Taking Advantage

Hey friends! How’s your day going?? I’m sitting outside, enjoying the lovely Tucson air and lack of humidity Smile It’s very nice.

I’m so glad you liked the Holiday Gift Guide!! Per your requests, I’ll post a dude version on Friday morning. Stay tuned for a Core bag and Sun Warrior promo, too!

Since I got into Tucson, I’ve been enjoying some amazing eats and taking advantage of Trader Joe’s access:


Dark Chocolate with crunchy sea salt bites from World Market

A dip into my own TJs almond butter jar (my madre knows me so well)


Salad beast with tomatoes, collard greens, organic greens and avocadoes


Brown rice toast with GOAT CREAM CHEESE (!!!!!!) <— From Trader Joe’s


Salmon feast made with my little bro


and an incredible breakfast with my mom and nana at the very Delicious Egg (commonly known as “The Good Egg”)

I chose the Traditional Day Starter, with two eggs scrambled (trying to eat more whole eggs instead of just the whites), a salad instead of potatoes and black beans instead of an English Muffin


The beans went on top of the salad and the eggs got a hot sauce bath Smile

I also had one bite of this gooey cinnamon roll:


That’s what foodgasms are made of Open-mouthed smile

After breakfast, my madre, nana and I went shopping and then I had a spa appointment with a good friend. Tonight: yoga class with my bro, visiting my nana nana (great grandmother), dinner, and then meeting another friend for a Dance Cardio class.

Hope you’re having an amazing day!

See ya tomorrow with Part One of a wickedly ridiculous raw chocolate tart recipe.

Want to follow along? You’ll need a pack of shredded coconut, a few dates, maple syrup, coconut oil and 1 C raw almonds.



Today’s workout jam: “Grenade” Bruno Mars

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  1. grocery goddess jen on November 22, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I love your restaurant substitutions! Sometimes I feel like a pain in the butt, but your meal looks like it turned out awesome because you asked for what you wanted.

    Oooohhh can’t wait for the chocolate tart recipe. Maybe it will become a Christmas dessert, as I’m all good with Thanksgiving desserts.

  2. Sarah on November 22, 2010 at 6:29 pm

    I love that sea salt chocolate. My friend bought it for me when I was pregnant & I’ve been addicted ever since.

  3. Laura J. on November 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    The salmon dinner looks ridiculously delicious!!

    • Laura J. on November 23, 2010 at 12:02 am

      Any way we can convince you to share the recipe? 🙂

      • Fitnessista on November 23, 2010 at 12:38 am

        for what?? the tart? it will be up 🙂

  4. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on November 22, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Goat cream cheese?! How good does that sound?!

  5. holly @ couchpotatoathlete on November 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    That cinnamon roll!!! Look at all that delicious icing 🙂

    I have not seen goat cream cheese at my TJ’s – I need to look harder!

  6. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on November 22, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    That is definitely a gooey cinnamon roll. I’ve never seen one drowned in so much of the icing. My kind of roll. 😀

  7. Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind on November 22, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    That salmon feast = YUM. And I don’t even *love* salmon. 🙂

  8. Haleigh on November 22, 2010 at 7:08 pm

    Just look at that delicious gooey cinnamon roll! Yum 🙂 Glad to hear your having a good time visiting your family!

  9. Brynne on November 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    OMG I HAVE to find GOAT CREAM CHEESE!! TJ’s goat cheese medallions are my fave! And my mom just brought me back some World Market chipotle chocolate from San Fran 🙂

  10. Krystina (Basil & Wine) on November 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Why does my TJ’s not have goat cream cheese?! I must implore them to get it ASAP.

  11. Laury @ thefitnessdish on November 22, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    TJ Almond butter is the love of my life 🙂

    GOAT cream cheese…..hello pumpkin cheesecake???!!!! I gotta get back over to TJ’s tomorrow!!!

  12. Faith @ lovelyascharged on November 22, 2010 at 7:36 pm

    Salt in chocolate = no bueno 🙁 The other things look absolutely fantastic though and OMG I love Grenade by Bruno Mars!

