She’s a Grainiac

Hi friends πŸ™‚ How’s your morning going?? Mine is pretty bueno.

So glad you like the biscuit recipe! Let me know if you try them πŸ™‚

I have a new food obsession:

grain bowl 

Grain bowls!

The obsession began when I had the macrobiotic bowl at Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco. I just love the idea- greens, grains, healthy fats, sauce, all in one bowl of happiness.

I’ve re-created the bowl at home a few times since then, and it’s been a perfect take-to-work option and you can mix it up so many different ways.

Step 1: Add your greens.

Last night I rolled with massaged kale (with olive oil, lemon juice and Cayenne). Arugula, spinach, broccoli, zucchini or mix greens would work great too.


Step 2: Add half of your toppings.

I used sauerkraut and dulse. The options are endless here: chopped veggies, olives, sundried tomatoes, berries, whatever you’re feeling.

grain bowl

Step 3: Add your grains + healthy fat + more toppings

grain bowl (2)

I’ve been on a millet kick lately, so I rolled with that, but you could definitely use brown rice, quinoa, wheat berries, any grain that you love.

As far as the healthy fat goes: hummus, sauce (yogurt sauce, almond butter-sauce, curry sauce) would all be amazing.

Some other options:

Mexican style: Spinach with black beans, chopped tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, brown rice and hot sauce

Greek style: Arugula with quinoa, mint, parsley, bell pepper, cucumber, and a yogurt sauce (or vinaigrette)

Autumn style: Spinach with chopped apple and onion, dried cranberries, brown rice, goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

Many grain bowls will be feasted on in the future πŸ˜€

This morning, I’m off to practice with some work friends and then going to the mall. I’ve only been TWICE since I’ve been in Orlando. I don’t even know who I am πŸ˜‰

Breakfast will be waiting in the car:


Brown rice toast with cashew butter and frozen organic berries. By the time yoga is over, the berries will be softened and ready to eat.

See ya later today!


Zumba song of the day:  β€œDanza Kuduro” Don Omar

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  1. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 18, 2010 at 8:43 am

    I love the idea of the grain bowls. Especially the Mexican one. Yum!

  2. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on November 18, 2010 at 8:47 am

    I love using berries instead of jam on toast….so much more flavorful and fresh. Have a wonderful day at the mall- I’m going on Saturday and I can’t wait πŸ™‚

  3. chocolate-covered katie on November 18, 2010 at 8:59 am

    Hehehe I’m lazy, so I just SMASH the berries. That way, they soften up faster :). I call it “Smashberry Jam.” πŸ™‚

  4. Laury @ thefitnessdish on November 18, 2010 at 9:05 am

    I love grains in a bowl! So many great things in one can’t go wrong!!!

    I never did berries on toast with my nut butter, how interesting!

  5. Ashley on November 18, 2010 at 9:08 am

    Wow – I’ve never had a grain bowl before & I MUST try one! Looks so easy and delish!!!

  6. grocery goddess jen on November 18, 2010 at 9:09 am

    I love your ideas for variations on the grain bowls!

    I have never tried massaged kale before, I think I’m going to do it!

  7. Jackie (ananda prana) on November 18, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for today’s lunch idea πŸ™‚

  8. Rebecca on November 18, 2010 at 9:27 am

    For the most amazing “grain bowl” you’ll ever have you MUST go to Life Alive in Lowell, MA. If you’re ever in Boston make the trip out there. I’m pretty sure they started the whole craze for this type of meal and they are aaaaammmmmaaaaazzzzziiiiiinnnnngggg!!!!

    Btw, in the pics of you Gabriela and Jac at the Lululemon Union Square store….you were actually right next to my door! Literally a door away!! So crazy!

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm

      that is crazy!!
      and i’ll def check that place out!

  9. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 18, 2010 at 9:37 am

    I will definitely be making those grain bowls!!!!

  10. Carrie on November 18, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I love quinoa on my salads. It just soaks up the dressing and is so delish! On nom nom.

