Like it a lox

Smoked salmon is back in my life in a big way….


So salty and glorious.

Before coming downstairs to make breakfast, I had to convince the lazy girls it was time to start the day.

the girls2

The one on the left still has night and day in reverse.. especially after last night. Party animal πŸ™‚

Some more recent eats:

My all-time favorite Trader Joe’s salad, the Super Spinach


Spinach, pumpkin seeds, cranberries, quinoa, carrots, tomatoes, garbanzo beans, edamame, miso dressing…


and this picture is kinda gross-looking, but the combo is amazing:

sweet potato

Sweet potato in a blanket of almond butter

This morning, we’re going to take a walk –Bell needs to get out of the house, she was doing sprints last night- and later today, I’m going into work for an hour Tabata training. I’m really excited to see my work friends again, and check out the new class format.

Have a great day and I’ll be back later with a Family post!



Something to think:

"Holding onto anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.”


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  1. Emma on February 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    That salad sounds glorious! πŸ™‚

  2. Stephanie @ Legally Blinde on February 7, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    I just had TJ’s Super Spinach salad for the first time recently and absolutely LOVED it – such a great combo of flavors! I’ve never even thought to put nut butter on a sweet potato but that sounds absolutely delicious and I will definitely be trying it soon. Also, great quote! Very wise. Enjoy your walk!

  3. MMiller on February 7, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    I can’t wait until Florida’s FIRST Trader Joe’s opens on Friday in Naples!! And glad you are doing a 1 hour work thing!! Baby steps!!

  4. Candice on February 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Ooohhh…a sweet potato with almond butter….that looks delish! I had never had sweet potatoes before until you posted one a couple of weeks ago smothered in goat cheese and so I tried it and have to admit that I’m hooked now! Have you dehydrated any and made sweet potato chips before? That sounds so good!

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

      i have! they’re good- and i usually just season them with sea salt

  5. Racheal @ Running with Racheal on February 7, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Mmmm….I like that a lox too! πŸ™‚

  6. kathleen on February 7, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    I love that salad, too! I always love checking your blog to see new pics of the baby and bella πŸ™‚

  7. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on February 7, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    That salad looks great! I love miso dressing. This picture of Livi and Bella is precious!

  8. Ali @ Peaches and Football on February 7, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Wow, every time I see something delectable from either Trader Joes or Whole Paycheck I get soooo envious we don’t have anything like that around here! That salad looks incredible!

    Tell Liv to get her days and nights back on track so Mama can sleep! πŸ˜‰

  9. Kris | on February 7, 2012 at 12:28 pm

    What a gorgeous day you have planned!! We don’t have TJ’s in Canada, but when I go south I load up on the salads and all the goodness there…I love that place….seriously $5.99 for coconut oil?! Its $13.99 here!! BOO


  10. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on February 7, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    That smoked salmon looks so fresh and delicious!

  11. HRCK the Herald on February 7, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    I saw that quotation on Pinterest recently, and I love it/think it’s so true.

    Glad you and smoked salmon are reunited! πŸ™‚

  12. Anna @ The Guiltless Life on February 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    That photo of Bella and Livi is sooo cute. They look like snuggle buddies!

    Mmm and that sweet potato also looks seriously tempting!

  13. Mama Pea on February 7, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Guess what?! I remade that salad for the next book…yummy dressing and all. (Want to test it?)

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Omg, yes please!

  14. Marisa @ Mind Over Booty on February 7, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Sweet potato and peanut/almond butter is one of my favorite combos. I’m pretty sure I made it through the last year of college thanks to that goodness. Must bring it back into my diet.

  15. Liz @ Southern Charm on February 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Love love love the quote!

    And never thought to put ab on a sweet potato. That combo looks SUPER interesting!!

  16. kaila @ healthyhelper on February 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    THAT LOX LOOKS INCREDIBLE! The color just pops off the screen…it must be really fresh!! Love smoked salmon! And the sweet potato looks outrageous too…I always have them for snacks!

  17. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 7, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Mmmm I love smoked salmon! Don’t buy it nearly as much as I should though. And oh my goodness, Olivia has so much hair! (It looks that way in the photo anyway.) Reminds me of me when I was a baby. Enjoy going in to see your work buddies! πŸ™‚

  18. Rita @ Healthy Mom, Sexy Wife on February 7, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I think I’m going to have to try the sweet potato/almond butter combo. Two favorites combined sounds yummy!

  19. Alisha Parmerlee on February 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Where do you find good smoked Salmon? I’ve never had it before, is it usually super expensive?

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Not expensive at trader joe’s! πŸ™‚

  20. britt on February 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    such a great quote! needed that πŸ™‚

    sweet potato with almond butter (and a sprinkle of cinnamon) is my favorite!! haven’t had it in a while but i think it’s time for a comeback!

    enjoy your workout πŸ™‚

  21. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on February 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Newborns are so nocturnal, aren’t they. Wish they would get that day-night message but that one doesn’t quite seem to register, does it. Ugh. Hope you’re hanging in there, mama!

  22. Lindsey on February 7, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    What a sweet picture of your two girls! I remember when days seemed like nights and nights seemed like days. I thought I was living in some sort of crazy twilight zone that would never end. But, don’t worry… it does!! πŸ™‚ So glad to hear you can workout again! I’m going to my first ever Zumba class on Thursday! I can’t wait!! πŸ™‚

  23. RhodeyGirl on February 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm


    Livy (livi?)) is SOOOOOO adorable! I love her little leggies! I just want to eat her up!

  24. Heather S on February 7, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    My little lady has her dad and nights backwards too! I never knew I could dread bedtime!

