are you a coffee drinker? Former coffee addict like me? Green juice junkie? Tea lover? (I love me some teaโ€ฆ especially mint)

Well Iโ€™m off to walk the puppers on the base trail, head to work, then getting a massage and facial. The girls and I are seeing Sex and the City tonight- has anyone seen it already?!?

Have a great day <3


Something to do: Day 4 strength workout of the Summer Shape Up! Todayโ€™s legs dayโ€ฆ get ready ๐Ÿ™‚

Meet me back here later for a homemade brown rice horchata recipe

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  1. Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) on May 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I’m actually a new coffee drinker… I never used to drink it, but lately I’ve been loving it in the mornings! Why did you cut it out? It has some beneficial qualities if not consumed in excess…

    And more importantly, how was SATC2?? I’m so excited to see it!!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 9:42 am

      haha it’s the *not in excess* factor.. if i have coffee, i’ll want to drink it allllllll day (because it tastes so good!). so usually i’ll just have it occasionally when we’re out for breakfast or something like that

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on May 27, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I am going to see SATC tonight, too. I hope it’s better than they are saying!

  3. Cindy on May 27, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I am a coffee junkie. I did just try green juice for the first time yesterday, so we will see what happens.

  4. Scott from YourInnerSkinny on May 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I’m still not sold on veggies in my smoothie. I feel like it’s going to taste like… well like veggies in a smoothie. I use to be a 5-8 large coffees a day drinker but now I’m down to 1, maybe 2 and I drink between 2-6 green teas. I do the fruit smoothie thing as a mid-morning snack.

    I’m thinking I’m going to try a veggie smoothie on the weekend. What should I start with?

    PS, SATC2… Not my cup of tea… or coffee… or green smoothie…

    • Melissa on May 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

      Hi, Scott! I’m new to the vegetables in smoothie thing, too. I’ve found that spinach is a good starting point. Try a whole banana, about 1.5 ounces (or more) of berries, and an ounce of spinach, mixed with protein powder and almond (or whatever) milk. You really don’t notice the spinach, other than that it’s contributed its nice color to your beverage.

      If you have a juicer carrots are a good bet, too. A carrot/apple/ginger juice is supreme. But a carrot smoothie wouldn’t be recommended, for your blender’s blade’s sake, unless you cooked them first to soften them.

  5. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on May 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I love Puffins too!!! And I’m definitely a coffee drinker (like I definitely notice if I don’t have a cup in the morning) but I wouldn’t necessarily call myself an addict.

    Unfortunately due to some very poor planning and coordination skills between myself and my group of ladies, I won’t be seeing SATC2 till Wednesday ๐Ÿ™ But I’m super excited!! Have a great time!

  6. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I want some golden macaroons ๐Ÿ™‚ I am a coffee drinker but since I’ve started juicing I’ve been drinking less. I just love the taste of coffee so I haven’t gotten away from it. Can’t wait to hear about satc 2!

  7. Jenny on May 27, 2010 at 9:46 am

    I’m going to see SATC2 tomorrow, I really hope those reviews are wrong!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 9:46 am

      me too!!!

  8. Heather on May 27, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I am a former coffee ADDICT. I’d drink 2-3 cups in the morning (hot), then diet coke and water throughout the day, then hit up Starbucks on campus for a latte or iced coffee. When I went through a high raw phase last summer, I cut it out completely (along with the Diet Coke) and really stopped craving it but started again this year. I only drink 1 cup maybe every other day, and I really drink 1/2 almond milk, 1/2 coffee so I feel okay with my consumption. It doesn’t give me jitters anymore so it’s cool. I need to start juicing again, too. Green juice just makes me want to run around the house and do a bajillion jumping jacks, which is obvs a good thing.

    Is that a coffee cup your Puffins are in? If so, where is it from?

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 10:10 am

      it’s amazing how green juice can give you a little buzz ๐Ÿ™‚ i love it!
      yes, they’re from bed bath and beyond ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on May 27, 2010 at 10:09 am

    16 cups in one day? Holy caffeine!!!!

