Market Sundays

Heyyyyy 😀 How are you? Hope you’ve had a lovely and relaxing Sunday.

After I last said hello, we met up with Mara and her friend at our favorite farmer’s market. We’re trying to show them all of the things we love in Tucson- it’s definitely a challenge to pack it all into a few days, so we’re rolling with the top choices 🙂


Of course, we brought along this little thing, too 🙂


She loves going to the farmer’s market and smelling new friends.


Per usual, there was an abundance of goodies including fresh-baked treats, local jams, jellies, honey, salsa, dips, organic meat and eggs, and beautiful organic produce.


I squealed a little when I saw the squash blossoms 😀

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We grabbed a couple of things and tasted our way around, and the Pilot enjoyed his usual salteña– a Bolivian pocket pie (similar to an empanada) stuffed with spices, organic chicken and veggies.


Looks delicious… the saltena looks nice too 😉

It was a gorgeous morning and we left just as it was starting to get too hot outside.


The goods:


2 gluten-free bars –one of which I recreated last weekend– a smoothie made with homemade quinoa milk (!), avocado, banana and blueberries [drank half and froze the rest to drink tomorrow] and of course, squash blossoms. I bet you can guess what the star of tonight’s dinner will be 😉

Time to get cookin’!

See ya bright and early in the morning <3



Something to do:

Take a few minutes before bed to stretch out your entire body. Hold each stretch for about 20 seconds to receive the maximum benefit:

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I think it’s interesting that we’re one of the few animals who doesn’t stretch on a regular basis?

Bella stretches multiple times each day 😀

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  1. Karin on July 10, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    So true about stretching! And it looks like the Farmers market was a blast!

  2. Kim on July 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    that last picture of bella is THE best.

    i it when i’m doing yoga and my dog gets right beside me and does her best down dog : )

  3. kaila @ healthy helper! on July 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    Aww bella is such a cutie! Makes me miss my pup!

    What do squash blossoms taste like? How do you usually prepare them?

  4. Erin @ The Grass Skirt on July 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I love going to the farmer’s market on the weekends with my husband too! It is so much fun. I have same kind of dog as Bella. Her name is Emma…and she stretches ALL of the time! We always laugh at her for it. She also belches. Bella seems more ladylike than that though. 🙂

  5. Erin on July 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Looks like the Farmer’s Market was a lot of fun!! Can you do a fashion post on your dress? I love it!

  6. Jaime on July 10, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    my dog is constantly stretching! haha. so cute. That quinoa milk smoothie sounds to die for! how was it?

    and yay for farmer’s markets. They’re my happy place! 🙂

  7. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I love this post! We are obsessed with our farmers market here in V-Town too. I blog about it a few times a week we go so often! Those squash blossoms look so very fresh and tender! I love to look at the heirloom tomatoes too.
    Ps. you looked super cute in that little sun dress! I have been thinking of pulling out the summer dresses myself as of late!
    pps, and that is why I do yoga. I am no where near disciplined enough to sit down and stretch. Another reason to miss dancing, right?

  8. Dani on July 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    I’m really curious to see what you do with the zucchini blossoms! I saw some yesterday at the farmers market but I’ve never made em

  9. kate on July 10, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    I cant wait to see what you do with the squash blossoms they look great~!!

  10. Sara K on July 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    I’m loving how those heirloom tomatoes look! And your outfit is gorgeous 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

      thanks girl!

  11. Michele on July 10, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    So, would quinoa milk be a non-soy dairy alternative that actually has… protein?!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

      yep! 1 serving has almost 3g of protein… amazing compared to the other non-soy dairy options!

  12. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 10, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    I love to stretch in the morning and before I go to bed – and I love that little diagram that you have here — the little guy is so cute.

