Mint cacao shake

Hey hey hey πŸ˜€ How are you? I’m so glad you guys liked the Ugly Christmas Sweaters and agree that my husband looks like Bert πŸ˜‰ Hope you’ve had a great day πŸ˜€

My day has erred on the side of lazy, with a side of some delicious raw eats


Mint Cacao Shake

– 1/2 C frozen Thai coconut meat

-1 C almond milk

– 1 t spirulina

– 5 drops liquid Stevia (or a date)

– pinch sea salt

– 1 t vanilla extract

– 1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves

– 2 T cacao nibs (+ more for garnish)

Blend all ingredients in a Vitamix until smooth.

Stir in cacao nibs and top with remaining ones for garnish.

Devour πŸ˜€


Β© 2009 The Fitnessista

I fought some of the holiday crowds at Targizzle, hit up Publizzle (aka Publix) and had this lovely bar for a snack.


While I’m a huge Larabar fan, I think I like these Raw Revolution bars better. Same amount of calories, more protein, not as sweet, and chocolate chips are included. Winner winner πŸ˜€

Another snack was an apple with mesquite and cinnamon:


The pilot and I did a lot of cleaning around the casa and put laundry away (any other laundry haters in the house?? haha), and honestly just chilled and relaxed. It was nice, especially after a week of go-go-go. I think it’s so important during this hustle and bustle time to pencil in some relaxation. It keeps the crazies away πŸ˜‰

Dinner was legendary, and I didn’t cook a thing πŸ˜€


I made a seaweed salad with soaked arame, matchstick carrots, tomatoes, rice vinegar, nama shoyu, garlic powder and a little agave and sesame oil


And had it with some Publix vegetable brown rice sushi


Chopsticks, Nama Shoyu and enough wasabi to make my nose burn. Just the way I like it πŸ˜‰

As far as workouts go, I did a really cool new workout today! It’s called: Jack. Nada.

It’s where you sit around on the couch and watch the Kardashians πŸ˜‰ All kidding aside, it felt glorious to take a day off with the exception of a walk with the puppies πŸ˜€

Now I’m sitting at Bizzle, drinking some green ginger tea and am about to catch up on some emails.

Have a great night <3


Something to talk about: While I’m an anti-resolution kinda girl (if I want to change something, I prefer do it NOW, sans pressure, rather than wait for an ambiguous day to do so), this time of year I like to think of things I *will* accomplish in the New Year.

Next year, I will travel to Europe (finally!), figure out my school goals (finish MBA? More culinary school??), finish the handful of projects I’ve embarked on, and rock out the Princess Half Marathon.

What are some of the things you *will* do next year???

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  1. Lisa on December 13, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    I love wasabi that way too; till your eyes water. I saw those bars and wondered if you had rated them yet. I’ll have to try them next.

  2. Lisa on December 13, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I forgot to say some of the things I will do next year: Going to New York in Feb., get in SHAPE, be more spiritual. I’ll have to meditate on it some more.

  3. Chloe (Naturally Frugal) on December 13, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    That shake looks great – I’ll have to make one, I believe I still have some coconut meat in my freezer.
    Also, those raw revolution bars are great! I had one for the first time and loved it.
    I also love how you share your raw meals with us, it makes me want to try new things and exposes me to all sorts of new foods. Thanks Gina!

  4. Kristie Lynn on December 13, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Do you know where in Europe you’ll go next year?

    Next year I will train for and run my first marathon (so excited for this one), figure out if I want to go back to grad school, and get a second cat. Yep – all fun things πŸ˜‰

  5. Betty on December 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    The shake looks YUM!.
    Next year I’m running two half marathons and training for a full =)

  6. Heather on December 13, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Mint Cacao Smoothie, heck yeah! I am with you on both the Raw Revolution bars (love them!) and the laundry (hate it!). Next year I just want to focus on school and maybe get a little more adventurous with the yoga. Oh, and to watch way less of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, because I am convinced it’s hazardous for my health πŸ˜‰

  7. Ellen on December 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    More yoga and meditation for sure in the new year. I’d also like to try more of the fab raw recipes you’ve got here. I’d like to start teaching fitness classes – I’m certified, but have used my tough day job as a reason not to try something new. I love thinking of my new goals!

  8. Jackie (Army Wife) on December 13, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    We were stationed in Germany and it was quite nice. I LOVED the pizza there, yeah who would have thought Germany would have yummy pizza. It just sucks now that the euro is getting so expensive against our dollar. I too need to figure out my school goals, I think I will steal that “resolution” for myself. My bachelor’s degree on the wall could use some fancy paper company.

  9. Kris @ Oatmeal on the Rocks on December 13, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Hey, I did the same workout as you today! Except, I spent mine with the Jersey Shore crew (embarassingly enough).

    In 2010 I WILL get in shape, figure out my food sensitivities for once and for all, and do a nutrition/wellness certification.

  10. Molly on December 13, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    mmm sushi! I had some today. and it didnt look nearly as good as yours.
    Enjoy the rest of your sunday! πŸ™‚

  11. Katie on December 13, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Great raw eats! That shake looks really tasty and I agree with you on the Raw Revolution bars! They are VERY good. But, I don’t think one of them could beat the Pb&J Larabar. πŸ˜‰

  12. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on December 13, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    I will…
    -do more yoga- at least twice a week
    -train for and run a half marathon
    -include more raw foods in my diet
    -graduate from culinary school!
    -write more- not only on the blog, but journaling, and freelance.
    -SAVE MONEY! I really need to do this one.

    Can’t think of any more now. But this was a great thing to think about, thanks!

