Pardon Me….

… do you have any Grey Poupon?? πŸ˜€

grey poupon

I have been mustard crazy lately. Not sure what happened but it tastes SO good right now! I’ve always loved it but it’s been a neglected condiment in my life. Never fear, mustard is back, yo.

Slathered on millet bread:


in my pasta:


Even in my salad:


Which brings us to the Garlic Meal of the Day! We’ll call it G-MOD for short πŸ˜‰


(Thank you for the garlic container, Jeni!)

To celebrate National Garlic Week, I thought it would be fun to feature some delicious new uses for garlic and go over the healthy benefits.

I bring you the G-MOD:

Garlic Meal of the Day #1


Salad with Creamy Dijon Basil Dressing and Millet Croutons

*AKA The dressing that will change your life

-1 slice millet

-romaine + arugula (or greens of choice)

-Garlic Gold olive oil

-Garlic Gold Italian Herb seasoning (or you can use Italian seasoning and garlic powder)



-2 T Dijon mustard

-1/8-1/4 C almond milk

-1/4 C fresh basil

-Garlic bites for garnish

1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 and spray a small pan (I used a metal round pan) with Garlic Gold olive oil (or oil of choice).

2. Cut up a slice of millet bread (or bread of choice) into small cubes and place the bread cubes onto the pan. Spray with more olive oil and season well with Italian seasoning + garlic (or the Italian herb seasoning), oregano and sea salt.

3. Bake the croutons for about 10 minutes (keep an eye on them) until crispy and perfect.

4. While the croutons are a-baking, make the dressing that will change your life forever. In the food processor combine the Dijon mustard, almond milk, 1/4 T oregano, 1/2 t thyme, sea salt (to taste) and the basil. Blend until smooth and transfer the dressing to a large-ish salad bowl.

5. Top the dressing with chopped romaine and greens of choice, toss to coat.

6. Top salad with crunchy Garlic Gold bites (for extra pizazz) and the croutons. Eat some from your palm if you’re like me.

crunchies (2)

7. Devour πŸ˜€

Β© 2010 The Fitnessista

Here’s the promo that the OpenSky peeps are giving:

-20% off, which brings the price down to 16.80 for four shakers of goodness (Herb, Parmesan, Sea Salt and Regular)

-Coupon code: GarlicGold

-To get in on the garlicky action *click herrrre*

In other life events, I finally got my mane cut today:


Note: I do have a left eye. It just hides sometimes

And the bloggy was featured on Vitamin G, one of my favorites πŸ™‚

It’s time to get ready for work, train clients and the pack for Vegas. I keep saying that I’m going to pack but I have a feeling it will happen tonight πŸ˜‰

Enjoy your night! GLEEEEEEEE is on!!!!!! Wahoo!



Something to talk about: Are you a garlic fan or notsomuch? What’s your favorite way to use garlic? I LOVE garlic and my favorite use for it is in well, everything. It’s not a savory meal if it doesn’t have some garlic in there πŸ˜‰ And yes, I brush my teeth a lot and invest in multiple packs of Spry gum πŸ˜€

Something to do: Keep those *spark* stories coming.. I love reading them πŸ™‚

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  1. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on April 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Raw carrots dipped in spicy mustard is awesome. Just thought you should know.

    And I’m a garlic hater. I’m Italian, so it’ basically sacrilegious, but I can’t help it. It makes my stomach hurt so much!

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) on April 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    i don’t know if there are words that describe my love of all things garlic. i use it in and on everything (minus desserts), and i just count myself as blessed that my hubby loves it just as much! that way we can makeout with garlic breath and no one notices πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

      LOL. seksi dragon breath makeout seshes. I love it πŸ™‚

  3. Nicole @ Making Good Choices on April 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I LOVE garlic! I love it in hummus especially, but I’ll take it roasted with veges or on fish, pretty much any way is good for me! I’m soo excited for glee and just downloaded some more music to workout too! πŸ™‚ love the haircut btw!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      thank you!

  4. Emily on April 20, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I am a HUGE garlic fan too ~ I love it in dips and blended into raw soups.
    Happy packing!