  13. Jackie on July 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    My grandmother used to always buy the squash blossoms, and while this is neither healthy nor vegan, stuff them with mozzarella cheese and anchovies, then put them in a batter and fry them. Completely italian. haha. But still pretty freaking good.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

      that sounds AMAZING

  14. Liz @ iheartvegetables on July 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    Oh I have the same question as Michele up there ^^ Would quinoa be a non-dairy non-soy milk that has protein?? Because as much as I like almond milk, it doesn’t have much protein…

  15. Brigid of Vegging out in T-Town on July 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm

    I love our farmers market, but yours seems to have a much better variety of stuff. I’m a little jealous, not gonna lie. I can’t wait to see what you do with the squash blossoms. And that last pic of Bella is awesome — it looks like she’s singing opera while she stretches. 🙂

  16. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    That picture of Bella with her mouth open is freaky! She looks like she’s yelling!
    And quinoa milk!? That sounds pretty epic

  17. Amber @ Stop and Smell the Wildflowers on July 10, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Haha, Bella is so cute. I love farmers markets, but I wish ours would let us bring our dogs.

  18. Krystyn on July 10, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve never heard of squash blossoms before, but I can’t wait to see what you do with them. Super cute outfit…where did you get your sandals? Love them!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:17 am

      they’re from rack room shoes- oldies!

  19. Cait @ Cait hates Cake on July 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm

    I’ve never put an avocado in a smoothie. What a good idea. I’m also interested to see what you do with the squash blossoms!

  20. Namaste Gurl on July 10, 2011 at 10:46 pm

    The farmer’s market makes me smile 🙂

  21. Jess on July 10, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    “She loves going to the farmer’s market and smelling new friends.”

    That totally cracked me up!

  22. Diane on July 10, 2011 at 11:08 pm

    Just started reading you blog – and I LOVE it! You’re just gorgeous! And your workouts and healthy eating are so motivating. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading! 🙂

    • Diane on July 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm

      *your blog

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:16 am

      thank you, diane! so nice to meet you 🙂

  23. Jen on July 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    Stretching is the ultimate body therapy. I do little stretches all day long! People probably think I’m strange when I randomly bend over in public, but I don’t care. Sometimes I just need that “ah” feeling! But what I need now is quinoa milk. That sounds ridiculously good.

    By the way, I’m Jen! I recently found your blog, and have quickly become an avid follower. 🙂

  24. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 10, 2011 at 11:21 pm

    The squash blossoms look wonderful. As do your doggies. So cute 🙂

    Lovin’ the idea of bedtime stretches. So nice to streeeeetchhhhh before zzzz’s.

    Have a wonderful week Gina 🙂

  25. Dominique on July 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    I am SO jealous of your squash blossoms. I can’t wait to see what you end up doing with them. I’m hoping that the BF and I can hit up the farmer’s market in the city this Saturday so I can get my own squash blossoms. I’m crossing my fingers that they’ll still have some.

    Oh and I love it when cats and dogs stretch. BF’s dog (a German Shepherd) always stretching half-on/half-off the couch like she’s in downward dog pose. It’s hilarious.

  26. Verlin on July 10, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Yawning is so contagious – the picture of Bella just made me yawn! Glad you are out of your “yuck-stomach” phase and feeling better. You make a very cute preggie. 🙂

  27. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 10, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I think that all the time when I look at my dog stretching, who sersiously stretches at least 100 times a day!

  28. Christine (The Raw Project) on July 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Interesting on the zucchini blossoms, I’ve never tried them before and curious to see what you do.

  29. Crystal on July 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Thank you for the stretching guide! I sit for long periods of time at my job & I get tightness & pain in my glutes. I only know of one stretch, but that isn’t cutting it. Do you have a few glute stretches I could do to get some relief during my ten hour work days? I would really appreciate it!

