In the best way

I spoiled my dinner tonight….


in the best way possible.

After this afternoon’s acupuncture appointment –which was much-needed. I missed it!- I went to Whole Foods to grab a couple of things and get a smoothie since it was on the way home.


tropical green with mango, kiwi, pineapple, banana, spinach, kale and coconut water

While I was there, my nana texted to see if I wanted to stop by the madre’s and say hi. When I got there, she had jalapeno poppers in the oven –half of them stuffed with goat cheese just for me- and beef and vegetable stew on the stove that she was making for dinner.

So nana, mom and I sat at the table and ate jalapeno poppers (the other half had cream cheese, cheddar and chorizo), chips and salsa, and pineapple juice mocktails. It was a lovely little appetizer hour.

Bonus: I was sent home with beef and veggie stew + poppers for the Pilot


Dinner is served, hubby 🙂

Some more eats:

Lunchtime salad beast


turkey, toast croutons, bell pepper, goat cheese, greens, flax oil, balsamic

salad (2)

Errand snack of yogurt with pomegranate arils


Someone is hinting to me that it’s playtime…


See ya in the morning!



Today’s tip: With all the extra January resolution-ers at the gym, also more germs! Little reminder to be extra mindful about wiping down equipment and washing your hands like crazy <3

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  1. Madeline (Food Fitness & Family) on January 4, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Man I wish I lived near my family so I could eat at my mom’s. Haha. Jealous! I also wish there was an Army base in Phoenix but cset le vie!

  2. allison @ thesundayflog on January 4, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    don’t know if you know, but i work at WFM now as their healthy eating specialist!! i just made green smoothies for the team members yesterday – banana, pineapple, green grapes, lots and lots of kale, and a splash of coconut milk. so similar to yours 🙂 can’t wait for the baaaaabyyyyy 😉

    • Jennifer on January 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm

      Allison, I never even knew that Whole Foods had that position until a few weeks ago. Sounds like an amazing job! I want to look into the ones around here and see what’s available. 🙂

      • allison @ thesundayflog on January 4, 2012 at 10:51 pm

        yes!! it was added as a core value and launched in 2009 i think (as pilot testing…not to be confused with tom the pilot). they rolled out the position in all of the stores in 2010/2011, so most/if not all stores should have one now. i have to be certified and complete certain trainings in order to “practice,” so i have a lot of work ahead of me, but I’m enjoying it so much!!

        • Jennifer @veganpcosgoddess on January 5, 2012 at 10:58 am

          That sounds amazing, Allison! I just finished my Master’s in Elementary Education last summer and I have a teaching job now, but I’m not actually passionate about it and see it too much as work. I became vegan over the summer too and ever since then, I’ve started researching as much as I can about the plant-based way of eating and I love it so much!

          I just started a Healthy Eating Challenge at my local Whole Foods and the Healthy Eating Specialist is in charge of that. I’m going to follow my intuition and shift my career more towards something like this and it sounds like the perfect job. Will keep my eye out for this and other opportunities. Trying to decide if I should go study at the Center for Integrative Nutrition or what. Sounds like Whole Foods definitely gives you great opportunities to learn though. Thanks for the input. I’m glad that you’re enjoying it so much! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      no way!!! i remember when you said you were looking for something, but didn’t know you ended up working there. AMAZING

      • allison @ thesundayflog on January 4, 2012 at 10:52 pm

        yep!! i’ve only had it for about 3 weeks now. i really think it’s my dream job 🙂 and it’s true what the say – if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.

  3. Brenda on January 4, 2012 at 10:18 pm

    That’s so nice of your mom to send you home with the Pilot’s dinner! Btw, have you ever posted a recipe for the jalapeno poppers? They look super cheesy and spicy. I’d love to make them for friends!

  4. Jennifer on January 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    I want that green smoothie, looks delicious! I wish the Whole Foods that we have around here had the juice bars.

  5. Sana on January 4, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Your nana texts??? She is so baller!

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 10:23 pm

      not only does she text, she knows all the abbreviations. as in “c u soon, xo” i love it

    • ilovefetacheese on January 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm


      • Sara on January 5, 2012 at 12:10 am

        My Grandma thinks you have to leave your cellphone plugged in all the time except when you are using it – like a ‘walkie’ phone. She can’t understand that you can actually use it away from the house and that this is why we gave it to her. She never takes it anywhere because she has a mental block about it needing to stay close to the house.

  6. Stephanie @ on January 4, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Jalapeño poppers sound delicious! I would love to try a recipe of yours if you have one!

    Got any good recipes for tamales too!?! yumm my stomach is grumbling just thinking of them 🙂

  7. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on January 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Pom and yogurt is the best combo ever!! They add so much flavor and texture!

  8. [New Balance] Nicole on January 4, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    awh! How sweet of your mamma! they are the best 🙂

  9. Avery on January 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Gah! I didn’t even want to touch anything at the gym today! So many people and all I could think about was germs. All those resolutioners really fill the place up!

  10. Cindy on January 4, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Hey Gina! Question: where did you get that salad beast bowl? It’s great!!! I would love to find it and use it for my salad beasts! 🙂

  11. Nicole on January 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Love that your Nana texts!

  12. Lena @Fit on the Rocks on January 4, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    Ooh that smoothie sounds amazing! I totally agree about the gym germs. I live in CO, so we don’t really ever have humidity. When I walked into the gym yesterday, however, I got punched in the face by a giant humid cloud of sweaty nastiness. Maybe I’m just paranoid, but it felt like I was being suffocated by sweat germs. So gross.

