Nothin’ like the real thang

Sup bloggies πŸ™‚ How are ya? Hope your afternoon is going fabulously.

After my Core Fusion/Pilates workout, I made a perfect breakfast.


Perfect protein pancakes πŸ™‚

These were a little different because instead of using the Sun Warrior entirely for the protein, I used 1 serving of Vanilla Vega Smoothie To-Go and 1/2 serving Sun Warrior.

The Vega gave the batter a lovely greenish tint.


I cooked up the β€˜cakes and added some local blueberries while they were doing their thang:


Then topped them with 1/2 sliced organic bananner, more blueberries and 1 T maple syrup.


Will someone please remind me why the heck I ate sugar-free syrup for all of those years? The real stuff tastes a thousand times better. Bonus: My body knows what to do with it, since nature made it, not some crazy act of science πŸ˜‰

I spent the morning at Bizzle working on computer stuff, then stopped at Main Squeeze for a Cullen juice:






I cleaned up around the casa, then feasted on Emily’s vegan black bean burgers for lunch.


With massaged kale:



I’m back to the gym to train a client, do some cardio + weights, teach bootcamp, and head to dinner with the girls.

Enjoy your night!



Something to talk about: What’s your sweetener of choice?? I used to be a Splenda addict back in the South Beach days – a family-sized bag in a week, no joke- but since I made the change to more natural sweeteners like dates, maple syrup and Stevia (which is still processed, but plant-based and a little goes a long way). Also, a lot of foods taste pretty darn amazing on their own πŸ˜‰

Something to do: Fitnessista has a Facebook page! Are you a β€œlike-r” yet?? πŸ™‚

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  1. Shelly on June 17, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    I like honey agave, and maple syrup, but I just got some stevia (courtesy of HEAB, actually) and I have to say the vanilla stevia drops were pretty tasty in my coffee today.

  2. Julie @ Pickley Pear on June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I love the pancakes! Especially with fresh blueberries. I have gotten away from syrup cause it makes my blood sugar go crazy. I use agave nectar instead. But seriously, I can’t tell you the last time I had pancakes. Have a great night!

  3. maggie on June 17, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I spy a BMW!!! that is sooo exciting! what color is it on the outside???

    • Fitnessista on June 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

      it’s not silver. that’s all i’m sayin πŸ˜‰

  4. Sagan on June 17, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    It doesn’t get any better than pancakes and vegan burgers! Mmmm.

    I like to use honey or maple syrup, if I’m using any sweetener at all. Normally I choose super ripe bananas as my “sweetener” of choice, though!

  5. Kim on June 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Love the swing out cup holder on your new ride!

  6. Jenny on June 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    I love cane sugar- the real thing is so much better!

  7. A Teenage Gourmet on June 17, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Yeah, I really want one of those juices – stat.

  8. Kris | on June 17, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    I am all over maple syrup right now! It is totally natural and the perfect sweetness! I used to love agave until all the bad talk about it. Now I just stick to dates, ripe ninners and m.s.! I honestly have never purchased stevia….I should try it πŸ™‚


  9. katie on June 17, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    i recognize those bmw cupholders! i hope you LOVE yours – i’ve had mine over a year and am still mildly obsessed!
    ps i MUST find somewhere in town that i can get fresh squeezed juices, they look amazinggggg

  10. jenny on June 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    plain old sugar, maple syrup or honey are my favorite sweeteners!

  11. Madison on June 17, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    It’s sad but sometimes I will just go without the sweetener. But my favorites are regular white sugar, honey and maple syrup.

  12. Jess on June 17, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    I use either Splenda or Truvia for coffee and either Truvia or agave for sweetening other things like oatmeal, smoothies, etc. Now I want to try real maple syrup though…haven’t had it in years!

