Sushi, Cookies, Wine

Hey everyone! I made it safe and soundly to Orlando ๐Ÿ˜€ It feels so good to be back in a city again! I think I need some more Orlando vacays to accustom myself to being away from Oklahoma City ๐Ÿ˜‰

My snack plan of attack changed quite a bit since I ended up leaving for Orlando later on today.

Lounging around the casa with the pilot (who didnโ€™t have to go in until this afternoon), I munched an organic apple covered in almond butter and topped with mesquite and cinnamon, along with two organic kiwis


And made a chopped lettuce-less salad to eat on the road


Cucumber, bell pepper, dulse, lime juice, 1/2 avocado, splash of flax oil, sea salt and cayenne.

I made a quick stop on the way out for a Cullen juice: carrot apple and beet


And also snacked on these kale chip beauties as I drove:


When I was finished with all of my food, I realized how bored I was. I usually make CDs for alone road trips and had neglected to do so and didnโ€™t have the pilot, a friend or puppy to keep me company.

So I made a stop here:


I was really cravinโ€™ some home fries and meatloaf ๐Ÿ˜‰ Actually, I remembered that my friend Kelly, who has long commutes to work, rents books on CD from Cracker Barrel and they can be returned to any location.

I grabbed the most intellectually stimulating book on CD I could find.


We needed to keep things light so Iโ€™d stay awake.

Ya see, highway driving is pretty serious stuff


I finished half of the CD set (it was awesome!!!) crossed into the promised land and was greeted by the glorious Whole Foods.


Twice in one week?! It feels like Christmas!

I had planned on cooking dinner for my familia but found out they wouldnโ€™t be getting home until later tonight. So instead, I grabbed some Whole Foods ready-to-go goodies ๐Ÿ˜€

It was so exciting to get to my auntโ€™s house, see the girls, and BELLA!!!!


(Thatโ€™s her yorkie cousin Scamp)

So even though I didnโ€™t get to cook, I still managed to get all of the necessities for a beautiful three-course meal.



I chose the cucumber, avocado and brown rice roll



Organic Malbec

and cookie:


Vega oatmeal raisin

It was perfectly foodgasmic ๐Ÿ˜‰

We just watched a heartstring-tugging episode of Greyโ€™s and I think Iโ€™m gonna get ready for bed. Cardio, pilates and Whole Foods in the morning, then back on the road to Valdizzy.

See ya soon!



Whatโ€™s your favorite cookie?? Mine are Super Charge Me, but the WFs Vegan Oatmeal Raisin are a close second ๐Ÿ˜€

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  1. Leianna on October 8, 2009 at 10:46 pm

    I love Janet Evanovich books, so fun!
    Sushi, wine, cookie and Whole Foods in one day, so jealous!

  2. Tracey @ TropicalHappiness on October 8, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    The puppies are so cute!!!! And I thought Grey’s was good tonight… definitely a tear jerker!

  3. Gena on October 8, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    OK, so now that I’ve tackled the dehydrator? Kale chips!!!

  4. Pure2Raw Twins on October 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    Glad that you made it to Orlando safely. I have heard about books on cd’s… though I have not tried one yet. I just might now! I still haven’t made kale chips since school… maybe sometime next week or so.

  5. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries on October 8, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    The ONLY cookie I love is Oatmeal raisin. Mo raisins, da better.

    I love WF sushi! They started carrying multigrain at mine, and it’s SOOOO good! Have you tried it?

  6. Jacqueline on October 8, 2009 at 11:11 pm

    I’m so happy that your reunited with Bella! I know how it feels being away from my furry friends for an extended time.
    Have a safe drive back tomorrow.

  7. muffy on October 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    mesquite??? that sounds weird o.O
    yummy foods!

  8. Jenn (eating bender) on October 8, 2009 at 11:20 pm

    Love that picture of you in the shades ๐Ÿ™‚ Too cool for school!

    I like the mesquite + cinnamon combo. I definitely need to try that! Glad you had some sushi and wine – two of my favorites, for sure! Have fun in Orlando, sweets! Mara gave me your macaroons (she had them in the freezer) and I’ve been gobbling them all up. They are OUT OF THIS WORLD.

    Favorite cookie = peanut buttah

  9. Justine on October 8, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    I want kale chips now!! haha. hm.. super charge me cookies are great but I just like regular chocolate chip. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Oh and I wanted to ask you.. do you bring anything with you when you run? like a phone or keys or anything like that? I am trying to start running more often and want to be safe about it but don’t want to carry around a lot of stuff either. TIA ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2009 at 5:21 pm

      hey justine,
      if it’s a long run, i take my camelbak and put an id, my phone and my car key in there. for shorter runs, i put my car key in the tiny pocket in my running shorts and an id. it’s annoying to run and carry a bunch of stuff, so the camelbak has been a perfect purse-substitute.

  10. Sarah on October 8, 2009 at 11:52 pm

    Whole foods=heaven. I had a quick question. I have noticed that you oftentimes double up on workout whether its doing cardio and yoga in the same day or pilates and cardio, do you add calories to your daily intake in order to make up for those additional calories lost? Thanks so much for giving me something to look forward to reading every day. You are a real inspiration!

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2009 at 5:20 pm

      hey sarah,
      i used to. until my heart rate monitor broke. for the past month i’ve had no clue how many calories i’ve been burning, but it’s also helped me to just eat when i’m hungry instead of how much i “should” eat. some of the days when i would teach two classes and stuff my face to make up for it, i just felt gross. so now i’m just trusting that my body will tell me if i need more or less.
      thanks so much for reading my little blog!

  11. Erin on October 9, 2009 at 12:02 am

    I love how you cut apples. Just like GC ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hi Bella! You miss mom and daddy?!
    You might know this already, but my fave fave fave cookies are Laura’s Healthy Junk Food (or something like that). I get them every time I go home!