    Can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the movie!!! I’m going to see it myself this weekend!

  10. AmyJoGo on May 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Do you add the spinach into the juicer or do you transfer the juiced produce into the Vitamix and then add the spinach? I’m wondering if the juicer may not be able to juice out all the nutrients from the spinach. I want to try your recipe this weekend…it looks refreshing and I feel the need to do something like a juice fast.

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:34 am

      i “sandwich” the spinach in between the cucumber. it helps to get more juice out of the spinach ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Michelle on May 27, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Gina I forget do you use the Vitamix to make juice or do you use a juicer?? I only have a magic bullet type blender and while the juice looks good, I don’t know if I can make it with that. May need to invest in something else.

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:33 am

      hey michelle,
      i use a jack lalanne juicer that i got from heaby (heathr eats almond butter) over a year ago- i love it!

  12. Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife on May 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Congrats on helping raise so much with the roons! And I’m def a coffee junkie, but I don’t hate it ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on May 27, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I love the tingly feeling I get when I drink green monsters. Coffee will excite me for a while and then I’ll crash pretty hard like a did last night.

  14. Jennie {in Wonderland} on May 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Ahhhh the macaroons! I can’t wait to try them ๐Ÿ™‚ They look like little gem-drops of deliciousness.

    For me, it’s definitely Yerba Mate tea in Spicy Orange. It gives me a definite buzz. Coffee makes me a little woozy and sleepy – no lie – but I love the taste. Green tea doesn’t do much for me anymore because I drink so much of it. And I love fresh juices – especially lemon and ginger, straight up. Could drink that allllll day.

  15. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on May 27, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I can’t wait for the recipe later on. It sounds like such a good drink. I drink maybe a cup of coffee or two a week. I’m so not addicted, and I like the taste. Plus, research keeps coming out on the benefits of drinking coffee. Of course, I think all of those health benefits are negated once you hit cup No. 16!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:32 am

      ahah you’re totally right. 1-2 cups is great, but 16 was doing some damage

  16. Erin Edwards on May 27, 2010 at 10:17 am

    I’m super excited about the ‘roons. I love that I ‘won’ them as it’s for such a great cause that is especially close to me because my father passed away from cancer on Feb ’08. It’s a great way to honor his memory. Thanks so much for participating [I adore your blog, you are such an inspiration] & to Angela for orchestrating the whole event. It was fun!

  17. Heather (Heather's Dish) on May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

    i love LOVE coffee…i’m definitely an “addict” although I only have 1 cup a day. if i don’t i definitely get the coffee headache though!

  18. Kilee on May 27, 2010 at 10:20 am

    I love me some horchata! I’m so excited that your macaroons went for so much! I hope that you have a fun girly afternoon and evening and take care, Kilee

  19. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday on May 27, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Can’t wait for that horchata recipe. I’ve never heard of it, but I love anything with cinnamon!

  20. allison @ livingoneday on May 27, 2010 at 10:24 am

    oh man im going away for the weekend, so SATC will have to wait til next week. no spoilers! i was up and out of bed at 5:30 am to do day 3 of the SSU! seriously ive never had motivation like this before, and im loving it! i feel like we should all be paying for private training lessons! ๐Ÿ™‚ do you accept snacks?

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:30 am

      that is so awesome! i’m so happy you’re feeling so motivated and doing a great job- keep up the amazing work <3 haha of course i accept snacks ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. gigi on May 27, 2010 at 10:34 am

    I’m a recovering coffee addict! I tried replacing it with green tea first (not for me) and now I’m on to hot water with fresh lemon juice and that has been working lovely. I never got a buzz of caffine just LOVE the flavor of a nnice dark roast sprinkled with cinnamon ๐Ÿ™‚ I wanted to stop because despite the benefits caffine is acidic and stains my pearly whites. I still have the occasional cup on weekends especially at an outdoor cafe where it feels like a luxsery

  22. Danielle (Runs on Green) on May 27, 2010 at 10:35 am

    I loveeee coffee but I limit myself to a cup a day. Honestly, I’m more concerned about my teeth (which are changing colors in the back)! ๐Ÿ˜•

    Have fun tonight & let us know how SATC2 turns out!

