Late night snackin’

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend 🙂

I had to work pretty late last night, so by the time we got all of the ingredients for tonight’s dinner party, it was late.

So I got to work on both of the lasagnas and made some midnight gluten-free vegan cookie dough for the pizookies, using my almond butter chocolate chip recipe. For the boys’ pizookies, I bought the dough. They won’t know the difference 😉


It was my first time using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free baking mix. I pressed most of the dough into tart pans and put them into the freezer, then baked the rest as cookies.

Some tasting occurred, for quality control purposes 😉


Crazy Gina, late-night snacking 😀

I was way impressed with the dough.. it came out so light and fluffy! Amazing. I think my gluten-free friend will enjoy 🙂

The meat lasagna and butternut squash and spinach lasagna were finally done at 1 am, and I crawled into bed and crashed until I got up for two training appointments.

Breakfast was a Vega bar and 2 clementines, and after my appointments I went to the Main Squeeze for a smoothie.


The usual tropical superfood with vanilla Sun Warrior and 1 t of spirulina that I err, carry around in a baggie with me. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? It was delicious 😀


I also stopped by my favorite little health food store for some more pizookie ingredients:

Dairy-free organic chocolate syrup


and the best store-bought ice cream. Everrrrr

coconut bliss

Coconut Bliss rocks my face off.

I’m back at the casa, about to make the appetizers, chop the veggies and do a last-minute clean sweep before I get ready. Today’s my off-day from the gym, so I’ll probably get in some light yoga and stretching.

See ya tomorrow with party pics.



Something to talk about: What’s your favorite restaurant dessert? I think we all know that mine is the pizookie (from BJs or Oregano’s) but I also LOVE the volcano from Rainforest Cafe. My goal is to make a healthy version sometime soon 🙂

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  1. Nicci@NiftyEats on January 16, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    I love the chocolate shake from Chili’s, they are good. I usually share it with the boyfriend. I really want to try the coconut bliss, I was eyeing it at the natural foods store,but promised to stick to my list. lol Maybe this weekend I will buy some.

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      it’s so worth it, i promise 😀

  2. Susan on January 16, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Enjoy your dinner party tonight Gina, the food sounds fabulous. If you and the pilot ever make it to Dublin, I’ll cook for you guys. The volcano looks so tasty, I try and keep to fruit salads etc when I eat out, I think I prefer more savoury than sweet things but I do remember going to the Cheesecake Factory when I was in California, yummy desserts there!
    Have a fun evening.

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 1:20 pm

      thank you so much, susan! 🙂

  3. The Hot and Fit on January 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Have a fabulous evening! I can’t wait to see the pics of all the food!!

  4. Liz on January 16, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I have to try this coconut ice cream that all you bloggers are raving about. It is official. You can get it at Whole Foods, right??

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm


  5. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on January 16, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    I don’t know if I can pick a favorite dessert, but I am always thrilled with a great piece of tiramisu or cheesecake.

  6. Lexi on January 16, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I REALLY want to try coconut bliss. Do you recommend a particular flavor to start with??

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 2:11 pm

      i’ve honestly only tried the vanilla, but i’ve heard amazing things about the dark chocolate and mint flavors as well 🙂 i’m sure they’re all delicious

  7. Erica on January 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    You have been one busy chica! The cookies look amazing- thick and fluffy- my favorite kind 🙂 I still have not tried the coconut bliss ice cream- gotta get on that. Good luck with the rest of your to dos. Hmmm my favorite dessert? Fresh berry frozen yogurt with tons of fruit and granola on top- so good

  8. Tay on January 16, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    We didn’t get the volcano at Rainforest Cafe – we got the Mud Pie dessert…oh heavens!! It was just as bit, but with coffee ice cream and tons of hot fudge. Amazing!

  9. Haleigh on January 16, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I looove the volcano dessert!! whenever we are traveling around the US, I always make sure to scope out where a rainforest cafe is. As for my favorite dessert? I don’t think I could choose.. I like just about anything with chocolate.

  10. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on January 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    OMG those cookies look stellar! I can’t wait for my GF flour to get here so i can invent something cookie-ish.

    Favorite dessert? Chocolate pecan pie from Frontera Grill. Rick Bayless knows his stuff!

  11. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on January 16, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    pizookies or some sort of creme brulee…although i’ll take just about any dessert you give me 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 2:10 pm

      me too… if it’s categorized as “dessert” chances are i’ll eat it 🙂

  12. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on January 16, 2010 at 2:05 pm

    Ok so that lasagna sounds amazing. I’m very curious to see how it turns out!!!

    As for the dessert, i’m all about anything chocolate or cheesecake!

  13. Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) on January 16, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    I love pizookies! My favorite is from BJs the Oreo cookie pizookie holy crap its good!

  14. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on January 16, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    I love ANYTHING chocolate, but since I’m not eating dairy now I’m finding it harder to find treats I actually want at restaurants. I guess it’s good for my waistline?
    CocoBliss is amazing though, and I am so glad to have a variety of options at my grocery store. I’ll have to try your cookies too, I was sad when I realized that butter probably gives me a reaction as well, so vegan cookies are the way to go!

  15. Allison R. on January 16, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    OMG that’s so funny you mentioned a pizookie from Oregenos! I’m from Madison, WI and I’ve had a pizookie from Oregenos! I guess great food gets around 😉

  16. Paige @ Running Around Normal on January 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Bahaha that video is hilarious.
    Sounds like you’ve been one busy chica the past couple days! The pizookies and lasagna sound fabulous!

