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. Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde on July 19, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Great new workout and such a sweet picture of you and your nana!
    I hope she has a lovely birthday 🙂

  2. Jackie @ Baking Charms on July 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    your nana and i share the same birthday! best wishes to her! <3

  3. Lisa @ Sunny Seed Stories on July 19, 2011 at 10:17 am

    My grandma and I are close too! Have lots of fun with her! 🙂

  4. Heather (heathers dish) on July 19, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Kerrygold is literally the best butter I’ve ever had in my life! No way you can go back after trying it 🙂

  5. Cait @ Cait hates Cake on July 19, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Aww, Happy Birthday to your Nana! Your dinner looked ridiculously delicious, btw.

  6. Felicia (Natural + Balanced) on July 19, 2011 at 10:20 am

    kerry gold is the BEST. i’ve seen it the cheapest in trader joes too. and actually every time i buy it there, whoever is working the register always says “this is the best butter!”. i’m like iiiiii know! so golden yellow from the grass. love 🙂 🙂

  7. steff (steffsays) on July 19, 2011 at 10:21 am

    nice! i’ve been looking for a new weight routine. i’m definitely going to give this a shot!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 10:24 am

      let me know how it goes!

  8. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on July 19, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Gouda + mushrooms + eggs + pastry… drooling!

  9. Holly @ The Runny Egg on July 19, 2011 at 10:25 am

    I’m glad you are so close with your Grandma! She sounds amazing.

    I love the workout you posted — circuits are the best!

  10. Lea @ Healthy Coconut on July 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Does the cookbook have a website? I want to make the recipe. I also love the quiche recipe from the almond flour cookbook, I think would like it too.

    Love the things you said about your nana. I was extremely close to mine but she is no longer with us and this post made me teary eyed because it reminded me of her 🙂 All good memories with her.

  11. kara on July 19, 2011 at 10:27 am

    perfect! i’ve been piecing together a core strength workout and an upper body strength workout (from your posted workouts) to go with my turbo fire cardio so this one comes at the best time!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 10:32 am

      whoo hoo! it would be perfect to sandwich w any of the turbo workouts 🙂

  12. Kilee on July 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Happy Birthday to your Nana! Was she the one who would send you all the cute holiday plates? I hope that you two have a fun time celebrating her birthday. And I agree, Grandma’s are the best 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

      yes, she fully supports my crazy blog dishware habit 🙂

  13. Errign on July 19, 2011 at 10:41 am

    Kerrygold has the BEST butter and cheese. I love their unsalted butter. I used to dominate their products when I lived in Ireland.

  14. LisaG on July 19, 2011 at 10:44 am

    I forgot your Nana and I have the same birthday! Hope you have a great celebration; I know how much you think of her.

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 10:45 am

      happy birthday to you too, friend! miss you!

  15. Girl In the pink on July 19, 2011 at 10:47 am

    That mushroom tart looks amazing! And I love circuit workouts, thanks for the inspiration!

  16. Faith @ lovelyascharged on July 19, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Aww, you and your nana are so cute together! I’m really close with my grandparents – I’m so glad I only live a few hours away! Have fun with yours!

  17. Beth (well ill be) on July 19, 2011 at 10:52 am

    I love it when you post workouts like this. I’m more of a group exercise weight lifter, so when I need to go in and do it on my own I kind of just wander around. I’m going to print this off and take it in. Thanks for posting!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 11:10 am

      let me know what you think- have fun! 🙂

  18. Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine on July 19, 2011 at 10:54 am

    What a sweet picture of you and your Nana. 🙂 Love it Gina!

  19. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen on July 19, 2011 at 10:56 am

    That butter is amazing! We went to Ireland in May and constantly gushed about how good the butter was at restaurants throughout the country. We kept asking them what kind of butter it was and they always said Kerrygold and looked at us like we were crazy. haha

  20. Ali @ urbanfruitbat on July 19, 2011 at 11:02 am

    That dinner looked spectacular!! Happy b-day to your precious Nana. I am sure that you will make her feel like a princess today. Nice work out too!!

  21. Jessica @ Sushi and Sit-Ups on July 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

    That looks delicious! Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods. Have a great afternoon!

  22. Sara K on July 19, 2011 at 11:12 am

    Yum, looks great! My favourite butters are Lurpak Danish butter and Smjor Icelandic (Whole Foods had i on sale recently)…I’m suuuuuper picky about my butta’!

  23. Elisabeth on July 19, 2011 at 11:13 am

    Yum, Kerrygold! Keep your eyes peeled around St. Patrick’s Day because Costco carries 3-packs of Kerrygold and the price is tough to beat. They only stock it just before St. Paddy’s Day and when it’s gone it’s gone until the following year. I currently have around 20 of the Costco packs of KG in my freezer. I’m a KG hoarder.

    Happy Birthday to your Nana!

