Indian Food Baby

Heyyy πŸ™‚ How are ya? Hope you’re having a fabulous Indian Food Wednesday πŸ˜€

Last night, since our AC was broken, this was my bed:


The couch with my comfy pillow, some sheets from when I was in high school (!) + an ice pack on my legs

It was painful.

The good news is that the AC is fixed and cold air is now circulating through the casa. Everything feels so much better! 85 degrees was rough.. especially with the humidity!

Bfast this morning was a chocolate cherry bomb:

choc cherry bomb

a weights sesh (legs and abs)

a training appointment

and a boot camp class.

Here’s what we did today:

boot camp

(The 10 minute blocks ended up taking about 15-20 minutes because I had them do multiple sets)

It was a lot of fun- teaching bootcamp is a blasty πŸ™‚

After work, I met my friend Lauren at Indian for a lunchtime feast.

I <3 the buffet (is there a shirt that says that? I hope so, haha)


Dal fry

Channa Masala


-Carrots with chutney

-Gajar Halwa (my vegan version is here)

with the necessary roti for dipping:


(x 2.5)

Side note: Thank you for those of you who let me know that this morning’s roti picture looked like a pair of ta-tas. I was cracking up πŸ˜‰

I had an Indian Food Baby.

Alyssa also has an Indian Food baby… literally πŸ™‚

Indian Food Matti 001

This cutie, Matti loves Indian spices! Her favorite dish is lentil dal and carrots cooked with ginger and mango. She also likes green smoothies πŸ˜€ Pretty amazing that kids really will eat healthy and exotic foods if they’re exposed to them! I love it <3

Dessert/afternoon snack:

Chocolate/Maca protein ice cream

choc ice cream

Ice cream and Indian? Today is already a thousand times better than yesterday πŸ˜‰

I’m going to head back to work. Enjoy your night!



Something to talk about: Were you exposed to exotic foods and bold flavors as a child? I ate my weight in Pop Tarts growing up, but I also enjoyed artichokes, eggplant and culinary joys from our Hispanic culture (tamales, horchata, Machaca, mole, enchiladas, you name it, I ate it).

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  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on June 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I dont know about exotic but I always ate a ton of fruits and vegetables. I always had a ton of anytime of parmigiana too of course….and just about every type of Italian cookie there is! That was my version of exotic haha.

  2. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on June 23, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    So glad your AC is working!!! That must have been rough!!! It was 97 today in DC so not sure what I would have done…perhaps slept in the fridge??? πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2010 at 7:26 pm

      i thought about it, for real

  3. Carrie on June 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    I grew up on typical American fare and some German dishes. I was pretty picky so not a lot of weirdness was going on all up in here. For awhile there I didn’t even eat pizza or spaghetti, I had a thing against tomato sauce. I was exposed to tons of garden veggies every summer so I don’t have any aversions to vegetables now. I love them all.

    (Side note: We ate a ton of tomatoes and my brother developed an allergy to them. Now I’m scared of developing the same allergy!)

  4. Alyssa on June 23, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    I just emailed you but wasn’t sure if you got it- go ahead and post the picture. I should have told you that in the email! I swear Matti’ll turn her nose up at something and then as soon as I put some onion powder and garam masala in it she suddenly loves it!

    • Fitnessista on June 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

      thank you, alyssa!
      matti is a girl after my own heart πŸ™‚

  5. maxinthegym on June 23, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    I was fed copious amounts of Chinese and Malaysian food πŸ˜€ With lots of Japanese and Indian and American cuisine stuffed in between!

  6. Julie @pickley pear on June 23, 2010 at 7:59 pm

    Love the bootcamp workout, thanks for sharing it! I was not exposed to anything exotic, except chinese, when I was young. But, I was always told to try something even if it looked weird, so now I’ll try anything and usually like it! Indian food is growing on me!

  7. Jill@MySoCalledHealthLife on June 23, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    I wish I had more of a variety growing up. I am just opening my eyes the past few years to great new cultures and types of food. The fun part about the later in life thing is getting to expose my parents to more stuff too!

  8. Laury @ thefitnessriot on June 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    OMG How MIZ that your AC broke last night…it’s been SO hot here…so i can only imagine if you are further south…eek!

