Protein fluff

Hey hey hey 😀 Happy Friday!


[Bell says “What up?”]

Anything fun planned this weekend? I work tomorrow, and then have a bridal shower to go to before the football game. Should be a blasty.

After our trip to the madre’s last night, where the Pilot feasted on chicken and waffles, we hung out with the fam, and I was so tired I almost face-planted into my shrimp caesar salad, we came back to the casa and called it a night.

Since I watched everyone else eat waffles last night, I definitely had them on the brain when I woke up.


Van’s gluten-free waffles topped with protein fluff and a lil maple syrup, munched on the balcony with Bella 🙂


Never made protein fluff before?

Super easy:

1 T almond butter (or any nut butter), half a scoop of protein powder, a little cinnamon, and enough almond milk to thin it out (about 1/8 C or a little more)


Heat up in the microwave for about 20 seconds, and stir.

fluff (2)

So good on top of waffles, toast, or rolled into a wrap with bananas and berries. Orrrrrr with chocolate chips melted in 🙂


[That one had sweet potato, too]

Plan for the day:

-Playgroup [a group of friends gets together with their babies to hang out every Friday – my schedule has been conflicting lately, but I can make it today!]

-Weights + cardio <— most likely Schweaty September workout

-Acupuncture (it’s been forever!)

-Finishing the budget + emails + writing a Family post

-Going on a mission for pumpkin

I love that it’s mid-September and pumpkin has already taken over the blogworld. We’re an eager bunch 😉 I’ve been dying for some pumpkin protein oats, so I’m going to see if I can pick up a can of the good stuff at Whole Paycheck after acupuncture.

Are there any foods that you see on blogs that you REALLY don’t like? For me, it’s kale in smoothies. Whenever I see a picture of one, I cringe a little, because kale in smoothies tastes like stinky gym man.

Off to seize the day <3



Today’s tip: Take your plank up a notch, by doing the inchworm! Start in a plank position and walk your feet in towards your hands (arms stay straight), so that you body ends up in a V shape. Then walk your hands forward (feet stay put) to bring yourself into a plank position [you’ll be traveling forward if you do more than one]. Lather, rinse, repeat. Make this even more challenging by placing gliding disks or paper plates under your feet. Instead of walking them forward into that V position, slide them forward. Your abbies will love this 😉

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  1. kathleen @ the daily crumb on September 16, 2011 at 11:27 am

    i just mention this on julie’s blog, but mine is cottage cheese. just CANNOT swallow (literally!) that one.

    just copied down your schweaty september workout to take with me to the gym this afternoon!

  2. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on September 16, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Fluffff! Ahaahaha now I can have healthy fluff as opposed to craving you know fluffernutter

  3. Lindsey on September 16, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Olives, in anything! It is the one food I cannot stand!

  4. Kali on September 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

    LOL, I have GET PUMPKIN on my to-do list today too. 🙂

  5. Cat @Breakfast to Bed on September 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    TVP and nutritional yeast. (no offense) I just really hate them. To me it’s like little flakes of Satan’s dandruff in my food.

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 11:35 am


    • Allie Q @ Fit Geek on September 16, 2011 at 11:36 am

      lmao @ satan’s dandruff. i bought a HUGE tub of nutritional yeast and have barely used it cause i think it tastes weird :/ I’m hoping my taste buds will adjust to it soon.

    • Hannah on September 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

      SUCH a better description than “nutty”!!! I can’t stand the taste, and something about it being yeast just grosses me out. To me, it’s the taste equivalent to the smell of mothballs.

  6. kara on September 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    ha, last night i made this pumpkin spice cake that jenna posted:
    everyone always loves it.

    so today in nyc its 55 degrees. i’m not sure i could be any more jealous of where you live. and then you post gorgeous pictures from your balcony!!!!

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

      55?! already?
      it’s 74 here. don’t be mad, haha.
      buuuuuut you can go to one lucky duck, physique 57 and curry hill whenever you’d like, so i’m pretty jealous of that 🙂

      • kara on September 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm

        seriously. yesterday morning the weather said 71. this morning was 55. can’t even explain how sad i was/am.
        and ha, i’ve never heard of curry hill. i’ve also never had indian food… but i so want to try it! i’ll probably be venturing to that area very soon..

  7. Allie Q @ Fit Geek on September 16, 2011 at 11:35 am

    I am sooo gonna make the protein fluff!
    Inchworms are brutal, but I always feel them in my shoulders more than anything.

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 11:38 am

      have you tried it with the gliding disks? you’ll feel it in your abs, deep inside your soul

      • Allie Q @ Fit Geek on September 16, 2011 at 5:30 pm

        i have not! i’ll have to snag ’em when they’re free at my gym.

  8. Elizabeth @ reads recipes runs on September 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    I totally agree with the kale in smoothies being gross. I tried it last week. ICK. I can do spinach in smooties when there is something else to overpower it, but not kale.

  9. Amanda @Fashionably Plate on September 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    Protein fluff looks amazing!!

    Every time I see chia seeds on a blog post I cringe. I probably shouldn’t though, because I’ve never tried them, but they just seem to gross me out!