  13. Christina @ A Beautiful Mess on June 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I’m a total sugar free syrup addict, even though I know none of those ingredients are close to natural. I would love to make the switch to maple syrup but it’s so much higher in calories and sugar that I can’t do it just yet

  14. Whitney@Whitinspired on June 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I think agave is the only thing I use. I have real maple syrup too that I use…I agree that the sugar free stuff is crap compared to the real stuff!

  15. Katherine on June 17, 2010 at 7:18 pm

    I had my first juice today!!!! I got apple, beat, ginger, kale and pineapple. It was great!

    I love that blueberries are in season again

  16. Jacquie on June 17, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    My grandparents use Splenda for everything, but I actually get sick if I have it in baked goods. My stomach just can’t take it.

    I don’t have any problem using sugar or brown sugar, but my favorites are honey, pure maple syrup or raw sugar just because I try to eat as unprocessed as I can.

  17. shelly on June 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    I only use sugar when I am baking and brown sugar in oatmeal… other than that I don’t use sweetener on anything.

  18. Jenna on June 17, 2010 at 7:49 pm

    Oh, I used to go through a family sized bag of splenda like it was my job! I really don’t use artificial sweeteners anymore because I agree, a little bit of the real thing goes a long way!

  19. Cassie @ Tasteful Tales on June 17, 2010 at 8:16 pm

    Hi there! For two years I was such a Splenda addict too! It was bad. But with all the research done on its negative effects on the body I had to find an alternative. I switched to Truvia which I need a lot more of to get to the level of sweetness I like, but I think it is better for me. Have you ever tried it? Have any thoughts on Truvia?

  20. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 17, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    yummy pancakes, i’ve been craving pancakes lately like CRAZY!

  21. Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life on June 17, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    I’m currently in the process of trying to cut out Splenda (HUGE addict!) Right now I have PureVia in the house, which is ok, but seems to leave a little funky of an aftertaste. I’ve heard that the liquid form is better though? Do you use granules or liquid?

  22. Emily on June 17, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    MMmmm! I love making homemade veggie burgers! And pancakes. Yours look delish!

  23. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on June 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

    I used to be a Splenda addict too, but I’ve switched to Stevia, and I use about half the amount as I did of Splenda. It’s still a lot, but I figure it’s better for me than chlorinated sugar molecules!

  24. Dee on June 17, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Mmm, those pancakes look yum!

    I choose Truvia as my sweetener of choice. Before that though I was a Sweet N Low person. I still kind of am. Just not as bad as I used to be though.

  25. Kelsey on June 17, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    please tell me the cullen juice is a play off of twilight???? twilight and health: my 2 faves:)

    • Fitnessista on June 18, 2010 at 6:47 am

      yes! i wish that was the *official* name πŸ™‚

  26. Seth on June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Splenda gives me a headache! If i need the extra sweet, on some oatmeal maybe, i use agave nectar despite all the talk. Don’t tell me it’s really called cullen juice. I’ve wanted to stop by there but i couldn’t bring myself to drink something called cullen juice…

  27. Paige @Running Around Normal on June 17, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Lovely cakes! Glad you’re enjoying teaching bootcamp:)
    I’d have to say my faves are stevia (NuNatural’s brand) or maple syrup. I love em both! Husband’s still a sweet n low guy – bleh!

  28. Carolyn @ lovinlosing on June 17, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I don’t really do artificial sweeteners (except for Diet Coke) because they taste nasty to me. Even Stevia and Truvia. I just eat the real stuff. πŸ™‚

  29. Nicole on June 17, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    Haha – love your comment about sugar-free fake-o syrups vs. the real guys! It’s so true: our bodies know what real sweeteners are, it doesn’t have a clue what to do with the fake stuff (shoot splenda!) so give it the hardcore stuff from plants, man.

