My trainer the zombie

Hey guys! How are ya??? THE WEEKEND IS IN SIGHT! Bring iiiiiiiiiit ๐Ÿ˜€

Last night was such a blasty but Iโ€™m definitely feeling the effects of this:


The girls came over when I got home from teaching spin and Zumba. There were 6 of us but at least we didnโ€™t each drink our own bottle like that one time ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here is the spread:

Cucumbers, Sabras roasted red pepper hummus and carrots:


Olives, Tuscan White Bean Dip, and whole wheat pita wedges


Herbed havarti and gouda:


Artichoke dip from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan:


Kashi and sesame crackers:


And for our meal, I made my secret recipe whole wheat pizza empanadas (aka calzones) stuffed with goat cheese, (NEW food alert!) goat gouda, zucchini, onion, garlic, eggplant, sundried tomatoes and seasonings.

Served with a greens salad (with red and yellow bell pepper, cucumber, flax oil, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper) and the sauce I made in advance for dipping.


100% pure unadulterated FOODGASM ๐Ÿ˜€

And of course, a couple (few? handful? whoโ€™s counting?) glasses of organic red:


And then, the best partโ€ฆโ€ฆ



I made the oatmeal-raisin cookies in Eat, Drink and Be Vegan and used vegan dark chocolate chips instead of the raisins. I put the cookies into individual tart pans and baked them for 8 minutes instead of 11 so that they were still slightly raw and gooey. (The bonus about eating vegan cookies is that you can eat them uncooked and not have to worry about salmonella). I topped them with MY NEW FAVORITE ICE CREAM:


I bought two pints of this at the little health food store (LOVE that place!) and wait until you hear the ingredients: coconut milk (trace amount of guar gum to hold it together), agave, vanilla extract and vanilla beans. God bless them. The other coconut milk ice creams Iโ€™ve seen have had an ingredient list as long as my arm!


I scooped the ice cream onto the warm and gooey cookies and topped it with more vegan chocolate chips. And then, it rocked my face off.


Oh yesโ€ฆ oh yesโ€ฆ oh yes. Pizookie, you have stolen my heart.

The icing on the proverbial cake: EVERYTHING served last night was vegetarian, totally healthy and way delicious. Good times with great friends as usual ๐Ÿ˜€

This morning, I was a complete zombie. Good thing I had a training appointment early this morning- bahhhh. I did manage to stumble into the kitchen and make a Cullen juice to wake me up:


(2 carrots, 1/4 of a giant beet and a Fuju apple)

Itโ€™s funny how I crave juice first thing in the morning instead of coffee. It really helps to wake me up and after Iโ€™ve had my juice and bfast, I make the cafe.

I grabbed and Ezekiel, AB and banana toast before heading to work (and WATER!!!):


After two training appointments, Iโ€™m back in the casa and thinking about a little nap before going back to work. After training Iโ€™m going to yoga, back to work, then coming home to make some dinner for the pilot and go for a swim (or a โ€œfloatโ€, rather).

Have a wonderful day, bloggies <3

Much love,


image Summer Shape Up girls: Keep entering those daily points! Youโ€™re doing such a great job ๐Ÿ˜€ Iโ€™ll post the shout-outs tonight!

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  1. mayapamela525 on June 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    omg a pizookie not only sounds like the perfect dessert but also like one of the best dessert names to say!

  2. Mrs. Myers @ Eat Move Write on June 25, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Yes, I'd say after all that, a float is about all you'll have energy to do! Your night looked super fun. Get some rest today!

  3. simpledaisy on June 25, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    It all looks so delicious!
    Who doesn't love some…maybe a lot….of vino?!?!?

  4. iowagirleats on June 25, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    You are such a good little hostess – love it! That pizookie is rocking MY face through the computer screen – oh YUMM!! Also loving that ingredient list on the coconut ice cream – doesn't get much better thatn that, does it ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great rest of your day!

  5. whitsgettingfit on June 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    PIZOOKIE looks delicious! Your whole dinner looks delicious actually. Glad you had fun!

  6. Danielle C. on June 25, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    That ice cream sounds AMAZING, I must find it NOW! Oh and make a pizookie to go along with it… lol.

  7. theangrydieter on June 25, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    What a great looking "feast"! I think I need to try your white bean dip recipe…it looks so good!

  8. Erica on June 25, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Can I please be invited to the next girls night at your casa? So much good stuff in this post. Love the idea of the calzones- goat cheese is my new lurve. Get a nap in ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. heartswholefoods on June 25, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Those empanadas sound absolutely fabulous, along with everything else :). Oh my goodness pizookie and coconut ice cream? I tried Purely Decadent's coconut ice cream, and it only has agave, coconut milk, and vanilla basically too @ 150 cals a cup. It was so rich and tasty ๐Ÿ˜€

  10. Ada on June 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    That pizookie looks incredible!! This is kinda random but did you know Ezeikel makes pasta now?? I was so excited when I saw it in the store!!

  11. Veganissexy on June 25, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    haha I've had all 4 of those wines. LUSH ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm dying over the pizookie. I love undercooked vegan cookies. All of my baked goods have to have a gooey middle. Sweet! Glad the girls had a good time ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Krista on June 25, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I just ate my lunch but this post made me hungry all over again! What a fabulous meal you cooked up! YUM!!!

