Tart Beauty + NEW circuit workout

Morning! How are ya? Hope your day is off to a great start <3

After making a meal plan for the week, and grocery shopping, I made some dinner last night for the Pilot and I to enjoy 🙂

I used a recipe for mushroom and gouda tart in one of my all-time faves: Nourish


with a few Gina-esque modifications: goat gouda instead of regular, almond milk instead of half and half, brown rice flour and chickpea flour for the dough.

The star of the show was definitely the sautéed organic mushrooms, shallots and garlic


but a supporting actor was this new-to-me butter. I did a double-take in front of the butter section when I saw this, remembering HEABy’s raves about it. When the man at Trader Joe’s was scanning my purchases, he gushed about this butter. He said it was way better tasting that the organic butter because the cows are grassfed and that it also contains a vitamin called K2, which is associated with longevity. Of course, I came home and Googled and he was exactly right- you can read all about grassfed butter *here*.

You learn something new everyday, eh? 🙂


Ball o’ dough:


The finished product:


[I had to cook it in a springform pan since I left my tart pan at the madre’s. Oops]

It was so good… As a huge quiche fan, it definitely stole my heart. Savory, cheesy, with flaky gluten-free crust. Le swoon.


Bonus: Leftovers for this morning’s b-fast and tomorrow’s lunch 🙂

I’m off to work for a few hours since I’m covering a shift for a girl who’s out-of-town and then to my nana’s birthday lunch.

You probably picked it up from reading the blog, but my nana and I are extremely close.


She’s my breakfast buddy… and lunch buddy.

She taught me how to drive.

She’s been to every dance recital, choir performance and musical theatre show I’ve been in [which is a lot].

She’s one of the most reasonable, giving, and kind people I’ve been blessed to know.. we always say she’s the glue of the family <3 Happy Birthday, Friend.

I’m out! See ya laterrrrr 🙂



Something to do: Schweaty Circuit Workout!

This workout is meant to be done circuit-style, quickly moving from one workout to the next with hardly any rest in between exercises. Complete one set of each workout in a circuit, and then repeat 1-2 more times for a total of 2-3 sets of each exercise, before moving to the next circuit. [For example, for the first circuit, you’ll do 15 step ups on each side, 12-15 bent-over rows, 12-15 lunges with a bicep curl on each side, step-ups, rows, lunge and curl, step-ups, rows, lunge and curl and then move on to Circuit 2] By doing it this way, your heart rate will remain elevated and you’ll burn more calories. Winner, winner.

As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes <3

1) Cardio: 20-30 minutes; moderate to moderate-high intensity. Extra credit: try the Schweaty July Elliptical workout 🙂

2) Circuit 1:

Bodyweight step-ups (15 each side)

Bent-over wide row (12-15)

Lunge with bicep curl (10-12 each side)

3) Circuit 2:

Dummbell Deadlift (12-15)

Sumo squat and side leg raise (12-15)

Dumbbell Tricep extension (12-15) <—I prefer standing, holding two dumbbells instead of one

4) Circuit 3:

-Side-laying lateral raises (12-15)

T-pushup (12-15) <—modify: on knees instead of toes, keep your booty down and in a straight line with the rest of your body.

Stability ball overhead pass

5) Cool down and stretch

If you try it, let me know what you think! 🙂

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  1. Erinn on July 19, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Just got back from the gym and did this workout! Didn’t know what I wanted to work on today and this definitely helped. Afterwards I was coolin’ down on the elliptical and saw you mentioned in the August Self on how to kick your weight loss into gear!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 3:28 pm

      no way!!! i can’t wait to read it 🙂

  2. Krystina (Organically Me) on July 19, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Happy birthday to your nana. 😀

    I know you’re not a huge mashed potato fan, but Irish butter tastes SO.GOOD in mashed potatoes.

  3. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga on July 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Happy Bday to your nana…that is soo sweet of you to blog about her and yes, I know from all your posts how much you adore her and how close the two of you are. It’s wonderful 🙂 I bet she is beyond ecstatic for your nugget!!! 🙂

    The tart you made looks amazing. Great job!

    In the past 6 mos or so I have reincorpated REAL butter into my life and have a fridge full of Kerrygold butter. And have blogged about them and their company a couple months ago. Truly, their butter rocks. If someone can love butter like only I think bloggers can, that’s one to love 🙂

  4. SaraRM on July 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    Thats a great workout just looking at it! Cant wait to try it out!!!!

  5. Alicia on July 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    New to your workout plans did 30 min. cardio and repeated
    The 2 circuits, WOW thanks for a great plan can’t wait to try the next one:)

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      awesome- glad you had a great workout!

  6. Chelsa on July 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I just did the workout and got a good burn. Thanks for the fresh material. I really love your mini workouts best because I have a short attention span.

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm


  7. Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance on July 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm

    Awesome workout!
    And I love that you incorporate many gluten free recipes into your blog– it really gives me some great ideas 😀 thanks!

  8. Orla on July 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Oh, how I love that butter. The last time I went home to visit my friend came straight to my house after I arrived with a loaf of bread for toasting and a pound of Kerrygold. Heaven!!

    This has reminded me of how much I miss dairy from back home! Our milk and yoghurts taste completely different, probably due to farming methods? I mean, have you ever seen an aerial view of Ireland? No need to feed cows on anything but grass *ever* ! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 6:30 pm

      that’s a great point 🙂 i’d love to visit sometime!

  9. Doc (The Healthy PhD) on July 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    K2 is quinone-derived, so it works as an excellent antioxidant AND I believe your body can reabsorb it and use it in cellular processes, so that’s awesome. I’m curious where they source from or if it’s naturally produced by the cows? I only ask because K1 is the main form in animals and peoples, and K2 is primarily found in bacteria…

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      it’s naturally produced by the cows- you can read more info in the article i linked to

  10. Vanessa @ Sweaty in Pink on July 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    This workout looks great… thanks for sharing!

  11. Alexa @ Simple Eats on July 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    I’ll definitely need to try this workout!
    That pic of your nana and you is adorable, I’m so close with my nana too and I feel really lucky!

  12. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 19, 2011 at 6:41 pm

    Happy birthday to your nana! You guys have such a sweet relationship. 🙂

    I’m bookmarking this workout to do on Thursday. Can’t wait!

  13. Jane (Jane, Feeling Fit) on July 20, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Hey! I’d never tried one of your workouts before, but I’m glad that I did! I did the 3 circuits one time through and liked trying out some new moves. Keep the workouts coming!

  14. Dani on July 20, 2011 at 10:36 am

    That tart looks so good. I love mushrooms and cheese and butter!

  15. meg on July 21, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    I loved this circuit workout! I made a few modifications (working the same muscle groups, though) and I am still sore two days later! Such a great workout.

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