Sweet potato nachos and customized kicks

Hi friends! Thank you so much for the kind words about our move. While it’s a little overwhelming, as all moves can be, I’m excited for the new experience and opportunities πŸ™‚

Dinner last night had to be quick and easy, since I taught an evening drum/Zumba class with Sasha. I’d seen this on one of my friend’s Instagrams and thought it sounded like a fantastic combo: sweet potato nachos! 

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I sliced some sweet potatoes using the a veggie peeler (less chance of slicing my hand off than the mandolin), and then baked them until they were crispy chips (about 9 minutes at 350. I set the first batch for 15 minutes and charbroiled them, so I wouldn’t recommend that). While they were baking, I cooked some organic ground turkey on the stove with Trader Joe’s taco seasoning, then topped the sweet potato chips with turkey, refried beans, avocado, salsa and cheese for the Pilot and Liv. They also had corn chips with theirs but I was corn-chipped out from my U of A b-ball nachos the night before. We all LOVED them! Such a quick and delicious meal, and the perfect dinner after teaching a super sweaty class.

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(Nacho most photogenic meal)

When I teach outside of work, the floors can be a little more slippery than the ones I’m used to, so I’ll often wear my Nanos. They’re my favorite circuit-training shoe, and I especially love the fact that they’re lightweight while still providing support. I’ll pop my inserts in the shoes, and will wear them an entire day at work. When Reebok sent me a gift card to design my own Nanos, I quickly got to work picking a pink and purple color combo. In hindsight, maybe the “Fitnessista” on the heel was a little much haha. 


Before clicking the “order” button, I thought about the fact that I have three pairs of Nanos already, and remembered a good friend of mine, who just started working with a personal trainer, had mentioned she needed new kicks and was asking about the Nanos. So, I gave her my gift card so she could try out a pair. 

Here’s the combo she selected:



Pretty, huh?! I was pretty excited to share the Nano love, and while the shoes haven’t arrived yet, I know she’ll adore them. The customization process was super easy -you can see each part of the shoe as you design it- and a fun option if you want to design a pair that no one else has! 

This morning, I was planning on meeting up with her for early yoga, and for the first time in who knows how long, I slept through my alarm. I was really looking forward to it -especially since I found a new studio here that I’m crazy about and was excited to go with my friend- but guess I was exhausted since I haven’t been sleeping well lately :/ I was really looking forward to the “om” time, but I guess I’ll have to shake it out in Zumba later today.

Hope you have a happy almost-Halloween! See ya later on the Family page with a fun toddler Hallowen craft πŸ™‚



What’s your favorite Halloween candy?? I go for the Reese’s and Almond Joys first.

Have you ever designed your own kicks before??


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  1. Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run on October 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

    that was so sweet of you to give her your gift card πŸ™‚

  2. Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs on October 30, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I’ve never designed my own shoes, but it looks so fun! Maybe next time I need new ones I’ll give it a try πŸ™‚

  3. FitBritt@MyOwnBalance on October 30, 2013 at 11:02 am

    I used to always design my own Nikes but have never designed my own Reeboks. Very cool. I love the color combo! So nice of you to give your gift card to your friend! πŸ™‚

  4. Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine on October 30, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Those nachos are such a great idea. I can not wait to try them. And those shoes. Love them as well.

  5. Megan on October 30, 2013 at 11:04 am

    I slept through my alarm this morning too! Oops! Was a little late to work but I guess I needed that extra sleep.

  6. Jackie on October 30, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I love almond joy and peanut butter cups too! Take 5 and snickers are a close second!

  7. Lauren on October 30, 2013 at 11:29 am

    you should show a picture of the ones you designed too!! I love designing my own sneakers πŸ™‚

  8. Lucie on October 30, 2013 at 11:35 am

    These Sweet Potato Nachos sound so good! I probably will burn them but I am still going to try πŸ™‚

  9. Amanda on October 30, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I was playing on the Nike website….they have new super reflective designs with a design your own option. One of the options is reflective cheetah/leopard print. Yeah. It looks awesome.