  23. Rachelgab on May 27, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I’d really like to give up coffee for many reasons but feel completely powerless over it. Any advice/tips to help make the switch? I hate feeling so dependent on something!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:29 am

      just try to ease back slowly if you can… i went cold chicken with coffee and it actually wasn’t as horrible as i thought it would be. 1-2 cups a day is totally fine, but 16 was no bueno. i hated being dependent on it, too

  24. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on May 27, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I’ve actually NEVER had a true, Indian meal…but after seeing that one, I think I need some in my life ASAP! Is there anything special you would recommend for a first-timer? ๐Ÿ˜‰
    And I’m a total coffee drinker…LOVE it! Especially iced coffee now that it’s finally warm out.
    I’m going to see SATC2 with my girls this Saturday, can’t wait!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

      yes! get the channa masala (chickpeas) or tandoori salmon. both are wonderful, almost anywhere you go. my all-time favorite is baigan bhartha (roasted eggplant with tomatoes and spices)

  25. Charlie@CharlieGirlBlog on May 27, 2010 at 10:44 am

    I saw SATC2 last night — it’s always more fun to watch a movie at a midnight showing. It was kinda like a fruity cocktail. Fluffy, silly and over-the-top. Just for fun. Enjoy it ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:25 am

      lovely! i’m so excited ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. Linzi (Destination 26.2) on May 27, 2010 at 10:47 am

    YAY! I am seeing SATC2 tonight as well! We got tickets to a fashion before hand then off to the show decked out in our best fashion, of course!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!

  27. Tina on May 27, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I so badly want to see SATC2 but am waiting until I can go with my sister. I’m hoping we can go before our trip to the beach mid June.

    Green monsters/juice give me more energy than coffee too. I still have one cup of joe a day because I love the taste, but it definitely doesn’t boost my energy like spinach, banana, and almond milk.

  28. Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches on May 27, 2010 at 10:57 am

    I am definitely a coffee addict although I am good at limiting myself to one cup in the morning. I actually like the taste of coffee more than the buzz it gives me….the caffeine buzz is just an added bonus! The sprinkles on top the cherry sundae, if you will. I’d be hard-pressed to ever give it up although I might try to ease my way into decaf sometime soon. Like i said, I don’t really care about the buzz. I just love the comfort of coffee’s taste and aroma!

  29. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on May 27, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Aaah, that Indian food looks SOOO good, especially the roti. ๐Ÿ™‚


  30. Paige (Running Around Normal) on May 27, 2010 at 11:02 am

    That Indian food just made me hungry…and It’s only 10:00!!
    totally agree with you about enzyme energy. It really is so energizing! I’d make a juice now if my juicer weren’t dirty in the sink :-p

  31. Jaclyn on May 27, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Are you going to the Healthy Living Summit?!
    The only thing I think would make it better is if you came and taught Zumba!!!! I know I’m a dork, but I REALLY really want to take Zumba from yoU!!!!!!! Always wanted to try it, since you posted that vid, looks like SO MUCH FUN!! think about it! ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:25 am

      i want to sooooo badly! maybe you can harass the girls and see if they’ll let me go teach a zumba class? haha ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Erin on May 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I just recently started drinking a cup of coffee in the morning. I like the routine more than the taste even, but at least I make it at home. I usually get the Starbucks cravings around 3 in the afternoon and it’s harder to resist then.

  33. Lisa (Lisa at Home) on May 27, 2010 at 11:17 am

    I did as much of the legs work-out as I had time for today and it ROCKED!!! Thanks for this, Gina– it’s really keeping me motivated! I absolutely love the lateral raises while laying on your side– amazing! I hope it’s right that I can feel it in my abs, too!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 11:24 am

      yes that’s definitely right! so happy you loved it ๐Ÿ˜€

  34. Jessica on May 27, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Ooo lookin forward to getting your homemade brown rice horchata recipe! My Latin Lova will be so happy! <3

  35. Katherine on May 27, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Your Wednesday posts never fail to cause an Indian food craving!