  11. Molly on November 18, 2010 at 10:27 am

    What kind of sauerkraut do you recommend? This is going to be my go to lunch or dinner this month! Thanks for the instructions. πŸ™‚

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

      eden’s organics πŸ™‚

  12. Annette on November 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

    Those pieces of toast look really yummy! Enjoy that πŸ™‚

  13. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 18, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I love layered bowls in general… I made one (that’s on my latest blog post) that didn’t have grains, but it had Amy’s refried beans, goat gouda, wilted spinach, scrambled eggs, and salsa… some brown rice would have been killer in that! πŸ™‚

  14. Shelly on November 18, 2010 at 10:46 am

    Grain bowls are what I eat most of time! I usually use quinoa or barley, but brown rice, wild rice, and amaranth are also really good grains to use. I’ve been tossing half a lemon and a couple cloves of garlic into my grain cooking water instead of using anything salt based like broth and that’s been really delicious as well.

    My favorite toppings are:

    Brussels sprouts, green onions, lemon juice and olive oil, almonds, Parmesan, and a fried egg.
    Asparagus, green onion sauce (green onions cooked in olive oil and pureed), lemon juice, olive oil, almonds, Parmesan and plain yogurt.
    Green beans with almonds and a sauce made of mustard, hot sauce, and a teeny bit of butter.
    roasted broccoli with garlic, Parmesan, lemon, walnuts, and a poached egg.
    green peas, tomato sauce, Parmesan and a poached egg. (I’m totally and egg-itarian, I know! But they’re cheap, delicious, and healthy!!)
    Kale with onions and garlic, hot sauce, lemon juice, olive oil, and parmesan.
    Spinach, artichoke, feta and lemon juice.

  15. Kate on November 18, 2010 at 11:07 am

    It looks sooo good! I will definitely have to add some grains to my next bowl of greens and veggies!

    I love Danza Kuduro too! It is sooo fun! I am hoping my Zumba instructors will come up with a routine for it soon!

  16. Cailin @ Stir Crazy on November 18, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Love these! Such an easy way to get all the food groups in one big bowl… and tasty too! I made one a while back that I loved with bulgur, beans, veggies… and then would put it over some greens. Thanks for the other ideas!

  17. Allison @ Food for Healing on November 18, 2010 at 11:15 am

    only TWICE to the mall so far, what the heck, are you sick? lol
    I think i should try a grain bowl, i’ve been eating brown rice almost everyday, it would be a nice little change!

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      sick of WORKING all the time πŸ™‚ haha

  18. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on November 18, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Yumm I love grain bowls too! Whole Foods’ grain bar is probably one of my favourite parts of the whole store. Today my lunch contains a salad topped with tempeh, tuna and farro, a new grain I’m trying this week. It comes from the same family as spelt but reminds me more of barley. So excited to eat it!

    Have a great time at the mall! πŸ˜€

  19. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

    I used to make those a lot. I don’t know why I stopped!

  20. Heather (Heather's Dish) on November 18, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    oh, i’m totally copying this idea…grain bowls are the new black πŸ˜‰

  21. Stefanie on November 18, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    I love the idea of grain bowls!! I have some quinoa in the pantry that’s calling my name! And this sounds like the perfect way to use it! Thanks. πŸ™‚

  22. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on November 18, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I love grain bowls. They have all sorts of ’em at my favorite vegan resto here in Toronto, Fresh, and I made them myself sometimes- but not enough! Filling and healthy, love ’em!


  23. Moni'sMeals on November 18, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    You are so clever! I like the idea of them being “portable”. πŸ™‚

    I love your “sweet potato bisquits” recipe too.

  24. Catherine on November 18, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    Hey Gina –

    I have some Lululemon questions: (1) What jacket did you get at Lulu NY? (2) What running tights to you recommend for running in the cold? I need some new tights, and I have been perusing the Lulu website, but I haven’t made a decision! I though you would be the perfect person to ask.

    Thanks so much!


    p.s. Sweet potato biscuits = on my weekend to-do list!

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

      i got the scuba hoodie, but i also have and love the define jacket and stride jacket
      as far as the tights go, how cold are we talking about? canada/snow cold, or 30-40 degrees cold?

      • Catherine on November 18, 2010 at 3:57 pm

        Like, Little Rock, AR cold – 30-40 degrees weather in the late Fall/Winter mornings. I’m from Texas, so this is pretty “Northern” for me. haha πŸ™‚

  25. Clare @ Fitting It All In on November 18, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    My FAVORITE take out dinner is a grain bowl – the Tofu Veggie bowl from Crazy Bowls & Wraps. It has brown rice, steamed veggies, grilled tofu, and jalepeno cilantro sauce. Love it

  26. Alison (Ali on the Run) on November 18, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    I definitely just laughed out loud at “Grainiac.” Genius.

