National Margarita Day + Meals and fitness

Hi friends! Happy Sunday, and Happy National Margarita Day. I’m never really into those national food holidays… unless they include chocolate or cocktails. 😉

The Pilot and I enjoyed this sweet and spicy concoction last night:

Stawberry jalapeno margaritas

Frozen strawberries with a jalapeño-infused honey simple syrup, fresh lime, triple sec, and tequila.


Jalapeno simple syrup

Quite the fiesta in your face. 😉

Stawberry jalapeno margaritas

Here’s the recipe if you’d like to give it a try!

Stawberry jalapeno margaritas



Strawberry Jalapeño Margarita

A sweet and spicy twist on the classic ‘rita.

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 15
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • For the jalapeño-infused simple syrup: (you will have enough for at least two margaritas, but feel free to double it!)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced

For the margarita

  • .75 oz (1/2 shot) tequila
  • .75 oz triple sec
  • 1.5 oz jalapeño simple syrup (recipe below)
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries


  1. To make the simple syrup, combine the honey and water in a small pot on high heat. Whisk well as the liquid heats up. Once it starts to bubble, remove from heat, and add the jalapeño. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Next, blend the margarita ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth and frothy. Serve immediately and garnish with a slice of lime.


  • Tip: make extra simple syrup to store and have on hand!


  • Serving Size: 1


I took some time yesterday to put together our meal plan and start to prep for the week.

Here’s what’s on the menu:


Grill chicken for salads

Make tempeh bacon (I’ve been seriously hankering for some)

Make grain-free chocolate chip muffins

Try making homemade fruit snacks for Liv 🙂


Grain free chocolate chip muffins


Chicken enchiladas with cauliflower Mexican rice and black beans

Slow cooker healthy hearty chili

Broccoli, chicken and rice casserole

The “crunch” chopped salad

Crunch salad with ranch dressing

Nothing too crazy happening on the fitness front. Since I’ve been traveling, I’ve missed a couple of weeks of flamenco- getting back into it this week!

Sunday: Core40

Monday: Teach BODYPUMP and teach spin

Tuesday: Flamenco (I consider it active recovery since I’m still a beginner and still learning technique. Things like this are far away haha.)

Wednesday: Teach spin + Barre

Thursday: OFF

Friday: Teach BODYPUMP

Saturday: Teach Zumba

Are you planning and prepping for the week? What’s your fitness schedule looking like? Hope you have a happy and relaxing Sunday!


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  1. Linda @ the Fitty on February 22, 2015 at 6:51 am

    My fitness schedule for the next few days is pretty much nonexistent: I’m taking lots of rest and planning on trying some meditation 🙂

  2. Chicago Jogger on February 22, 2015 at 6:54 am

    That marg looks amazing 🙂 I love that you spiced it up with jalapeno!

  3. Lisa G on February 22, 2015 at 8:09 am

    I’m grilling the Pilot”s turkey burgers & veggies today since it’s supposed to be 78 today! Going for a long walk later and worked out on my total gym this morning. I’m excited to cook up some recipes from your book this week!

  4. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on February 22, 2015 at 8:19 am

    Hi Gina! Yummy margarita recipe! I’m taking a rest day, but am teaching a bootcamp this morning (which doesn’t require me to do the work). Looks like you’ve got a good plan for the week. I’ll be teaching some BODYPUMP, some BODYATTACK, taking yoga and maybe doing one other weights session. Have a great day!

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm

      that sounds awesome. i really need to take body attack more often; so good

  5. Jill @ Champagne for Everyday on February 22, 2015 at 9:37 am

    I’m so excited to see this jalapeno margarite racipe – I had them for the first time at the super hard to get into La Esquina restaurant in NYC and I was obsessed! I can’t wait to give these a try.

    Happy Sunday!
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  6. Cat on February 22, 2015 at 9:48 am

    Weirdly, I’ve been craving tempeh too this past week after I saw some in a health food shop – and totally kicking myself for not picking it up now! Checking out that tempeh bacon recipe now for when I do get some… 😉

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm

      it’s such a nice way to change things up!

  7. Tracy on February 22, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Happy Margarita day!! What a creative recipe. I think I’ll make a similar version for our little Oscar watch party 🙂 I don’t have any strawberries so I think I’ll try subbing frozen peaches!

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2015 at 3:58 pm

      ooooh let me know how they turn out!

  8. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on February 22, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Woo those margaritas sound amazing!

  9. Sarah on February 22, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Holy yum. Settling in to watch the awards show tonight!

  10. Jessica @ kiwiyogirunner on February 22, 2015 at 1:31 pm

    That Margherita is an incredible colour! I would love to try flamenco dancing, I used to do salsa and I wasn’t too great at it but it was so much fun! My fitness routine just involves listening to my body while I’m on holiday, I keep it regular but unplanned which works for me! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      that’s a great way to do it 🙂

  11. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on February 22, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    That strawberry margarita looks delicious! When I was last in Spain I was lucky enough to see live flamenco dancing. I remember leaving amazed that night. They’re truly incredible dancers.

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2015 at 3:44 pm

      it’s so beautiful!

  12. Katie Hood on February 22, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    It’s national MARGARITA DAY?!?!? I like this news… 🙂 And it’s Oscar Day… A trip to the store is in order.

    Also, I’m getting ready to repeat WSU. Thanks again for all the hard work you’ve put into it. I really appreciate it and I know everyone else does, too!

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      thank you so much, friend! loved your shape up checkins as usual 🙂 you always make me want bangs again! let me know if you try the margs.

  13. Cara's Healthy Cravings on February 22, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Yay for an excuse to drink a delicious marg.!
    Nothing out of the ordinary on my fitness agenda…BodyPump, Body Attack, Shred, all good things 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

      not that we ever need an excuse 😉
      sounds like a great week to me!

  14. Tara | Treble in the Kitchen on February 22, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Yummm! That marg sounds wonderful!

  15. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on February 23, 2015 at 6:42 am

    Mmm margaritas! I’m glad you and the Pilot enjoyed!

  16. Kady on February 23, 2015 at 8:22 am

    I spent 1.5 hours cross-country skiing and 1 hr snowshoeing yesterday (at a balmy 0 degrees!), so I am going to make today rest day and then repeat the winter shape-up!
    I loved this year’s shape-up (though I always do), so I’m looking forward to going through another round.

  17. Nicole on February 23, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Your blog has got me and my boyfriend into meal-prepping every week–I love it! I crafted our weekly meal plan over the weekend, it includes a shrimp and veggie stirfry over quinoa, healthy baked ziti (with almond meal instead of cheese), and quinoa stuffed acorn sqaush with beet and feta salad. I’m really looking forward to this week’s meals. Also repeating Week 1 of WSU this week!

    • Fitnessista on February 23, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      that sounds so good! we might be having stuffed squash sometime now too 🙂

  18. Cassie Terrell on February 23, 2015 at 9:53 am

    This sounds delicious! I love that you include the random treat and cocktail recipes in with all the healthy goods! It’s a great reminder that health is all about balance and not all or nothing 😀

  19. Bethann Wagner on February 23, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    How did I miss this National holiday? Fail! These look great!

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