Mini Me-als

Hiiiii 😀 How are you? I’m excited to have so many new virtual walking buddies– let me know how it goes and if you feel a difference in your day 🙂 Also, thank you so much to all of you who are supporting Katie’s bake sale for Japan! I promise to hook up my macaroon goodie package winner something fierce 😉

So this post title has two sources:

1. This mini meal:


The Pilot and I call each other (and Bella) a wide variety of nicknames, all of which are totally random and ridiculous.

Somehow Bella —> Bell —-> Beal —-> Meal.

I have no idea how it happened, either 😉

2. My fuel of choice: mini meals 🙂

sir fries

(Stir fry with tomatoes, onion, broccoli, kidney beans, cumin, garlic, cayenne, sea salt and pepper)

Since spring has sprung-ish, I find myself wanting smaller more frequent meals. I usually prefer this style of eating, as it keeps me super satisfied and my metabolism cranking/ When it’s chilly outside, I crave larger meals to warm me up 🙂

Lately, it’s been roasty toasty in Tucson –we hit the 90s last week!- and for the past month or so, I’ve been enjoying 5-6 smaller, yet deliciously satisfying meals throughout the day. I say “mini” because it sounds cute, but always make sure each smaller meal has enough calories to support my activity level for the day.

Some examples:

Protein pudding


(1 container goat’s milk yogurt, 1 scoop vanilla Sun Warrior, almond milk to thin it out, cinnamon and 1 square dark chocolate with sea salt)



(today’s was a brown rice tortilla with organic chicken, farmer’s market goat cheese and veggies. They’re just as lovely with hummus, beans or eggs)

Perfect protein pancakes


Carrots with hummus and raw sunflower seeds

carrots and hummus

(Tip: did you know 1/4 C sunflower seeds has 8g of protein?! Word)



I’m about to get ready for dance, but before I go, check out this video if you’d like your heart to melt 🙂

(I’ve watched it at least 4 times already)

See ya in the morning with a giveaway 🙂



Something to read: "Set up a home gym on the cheap" <—- thanks so much to Womans Day for the shout out!!

Something to talk about: Do you do the mini meal thing, or 3 square meals? What’s the strangest nickname you have for your pet?

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  1. Sherri O. on April 6, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    We have 3 doggies at our house:

    Harley – Harley Barley (he’s a black chihuahua)
    Gracie – Gracie Poo (she’s a white w/black spots chihuahua)
    Nala – Nala Bala – Nala Bala Poo Poo – Poopie (she’s a 1 year old pug)

  2. sheena patton on April 6, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    bella (a beagle): bean, beans, beans baba, frances, francel beans. ellie (a golden retriever): ells, eely, eligator, lil-ellie, eloise. both dogs together: beanie babies and boondoggles. i have no explanation for these nicknames.

  3. Stephanie on April 6, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    My dog Chase has a bunch of crazy nicknames, most of them not the most flattering names! A few of his best ones: Johnny Wigglebutt, Senor Poopypants, Chester the Molester, Bratigan.

  4. ashleigh on April 7, 2011 at 10:40 am

    This is why I read blogs, they make me feel normal about the “weird” things I do! I call my cat Lilo Buppy or Bups. I have no idea where it came from. My other cat I first named Penelope but I changed it to Nelly over the years… Now her nicknames are Nelson or Belly.

  5. Suzanne on April 7, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Our dog’s name is Chubby. We call her Chubbs, Chubster, Chub Chub.
    🙂 She is a bichon and kinda looks like Bella! Sweet face!

  6. Meghan White on April 7, 2011 at 5:12 pm

    I have been a silent reader of your blog for about 2 years now and I never comment, but I got up the bravery to do so today because I have to tell you, you were SUCH an inspiration to me as I began training for my 1st Fitness Competition. I am now in training for my 4th show this year (on May 21) and your blog seriously helps me with food ideas that actually taste amazing! I am hooked on your blog! Thank you so much for showing the world that being healthy and eating well doesn’t have to be torture! 🙂 You’re wonderful!

    • Fitnessista on April 7, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      hey meghan,
      that is AWESOME! thank you so much for reading, for saying hi and letting me know! what an incredible accomplishment to be training for your 4th show- off to check out your blog 🙂

  7. Meghan White on April 13, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    Thank you Gina! You’re fantastic. My blog is hardly quite up to the awesomeness of yours, but I write from time to time. 😉 So I have a question for you too…do you think instead of Sun Warrior Protein, I could use just another type of vanilla protein for a lot of your recipes? I always use ON Nutrition protein powder, it’s my fave! 🙂 Whaddya think?
    PS- The white dress you fell in love with, OMG! GORGEOUS! 😀

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2011 at 2:10 pm

      of course, you can use whatever protein powder you would like 🙂

  8. Meghan White on April 14, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    Thank you! 🙂 Now I gotta do some test-cookin!

  9. Kristi on August 18, 2011 at 1:31 am

    I have a dog named Alan (a girl, don’t ask…) and somehow her nickname became Beans. My other dog Eddy over time just became Beddy. Love pet nicknames! 🙂

  10. Carrie on September 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    I am waaaay late to the party on this one, but:

    Spike-20 pound, ten year old rescue mutt 🙂 : SpikeyBoy, Senor Puppy Pants (i’m serious, unfortunately), ItsyBitsySpider, Big Boy, Lil Boy, Crispy Wheats and Raisins. (Utter lunacy. I know.)

    Ace-125 pound (!), four y.o. American Bulldog: AceyBoy, Fat Boy, Fat Boy Slim, Hey Skinny, Mama’s Baby, Daddy’s
    Good Boy, Monkey.

    It just comes pouring out…love will make you say some strange things!!! 🙂

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