    I LOVE teaching boot camp…seems like we do a lot of the same stuff. It’s SO much fun!!!

    I grew up on Pop Tarts, Ellios Pizza and Boxed Mac n Cheese…my fam is Italian, but the most culture I got was when we went to my Nona’s or Great Grammys for pasta and meatballs. Other than that…not really.

  9. Madison on June 23, 2010 at 8:22 pm

    I grew up eating lots of things that are not the norm here in the US, such as durian, guavas, every kind of seaweed you can imagine, snails, parts of animals that I probably shouldn’t mention, small birds (also don’t want to get into specifics, and I’ve even had balut, I’m embarrassed to say one too many times. But that was what my parents’ fed me, so I ate it. Not the balut, that grosses me out now that I am older.

  10. Courtney @ Three Months on June 23, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I wasn’t exposed to exotic/ethnic flavors growing up – maybe because I grew up in a rural Nebraska town! Once I met my husband, I started trying out new foods – loving Indian food now!!

  11. Amy @ Amy Starts To Run on June 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    Mmmmm Indian food buffet….

    As a kid, it was packaged processed food city in our house. My parents worked full time and had 3 hungry kids so the a lot of the shopping took place at Sam’s club. Sugar cereals, snack cakes, you name it we had it. Dinner was usually pretty good with a veggie, starch and meat but the rest of it not so much!

  12. Anna on June 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    I was exposed to a eclectic mix of flavors as a kid- my dad went for bland, largely flavorless WASP food and my mom cooked with a lot of tumeric, coriander, cumin, and other Indian spices from her college hippie days in Aalifornia.

    • Anna on June 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      aka California. hah.

  13. Tyffanie on June 23, 2010 at 8:49 pm

    I can’t say that I was exposed to too many exotic foods. For example, I didn’t have sushi until the age of 17, Indian food until the age of 21, Ethiopian food until the age of 23 and lentils until the age of 25!!!! Kind of crazy. I have still never had leeks but I really want to try them. I do like spicy food thanks to all the Mexican food I ate as a kid like tamales, enchiladas, etc. But I’d say that is about exotic as it got πŸ™‚ Now I love exploring different kinds of foods. Actually tonight I made channa masala, but I don’t have a picture to share with you!

  14. Lauren @ eater not a runner on June 23, 2010 at 8:52 pm

    I was exposed to lots of different foods and was never a picky eater! The only thing I didn’t have until I was older was Indian food….and now I LOVE it!

  15. jessica @ how sweet on June 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    Our power is currently out so our AC isn’t working…I’m ready to lose it!

  16. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on June 23, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    Omg girl I am exposing Skylar to everything from raw vegan nooch and hemp seed dip to raw kale chips to rice milk horchata at the farmers market this weekend (these mexican ladies made the best freakin rice milk horchata with cinnamon..omg crack in a cup! and skylar slugs it down like a champ) and of course kombucha and raw squash and berries and stone name it, YES we are all about exposing! She has a palate more sophisticated than most of america i think…good!

    If there’s anything i want to do right it’s be a great mom. Teaching my child the foundations of eating good food and exposing her to diff cultures, is one huge thing I need to get right. All parents really do πŸ™‚ I could go on and on. My kid has never had a juice box, a hot dog, a string cheese in a tube, yogurt in a tube, soda, etc. Not b/c I think they are “bad”…but b/c there are so many other amazing things to eat instead! And living 10 miles from the Mexican border we are of course inundated w/ Mexican flair in the local cuisine. I wish your mama could come over here and cook for me too πŸ™‚ ha!

    Ok girl xoxo
    And i read your email and will be emailing back later on πŸ™‚

  17. shelly on June 23, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    There are 3 kids in my family.. the first 2 were exposed to Indian, as well as many other types of cuisine… we are not picky at all.
    The 3rd one is very picky and did not have the same food experiences as we did.

  18. RhodeyGirl on June 23, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Love your tag “I’m really Indian”

    You crack me up!

    I definitely did NOT eat your standard American diet. We had lots of northern Italian dishes (tomato sauce was rarely seen in my house) and lots of Arabic dishes too! And dessert was always a shared apple.