  13. Jessica (fit and clean) on December 13, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I am really looking forward to 2010. I am training for the ING Atlanta 1/2 marathon in March, hopes in becoming a Les Mills group fitness instructor, and certified as a personal trainer. That’s the first half of the year! Haven’t figured out the second half yet πŸ˜‰ Have a great night!

  14. Alice on December 13, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    * Go to America
    * Figure out something I like so I don’t have to go be a corporate lawyer in 2011
    * finish the damned book
    * Help my twinbro with his album

  15. Justine on December 13, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    I am so excited for 2010! I have a feeling it’ll be an amazing year.
    My goals are… get into my top schools (college) and move out on my own, get in shape and eat super healthily (more raw), travel a lot, save money, volunteer, do things I really enjoy as often as possible, meditate on a regular basis and become at peace with myself.

    And…this post really made me want sushi (vegetarian, that is). Yum! The shake looks amazing as well πŸ™‚

  16. Yet Another Emily :] on December 13, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    This year I will decide what college I want to go to (I guess this would put me in the category of being one of your “younger readers”), lose 30 or 40 pounds, and actually go audition for America’s Got Talent and/or American Idol in the hopes of finally realizing my dream of becoming a singer :] Vote for me if I do pleeease!!
    Where in Europe do you think you will go? I’ve been to London and Paris- both were AMAZING, although for health food options I’d say Paris is better. The French are very big on meals with three small courses and taking ages to eat them. My mom and I went to a little hole-in-the-wall restaurant on one of the islands in the Seine when we were there and finished all three of our courses (salad, entree, dessert) in the amount of time it took the couple next to us to finish about one and a half of theirs. Americans eat so fast!

    • Fitnessista on December 13, 2009 at 10:30 pm

      we’re going to italy and spain πŸ˜€

  17. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on December 13, 2009 at 10:10 pm

    That shake looks so delish! I bet it’s refreshing!

  18. Sarah on December 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Those are great goals for the new year. I really need to start my list. I just want to get through 2009 πŸ™‚

  19. Katy @ These Beautiful Feet on December 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Laundry hater right here. I feel like laundry quadrupled when I got married. I know it obivously doubled, but still it feels like it will never end! It must be crazy when you have kids.

    You’re running the princess half?? I am thinking of coming and cheering another blogger friend on. We’ll have to meet up! πŸ™‚

  20. caronae on December 13, 2009 at 10:27 pm

    Ugh, I did laundry today too, and it was soooooo icky! I love your sushi napkin πŸ™‚
    In 2010 I am going to run a marathon and hopefully start writing a book for publication in 2011!

  21. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on December 13, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Putting away (and folding) laundry it the thing I hate to do the most!

    Next year I will keep my mileage up like I’m always training for a 1/2 marathon. I love the long runs.

  22. Holly (The Healthy Everythingtarian) on December 13, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    ohhhh girl, this has got me thinking! i will see what i can come up with on the blog and give you some linky love when i figure out what exactly my 2010 WILL entail πŸ™‚

  23. All Women Stalker on December 14, 2009 at 1:33 am

    The shake looks yummy. We had Japanese food last Saturday, but no, I didn’t prepare a thing. LOL.
    – Kaith

  24. Romy on December 14, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Hey, you’re coming to Europe? That sounds great πŸ™‚ Where do you want to go? What do you want to visit? I’m sure you will envoy your visit πŸ˜€

    Your Sushi look yummy πŸ˜€ How do you cook your rice? I tried Sushi 2 times and both times, I couldn’t eat them because of the rice.

    Oh, by the way, I love your Snowman Christmas Sweater πŸ˜€

  25. molly - the particular kitchen on December 14, 2009 at 2:34 am

    you know, i hear london is awesome! haha, no but italy and spain will be amaaaazing. have fun!

    i haven’t thought about my resolutions yet, but one of them will definitely involve using my new juicer more! hooray juice! πŸ™‚

  26. Shelby on December 14, 2009 at 8:16 am

    Mint Cacao shake?! Yes please!!!

  27. Janna (Just Flourishing) on December 14, 2009 at 8:39 am

    That shake looks A-MAZING! I kind of need some frozen coconut meat in my life! (slash a Vita-mix :D).

    I’m a big fan of Larabars but lately I’ve been getting tired of them, so I think I’ll try a Raw Revolution bar!

    And yay for Jack. Nada. workouts – they’re my favorite kind πŸ˜‰

  28. K on December 14, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I just saw that you guys are planning on going to Italy – TAKE ME WITH YOU! I’m flexible, I can fit in a suitcase πŸ˜‰ Do you know what cities?

    • Fitnessista on December 14, 2009 at 10:47 am

      i have no idea where exactly we’re going yet. come with us- my suitcase will be roomy enough for ya πŸ˜‰

  29. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin on December 14, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    Hey Gina!

    Could you tell me where you found your glass straws? I’m asking for some for Christmas!! πŸ˜€


  30. Kelly B. on December 14, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Next year I am going to run the Pike’s Peak Marathon in August and the NYC Marathon in November! Two iconic races in 1 year…YAY!

  31. Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen on December 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Next year I am also traveling to Europe (France, Italy, London), hopefully going to culinary school, and writing a book! Yay!

  32. Nic G on December 14, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I just wanted to say I am a fan of your blog. Your style is so cute and fun, you make everything you cook (or don’t cook) and all your workouts sound easy and fun. Best of all you make a healthy lifestyle seem attainable. Thanks!
    Next year I will train for and run my first 1/2 marathon.

  33. Brigid on December 15, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    I will take a cake decorating class, run my first 5K, and learn to sew.

    • Fitnessista on December 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm

      oh i would love to take a cake decorating class, too!

  34. A Bowl Of Mush on February 16, 2010 at 10:47 am

    The raw revolution bars are my absolute favorite!
    I love the cashew/spirulina one!

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