Greeted with green juice

Hey guys! First of all, let me apologize for the lame-o post from this morning—despite my full night of sleep, I was still quite the zombie and learned that sometimes something is worse than nothing. It was just a blah post and I’m not proud of it. At least I got to say hi to you guys before the first day of class 😉

I left the hotel-casa with Michelle and we went down to the academy to start the September shesh.

Each of the students were greeted with a lovely glass of green juice at their respective work station:


Anyone who greets me with green juice is a friend in my book 😀

We did the introduction thang, the tour she-bang, listened to the amazing instructors talk about their backgrounds and got our aprons, hats, knives and binders:


Each workstation is fully equipped with a drawer full of goodies:


and a fridge, Vita-mix, food processor and spiralizer.

Then began the cookstravaganza.

The first recipe we created with a Thai Cucumber Salad.

Some of the ingredients:


The final product:


Then we got to EAT IT!

Tragedy, right?


It was totally delicious 😀

Next, we got started on some Banana Macadamia Granola that we’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow.




We spread the mixture onto Teflexx sheets and they went into the swanky wanky dehydrators to be ready in the morning.


Then we made some fresh almond milk to go with tomorrow’s granola.


And reserved the pulp to dehydrate for almond flour for the desserts we’ll be making.


We went over some key raw food ingredients and then were given our next assignment: make a chocolate milkshake smoothie, and drink it.

It was tough, but I managed 😉


Mine had some of the almond milk I had just made, frozen bananas, almond butter, maca, mesquite powder, raw cacao powder, sea salt, vanilla and chia seeds.

So from what I can tell, the curriculum will be this: learn about food, make said food, and eat it. I think I have no problem with that. Thank goodness it’s all healthy food, or it would be a short ride to tight pants city.

I’m back at the hotel-casa, straight up chillin (don’t need a snack, that’s for sure) and am about to head to work. We’re having a cocktail party at the restaurant tomorrow night, so there’s lots of prep work and desserts to do.

Enjoy the rest of your day!



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  1. Help Meghan Run on September 8, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    That sounds like so much fun! And delicious, obv…look at that chocolate milkshake. 🙂

  2. A on September 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    Awesome re-cap!! This must be so exciting for you!! Be sure to take LOTS of pics!! I can’t wait to see and read more!!! Good luck tomorrow!!!

  3. Rose on September 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Wow – thanks for sharing your day – this place looks amazing!

  4. Low on September 8, 2009 at 4:41 pm

    Oh that all looks SOOOO good!

    I didn’t think there was anything wrong with your morning post. I enjoy hearing about your OKC adventures 🙂

  5. Katie on September 8, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    THIS IS SO COOL! Green juice gifts?! Banana Macadamia granola?! That chef’s outfit looks so natural.

  6. Carla on September 8, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    I thought your morning post was cool, and thanks so much for giving us this recap!
    The 105degrees academy sounds like an awesome place to be!

  7. kristi (sweet cheeks) on September 8, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    I want to go to that school…NOW!!! How awesome. I am so excited for you, girl. 😀

  8. Nicci@NiftyEats on September 8, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    I’m loving every minute of your adventures at Raw School. This looks like so much fun and such a great learning experience!

  9. Lara (Thinspired) on September 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    Sounds like an awesome curriculum to me! Such a cute photo of you in your outfit! 🙂

  10. VeggieGirl on September 8, 2009 at 4:58 pm

    WAHOO!! This is so awesome – wish I was there with ya! 🙂

  11. brandi on September 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    everything looks delicious! that granola and fresh almond milk? and that shake looks so good.

    I’m glad you’re having a good time 🙂

  12. Jenna on September 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    You are too hard on yourself. I thoroughly enjoyed your morning post :).

    The picture of you in your little white outfit is adorable! It looks like you are already getting your hands dirty and having a blast. I love reading about your adventure so far!

    Have a wonderful evening at work!

  13. Shari B. on September 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I thought your morning post was great – I got a quite a chuckle out of the Beyonce-inspired title while I was drinking my coffee this morning. 🙂 Love that tune! I’m impressed that you have time to post with all that you have going on, so keep ’em coming! Congrats on the first official day of school 🙂

  14. Susan on September 8, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    If only all school was like that! 😛 Glad you had a great first day 🙂 I bet that granola is going to be delish tomorrow…

  15. E on September 8, 2009 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Gina,

    I love reading your blog! Your food ideas and your way of eating is really inspiring. I’ve recently started to try to have a more “raw” diet, with mostly fruits and vegetables. Have you experienced any digestive problems as a result of having a mostly raw diet?

    Thanks! Have fun at 105 degrees-it looks amazing!