    ..but I also ate a Kit Kat every afternoon!

  19. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on June 23, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    My mom is a Francophile, so we ate tons of weird foods growing up. For some reason, a well-done steak is still less appealing to me than steak tartare, and I haven’t eaten meat in several years! Funny how young you can start the healthy eating pattern!

    Glad to hear your AC is back!

  20. Gena on June 23, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    Ooof, broken AC?! That would spell death in the weather we’re having now. Glad that it got fixed!

  21. Paige @Running Around Normal on June 23, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Whooo not a good day for the AC to be out, fo sho.
    That Indian food baby is adorable!! Love the reference too haha.
    Have a good one!

  22. Danielle (Runs on Green) on June 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    That’s adorable that Alyssa’s little one likes spices! I was a meat-n-potatoes baby…but I did like peas πŸ˜€

  23. Kristina on June 23, 2010 at 10:07 pm

    I ate artichoke hearts when I was a child… and chocolate in our house was CAROB. hippie healthy upbringing included many veggies, and I was a vegetarian at an early age – I tried to flush a hot dog so I wouldn’t have to eat it!! πŸ™‚

    that baby looks awesome. totally enjoying. πŸ™‚

  24. Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches on June 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    My parents started feeding me sushi when I was three. The owners of the sushi restaurant we frequented thought it was the cutest thing, and they watched me grow up over the years. It was kind of sweet. My parents fed me all sorts of cuisines growing up….Thai, Vietnamese, French, Italian, Chinese, etc. I’m so glad they did this because now I’m a fearless eater. I love trying all sorts of food!

  25. Liz on June 23, 2010 at 10:17 pm

    My Dad liked to cook different things — so I was exposed to a lot of Mexican, French and Chinese foods growing up. It’s funny, I remember my parents took me to a Thai restaurant when I was about 10 an no one I knew had evern eaten Thai and now it’s so mainstream. I think today we have so many tasty and different options that it’s fantastic! I love the protein ice cream too!

  26. Jocelyn on June 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    awww what a cute baby picture..hehe.
    That sucks that your ac was not working over night, glad to hear it is back up and running today! Everything is better with ac πŸ˜›

    I don’t really think I ate any *exotic* foods growing up…I was raised on british food (aka heart attack city) πŸ˜›

  27. A Teenage Gourmet on June 23, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    I wasn’t exposed to exotic foods around the age of eight. Not super early, but since then, it’s been non-stop variety!

  28. Robin@RawkinRobin on June 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    That baby is adorable πŸ™‚ I feel ya on the AC – i’ve had many a nights on the couch with a fan blasting on me – no fun!

  29. Erica on June 24, 2010 at 12:10 am

    I grew up extremely picky (like no chunks in anything/i hate vegetables/all condiments are freaky/) but I think that conditioned me for my eating lifestyle now, which is extremely adventurous! That being said…I love Indian food. All food, really πŸ˜‰ Except olives.

  30. Kellie on June 24, 2010 at 12:21 am

    My kids favorite food is Sushi. They used to know us at the sushi place because my one year old loved him some california rolls and edamame.

  31. Mama Pea on June 24, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Indian food baby! OMG, that picture had me cracking up. I’m loving all your ice cream/smoothie concoctions lately. I’m off to make my own now!

  32. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) on June 24, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Ugh, this heat is the pits! Our AC isn’t working upstairs, we’re waiting for the repairman to call back.

    Baby Matti has beautiful eyes!!


  33. Shannon @ Before Sunrise on June 24, 2010 at 6:30 am

    I ate complete crap a child! All garbage, which turned me into a very, very picky eater. Just within the last 5-7 years have I really come out of my eating shell and begun to explore and test out “new” foods. Now I eat a great variety of delicious, exotic and healthy foods. It would have been much easier if my parents had decided to expose me to these things as a child!

  34. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on June 24, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Ahahah! I love the Indian food baby!

    I grew up with a mostly American- taste, yes I atea lot of poptarts, macaroni and cheese and lipton sides. BUT my great grandmother is from syria, so we also ate stuffed grapeleaves, home made pita and hummus and kibbeh!