  30. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on July 11, 2011 at 5:14 am

    wow, man, that’s so cool with the squash blossoms…i had no idea you can eat them? so intrigued as to what you are going to make 🙂 farmers markets are such a wonderful activity on leisurely weekends…your one in Tuscon looks fantatsic. Love all the mulit-tonal tomatoes, lol! 🙂 xyx

  31. Morgan @ Operation Hot Mama on July 11, 2011 at 5:22 am

    Oh my, how I love a good stretch. We as humans, definitely do NOT stretch enough in a day much less in a lifetime. Just to think how much extra tension could be release with a quick ‘before bed’ strrrrretch 🙂 I have said it before and I’ll say it again, Tucson has some kick butt farmer’s markets that make this girl a little jealous 😉

    Have a wonderful day

  32. Allison on July 11, 2011 at 5:23 am

    I cant wait see what you do with the squash blossoms!!! Apparently my neighborhood is lacking in bees so all of my squash is not getting blossoms. Tons of blossoms and no squash:(

  33. Cait @ Beyond Bananas on July 11, 2011 at 5:31 am

    I never thought about how animals are stretching.. often. Stretching is definitely something I need to do way more of. Sadly.. by the time my workout is done.. I am ready to hit the road. I need to make myself stretch!

  34. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on July 11, 2011 at 7:55 am

    I need to get better at stretching. It’s definitely a part of my routine I tend to neglect. I’m so jealous of your farmer’s market! Ours is sad in comparison. No delicious treats to munch on and not neraly as great of produce selection. Can’t wait to see the recipe!

  35. Amanda @ JustAmandaJ on July 11, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Oh man! I can’t wait to hit up our farmers market for fruits and veggies to make baby food!

  36. Meghan @ StruggleMuffins on July 11, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Bella is a champion stretcher haha 🙂 Love getting foods from the farmers market; always makes me feel healthier than buying from the grosh store (whether or not its legitimately healthier is debatable but I can roll with the placebo effect). Your cute lil’ flapper-esque dress – where’d you get it?

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

      express- last summer

  37. Leslie on July 11, 2011 at 9:13 am

    So true about stretching! I was pretty regular at yoga for about 4-5 months, and then just stopped….(I guess I got bored and moved onto swimming), but my body TOTALLY misses it and I know I need to get a least a little stretch in regularly!

    Thanks for the reminder!

  38. Andrea @ Onion in My Hair on July 11, 2011 at 9:14 am

    Thank you SO much for posting the stretching image!

    I skipped the gym this morning because I am stiff and sore all over from too much weights, heavy climbing in Spin yesterday, etc. I wanted to do yoga tonight, but I have a feeling I won’t have enough time.

    This little guide is perfect!!

  39. AJ on July 11, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’m Jealous of your dry heat in Tucsun. In MN, we’ve had some swealtering weekends, but the addition of the humidity makes it tough to enjoy the summeryness!

  40. Beth (well ill be) on July 11, 2011 at 10:57 am

    What a great idea to do stretches before bed. I remember my grandfather would do a little stretch routine before getting in bed and after getting up. p.s. That ruffly dress is a great “maternity” dress, I can’t even tell you’re pregnant! You look amazing!

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:15 am

      thank you , beth! 🙂

  41. roshni on July 11, 2011 at 11:00 am

    What do you make with the squash blossoms? I have so many in my garden but didnt know you could cook them. Any meatless and eggless recipes?

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 11:03 am

      meatless, yes- check out this morning’s post. instead of doing the egg wash, you could dip them in a flax egg (1 T flax meal dissolved in 3 T almond milk)

  42. Laura (Cookies vs. Carrots) on July 11, 2011 at 11:10 am

    Those squash blossoms are gorgeous! I’ve never seen anything like that before! Can’t wait to see what you do with them 🙂

  43. Christina on July 11, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    HAHAHA! Classic pics of Bella! So cute! Whenever my dog goes into a short pause I always say “downward dog!” and she’ll jump up like I caught her doing something lol.

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm

      i say it to bell too- hoping i can teach her it’s a “trick” 🙂

  44. Ashley @perfectleypeared on July 11, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    I love love love your dress!! 🙂 Where did you find it?

    • Fitnessista on July 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

      thanks! express, but it was from last summer

  45. Brittany (Eating Bird Food) on July 12, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Bella’s stretching faces are priceless!!

    Olive stretches every time I get her harness and leash out. I think it’s so cute.

  46. Minoo on July 12, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    I loooooove saltenas! Unfortunately there is only ONE “hole in the wall” pizza shop owned by Bolivians that happens to make them on the weekends.

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