Horchata in the Casa

Hey hey hey 😀 What’s up, bloggies?

How are those Summer Shape Up workouts going? Anyone pleasantly sore from yesterday’s speed workout?

Also, keep those bids coming on Angela’s Shop 4 a Cause! Ya’ll know when I say I’m sending macaroons that I’ll really throw something else in there, too, right? 😉 Maybe some cookies… bars… I don’t know, something fun 😉

Right now, we’ve got some *almost* horchata in the casa:


It takes 24 hours to make, but the pilot had requested some 😉 It’s kind of a funny story… when we were in Orlando this weekend, the pilot said something about horchata and my aunt looked at me and said “you should make some.” The pilot’s eyes almost popped out of his face when he looked at me and said “you can MAKE horchata?!”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with horchata, it’s a Mexican cinnamon rice drink. Hit up your local Mexican restaurant or taco stand and pick some up! It’s a perfect complement to spicy foods and well, it tastes like my childhood 😀 I made this batch with brown rice—I’m excited to see how it turns out!

Some of today’s eats:

Larabar + Vega Tropical Tango Smoothie after Insanity (Plyo)


(Loved the tropical flavor, but Vanilla is my fave)

Perfect Protein Pancakes when I got home from work


and later, a salad beast with millet croutons + fruit leather.


I plan on grabbing some more fuel since I’ve got to teach spin (which I’ll teach off the bike again so I don’t overdo it), Zumba and Abs class tonight.

After that, INDIAN FOOD with Jeni! Me <—– stoked.



Today’s tip: Add the salad dressing to the bottom of the bowl before you add your greens and mix-ins, then toss. It makes it easier to fully coat the lettuce and doesn’t leave you with nekkid salad at the bottom 😉

Something to talk about:

Right now, Oprah is playing in the background as I type this- it’s a DVR episode with Julia Roberts on Eat, Pray, Love. It’s one of the my all-time favorite books and I can’t wait for the movie to come out! Anywho, Oprah always asks great questions and I thought it was awesome when she asked Julia Roberts what her “Eat, Pray, Love” is and got me thinking about my own.

Here’s mine:

Eat: A salad BEAST. Not a wimply house salad with iceberg lettuce and some sliced tomato… I’m talking about a fierce salad creation with shrimp, roasted veggies, goat cheese, dark leafy greens and a bold vinaigrette. Nothing makes me happier that chowing down on a ferocious salad beast.


Pray: Usually during the first child’s pose of my yoga practice, I stay there for a while and think about all of the things I’m grateful for. My family, my husband, friends and the fact that I have a healthy body that enables me to practice yoga and do the things I do. Since yoga is often one of the only quiet and still times in my day, I usually spent quite a bit of it being thankful and praying.


Love: Right before we go to bed, when the puppies are snoozing and I’m curled up with the pilot. That’s when everything is perfect 🙂


Feel free to share yours if you’d like – I’d love to hear them <3

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  1. Maura on May 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    I absolutely love this post & all of these comments.

    My Eat: Warm homemade soup (Chix Noodle -probs) with a warm, freshly baked baguette. If that doesn’t warm the soul and melt troubles away, I don’t know what does.

    Pray: I pray daily but I just love it when my whole family has the opportunity to attend Sunday mass together. It’s a beautiful thing to share your faith with the people you love.

    Love: First and foremost, my family. But love also applies to my best girlfriends. After graduating from college last year, it’s extra special when my core group of ladies get together. We haven’t been in the same room for almost a year now but that will change next week! For my birthday (the exact day actually) all 5 of us are hitting up a Taylor Swift concert in stylee! I’m so BEYOND excited for it!

  2. Jen on May 27, 2010 at 12:14 pm

    I have that same glass smoothie jar!!! I love it! I have 2 and use one to make salad dressings as well!

  3. Sandra on May 27, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    very pleasantly (and surprisingly) sore from the first 2 days of the summer shape up! thanks!

  4. Randi on May 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Eat – fresh blueberries picked from our backyard in Alaska. Eventually baked into a pie…my favorite!

    Pray – Going to Dharma talks at my temple (Buddhist)

    Love – The baby growing inside me right now. I never thought it was possible to feel such love someone. Also when my husband kisses and talks to my belly.

  5. Dee on May 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    I love horchata! YUM!

    That book is amazing. I remember reading it during a rough patch and I’ve got to say it really got me through the days when I felt unbelievably sad. 🙂

  6. LisaG on May 27, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    I loved the book, don’t see how the movie can compare but I’m sure I’ll go see it since I love Julia Roberts.
    Eat: Any seafood and veggie meal.Anything dark chocolate.
    Pray: I meditate and whisper my prayers right before I doze off at night.
    Love: Love to snuggle with my kids and talk about their day and tell them how much I love them.

  7. Maureen on May 28, 2010 at 8:13 am

    Gina, Loved this post, LOVE your blog and I loved that book….I cannot wait to see the movie!

    My eat would have to be homemade, fresh baked bread. I have always loved to cook but really just began trying to expand and bake more. I have always loved bread and swear I could survive on it alone. I love spending a Saturday in my kitchen, with my two year old, making our batch of homemade bread for the week, having the smell fill the house later in the day and then breaking into the loaf at the dinner table that night.

    My pray……I don’t know if it’s so much prayer but I lost my dad 3 years ago, way too young, to cancer and I find myself regularly “talking” to him. Maybe I’m praying, maybe I’m just telling him about my day, maybe I’m just simply talking. Whatever it is that day it makes me feel safe, connected, loved. I thinking “talking” to my dad is my greatest sense of spirituality.

    My love…..oh love. It has to be for my daughter. When she climbs up in my lap and gives me the biggest hugs and kisses, or absolutely belly laughs it warms my soul like nothing else. Watching her sleep at night gives me a sense of peace and love that I literally didn’t know existed before she came along.

    Thanks for the post, and the summer shape up! I love your blog, keep up the great work!!

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