  5. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on April 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Oh my gosh, I could eat garlic and mustard every single day! I’ve been known to just dip lettuce leaves into stone ground mustard as a snack! πŸ˜‰

    Love the haircut!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm

      hahah i did that today, too! then i was like, well i might as well make a salad πŸ˜‰
      thank you!

  6. Lauren @ BIOCHEMISTA on April 20, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    LOVE your haircut!!! You look so perdyyy πŸ™‚

  7. Kat on April 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Mmmmm I can’t think of anything I don’t like w/o garlic.

    and YAY for Glee…..and not only is it Glee but it’s Madonna Glee tonight !!!

    Have fun in Las Vegas, hopefully it’s better weather down there than it is up here in Reno πŸ™ rain today and tomorrow with a touch of snow.

  8. Nicole on April 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    1. I love me some grey poupon. I like to use it as a marinade for pretty much any meat.

    2. Your hair is super cute. I think I remember reading that you have really thick hair (me too!) and you give me hope that if I can get past the weird shoulder length poofy poodle stage I’ll be golden.

    3. I loooove garlic. It goes in every savory meal, and I could eat garlic on my garlic. I may have to indulge in some Garlic Gold.

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 7:45 pm

      yes my hair is SUPAH thick. my stylist thins it out a lot when i get it cut and it makes it so much more manageable. like today, i only got an inch off, but it looked like a small animal on the floor πŸ™‚

  9. Jenny on April 20, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Hey, pretty lady! I like your hurr… and I love me some garlic:)

  10. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on April 20, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Such cute hair, Gina!!

    I just got some garlic mustard from Trader Joe’s – I loooove mustard!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 7:44 pm

      thanks girl!
      garlic mustard? *swoon* i need to get my hands on some of that!

  11. Sarah on April 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Yup, I love me some garlic in everything. I always at least double the amount of garlic called for in the recipe. It’s just SO delicious.

    PS Your hair looks super cute!

  12. Mara @ What's For Dinner? on April 20, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    AAH your hair looks GORGEY!!!! I want mine that long again… sigh…

    Remind me to send you my garlic mustard salmon recipe…

  13. Lauren @ eater not a runner on April 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I’m with you, it’s not savory without garlic! I even like I roasted on it’s own but that is the stinkiest way πŸ˜‰

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm

      ahhhh it’s SO good roasted though!

  14. Allison @ Food For Healing on April 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    garlic is awesome, especially on shrimp!

  15. Katie on April 20, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    Love garlic oh so much. My favorite way is to saute it with olive oil to add tons of flavor to veggies- broccoli, asparagus, mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, brussels… pretty much any and all.

  16. thedelishdish on April 20, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    i really wish i was a bigger fan of garlic but i just can’t handle that much of it. i am crazy about mustard tho!! love that grey poupon!

  17. janetha on April 20, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    hey, i have that same garlic holder! and yesterday was national garlic day! xo

  18. Dee on April 20, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    I don’t print out every recipe that looks delicious just because I’d be overwhelmed with the piles of paper, so when I saw this recipe I was going to pass. Then I read the line, The dressing that will change your life, and it made me print it out because how could I NOT try a recipe that could potentially change my life? Or, at least tasted so good that someone would describe it like that! LOL! πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 7:38 pm

      haha! well i hope it lives up to expectations – changed my life for sure πŸ™‚

  19. nicole on April 20, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    wow. we are on the same wavelength. recently i’m obsessed with dijon mustard and spicy brown mustard. i recently strayed from grey poupon and tried the trader joe’s dijon and it has a serious tear-inducing kick. but i love it. πŸ™‚

    i am also seriously obsessed with all things garlic (much to my hubby’s shagrin) since i incorporate it into nearly every meal. gotta keep breath mints and sugar-free gum on hand!

    and you hair looks lovely. i’m in the long and tedious process of growing mine out so it’s nice to see your mane as inspiration.

  20. kristi (sweet cheeks) on April 20, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    cute cut! And i am definitely going to be making that salad recipe, sounds fab. I have actually been on a mustard kick lately too. Mmmmm!