  27. Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) on November 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    I thought I was the only one?! ;P I have been craving a grain bowl … pretty much every night. My husband thinks I’m nuts bc I’ll eat the same kind of thing every night. Can’t help it… I’m in a food groove πŸ˜‰ For me, it’s been quinoa… but millet looks like something I’d like. Can’t believe I’ve never tried it!

    Love your scuba jacket… I *just* got one a few weeks ago. I pretty much wear it everyday LOL I need another lulu jacket me thinks… It’s SO comfy, it’s hard to go back HAHA! Christmas is coming right ? I’m seriously addicted :O

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 2:22 pm

      love the scuba hoodie! check out the define jacket and the stride jacket.. christmas is just around the corner πŸ˜‰

  28. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 18, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    She’s a grainiac—love that title, it’s making me smile as she’s a maniac is blaring inside my head right now just thinking of it πŸ™‚

    The bowls look great…and great idea!

    But those frozen berries on the bread are looking just as yummy πŸ™‚

    Hope you had a great yoga class!


  29. Sana on November 18, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    They should have happy bowls instead of happy meals!

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm

      i totally agree!

  30. Amy @ purewellnessamy on November 18, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    Oh yeah, I’m all about the mix-in bowls, too… the combinations really are endless!

  31. Holly @ couchpotatoathlete on November 18, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    I once saw a chef on Top Chef make a rice salad — it looked very interesting! I might have to give them a try πŸ™‚

  32. Barbara on November 18, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    hi gina, how do you prepare millet? i’m so looking forward to trying these grain bowls, endless options!! thank you so much.

  33. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman on November 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    I’ve never had a grain bowl in particular, though they sound just like the big salads I make.

  34. CaSaundra on November 18, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Ooo have fun at the mall–can’t wait to see what ya get! πŸ™‚

  35. lindsey on November 18, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Oh, awesome idea. i’ve been so into your way of just throwing everything together. my husband thinks it’s gross, but i love it. i love the addition of a grain here, as my bowls are usually just base (usually massaged kale)+ lots of veggies + healthy fat (usually hummus and a few almonds). be sure to post what you get at the mall – i’m living vicariously through you!

  36. Sally on November 18, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Lovesit! I’ve been doing these for years but I have always called them “big bowls.” It’s a little more ghetto sounding, but me likes. I used to do a breakfast version with cottage cheese, fruit, cereal, etc. Just throw the mess in and sit down to feast!

  37. Brittany (Eating Bird Food) on November 18, 2010 at 4:58 pm

    I love grain bowls!! I’ve made sushi bowls with brown rice, nori, carrots, avocado, and little tamari. So delicious!

    Hope you’re doing well Gina.

  38. Kiran on November 18, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    I love how healthy and quick a grain bowl is assembled. Fact: I’ve yet to try kale πŸ˜‰ and this looks amazing!

  39. Jenny on November 18, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    Haha, I love the post title. She’s a graaaaaiac, graaaaniac!

    • Fitnessista on November 18, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      haha, it makes you want to do the dance, too πŸ™‚

  40. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 18, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Grain bowls are such a perfect fast meal! I loove your idea to have massaged kale in it. Definitely trying that next time!

    Have fun at the mall! I’ve been itching to go shopping lately, but I’ve been tied down with studying and papers. πŸ™

  41. Samantha on November 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Hi Gina,
    I check your blog more than my e-mail πŸ™‚ Love it! I am interviewing for Lululemon tomorrow and am so excited and nervous! I was wondering if you could give me an idea of the interview process and maybe any tips you might have. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on November 19, 2010 at 7:30 am

      thank you!
      good luck- you’ll have a blast! be sure to have a good idea of what your persona, health and career goals are. know what you’re passionate about, what your strengths are, and why you want to work for lulu.
      let me know how it goes!

  42. Mi-An Dela Cruz on November 18, 2010 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks for the grain bowl idea! I’m having it for dinner tonight! Love the idea of endless possibilities!! I’m going to ask my boyfriend to get me the Scuba Hoodie for my bday! been eyeing it for awhile!

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