  12. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) on October 9, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Oatmeal chocolate chip cookies get me everytime!

  13. WholeBodyLove on October 9, 2009 at 1:36 am

    I make a mean PB Chocolate Chip Cookie (my own recipe!). But, I love my mama’s sugar cookies the most!

  14. Jenny on October 9, 2009 at 5:43 am

    OH…I discovered WF’s Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies just last week…yum…

  15. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 9, 2009 at 6:36 am

    I love all cookies. I cant discriminate.

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2009 at 5:17 pm

      me too.. it its name is “cookie”, i like it

  16. Shelby on October 9, 2009 at 6:41 am

    Oatmeal Chocolate Chip & Snickerdoodle are my favorite cookies!

  17. VeggieGirl on October 9, 2009 at 7:41 am

    Ohhhhh, holy kale chips – those look divine, as you know ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Aww, Bella’s cousin is a cutie!!

  18. RunningBetty on October 9, 2009 at 8:20 am

    my daughter and I edited the superchargeme to create our own cookie.
    Makes 11โ€“12 cookies. Can be made wheat-free (using spelt flour & oats).

    1 cup oats
    2/3 cup whole wheat flour (measure 2/3 cup and then remove a scant tbsp, or full 2/3 for spelt flour)
    a dash of sea salt
    3/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/4 cup raisins or chopped dried fruit (dried cherries)
    3โ€“4 TBS carob or chocolate chips (optional)
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/3 cup wheat germ (flax meal if wheat-free)
    1/2 cup pure maple syrup
    1 mashed very ripe banana
    1-1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
    1 TB orange juice

    Preheat oven to 350ยฐF

    In a med/lg bowl, combine oats, flour, salt, cinnamon, dried fruit and carob / chocolate chips.
    Sift in baking powder.
    Stir until well combined.

    In a separate, small bowl, combine wheat germ, syrup, banana, vanilla and orange juice.
    Stir until well combined.

    Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir until just well combined (do not overmix).

    Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat non-stick sheet. Spread batter onto baking sheet starting in one corner, filling just the amount of the baking sheet needed to make an even rectangle. Press down gently with spatula.

    Bake for 15 minutes.

    Remove from oven and let cool on baking sheet for 1 minute (no longer), then transfer to a cooling rack.

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2009 at 5:16 pm

      that sounds AMAZING! thanks so much for posting the recipe, i might have to try it this weekend ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Stephanie on October 9, 2009 at 8:35 am

    WF JUMBLE COOKIE!!! Holy yum… chocolate, fruit, nuts and is soooo deelish ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Shari B. on October 9, 2009 at 8:55 am

    I love “Nans’s NO’s” Chocolate Crunch (no gluten, no eggs, no dairy, no refined sugar). ๐Ÿ™‚ mmmmm cookies!

  21. Mellissa on October 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

    I love my grandma’s homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies that she will not give the recipe to. No one has it! These are seriously the most perfect cookie ever ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Jenna on October 9, 2009 at 9:15 am

    maybe you and the pilot should move to a city if you love it there soo mcuh!

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      hahah i would love to try that one with the military “i like the city, please send me there”

  23. Laura W on October 9, 2009 at 9:39 am

    Aww look at Bella with her long hair! (Or maybe it just looks long??) I love WF’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies… but honestly, the WF bakery in Buckhead isn’t that good, which is kinda weird!

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2009 at 5:15 pm

      hahah yes her hair is superlong!!! that’s weird buckhead doesn’t have a good bakery. wait, isn’t that close to atlanta?!? when are we getting flying biscuit? ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. K on October 9, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Hold the phone – AB, cinnamon, AND mesquite on the apple? That sounds amaze. What a great idea! WFs vegan cookies are so delicious. Almost too good to be true ๐Ÿ™‚

    Aww puppies!! CUTE!

  25. HealthySDLiving on October 9, 2009 at 10:24 am

    That cookie looks amazing!
    I LOVE whote chocolate chip cookies, YUM!

  26. Katie on October 9, 2009 at 10:33 am
  27. Shelly on October 9, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I love the WF two bite brownies and two bite blondies. (I only get them to take to other people’s houses though so I don’t eat *all* of them!) I also love snickerdoodle cookies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Diana (Soap & Chocolate) on October 9, 2009 at 11:16 am

    I was gonna say my fave cookie is chocolate chip, but that actually doesn’t fall into “irresistable” status. Everytime I have a white chocolate macadamia cookie it rocks my face off, so maybe that’s it? Eh, screw it – I’d rather have ice cream. ๐Ÿ™‚ I made a chocolate batch of raw vegan ice cream today! CAN NOT WAIT TO GO HOME AND PUT MY FACE IN IT.

    Have fun in O-town!

  29. Sarah on October 9, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Glad you found a way to entertain yourself on the road! I need to try some vegan cookies, those look so good ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Have a safe trip!

  30. Mary on October 9, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    Ok, so where do you buy mesquite and dulce?

    • Fitnessista on October 9, 2009 at 5:14 pm

      i got the mesquite and dulse at the health food store in oklahoma city, but i’ve seen them both at many health stores (whole foods) and they can be purchased online too

  31. Paige@ Running Around Normal on October 9, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Sounds like a fun, short trip! Jealous of your whole foods trip, though! Have a safe drive back today!

  32. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) on October 9, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    I have the recipe for Super Charge Me cookies, and I have yet to make them. I always end up baking my Maple Nut Oaties b/c they’re so easy.

    Hope you have a safe drive back home Gina, and I’m glad you were able to get in 2 Whole Foods trips. Always a priority if you ask me. ๐Ÿ™‚

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