  21. Kaitlin on April 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I LOVE mustard, I could honestly eat it on everything! I’ve never used it on my pasta before, I’ll have to try it soon!

  22. Erica on April 20, 2010 at 7:52 pm

    haha- I love mustard tooooo! I love it with carrots- which is sort of odd. Great ensalad- you should submit that to Sabrina’s I love Salad! Challenge. Your hair looks adorable. Love the long bang

  23. Ian on April 20, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    <3 garlic SO much

  24. lauren on April 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    Your post made me want something super garlicky, so I came up with an awesome vegan-mac-and-cheese. Thanks for the inspiration its probably my favorite recipe that I’ve EVER come up with πŸ™‚

    plus it’s your blog that got me into nooch πŸ™‚ So without you it wouldn’t have happened lol.

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      it looks AMAZING πŸ™‚

      • lauren on April 20, 2010 at 10:03 pm

        haha thanks πŸ™‚ I’m ridiculously in love with it… i think it’s an awesome kid-friendly recipe too.

  25. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on April 20, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    OH my goodness, I am a huge garlic fan. Luckily, my husband is too, so we cancel each other out, right? πŸ™‚

    Your hair is so shiny and healthy looking!

  26. Pure2raw twins on April 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    Love your hair!! And your going to Vegas…so jealous. I might be going there in the fall, think you could go again??

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      ahhh when are you going? i think i could find a reason to πŸ™‚

  27. Jenn (eating bender) on April 20, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I love your haircut, G!

    I also really love mustard – and that garlic container. There is just a lot of love going on in this post tonight, I must say πŸ˜‰

    Speaking of which…<3 you!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      love you too, friend!

  28. Ana (AnActive Adventure) on April 20, 2010 at 8:36 pm

    Love the hair, and I think the hair covering your left eye makes you look mysterious πŸ˜‰

    My boyfriend is a HUGE fan of garlic he puts it on everything, soo now I am a HUGE fan of garlic as well!! Garlic adds such great flavor to every meal, now I can’t cook anything without it!

  29. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary on April 20, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Your hair looks GREAT!

    My husband and I LOVE LOVE LOVE garlic!! We try to eat as much as possible. Pretty sure my hands usually smell a little like garlic hehe There’s lots-o-garlic in this stir fry I just posted πŸ˜‰

  30. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on April 20, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    I’m with Gena…I HATE garlic and onions. Omg they linger on me for days and I can’t stand myself LOL. Scott can eat garlic on a biz trip 2000 miles away and come home 3 days later and I’ll be like WHAT did you eat?! He’s always amazed I can smell it. I think I have a super-nose or something!

    Thanks for the super!!!! sweet!!!! compliment re my pics and how I’m looking. I havent announced my show date on my blog but it’s going to be sooner rather than later. I am just busting my hump in the gym and trying to do what I can to chisel the body in competitor form best I can πŸ™‚

    Oh and I also signed up to get my ACE. I have the books, I just need to read less blogs, read more of that πŸ™‚ I know you have another personal trainer credential (I remember that post how that all came to be) but did you ever get your ACE? Anyway thanks for you support, Gina!!!


  31. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on April 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Love your hair Gina! I’m so jealous it’s super thick.

    Your blog is getting so much attention! I love how it is so different from most other blogs cause it includes real advice for workouts, recipes, and your personal life. Such a perfect balance πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      wow, thanks so much girl <3

  32. Kristal (from Moody Zumba) on April 20, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    hey girl. NOWWWW I understand the random Vogue black and white music video from last episode of glee… Madonna week. bahaha it just seemed so random last week hhaha. at least it makes sence and wasnt just some random glee moment lol.

  33. Kristal (from Moody Zumba) on April 20, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    p.s. i love your hair cut tomm. ill see it tomm at zumba. are u bringin me a moonie pie if you have any left lol.

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 10:16 pm

      i purposely stopped myself from eating the last moonie pie tonight. it’s got your name on it πŸ˜‰

  34. Terrie on April 20, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    I LOVE GARLIC (and dijon mustard, too!!). This is the second blog I’ve read this week singing the praises of the Garlic Gold products. Guess I’m going to have to try them now. :o)

    Your hair looks fab!!