  16. Brittany on September 8, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Gina, I am already loving your recap posts from 105degrees!! It looks like the first day went really well- all of the creations look delicious. If you don’t want to eat everything you create, you can ship any leftovers to me! 🙂

    Have a great first week!

  17. angieinatlanta on September 8, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    That school sounds like HEAVEN! I can’t wait to see the other food porn!

    Are you considering going 100% high raw now? It seems more feasible since you’re not in Valdosta this month. Just wondering!

  18. Fallon on September 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Wow the food looks great! Will you be able to share some of the recipes?

  19. michelle on September 8, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    oh this was so much fun to read and see. thanks for taking the time to take all those pics

  20. Pam on September 8, 2009 at 6:11 pm


    You are in your element girl…..Congrats!

  21. Kristin (Kristin's Nibbles) on September 8, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    That is my kind of cooking school! Everything looks delicious, can’t wait to see what you “cook” up next!


  22. Stephanie on September 8, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    Looks like you are having a wonderful time, what an amazing learning experience and yummy eats too 🙂 Lucky girl! 🙂

  23. Melissa on September 8, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    That granola looks amazing!!!!! And fresh, homemade almond milk??? You are one lucky chica!!! Enjoy it all!

  24. Jenna on September 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    that sounds like so much fun gina!!

  25. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on September 8, 2009 at 7:43 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful pics, it’s kinda like going to school vicariously thru you. Well, not quite, but I am trying to really keep a glass half full attitude 🙂 It could be a quick road to tight pants city…I was thinking it, you said it! But it’s all healthy so no worries and enjoy! And if you gain 5 lbs by month’s end, who freakin’ cares, you’re a trainer and it will come right off.

  26. Lauren on September 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm

    This is the best school ever! I love your assignments. What could be better than getting grading on drinking milkshakes? Sign me up for that! 🙂

    Hope you are loving it girl.

  27. Bec on September 8, 2009 at 8:12 pm

    wow what a neat course, I cant wait to see how that granola turns out!

  28. Erica on September 8, 2009 at 8:41 pm

    girl! This school seems like it is PERFECT for you! Love the salad and I bet the granola turns out amazing. How fun! Enjoy it all

  29. Liz on September 8, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    At least you won’t have to worry about spending money on food while you are there. Looks like fun!

  30. Dana ( on September 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Looks like you are having a blast! Love seeing all the pics!

  31. rhodeygirl on September 8, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    looks delicious lady!!! check out my latest giveaway i really feel like you will love it (if u like sparkling water).

    i love that at 105 they believe in not wasting anything and you are using the almond pulp- so awesome!

  32. Melissa S. on September 8, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    what fun lady!!! everything looks awesome!

  33. bobbi on September 8, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    looks like so much fun!!!! How long is the school for?

  34. WholeBodyLove on September 8, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    That looks so interesting and fun! I love that you are able to post pictures of everything. What an awesome experience!

  35. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on September 9, 2009 at 3:49 am

    I am so excited and happy for you! I think my kitchen needs to come equipped with all those awesome appliances…can you sneak that Vitamix and dehydrator out for me?

    Don’t ever apologize for “lame” posts. I would owe you about 284 apologies.

  36. Paige @ Running Around Normal on September 9, 2009 at 6:39 am

    This school just sounds like torture 😉 Can’t wait to see what the granola looks like! I’m glad they let you snap pic of the food?

    And your post this morning was cute – the title made me chuckle.

  37. Rebecca on September 9, 2009 at 7:33 am

    That looks like so much fun! I’d rather do that than sit in a classroom at my school any day!

  38. Dotsie on September 9, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Love the “short ride to tight pants city” sentence-LOL! I might tell myself that when I go for too many treats!

  39. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on September 9, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Oh. My. God. Hey jealousy! Maybe it’s weird, but I’m almost most jealous of your good knives (and other awesome gadgets). Mine are dull as doornails and I just know I would have an easier time with food prep if I had quality tools to do it!

    Sounds like it’s rough so far, but stick it out, if only for our sake. 😉

  40. Holly on September 9, 2009 at 10:46 am

    this looks like so much fun – can’t wait to see more creations!

  41. Alicia on September 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    YUM! Everything looks great. Your going to have an awesome time!

  42. Sarah on September 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    Wow! What a great experience and such fun too. I can’t wait to hear more about it!

    Btw, I created your famous Breakfast Cookie last night for breakfast this morning…you are a genius! So good! 🙂

  43. stacey on September 9, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Looks like you are going to have an awesome experience at 105 degrees. I can’t wait to read more about your experience!

  44. Deb (Smoothie Girl Eats Too) on September 10, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    Granola recipe!! Is it top secret??!

    • Fitnessista on September 10, 2009 at 11:16 pm

      yes, i can’t give out any recipes on the blog. i definitely will when i get home and create my own 😀

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