  13. Christina on June 25, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    I want a pizookie! Some vegan cookie making is definitely in my future ๐Ÿ™‚ Is Eat, Drink and Be Vegan a good cookbook?

  14. brandi on June 25, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    oh my goodness, that pizookie sounds amazing! I haven't seen that coconut milk ice cream before, but it sounds great!

  15. sarah on June 25, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    I have that water bottle! From Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚ I love it!

    mmm and I haven't had vino in too long—i think a good bottle is in my near future!

  16. Melissa @ For the Love of Health on June 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    Girls' nights are so much fun! YOu are an amazing host I see!! That dessert looks like heaven!

    I hope you have a great day!

  17. Gena (Choosing Raw) on June 25, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    That ice cream is driving me nuts at work right now! I want some.

    Also, I love that you love ED, and BV as much as I do! Definitely my most favorite vegan cookbook.

    Hope you're having a gorgeous day!!! xoxo

  18. Emily on June 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I just had goat gouda and loved it! That cookie/dessert looks soooooo good. LOVE coconut ice cream.

  19. Kelly on June 25, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    OH my I am going to have to look for that ice cream. All of the foods look super yum.

    LOVE love love the Cullen Juice. As a lover of all things Cullen, I'll have to try this. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. P on June 25, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Wow, can I be your friend so I get invited to you home? ๐Ÿ™‚

    I cannot believe how much you accomplish in one day. Like you, I am crazy about Indian food, and eat it everyday! B ut then, I am Indian ha.

  21. Mrs. LC on June 25, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Wow everything looks so fabulous! You should start a catering business and cater small dinner parties with a healthy focus, and give people the option of vegetarian, vegan, raw, etc. lol not like you need anything else to keep you busy though, you're busy enough!

  22. justine on June 25, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    Yum!! I made a cookie like that for my man on fathers day but it wasn't healthy. I also had a girls night last night. So fun!!

  23. Fitnessista on June 25, 2009 at 4:12 pm

    erica- of course! if for any reason you happen to come through v-town (which for your sake i hope never happens) come on over!

    mrs. lc- i love that idea!! maybe when we move to a bigger city??

  24. A on June 25, 2009 at 4:30 pm

    I just love visiting your blog. Such an uplifting place!!! Love the fitness news, love the food pictures and your positive attitude!

  25. jenngirl on June 25, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    Looks like a super fun and delicious night!! Glad you enjoyed some vino ๐Ÿ˜‰

  26. Samantha on June 25, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    All the food looks delicious! I made your tuscan white bean dip yesterday for an impromptu beach day with friends and theirs kids. (added in some red pepper flakes too). It was a huge hit!

    Just reading about your days makes me tire!

  27. Joelle (Chasing Pavements) on June 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Omg everything about your dinner last night would have sent me straight to foodie heaven! Looks awesome!

  28. Rhoni on June 25, 2009 at 5:38 pm

    You should totally try Purely Decadent's (Turtle Mountain) Passionate Mango flavor of "dairy free frozen dessert". Some of their other flavors have looooong ingredient lists. But not this one! And it's heaven, I swear! Passionfruit and mangoes should get married and have little kidlets…hee hee.

  29. K from ksgoodeats on June 25, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Oh my gosh!! You girls know how to have fun! Everything looks delicious and you're so right about the vegan dough – gimme raw ๐Ÿ˜‰

  30. glidingcalm on June 25, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    oh mama! i fee like everytime I come to your blog I say "I LOVE YOUR SPREADS", but it is true!!! I totally want to hit up a V-town party and monch away!!

    the pizza calzonies sound amazzzzzzzing!!!

    and this morning I was the same!! i craved some green spinach smoothie instead of coff! ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. shelby on June 25, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    I keep hearing how amazing that ice cream is! YUM!

  32. Jess on June 25, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    I always say I wish I had the time to cook and look at you, just as busy and you're cooking up a storm!
    Purely Decadent's coconut based Chocolate Peanut Butter Swirl and Mint Chip do have slightly longer ingredient lists but nothing too suspect and trust me when I say the PB-Choc one is soooo worth it. Uh-freaking-mazing! I also think the Chocolate Mint is much tastier than the Chocolate Mint from Coconut Bliss.
    Happy almost weekend!!

  33. ttfn300 on June 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    wowsa, your pizookie w/coconut ice cream is totally food porn ๐Ÿ™‚ i haven't tried that kind of ice cream, just the purely decadent. next time it's on sale though–watch out!

  34. heyitstay on June 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Wow that ice cream looks fabulous!! Does it have a strong coconut flavor? I'm not a huge fan of coconut, but can tolerate a little bit…

  35. Jordan on June 26, 2009 at 7:28 am

    Culllen juuuuuuuuuuuuice!! I missed it! =P

    I wish I had as much time to cook. I love it so much and I'm way jealous of you =]

  36. Diana on June 26, 2009 at 10:40 am

    PIZOOKIE! Pizookie pizookie EMPIZZADA pizookie. What I would do for a meal like that! ๐Ÿ˜€

    TGIF lady!

  37. harcoutbreton on June 27, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Wow, how do you stay fit with all this sinful foodgasm. The pizza empanadas with organic red sounds a perfect match that me gag.

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  38. Running Betty on June 28, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    If you can't handle not knowing her calzone recipe any longer, I have one:

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