    • Fitnessista on April 20, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      thanks girl! and yes, the garlic gold products are beyond amazing

  35. Kilee on April 20, 2010 at 10:11 pm

    Hey Gina,
    Love the new hair cute-super fresh! I am not into the mustard but in love with garlic. There are somedays where it is in my breakfast (veggie egg scramble) lunch (salad dressing) and dinner (practically everything I make has garlic.) I NEED to get me some of that garlic gold!
    Have a great night!

  36. Anne @ Your Kind of Salad on April 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    The haircut is gorge! That’s the best feeling when you’ve got a fresh blow out! I adore grey poupon lately too! I’ve been adding it to eggs, SO good…..

  37. stephanie on April 21, 2010 at 12:08 am

    garlic mustard + millet croutons = swoon! sounds like a fantastic lunch idea for tomorrow! thanks pretty lady!

  38. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on April 21, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Garlic is gold. Nuff said. πŸ™‚ Your haircut looks fabulous!!!!! Can’t wait to try the salad dressing.

  39. Antonia on April 21, 2010 at 12:49 am

    I remember always seeing chefs use dijon mustard on TV so I bought some to try but it was nasty and I was so disappointed. I really wanted to like it. =S

  40. The Pilot on April 21, 2010 at 3:49 am

    Your hair looks great, hot stuff. Can’t wait for our Vegas vacation. Love, me

  41. Shannon's Food Runs on April 21, 2010 at 5:27 am

    Love the haircut!!

  42. Lori H on April 21, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Nice cut! BTW, I am in love with mustard as well. I love to use the Mild & Creamy Grey Poupon as an emulsifier in a quick dressing I put on salads. Basically, A couple of tablespoons of creamy digon, minced garlic, red wine vinegar, or champagne vinegar. Whisk together and yum! To change it up, sometimes I add lemon zest to the mix, or half a packet of stevia with orange zest. Very versatile, super easy and quite addictive!. I love reading your blog! : )

  43. Angela @ A Healthy Fit on April 21, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Nice haircut!! I absolutely love getting my haircut. I actually looooooove mustard as well and grey poupon has a special place in my heart.

  44. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on April 21, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Ha! You made me “lol” with that opening, love those commercials πŸ™‚ (And love Grey Poupon!)

    That garlic meal sounds awesome- I love garlic!!

    And your hair look gorgeous!


  45. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on April 21, 2010 at 8:26 am

    OMG mustard and I are best friends. Especially honey mustard!!!

    I have a love-hate relationship with garlic. Love the way it tastes, hate the way it tastes LATER.

  46. Jessica on April 21, 2010 at 8:46 am

    I LOVE GARLIC. I grow enough to last us the year, fresh, sauteed, in soups, salads, any way really, I love it. My husband says I use so much, he can smell it outside the house if I’m cooking dinner.

  47. Emily N on April 21, 2010 at 8:47 am

    Love garlic. I put it in everything. Well, not everything, but lots of stuff. It definitely has a ton of health benefits……and I can tackle the aftermath with a tooth brush and mint tea.

    By the way, LOVE the haircut. So becoming!

  48. allison @ livingoneday on April 21, 2010 at 8:52 am

    i could put garlic on ANYTHING. and no worries about your mustard cravings!! ive been eating pickles all day long around here. they are just so good and crunchy! and yes, your hair looks fantastic! i, too, have a mane. it doesnt fall nice and smooth like other girls – it has such blunt ends and it doesnt matter how i get it tapered, it will never float and fall gracefully over my shoulders. i keep it short; i think it looks best in a blunt bob – but the bf doesnt always love this style πŸ˜‰ he has no idea. yours looks GREAT!!

  49. Katherine on April 21, 2010 at 9:14 am

    vitamin M = the great Mustard seed
    vitamin G = garlic wonder (gena, garlic is giving you some competition for the initial here!)

  50. Paige (Running Around Normal) on April 21, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Gina your hair looks FABULOUS! I luff it:)
    The dressing sounds outta control delicious.

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