Stoked for ‘chokes

Hi friends! IT’S FRIDAY!! Hope you have fun plans for this weekend <3

Last night’s lasagna was a hit πŸ˜€


While I was at Zumba, the Pilot finished baking the lasagna so it would be ready when I got home,

lasagna (2)

and also boiled some local, organic artichokes. I haven’t had a choke (or any green vegetable, really) for a while, so it was extra delicious.. especially with the leaves dipped in Goddess dressing. A lovely meal πŸ˜€

For dessert, I had a wedge of dark chocolate from Trader Joe’s and the Pilot busted out the Vosges Chocolate Bacon bar that was in his Easter basket.


The verdict? He was a fan.

Welcome to the Vosges obsession, my friend πŸ™‚

This morning, I made a chocolate peanut butter-jelly smoothie:


(The Pilot’s squadron mug, which has a lady on the handle haha)

-1.5 C almond milk

-1 C frozen organic berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries)

-1.5 T raw cacao

-1 t raw honey


-1 banana

-1 T protein

-1 T peanut butter

and am about to do some cardio before heading to house inspection!!! SO EXCITED πŸ˜€

Bella is feeling under the weather, so I’m praying a vet trip doesn’t need to happen today :/

See ya this afternoon <3



Something to think:

β€œSo many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health.”

AJ Reb Materi

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  1. kate on June 24, 2011 at 11:23 am

    seriously vosges is the best chocolate I love it!

  2. Annie D @ Annie's Simple Life on June 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Your lasagna looks DE-LISH!

  3. Lindsay@ In Sweetness and In Health on June 24, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Love that quote…it’s so true!

  4. Jackie @ Baking Charms on June 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I love artichokes! My mom always makes them for me when I go home to visit πŸ™‚ Good luck with the inspection!

  5. Val @ Balancing Val on June 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Thanks for the GF lasagna inspiration!

    Im off to dream up a version of it πŸ™‚

  6. Katie on June 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    I haven’t been on your blog in a while and when I saw this smoothie recipe, I immediately wrote it down. I’m going to have to make this tomorrow AM. It looks delish! Have a wonderful weekend!

  7. Liz on June 24, 2011 at 11:26 am

    Hope Bella feels better and that the vet trip is not needed!! What’s wrong? I’ve had two bichons, both have had their share of sicknesses πŸ™
    Good luck with the house inspection!!

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

      she has gotten sick twice and is now curled under the couch in a ball πŸ™ she drank some water, which is a good sign, but no appetite

      • Liz on June 24, 2011 at 3:18 pm

        Poor thing! That’s really good that she has had (and wanted) some water! Hopefully it passes, and she doesn’t get sick again! Sending well wishes and bichon kisses Bella’s way!

  8. kristi (sweet cheeks) on June 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

    hope Bella feels better asap! Maybe she needs some chicken? πŸ˜‰

    good luck with the house! SO EXCITING!!!

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

      haha that’s a good idea! i gave her a treat after going out this morning, and it’s still sitting on the floor πŸ™

  9. LisaG on June 24, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I love chokes; I can even eat them straight from the can. Tell the Pilot I like his one eyebrow raise expression.

  10. Laury@TheFitnessDish on June 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Good luck today! So excited for you!!!

    I LOVE that quote! So true!!!

    I am obsessed with chokes, I make a mean Quinoa stuffed choke πŸ˜‰

    I hope Bells is Okay πŸ™

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2011 at 11:44 am

      quinoa stuffed choke sounds amazing!

  11. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on June 24, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Love artichockes! Looks like a fabulous dinner. Poor Bella–I hope she’s feeling better!

  12. Allison @ Food For Healing on June 24, 2011 at 11:34 am

    woohoo house!

    hope lil bella feels better soon! <3

  13. Courtney @ The Granola Chronicles on June 24, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Oh, I love me some artichokes. We get them a lot in our CSA produce box – mmm!

  14. Lindsey on June 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hope the puppy feels better! I don’t like vet trips (or the bills) either!

    I am going to make your lasagna next week πŸ™‚

  15. Cristin on June 24, 2011 at 11:37 am

    πŸ™ I hope Bella feels better soon & you don’t have to go to the vet. It’s so hard when animals are sick!

    Good luck with the house inspection! So exciting! Your dinner looked amazing!

  16. The Teenage Taste on June 24, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Wow. That lasagna looks fabulous. I like your addition of beans too. Yum!

  17. MMiller on June 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I will have to try that chocolate! Hope Bella is feeling better!

  18. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on June 24, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I can’t say I’ve ever tried bacon and chocolate together in a bar, but it sounds interesting and I’m glad the Pilot liked it! Good luck with the house, sending lots of good vibes your way!! πŸ™‚

  19. ilovefetacheese on June 24, 2011 at 11:43 am

    My boyfriend who never eats desserts, once tried a bite of my Vosges bacon chocolate bar and finished the whole thing!! Now I know to never buy it LOL

  20. Cait @ Urban Fencepost on June 24, 2011 at 11:45 am

    A. The lasagna looks amazing.
    B. I hear ya on the Vosges obsession. I had their Chai chocolate bar yesterday and it was heavenly.
    C. Feel better, Bella!