  35. Kelsey on June 24, 2010 at 8:03 am

    I wasn’t really exposed to any exotic foods when I was little – I grew up on a farm so we ate what we grew, or what was in the area! But since I went away to University I have stepped out of my comfort zone a little and tried foods like Indian, Japanese, and Thai, but I think because I wasn’t really introduced to them when I was little I find them a little over-powering flavour wise.

  36. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on June 24, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Adorable baby pic! I wasn’t exposed to any exotic foods growing up, which must be why I’m such a picky eater. My kids will try it all earlier on.

  37. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on June 24, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Adorable baby pic! I wasn’t exposed to any exotic foods growing up, which must be why I’m such a picky eater. My kids will try it all earlier on.

  38. Teri [a foodie stays fit] on June 24, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I ate lots of veggies from our garden growing up and my friends always thought I was so weird when I said my favorite food was kohlrabi (or however you spell that!). πŸ™‚ but I also loved me some Golden Grahams and Pasta Roni!

  39. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

    I think I’m going to need to try out that protein ice cream to help me get through this unbearable heat we’re experiencing lately!

    I grew up on a pretty standard diet as a kid. But not a lot of processed snacks or anything. My mom always baked us cookies instead of buying us pop tarts. I hated that! πŸ˜›

  40. Marissa on June 24, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I’ve grown up as a true Southern girl, so I haven’t really ever been exposed to anything really foreign. It makes me sad sometimes that the most exotic thing I’ve ever eaten is takeout Chinese. :[ My parents don’t feel the desire to branch out to cuisines I’d like to explore (like Indian and Thai) so I haven’t gotten the chance! And all those kind of restaurants are in the “shady” part of town I’m not allowed to go to without them, so… yeah.

  41. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 24, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Aww the baby is so cute! I wasn’t really exposed to ‘exotic’ foods when I was really young, but I think I started eating curry when I was around 10… then I moved to the Middle East and they were EVERYWHERE! My favourite cuisine now is Thai.
    I know how you feel with the broken AC.. I had the same situation about a month ago and it was brutal! Glad yours is fixed!

  42. Beth @ bethcooks on June 24, 2010 at 9:58 am

    No way! My Dad is Southern and Mom is Canadian….nothing exotic there! I did have escargot when I was a kid. I thought it was crazy that people ate snails! Now I eat everything and anything….I actually think international food is way better than ours πŸ™‚

  43. Heather (Heather's Dish) on June 24, 2010 at 10:16 am

    ice cream and indian = a match made in heaven πŸ™‚ what a day!

  44. Kat on June 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

    love the Indian babies πŸ™‚
    growing up, we definitely had a huge variety of food. Since my dad was in the military, we moved around every few years – Hawaii, Germany, Italy, etc, plus my mom is from NOLA and half Italian <3 (so lotsa gah-lic) – and I got my flair for kitchen experimentation from her. It makes me so happy to see so many comments about people not just exposing their kids to culture and different spices and flavors, but vegetables! Our country has seemed to forgotten the veggie πŸ™ thank God for Jamie Oliver πŸ™‚

  45. Holly on June 24, 2010 at 10:32 am

    First time comment-er (is that even a word? haha) todays boot camp class looked like a good one! too bad i missed it…but i’ll be there bright and early friday morning with bells on! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2010 at 10:36 am

      hi holly!
      it was a sweaty workout πŸ™‚
      i’ve missed you– see ya friday morning!

  46. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on June 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I need to get myself to the Indian buffet STAT. Your plate always looks so good!
    Glad the AC is working!

  47. Alicia on June 24, 2010 at 11:17 am

    My parents always told me I had to taste everything. If I didn’t like it I didn’t have to eat it, but I had to taste it. I learned a very valuable lesson when I was teasing my friend because her sushi looked weird. One bite at 7 years old and I have never looked back…I’ve been in love ever since.

  48. Sneha on September 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    As an Indian myself, my parents always had a quirky rule with eating food as a child–“don’t cry (or fuss) before you try”, especially if it’s a new item ( like fenugreek, which I used to think was SO bitter-tasting, but now as an adult enjoy!) and if there was a fuss about trying it, I’d get DOUBLE the amount! But hey, it worked b/c I grew to love and enjoy those certain exotic foods.

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