  25. Talia @ Bite Size Wellness on February 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I must remind myself to add pumpkin seeds to my next salad. It’s such a simple add-in that I forget about. Interesting combo with the sweet potato…will have to try it out! Hope the rest of your day is lovely.

  26. Jordan@almondjay on February 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I can’t wait to try the sweet potato with almond butter – YUM!

  27. natalie @ southern fit foodie on February 7, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Mmmm this post is filled with my favorite things! Smoked salmon, sweet potatoes, almond butter, and TJ’s! I haven’t had smoked salmon in my life in quite a while – I think I may have to pick some up tomorrow!

  28. Sara on February 7, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    At least she can’t move yet! I’ve got my girl coming for her ‘NZ time’ soon. Nothing quite like a jetlagged six year old. Last time she arrived at noon, fell asleep at 4pm, woke up at 12 and was awake ALL NIGHT. She ‘amused’ herself by decorating. My partner got to work next day, opened his laptop case and discovered his laptop was completely covered with ‘my little pony’ stickers and barbie plasters. Sweet. But, he had a meeting that morning, pulled out his laptop and …

  29. kerry on February 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    stil yet to try sweet potato with almond butter!

  30. Felicia on February 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    i have a serious obsession with smoked salmon… i just love it!
    i don’t comment daily but wanted you to know that i love you family posts and pics of livi- she is absolutely beautiful ! so glad you can work out again- don’t feel guilty! doing something for yourself will leave you in an even better mood, which in turn makes you a happier mom and wife πŸ™‚

  31. Courtney on February 7, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    “Sweet Potato in a blanket of Almond Butter.”

    I just died in a pool of my own saliva, that sounds so good!

  32. April on February 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Ah, the day/night confusion…she will turn around soon. My little guy still has a bit of it, maybe they can get together and party while we sleep? My hubby calls Jack his party animal too:)
    PRECIOUS pic of Livi:)
    Good luck working out, it was the BEST feeling for me after not working out for a few weeks.

  33. Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed on February 7, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    I loooove that salad, yum! I wanna go to TJs now!

  34. bri @ In Love & Words on February 7, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I wish there was a TJ’s by me! πŸ™

    Do you walk with Livi and Bell at the same time by yourself? I wonder if there is an easy way to do that – I have a pug and a shar-pei mix that will need to be walked once the baby comes. I would think that somewhere must sell a leash that attaches to a stroller!

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      i haven’t tried it yet! hopefully soon πŸ™‚

  35. Kelly @ Vegolosophy on February 7, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    mmmm sweet potato and almond butter!!! That sounds like an amazing combo!

  36. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on February 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    ADORE that pic of the baby and Bella… And that sweet potato – that’s what I’m talking about, yuuuum!

  37. Michelle @ Lipstick and Lunges on February 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Never thought to put almond butter on sweet potatoes! Yum!!!
    β€” Michelle

  38. Katelyn@ Foodie Goes to School on February 7, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Oh my gosh a sweet potato with almond butter?! THANK YOU! I have been trying to find a recipe to make with my lonely sweet potato sitting on the counter. I’m a poor college student with ZERO time sooooo this is PERFECT! Thanks Gina πŸ™‚

  39. Gabby on February 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Which brand of almond butter is the best? I’ve only tried peanut butter and coconut butter on sweet potatoes but almond sounds amazing.

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      i really like the woodstock farms brand

  40. Stellina @ My Yogurt Addiction on February 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Cutest photo ever of your baby and the doggy! You should submit that into come contest, I think you would definitely win something! πŸ™‚

  41. Tia @ Veggies and Pearls on February 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    When I was in France this summer (before I became a vegan) I ate SO MUCH smoked salmon. It is so much more available and affordable over there than it is here! I remember looking for it when I got back and not being able to find it except in a few stores. And I have to say, it is one of the foods that I miss greatly. =(

  42. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on February 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    That salad looks delicious!
    Try not to feel guilty about taking a little you time — you’ll be an even better Mama when you can do little things for yourself!

  43. Steph @ Pennies on Sidewalk on February 7, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    LOVE the Super Spinach Salad. Sometimes a salad alone just doesn’t do it for me, but the quinoa packs a filling punch.

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      yes, that’s what takes it over the top πŸ™‚

  44. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on February 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Ohhh my, that lox has me drooling! I’ve been craving it for weeks and I don’t know why I haven’t bought some yet!

  45. Kath on February 7, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Love this title!!

  46. Sarah on February 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    Oh my goodness, that has made me crave smoked salmon so bad. I swear I could eat it every day!

  47. Ush on February 7, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    I really wish I had a Trader Joe’s near me (upstate NY = no TJs), I love it so much! My parents used to take me on trips to TJs when I was a little and we lived in Phoenix. Now I have to put effort into making TJs happen, but luckily I travel to California for work quite often and might be making a trip next week, I’ll have to swing by and try that salad! It looks amazing – and so does the sweet potato/nut butter combo!

  48. Mimi on February 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    How was the Tabata training? An hour sounds scary!

    • Fitnessista on February 7, 2012 at 10:30 pm

      I missed it πŸ™ I thought it was ar 1 and it ended at one. Fail

  49. Laura@mypurposefullife on February 7, 2012 at 10:07 pm

    Sweet potato topped with almond butter is one of my favorite snacks in the whole world! I eat it at any opportunity. Really love it warmed up for breakfast. πŸ™‚ Congrats on getting the clear to sweat again! Must feel glorious.

  50. Kiran @ on February 7, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    Smoked salmon is the bomb! Love that you are getting back into your normal routine πŸ™‚

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