  21. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on June 24, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I have yet to try Vosages… but it’s on my list. I’ve been a bit of a dark chocolate “hoarder” lately, so I feel like I need to power through my stash (that won’t be a problem) before I buy some more!

    Hope Bella feels better soon! My pup was sick last week, and it’s no fun. πŸ™ Feeding mine some brown rice and a tablespoon of baked sweet potato made her all better, so I hope you find an easy solution for Bella, too! Vet visits stink!

  22. Dani on June 24, 2011 at 11:54 am

    need to get y grubby little hands on some vosges

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

      heck yeah you do πŸ™‚

  23. Gina @ Running to the kitchen on June 24, 2011 at 11:58 am

    Sending good vibes Bella’s way. I hate when my puppy is sick, it’s so sad and pathetic to watch πŸ™

  24. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on June 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Mmmm, now I’m craving an artichoke.. I haven’t had a whole one in forever, and they are my fav! My mom used to stuff them with Italian breadcrumbs when I was little and they were amaze!

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

      oh YUM

  25. Heather (heathers dish) on June 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    That quote is so crazy true! How sad πŸ™

  26. Andrea on June 24, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    Good luck with the house and I am SO sorry about Bella πŸ™ I know how hard it is when my own puppers is sick. Breaks my heart! Give her a good hug from me (and from all other readers!) and hopefully she starts to feel better soon.

    Oh, and your review for the FT40 was dead on! So comfy! And now I know I’m apparently not eating enough to keep up with the calories burned during TurboFire! If anyone else is looking at an FT40, I seriously recommend it! AMAZING!

    • Fitnessista on June 24, 2011 at 12:14 pm

      it’s amazing what an HRM can tell you! glad you like it πŸ™‚

  27. mi-an on June 24, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    chocolate bacon…interesting… on the foodnetwork star, someone made bacon dipped in chocolate, the judges said that’s all you can make? too common. i’m like really?? hahah. anyways, my sis in law is also preggo!! with her second!! just found out this past weekend!! she’s about 6 weeks or so!!! eeeeeii!!!

  28. Ashley @ the fit academic on June 24, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Poor baby Bell! I hope she is just feeling a little blah and gets better soon (maybe it’s sympathy sickness : ) )

  29. Kara on June 24, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    love: artichokes, vosges (that one is great!), pb&j & smoothies (put together? yum!), your house inspection!! yayyyy good day!
    don’t love: sicky bella. hope she gets better quickly!!

  30. Cynthia on June 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    That lasagna looks amazing! I’m going to definitely try it out πŸ™‚

  31. Cat @Breakfast to Bed on June 24, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    my hub’s cup from the military has a lady on it too….what gives?

  32. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on June 24, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Mmmm…that lasagna looks delish! I’ve never tried artichokes…I guess I should!

  33. Sonia (the Mexigarian) on June 24, 2011 at 1:54 pm

    Okay I am convinced. I need to try some of this vosges. Must find a store that carries it.

    I hope Bella feels better. Sending healing thoughts to her.

  34. denise on June 24, 2011 at 2:00 pm

    Poor Bella! I hope she feels better soon.

    I need to make that smoothie, stat!

  35. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on June 24, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Vosges is soo good. Pricey but good πŸ™‚

    And you eating green veggies while preggers…good for you! I swear, the first 20 weeks, white, bland food was the only thing on my list…crackers, bread, white sugar LOL, more saltines, etc πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend, Gina!

  36. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on June 24, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    chocolate bacon?!?! the mind boggles, lol! πŸ˜€ xyx

  37. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on June 24, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    PS: sending lots of woof well wishes to bella, i hope she feels better soon and that you don’t have to see the vet πŸ™‚

  38. Alyssa on June 24, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Artichokes intimidate me! How do you go about cooking them??

  39. Namaste Gurl on June 24, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    That lasagna looks like the bomb. Glad you guys enjoyed it πŸ™‚
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  40. Nicole on June 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    When I make a berry smoothie I wonder what the addition of peanut butter would taste like…I never thought about a PB and J sandwich, of course it would taste good. Plus what doesn’t take good with PB. I’m definitely giving this smoothie a try!!

  41. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 24, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    Cooking artichokes totally intimidates me! I have no idea what to do with them. πŸ˜›

    I hope Bella is feeling better!

  42. Ali (urbanfruitbat) on June 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm

    I think that bacon bar is so funny. Using bacon in sweet applications has really taken off over the last little while. To much maple syrup from waffles falling onto bacon by its side I suppose. I love your quote at the end. So true

  43. Natalya on June 25, 2011 at 7:39 am

    Yummy lasagna! Where do you find goat gouda??

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 10:39 am

      trader joe’s, whole foods, publix

  44. Marissa on June 25, 2011 at 10:49 am

    Oh, I hope poor Bella is okay. I had a scare this morning with my dog, too; I thought we were going to have to go to the emergency vet! He was running around the house like a maniac and caught one of his back feet on a chair rail… I thought he had dislocated his leg! But after some cuddling, I was able to get him to start walking on it again… so hopefully its just a sprain.

    • Fitnessista on June 25, 2011 at 10:50 am

      aww i hope so!! pet scares are the worst

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