    Almond joy is my weakness. It sings to my soul.

  10. Tracy on October 30, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    You’re such a thoughtful friend! She’s lucky to have you πŸ™‚

    I love candy corn…mostly cuz it’s only around this time of year.

  11. Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food on October 30, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    Cute shoes! I designed some Nikes years ago, I tried making sweet potato chips last week and also had them in too long. It’s amazing how quickly they can go from “crisp” to “smoke alarm”, whoops!

  12. Odette on October 30, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Gina!! I have been following your blog for years and every time you guys come to San Diego I get all excited about you going to places I love. I have lived here in SD for almost 4 years, I am from Mexico and my hubby is from NC but we love it here and I’d love to recommend you places! What part of the city are you guys going to live at? I am a GM at a restaurant called Waypoint Public that just opened in North Park, we have an AMAZING kiddy play area, delicious beers and wines and the food is unbelievable. Liv, the pilot and you would love it and I would love to take care of you guys here!


  13. Taylor @ Single-tracked Mind on October 30, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I’ve never made anything like this before but the recipe looks amazing! cute shoes!

  14. Missy on October 30, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Yep, almond joys are pretty darn good.

    Homemade sweet potato chips….Hmmmmmm, those could be in my future.

  15. Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit on October 30, 2013 at 3:40 pm

    I want to do this!!!!!!!! That was so sweet of you to give up your giftcard. πŸ˜‰

  16. Emily on October 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Gina – or anyone else who has bought Nanos! – how do the Nanos run in terms of sizing? Small or large? Wide? I’m a 7 normally. Thanks!!

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      they run very true to size. i usually wear a 7 1/2 or 8 and the 8s are perfect

  17. CATHY on October 30, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    We do sweet potato chili cheese fries in my house. I know you make a couple different types of chili. It’s a great use of leftovers. πŸ™‚

  18. Liz on October 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Hehehehe nacho most photogenic meal πŸ™‚

  19. She Rocks Fitness on October 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I never thought of making sweet potato nacho chips and they look SO EASY too! Favorite Halloween candy is definitely Rees’s PB Mini Cups. They’re way too easy to unwrap and pop in…I indulged though last weekend in Snicker’s and Peanut M&M’s. Chocolate craving fulfilled…DOH!

  20. Sarah (Shh...Fit Happens) on October 30, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Designing your own kicks – how cool is that! I recently found an awesome yoga studio near me too, cant wait to go back!

  21. Jay Scott on October 30, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    I’m a sucker for designing my own shoes too! I have business name on one of my nike’s and my name on the other. Lol!

    Those nachos look amazing. I’m a sweet potato fan (love sweet potato fries) so I bet I’d love them.

    I agree with She Rocks Fitness above – Reese’s Mini PB cups are the bomb!


  22. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl on October 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I love your idea to use the vegetable peeler to make the sweet potato chips. I am definitely going to have to try that out!

  23. Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona on October 30, 2013 at 6:00 pm

    Right now my candy of choice are M&M’s.

  24. Meredith on October 30, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Never would have thought to make chips with the vegetable peeler! I love making ribbons for “pasta” -great to add a new “trick”! πŸ™‚
    Somehow I’d never tried a Baby Ruth before until a week ago…I’m cursing my co-worker who keeps a huge candy jar of minis on her desk for making them my “favorite”/”hated” treat this Halloween! πŸ˜‰ Like another commenter said — minis are WAY TOO EASY! ha!

  25. Sam Self on October 30, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Love your recipes, as well as your work outs!

    Happy moving!

  26. Karissa on October 30, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I did not design my Nano 3.0s but that looks like such a fun thing to do for workout shoes! Hey might as well workout in style. πŸ˜‰ I also REALLY like the shoes, I use them for a lot of circuit training as well – they’re so comfy!

    You and I are united on the Reeses front…. PB and chocolate, yes please!!

  27. Alex @ Life Law Luck on October 30, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Pretty excited for Knockout November so signing up for the newsletter! Thanks, Gina!