    You’re awesome + such an inspiration! Gracias por tener un blog tan padre girl, I’m tempted to attack some pancakes this weekend ’cause of you πŸ˜€

  30. Amy on June 18, 2010 at 12:20 am

    So true! I have had to stop myself from buying sf syrup on several occasions. I get all caught thinking about how I’ll save calories and money, and it’s even more tempting when sf syrup is on sale. BUT the price difference (both in dollars and calories) is directly related to the taste quality. SF syrup cannot even compete.

  31. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on June 18, 2010 at 12:48 am

    I need to do a FB page b/c I have 250+ pending friend requests from people i have no idea..and i think a fan page would work out better than my personal FB page. you’re on the right track with that one girl!

    low/no cal maple. I honestly think it’s awful and would rather have nothing or of course real, than have fake maple.

    stevia. I am a fan! And i also use white sugar too. I like it. I eat it. I would way rather have white sugar than have Splenda..ha!

  32. Melissa @ For the Love of Health on June 18, 2010 at 12:53 am

    The pancakes look amazing! And you’re right, nothing beats pure maple syrup!

    Sadly, I probably consume too much Splenda…slowly but surely I will eliminate it. I definitely want to start my switching to Stevia.

  33. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on June 18, 2010 at 1:29 am

    I love using nature’s candy as a sweetener–fruits! I still love my real maple syrup though too.

    Can’t wait for the blogroll to be back up πŸ™‚

  34. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on June 18, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I used to be a splenda queen too, now it is Stevia, all the way baby! Except in baking/cooking. I use agave, raw honey or maple syrup for all natural goodness!!

  35. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 18, 2010 at 8:29 am

    I can’t even think of the last time I used sweetener. I like the way most things taste on their own! But I use sugar and honey in baking.

    That is my favourite juice combo! I get it at a place here in town and they call it “Beets Me”. πŸ˜€

  36. Annie D. @ Annie's Simple Life on June 18, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Ok, I SO need to make your pancakes this weekend.

    • Fitnessista on June 18, 2010 at 9:55 am

      yes you do πŸ™‚

  37. Lindsay (Summit Sandwiches) on June 18, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I used to be all about Splenda, but after cutting back on my artificial sweeteners, I can’t stand the taste of it anymore. It just tastes so chemically. My current fav sweetener is Truvia! It tastes so good, and it’s plant-based. Love it. I also like agave nectar and honey in moderation.

  38. jessica on June 18, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I’m telling you, you will never want to drive anything besides a beamer again! Hope you love it.

  39. Marissa on June 18, 2010 at 11:19 am

    I try to eat my food unsweetened now, but I used to use a ton of Splenda back in my coffee drinking days! Now I find that even that upsets my stomach. And my tastebuds have gotten a lot more sensitive, so a whole bunch of food tastes much sweeter now just on its own! I can’t believe I used to not be able to eat strawberries unless they were dipped in sugar…

  40. Krista on June 18, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    I stay the heck away from any artificial sweeteners because I do not digest them like a lady!! Mostly I use agave/honey/maple syrup and sucanat for baking even though I think it smells nasty…

    Fancy schmancy new cup holder, girl!! πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on June 18, 2010 at 6:01 pm

      i got mail from you today! THANK YOU!!! <3

  41. ashley on June 18, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    I’ve been big on Agave lately. Not quite sure how much I like it for baking, but in tea, over my oats, and in iced tea its great!

  42. beccah on August 2, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    I go between syrups like molasses,honey;raw sugar;fruit juice/fruit sweetened;and lower amounts of white or brown sugar,I figure its not orrible for me in moderation {and i mean small moderation} and healthier sweeteners can be pricey unfortunately πŸ™ I really love honey tho πŸ˜€ :P. I stopped using pancakes syrup/srticificial stuff for the most part but I’m not perfect,I’m working on having less sugar to not have such a sweet tooth πŸ˜€

  43. beccah on August 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    OT I know,but have you ever tried hemp flour?you vant use it all on its own for baking but its pretty good and i think youd like the nutritional stats,PLUS its raw and vegan al lot of the time.

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