  17. Lauren @ eater not a runner on January 16, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Anything that involves brownies and ice cream is my kind of dessert 😉

  18. Megan (Bitesoftheapple) on January 16, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    I had an unnnbelievable ice cream sundae at Ghiradelli in Disney world after the marathon last weekend that was my favorite dessert pretty much ever. Peanut butter sauce AND hot fudge?! And no guilt after 26.2..hehhe

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm

      hahah after 26.2, i’d probably have two 🙂 and then get sick from the sugar and dairy but it would be so worth it- that sounds glorious

  19. *Andrea* on January 16, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    i love finale’s molten chocolate cake dessert yummmy. or any cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory… if only they were healthy ugh. your cookies look delicious! that youtube clip cracked me up

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 4:25 pm

      seriously! i LOVE molten, too. so. good.
      glad you liked the youtube vid- i laughed so hard the first time i saw it 🙂

      • Paul Conforti on January 17, 2010 at 4:06 pm

        Thanks for the props on the Molten! I know I’m biased, but I think we’ve got the best one out there. If you like Sonic Commercials, you’ve got to check out my personal favorite…
        Cheers, Paul Conforti, Finale Co-founder

  20. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on January 16, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    Have a great party! Love that idea for the cookies- and they look delicious!

  21. Maria on January 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    Everything looks and sounds fab!!

    And your smoothie…yumm..I know you have talked about it before but what substitutions do you make with it? Other than the protein and spirulina, of course?!

    Love your blog!!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 5:11 pm

      that’s it.. i just add in the protein and spirulina and ask for extra spinach in it 🙂

  22. Julie @savvyeats on January 16, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    I’m am out of the loop here… what’s a pizookie? Based on the ingredients, it sounds good!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      it’s a cookie that you bake in a pizza pan (or in my case, mini tart pans) and top with ice cream, chocolate syrup and chocolate chips
      it’s AMAZIN!

  23. Fallon on January 16, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    I love pizookies too! Basically anything with chocolate or baked apples and ice cream for dessert I’m a fan of. What in the world is the volcano? That is massive!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 5:10 pm

      it’s ice cream with a brownie “volcano” around it… topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup and caramel. so evil 🙂

  24. Jenna on January 16, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Have fun tonight!!
    My fav dessert would have to be the cookie from bugaboo or the dessert from chilis!!

  25. Gabriela on January 16, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I love the almond butter cookies, I can’t wait to try them! My favorite dessert has to be the peanut butter cup sundae at Uno’s….HUGE pb cup with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream. It’s trouble, but it rocks my face off 🙂 Enjoy your dinner!

  26. Lauren (Biochemísta) on January 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    I LOVE apple crisp or flourless chocolate cake!

  27. Michelle@Eatingjourney on January 16, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    coconut ice cream is heaven

  28. K on January 16, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Hope you’re having fun hosting a fabulous dinner party tonight!! My favorite dessert is tiramisu or cheesecake. People better watch out when either of those are served!

  29. Brittany on January 16, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I hope the dinner party turns out to be lovely. I can’t wait to see the picts!

  30. Marissa on January 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    LOVE that syrup!

  31. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on January 16, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I’d never seen a volcano before. I need to find me one of those! YUMMY!!! My desserts are all about chocolate, or nut butter, or coconut ice cream with either one or both of those 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

      sounds like my dream dessert 🙂

  32. Nicole on January 17, 2010 at 6:07 am

    Haha. I love the video! Thanks for posting it… and yes Coconut Bliss is SO SO SO good!

  33. Simply Life on January 17, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Oh that dessert looks great!

  34. Nicole on January 17, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Have fun at your dinner party – i love that you carry spiralina – I carry around ezekial bread when I go out to lunch during the week since the pizza place doesn’t have whole grain bread and I always get stares…oh well 🙂

  35. katie on January 17, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Oooh hope your party is (was? Did it already happen?) A success. I worked at Rainforest in high school/college so I’ve had more volcanoes that I care to admit. They are tasty. I also love the molten lava (“O-cake”) at Chilis although I haven’t let myself have it in a couple years.

    • Fitnessista on January 17, 2010 at 11:35 am

      i loooove the molten cake from chili’s. so insanely delicious

  36. RhodeyGirl on January 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

    I don’t have a favorite restaurant dessert. What is wrong with me??? I can’t think of even one really? Maybe the bread pudding with vanilla ice cream at Siena in Providence? or the fresh berries with whipped cream at Spain in Cranston? OMG, I must figure this out!

    I bet I would love a pizookie. I love hot sweets with cold toppings.

  37. RhodeyGirl on January 17, 2010 at 11:18 am

    P.S. I hope your party was a success!

  38. Jenny on January 17, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I consider Creme Brulee to be the “true test” of a restaurant. If they can nail a creme brulee, then they’re good 🙂 I would never turn down chocolate though.

  39. Kiley from Coconut Bliss on January 18, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Hi Gina,
    Thanks for the awesome shout out! “the best store-bought ice cream. Everrrrr” totally made my day, which as I’m home sick in bed I needed!
    Thanks again 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 18, 2010 at 2:16 pm

      it seriously is amazing stuff! i’m obsessed 🙂
      get well soon <3

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