  28. Charline on October 30, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    Customizable shoes! What a great idea!

  29. Alexa Hagenbrock on October 30, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Those chips look amazing! I’ll have to try them the next time I buy sweet potatoes!

  30. Erica on October 30, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    Looking forward to the knockout November calendar!

  31. Jen on October 30, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    The chips look great! Have you ever made your own spice mix for tacos? I used to buy the packets, but didn’t love all the ingredients. Now I make my own and it’s delicious!

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      i have, but really like the ingredients in the trader joe’s mix. nothing creepy πŸ™‚

  32. Stephanie on October 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Can’t wait to get the newsletter!!!

  33. Anne Walker on October 30, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for sharing your life with us. I’ve been reading your blog every day for a couple years – love your stories, pictures and recipes. Breakfast cookies may be the best things that have ever happened to me.
    I’d like to receive your newsletter please. Thank you πŸ™‚

  34. Kelly Be Well on October 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Yum…nachos are always a good choice!

  35. Holly G. on October 30, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Reese’s and Kit Kat vie for the top spot in my heart. It’s best if I have a bag of each when Halloween comes around.

  36. Monica on October 30, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    These look delicious! I’m going to need to make these soon!

  37. Michelle on October 30, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Looks delicious!

  38. Michelle on October 30, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    Nachos look great! My 3 year old will eat anything if it is in a chip form and there is something for him to “dip dip” in. I really enjoy you and good luck with the move, my hubby’s job moves us a lot as well ( not military but we move like it!) so it’s always exciting and scary and crazy!

  39. Holly on October 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    Recipe looks amazing!

  40. liz on October 30, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    do you mind sharing the name of this great yoga studio? I like Yoga Oasis but their classes are always so packed.

    • Fitnessista on October 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

      sessions. it will rock your world! i like YO a lot too, but have really fallen in love with sessions

      • liz on October 30, 2013 at 11:13 pm

        Excellent, thanks so much! Also, I am looking for a local female personal trainer. If you have any recommendations please let me know πŸ™‚ Many thanks.

        • Fitnessista on October 30, 2013 at 11:58 pm

          Send me an email and let me know your area of town!

  41. Veronika Demichelis on October 30, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    love your recipes πŸ™‚

  42. Emily on October 30, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    This looks delicious!!! What a great idea to use sweet potatoes for nachos πŸ™‚

  43. Livi on October 30, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Reeses are addicting!

  44. Julie on October 31, 2013 at 2:09 am

    I love those caramel apple pops, but Kit Kats and Rolos are my favorite. I love peanut butter cups but prefer getting chocolate chips and dipping my spoon in a peanut butter jar!

  45. Emily on October 31, 2013 at 7:24 am

    Confession: I looove eating clean, but nachos are pretty much my favorite salty indulgence ever. Since they don’t really agree with my stomach in their traditional form, I sub scrambled egg whites for the chips and almond cheese for the dairy equivalent in a more fat-loss friendly version but love your idea! Next time I need a nacho fix, this’ll be my go-to.

    And favorite halloween candy? Reese’s Pieces, but this froyo place in town has mini SF Reese’s cups that are so artificial, but so yum. Moderation, right? πŸ˜‰

  46. Meghan on October 31, 2013 at 9:53 am

    I definitely want to try out those sweet potato nachos! Yum!

  47. Nicole on October 31, 2013 at 10:38 am

    I love this nacho sweet potato idea! Great nanos! I wanted the light purple ones, so pretty! Very nice of you to give away your gift card! (I’m going crazy with the exclamation point today, haha)

  48. Naomi on October 31, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Those nachos look delicious! And I can’t wait for the November knockout calendar–I need some motivation!

  49. People's Nutritionist on October 31, 2013 at 11:29 am

    Those nachos look great! I’m going to have to give them a try.

  50. Cassandra on October 31, 2013 at 11:45 am

    Looks delicious! Can’t wait for the November calendar (hope I’m not too late!!!)

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