  13. Heather on January 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm


    It would be SO awesome if you could do like a “meal plan” with links to your foods. I Just LOVE what you eat… it is just so hard to go through everything to get it together. I know this might not be possible any time soon, considering all you have coming here any day now…. but you eat exactly how I want to, so, if it is possible EVER that would just be amazing. 🙂
    Also, I made your gingersnap almond butter…. AMAZING. Thank you so much. You really are just SO amazing. <3

  14. whitney on January 4, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    wow, you are right on with today’s tip! I have a sore throat, and I have no idea how that is because the weather has been really warm and I hardly get sick. It’s a big possibility I got it from the gym, bleh sometimes I forget to wash muh hands… anyways thanks for that.. would’ve never occured to me thats how i got sick!
    That green juice sounds mighty tasty, never had a tropical green juice before.

  15. Maria on January 4, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    Wow! I’ve NEVER seen jalepeno poppers made like that before, I’ve always just seen them breaded a fried. Definitely going to make these 🙂

  16. Chantal on January 4, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    Haha, I was so sure the title of your post meant you spoiled your dinner because you had gone into labour! Oh well, yummy food is almost as awesome 😉

    • Fitnessista on January 4, 2012 at 11:26 pm

      i wish, but no :/

    • Emma on January 5, 2012 at 5:11 am

      I thought that too!

  17. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on January 4, 2012 at 11:27 pm

    Those jalapeno poppers look amazing! Bella is too cute with her toy… I have a big weimaraner and he just recently had an epiphany and stopped tearing his toys up (so proud)!

  18. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on January 4, 2012 at 11:28 pm

    Jalepeno poppers and time with your mom, a trip to WFs, those pom arils,….way better than whatever dinner was going to be, anyway 🙂

    Glad you had a nice acupuncture session, too!

  19. Ryan @ Aloha Appetite on January 4, 2012 at 11:30 pm

    Poppers with goat cheese? That sounds like fabulous inspiration to make a run to the commissary. Thanks for the dinner idea, Gina’s nana! 😉

  20. mi-an d. on January 4, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    gina! hope your new year is going excellent so far! just wanted to pop by and say hi! and also that it’s been so nice to watch you thru ur pregnancy! hope baby comes soon!! can’t wait to see her and find out her name!!

  21. Sara on January 5, 2012 at 12:12 am

    What’s a popper? Can’t really tell by the wrapped up pic…

    • Fitnessista on January 5, 2012 at 12:16 am

      it’s a seeded jalapeno stuffed with cheese. they’re usually breaded and fried, but madre broiled these ones sans breadcrumbs

  22. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on January 5, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Sometimes spoiling dinner is perfect because then you get to have a magical nighttime snack. Like homemade croutons.

  23. Karlee @ BringingBackBalance on January 5, 2012 at 1:12 am

    That is one good looking smoothie and salad beast!!

    I have never thought of making a jalepeno poppers with goat cheese! Come to think of it, goat cheese tastes a lot like cream cheese (but wayyyy better).

  24. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on January 5, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Those poppers look delicious! I’ll have to try them with goat cheese.

  25. Amanda on January 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

    haha resolution-ers…. it’s good that more people are trying to get some fitness in their lives but it’s a zoo this time of year! It happens every year but by the end February it’s all back to normal lol

  26. Amy on January 5, 2012 at 8:21 am

    That acupuncture appointment was for labour inducing pressure points wasn’t it?!

  27. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on January 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

    Those poppers sound so good… but I’m pretty sure my mouth would be on fire after eating them! I have no tolerance for spicy foods. 😛

    • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on January 5, 2012 at 8:45 am

      “Most of the capsaicin, which is the substance that adds the heat to jalapeño peppers, is located in the white ribs that attach the seeds to the inside of the pepper. Including more of this part of the pepper will increase the heat, and removing more will made the pepper slightly milder.”

      Thank you… if you clean out the peppers properly (and remove all the seeds) they really aren’t very spicy! I loooove me some poppers.

  28. britt on January 5, 2012 at 8:32 am

    i totally thought you were going to say you spoiled your dinner tonight…by going into labor! ha! maybe today…

  29. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on January 5, 2012 at 10:34 am

    I could definitely go for that green juice right about now! Looks so refreshing and full of great stuff!! And that is awesome your nana can text! I don’t even think mine knows what that means haha

  30. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on January 5, 2012 at 10:54 am

    Those poppers sound so yum…I’m a little obsessed with chorizo 🙂

  31. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on January 5, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Those poppers look great! SO sweet that she made goat cheese ones for you! And that juice looks so amazing, exactly what’s needed when you need a pick me up! I’ve never seen a juice station at my Whole Foods – I’ll have to look harder. Surely they wouldn’t deny us one??

  32. Brittany @Little b's healthy habits on January 5, 2012 at 11:42 am

    Wow those jalapeno poppers sound to die for!! Definitely going to give them a try with some salsa chicken!

  33. Ali on January 5, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Umm I love that your nana texts. My favorite thing is when I taught my Daddy-o to text and he still to this day always ends it with “Love, Dad” as if I don’t know it’s him. It’s adorable and most would make fun of their parents but I just smile because he’s too darn precious. I tell him “Dad, I know it’s you.” He says, “you do?” I said yeah, because you’re in my phone as “Dad,” but feel free to still end your texts in the most adorable way because I don’t mind one bit 🙂

  34. Allison on January 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    Mmm, the stuffed jalapeno peppers sound tasty! Do they have a nice little kick to them?

  35. Sarah on January 5, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    That’s too funny – I read another blog last night, and she spoiled her dinner with a green smoothie too!

    Yay for leftovers “to-go” love that!

  36. Tracy on January 5, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I’ve always loved your salad beast bowl. Do you remember where you got it?

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