    My first bag of Sun Warrior was delivered today (thank you for the suggestion!). It came with a free sample of Chlorella and I was wondering what your thoughts were on this supplement? A lot of the info out there is seems biased/more like marketing than actual facts, and I wanted the opinion of someone I trust (that would be you :)) What do you think?

  36. Amara on May 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Hey –you didn’t mean you’d sprinkle “garlic gold” on the macaroons? I like garlic but…. ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you go back to your old Indian restaurant?

  37. Bianka on May 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Omg you will love Sex and the City! Samantha is absolutely HILARIOUS in this one and you will never believe it but….liza minnelli has still got it ๐Ÿ˜‰

  38. Lindsay on May 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    A green juice gives you as much energy as coffee? I’m highly addicted to coffee and get major headaches if I don’t get a fix by 10am… made it through college without getting addicted, but once I had children I needed an extra boost of energy. So, you just stick all the ingredients in the juicer? Can you use a blender. I don’t mean to sound skeptical, but I don’t see how green juice gives you energy.

  39. Jordana on May 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I love coffee, I am physically addicted to it although I dont drink 16 cups a day, WOW!

  40. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on May 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I have a cup of coffee with breakfast every morning. I tried cutting it out for three weeks and I didn’t notice any difference, so I figure it’s not doing me too much harm. I love me some green juice too though!

    I’m so excited for SATC2! Have fun! ๐Ÿ˜€

  41. Carter on May 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    I have had R. Kelly in my head since reading your first line:)

  42. s on May 27, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    omg 16 cups a day … that’s a lot of liquid haha. i drank coffee to stay awake in college, going so far as to eat instant coffee by the spoon (yuck). i cut it out completely, recently, and i only drink tea and feel more energized than ever. i also make smoothies sometimes and i swear the spinach gives me a little energy boost… weird.

  43. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on May 27, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    I have 1-2 (normal sized) cups of coffee in the morning… so I guess I’m an addict ? I dunno… bc when I don’t have coffee, I don’t get headaches or get moody…
    I’m also TOTALLY addicted to green juice. I swear I get a green juice buzz after I have one. My favorite combo is this: 50% cucumber and then parsley, kale, lemon, ginger and apple. YUM

  44. Allison @ Food For Healing on May 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    thats awesome about the ‘roons! definitely going to a good cause.

    i never drank coffee, i love my smoothies and now my latte’s, kind of an addict but i like to spoil myself sometimes.

    i have never been a Sex and the City fan. But enjoy!

  45. Catherine on May 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I’m becoming a green juice addict ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m not quite doing the Summer Shape up because I already eat quite clean and have a workout schedule, but I have been incorporating some of your exercises in and my booty is sooore!

  46. The Fat Dietitian on May 27, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    I have been craving Indian food like craaaaazy! Your pictures are definitely not helping…
    I haven’t seen SATC, but I am hoping the husband will take me. ๐Ÿ˜€

  47. Raya @ Raya Runs on May 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    I used to be a big coffee drinker, but I hated waking up and NEEDING the caffeine (or else the headache that followed was massive). So I forced myself to cut it out completely (enter: a week of dizzy/nauseousness/lack of appetite) and now I don’t even really enjoy the taste of it anymore. I have made the switch to tea and I love it, although I wish the good black teas were uncaffeinated.

  48. sarah on May 27, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    I have not had Indian Food in so long, it looks great! I can’t wait to see your horchata recipe, I haven’t had it since going vegan, but love it.

  49. Marilyn on May 27, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    What is the recipe of the macaroons? I’ve been going back through older posts and can’t find it. Can you post a link to it, or email it to me? Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on May 27, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      it’s in my brain ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on May 27, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve been know to proclaim that if I were to make a list of the top 10 things that are awesome about life, coffee would definitely be on there. I kinda like it a little. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I limit myself to 4 cups (so really, like, two mugs) of the caffeinated stuff, and reserve it for mornings only. Decaf, though, is a different story.

    I love mint tea, too! Drinking mint green tea as I type this.

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