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

      i always carry floss with me after a chia-licious meal 🙂

  10. Suzanne on September 16, 2011 at 11:37 am

    haha, so many things to respond to here….

    Bella’s ‘whattup?’ pose = TOO CUTE.

    Protein Fluff = Must make!

    Kale in smoothies aka ‘stinky gym man’ = Me rolling on the floor! 🙂

    Weekend Plans for me and The Programmer = Apple-picking tomorrow! Yay!

    Happy Friday, Gina! As usual, you’re posts make me smile.

  11. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    It sounds like you have a great weekend planned! I’m so excited for this weekend, my boyfriend and I are going to see Lion King in 3D on Saturday, Sunday we’re going to see Cirque du Soleil and Monday is my 21st birthday so we’re hitting up some bars! 😀

  12. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on September 16, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I can’t handle olives. At all. If I accidentally eat one it will probably come back out in a napkin. I eat smoothies, but I don’t really love them, sadly. I don’t think I’m an expert at making them. 🙂

    • Julie (A Case of the Runs) on September 16, 2011 at 12:26 pm

      For years, I hated olives, but then I continued to try to like them, and now I do! It ain’t love, but I do voluntarily opt for them, even if I don’t eat all of them if I get too many.

      So you never know… this could change.

  13. Ashley Shaddy on September 16, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Can’t wait to try the protein fluff!! And good luck on your pumpkin mission & please share the pumpkin oat recipe!!

  14. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

    I actually make this EXACT fluff sans almond butter and with bananas to use as a pancake topper! Maybe I’ll use almond butta next time 😉

  15. The Healthy Hipster on September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

    Mmm that protein fluff looks creamy and delicious! I also love it made with pumpkin as opposed to the nut butter, with a lil cinnamon/stevia/vanilla combo. Like healthy punkin pie 🙂

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 11:44 am

      yes, that is an awesome little snack!

  16. skinnyrunner on September 16, 2011 at 11:43 am

    how do you create all these wonderful things like protein fluff and the breakfast cookie?! love.

  17. ChocolatePBCups on September 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    omg… that’s your balcony!? I wanna live where you live! haha and I’m def going to try to make this protein fluff! sounds so yummy!

  18. Liz @ Southern Charm on September 16, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Love, and by love I mean I hate when I’m actually doing it, the inchworm!

  19. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on September 16, 2011 at 11:47 am

    We did dolphin push-ups in yoga yesterday. Absolutely loved those! They were tough!

  20. Faith @ For the Health of It on September 16, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I hate the taste of curly kale in smoothies but the lacinacto kind is really mild. It’s the only way I can kale up my green monsters!

  21. Not Saying My Name on September 16, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I do not want the blog world to come down on me, but….. I HATE PUMPKIN!! I just do not understand all the hype. That stuff is disgusting. But I love cottage cheese and olives.

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 11:55 am

      hahah!! pumpkin haters are welcome here 🙂

    • Kelly on September 16, 2011 at 12:01 pm

      Me too!!!

  22. Natalie S. on September 16, 2011 at 11:52 am

    That protein fluff looks delish!

  23. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on September 16, 2011 at 11:53 am

    I can’t do Laughing Cow cheese. It always makes my stomach hurt!

  24. Sarah on September 16, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Xanthan gum! Blechh… I put too much in a smoothie once and haven’t been able to get the memory of its slimey texture out of my brain ever since. Just reading the word makes me shiver…

    I took a class at my gym last week that used the gliding disks. We alternated them between feet and hands in various plank exercises – super tough!

  25. mi-an d. on September 16, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    i love kale in smoothies!!!!!! 🙂 i had celery once in a juice…grrrrroooss!!

  26. Holly @ The Runny Egg on September 16, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    Coconut. Blech.

  27. Tiffany on September 16, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Pumpkin in anything unsweetened. I’m still transitioning from fat girl food to get-me-skinny and healthy food, so unsweetened oats with pumpkin is sickening. Every time I see a big bowl of oats on a blog that lists a million toppings, none of which add sweetness, I die a little inside, haha.

  28. Lindsay on September 16, 2011 at 12:15 pm

    I know that everyone loves it, and I love garbanzo beans, but I just can’t stand the taste or texture of hummus. I buy it every so often thinking my tastebuds will have a change of heart, but no dice.

  29. Julie (A Case of the Runs) on September 16, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    For me, it’s almond butter. I gave the stuff SO many tries but find that I don’t really care for it. Something about the taste is off… give me PB any day! I get a little grossed out when I see globs of it on blogs.

  30. Tatyana on September 16, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    I love your blog and how down to earth you are.
    I am always impressed how you can watch your husband eat all the somewhat naughty foods and yourself eat a healthy salad or a much healthier version of the meal. It is so hard for me to do that with my husband. If he is eating bread and some fatty bavarian sausage, I just cannot enjoy my salad that way, ahhaha
    great job, you are an inspiration.

  31. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on September 16, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I have to agree on the kale front. Love it alone, but in a smoothie? Y-U-C-K!