  13. suki on November 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    On “Grenade,” my sister and I call this the Yoda song. If you listen to the lyrics, you’ll know what I mean. And it’s also very self-deprecating… I’m surprised that you don’t have Trader Joe’s where you normally are?

  14. kelli on November 22, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    you gotta try tj’s tomato basil hummus & peanut flour!!

  15. salah@myhealthiestlifestyle on November 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    omg all those eats look amazing!!! I can’t wait to read about the raw tart!!!

  16. Erika on November 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    holy cow that cinnamon roll! props for only having one bite, haha, i would have destroyed that thing!
    p.s. i’ve been reading your blog for a while, love it 🙂

    • Fitnessista on November 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

      thank you!

  17. Lauren on November 22, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    As much as I’m sure you are missing your pilot, this time with your family seems so wonderful. Enjoy! 🙂

  18. Cara Craves... on November 22, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Sounds like you are having a marvelous time.
    I have to say that I am impressed that your
    brother does yoga.

    • Fitnessista on November 22, 2010 at 11:53 pm

      me too! he did so well 🙂

  19. Mary @ Bites and Bliss on November 22, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Ohhh geez that gooey cinnamon roll looks sinful!! Holy yum!

  20. Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy on November 22, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    Wow that salmon dinner looks sooo good! Hope you enjoyed it!

  21. Stephanie on November 22, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    that dark chocolate w/ sea salt from world market is one of my favorites!!!! i love it.

  22. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on November 22, 2010 at 10:39 pm

    The raw recipe, sounds like the base of ingredients for any awesome raw dessert…cant wait to see what direction it takes! YUM!

    gooey cinnamon roll looks like heaven!

    and a day of family, shopping, yoga, the spa…Girrrrrl. You are having a great time it sounds like…and you deserve every blissful second!


  23. Ashley @ the fit academic on November 22, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Whoa – that cinnamon roll looks too good to be true!!!

  24. Christin@purplebirdblog on November 22, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Goat cream cheese?! I NEED IT! Damn you, lack of Trader Joe’s in Texas!

  25. Kiran on November 22, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    The foods looks so deliciously yum!

    Enjoy the no-humidity dear, on our behalf 🙂

  26. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin' on November 22, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Ooh, I want to try that salty dark chocolate! I love salt, even if I shouldn’t! I’m going to keep my eye out for that goat cream cheese, too!

    And that cinnamon roll… it looks exactly how I like ’em! Ooey and gooey, with plenty of glaze!! That would be hard to stop at one bite!

    Can’t wait to see the chocolate tart!

  27. Namaste Gurl on November 22, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    Your eats look yummy, as always. Can’t wait for the promo on Sun Warrior– I’m ON it :)!

  28. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on November 23, 2010 at 8:45 am

    I rarely see raw recipes that use almonds, which are the only nut that I’m not allergic to. So I’m super excited for your raw tart recipe since I can actually eat it! 😀

  29. jenna on November 23, 2010 at 8:59 am

    sounds like you are havign so much fun! I can’t wait for the raw tart mmmmmm….

  30. Claire @ Un Bello Aperitivo on November 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

    Yum, can’t wait for the tart recipe!

  31. Stephanie on November 23, 2010 at 9:28 am

    Hi Gina! I’ve been a long time follower of your blog and love reading about how you eat (in a non-creepy way). My family and I are going to Orlando, FL for Christmas, and I was wondering if you have any ideas for things to do/see/ where to eat. I am dying to check out Seasons 52, since I’m from Michigan and we don’t have that nearby. We plan to go to Disney for 2 days, but have 4 other days free. Also I’m 20, and my 2 sisters are 17, and 18.

    • Fitnessista on November 23, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      seasons 52, cedar’s lebanese, ethos vegan kitchen, babycakes downtown disney
      let me know if you want to take a dance trance/yoga/zumba class with me!

  32. CaSaundra on November 23, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Sounds like you’re having a wonderful (busy) time!

  33. skinnyrunner on November 23, 2010 at 11:19 am

    forget the chocolate tart, i want that cinnamon roll!

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