  32. JavaChick on September 16, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I love that picture of Bella!

    I actually do not like: pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, carrots, bananas or mushrooms. I know. The horror. Somehow I manage to survive. 🙂

  33. Lindsay @ biking before bed on September 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I completely agree about kale. I also don’t like tempah. I can do tofu but tempah weirds me out.

  34. Laura on September 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Pumpkin. Props to you folks that eat it. Just yucky to me.

  35. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on September 16, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Bella is too cute! And it sounds like you have a great weekend planned! That protein fluff sounds amazing!! I will definitely be making it soon! And it would be so easy for me to make at work too- love that! I cannot get behind chia seed pudding or overnight oats- I have tried them both and just could not stomach them.. yuck!

  36. Angela @ MyPinkyToes on September 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    I love the new twist on the plank…it sounds like it’ll hurt sooo good! 🙂

  37. Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement on September 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I cannot stand Seitan or Tempeh. Both the texture and the taste is too much for me to stomach.

    I can only imagine Kale smelling like sweaty man, gross. I love to roast broccoli and cauliflower, but it makes our house smell completely rotten. Too bad it tastes delicious.

  38. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on September 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Sounds like your in for an awesome day! Play group sounds like so much fun. Haha, I am sorry to hear how much you hate kale in your smoothies! I love it in my juice!

  39. Caitlin @ Cake with Love on September 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    looks good!

  40. Moni'sMeals on September 16, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Haha, what up Bella! Right back at ya!

    I also make “fluff” very similiar to this, just a touch of cinnamon too. 🙂 I like your CUBES of chocolate too!

    Yes, inch worm is great, hello abs!

    (still have not tried Kale in smoothies, I eat it always just not in a smoothie…)

  41. anne on September 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    I have found several things I haven’t liked on blogs- they always sound worth a try, but then the recipe goes right in the trash. One pretty bad one was ‘carrot cake buckwheat groats’ – such a strange sandy texture, but did keep me full. That whole batch minus one breakfast went down the drain. Not a fan of the protein muffin – also strange spongeish texture and mine tasted like chewing on nothing. Once I made brownies with blended up chickpeas instead of flour – bad texture, and tasted like blended up chickpeas. Someone had a ‘protein pancake’ recipe made with cottage cheese and banana – yuck. But I guess you win some you lose some! I have found quite a few recipes that are cheap to make and my meat loving husband actually really likes them, requests them, and sometimes makes them for dinner for us himself!

  42. anne on September 16, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    yeah, I made something with a nutritional yeast sauce too, and it was gross. It was a ‘protein goddess bowl’ my husband did like that one, my little protein goddess 😉 but I did not!

  43. anne on September 16, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    btw- just saw your ‘inchworm’ fitness tip. Do you find yourself getting elbow/forearm rug burn when you do planks?? My exercise area is carpeted, but I’ve been noticing little rug burns. One was so bad that it scabbed over. So odd!!

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      what about doing them on a yoga mat?

  44. Namaste Gurl on September 16, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    I hope you find your pumpkin- I think I was the first one to spot it on sale *last* month and have been whipping up everything pumpkin ever since 🙂 It’s going to be a longggggg pumpkin season, but I’m ok with that!

    • elizabeth on September 16, 2011 at 2:32 pm

      Hee hee… I’m reading your name as “Na-masty Gurrl” but I don’t know if that’s how you intended it. 😉

  45. Gina (Yogattude) on September 16, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    The pumpkin oats..I don’t get it…I’ve tried to like it so many times, but it’s only good *to me* when I add a bunch of brown sugar and maple syrup! And I find it sort of waters down my oats.

  46. Lisa on September 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    So funny you mention kale in smoothies, I normally add spinach to my smoothie but was out this morning so I added kale…YUCK. Its all I could taste….much to strong tasting.

  47. Shayla @ The Good Life on September 16, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    Ooo I’ll have to try that protein fluff, looks delicious!

    I can’t get on the Natural peanut butter bandwagon…I love my Crunchy Skippy 😉

  48. Jamie @Food in Real Life on September 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I cringe when people in blogland put nutritional yeast all over their food (sorry Gina!) I just tried it the other day and thought it smelled like fish food, and didn’t taste good either. Blech!

  49. elizabeth on September 16, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I have a hard time with too many flavors mixed together. I think, like, 3 is good. But when I see oatmeal plus sweet potatoes plus almond butter plus chocolate chips plus goji berries plus cinnamon plus banana plus protein powder etc. etc. I get a little gaggy. A few of those things go together, but not all of those things go together, you know? 😡

    • Fitnessista on September 16, 2011 at 5:46 pm

      so true!!

  50. Christine on September 16, 2011 at 2:51 pm

    I usually LOVE everything on your blog; BREAKFAST COOKIE <3, Sunwarrior, Annie's Goddess dressing, nutritional yeast, chia seed, salmon, egg puffs, Chocolate Cherry Bomb smoothies…..
    I have read your blog forever and owe you for many of my now favorite foods, thank you!
    The one exception is I can't eat seaweed snacks 🙁 I was so excited to try them and loved the nutritional benefits! I just can't get pass the strong fishy taste.
    I can't wait to see what you do with pumpkin.

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