  24. Fiona on July 19, 2011 at 11:15 am

    I can’t believe I just saw Kerrygold in your post! I just got back from 2 weeks in Ireland, and let me tell you, I can certifiably testify to the cattle being grassfed! They are literally everywhere…and it is such a pleasure to see all the animals strolling around pastures. It is the way its meant to be – random fact for you that I learnt there…Ireland produces enough food for 80 million people with a population of only 4.5 million. So everything they eat is organic! Enjoy!!

  25. mary @ what's cookin with mary on July 19, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I love all the links in your workout guide! You rock G!! TY Still recovering from my injury, but as soon as I’m strong enough… I’ll be adding some of those in.

    I have taste tested that butter in TJ’s and it really does taste different. Next time I need some buttah, gotta remember to pick that one up.

  26. mary @ what's cookin with mary on July 19, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Forgot to add… Happy Birthday to your Nana 🙂

  27. Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me on July 19, 2011 at 11:22 am

    Workout looks awesome! I am definitely intrigued by this butter. No idea where I would find it though. Must do some sleuthing!

  28. Jen @familyfoodfitnessandfun on July 19, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Mmmm…that dinner looks great! I’m always on the lookout for more cookbooks…because I need to add to my gigantic collection 😉 That is great you have such a close relationship with your Nana! I wish my grandma lived closer, I often miss her.

  29. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on July 19, 2011 at 11:32 am

    Happy Birthday to your Nana! I hope you two have a lovely time! And I’m totally doing this workout after work today.. I’d love to do it now for a boost of energy but I might get some funny looks in my office if I do! 🙂 Have a great day Gina!

  30. sophie on July 19, 2011 at 11:37 am

    will you post the recipe?

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 3:33 pm

      i can’t since it’s in a cookbook

  31. Allison @ Food For Healing on July 19, 2011 at 11:41 am

    omg that looks so good!!

  32. Tessa @ Amazing Asset on July 19, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Aww what a wonderful picture, that’s so nice you guys are close 🙂
    And this workout looks great, you always post such great ones! Thanks lady!

  33. Mo on July 19, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    That’s the only kind of butter I like to use! Being Irish – I’m a bit biased anyway. I’ve found it doesn’t quite melt the same tho – like if you were to put a pat of it on top of steamed veggies. Costco sells it too every once in awhile. The tart looks fantastic. I’ll be venturing out for my Mom’s birthday dinner this eve – I lost my grandparents very young, so it is almost foreign to me to imagine spending adult time with them. But I do know that every day I have with Mom is priceless. Enjoy your day and give your nanna a huge squeeze. Take care my friend!

  34. Emily @ Glitz Glam Granola on July 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Oh my gosh that looks like such an amazing recipe!!! And the finished product looks even better! I might have to get that cookbook! And I’d never even heard of grassfed butter before… how interesting!
    What a great picture of you and your Nana. I’m super close with my Grandma too and feel so lucky to know such an amazing woman! I bet yours is really happy you are back in town!!

  35. Katie on July 19, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Happy Birthday to her! How sweet! She sounds like an amazing person : )

    Mikes birthday is tomorrow!

    Have a great day Gina! xoxo <3

  36. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on July 19, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Ahhhh happy birthday to your NANA!!!

  37. Meg | One Love Meg on July 19, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    Have fun with your Nana. Thanks for the workouts. I am doing a bootcamp now and we have to do two-a-days so I will need these to mix it up.

    Also, congrats on the baby boy! 🙂

  38. Lauren @ Sugar Coated Sisters on July 19, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    yay another circuit workout to bookmark! did your booty blast last night and loved it <3

    this butter reminds me of two people: HEAB and my friend Kerry who has a heart of GOLD!

  39. Rhiannon on July 19, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    I hope you girls have a lovely birthday lunch!!!

  40. Yolie @ Practising Wellness on July 19, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Wh have Kerrygold butter in England! 😀 Yay! I shall have to buy some 🙂 That tart looks divine…happy birthday to your Nana! <3 xyx

  41. kristine on July 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    the quiche looks super awesome:0)

    wish I had that in my fridge riiiight now!

  42. melanie on July 19, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    hope you have a lovely lunch together! ever since i’ve begun working out on a regular basis (nearly two years ago), i’ve ALWAYS started my sessions with my cardio segment, and then moved on to strength training- i just seemed to enjoy that order most. however, i’ve read in numerous places that it’s best to do the strength training first if you’ll be doing both in one session. what are your thoughts on that? is it all that important? i switched it up yesterday and really felt unmotivated to do my cardio once i’d blasted my quads out on plyo squats and some lunges. is the order best determined by what your own body prefers? thanks!

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      it depends on what your goals are:
      -weight loss or fat loss: cardio first
      -adding muscle: weights first
      this way, you don’t run out of energy for the specific part of your workout you’re going for 🙂

      • melanie on July 20, 2011 at 12:29 pm

        great! thanks for the reply! i’m actually not trying to lose any more weight, per se (am now on the low side for my height), but do want to burn more fat off of my belly (which i hope to do by building muscle). so, maybe i should just alternate, so i can get both the fat-burning and muscle-building benefits! 🙂

  43. Shayla @ The Good Life on July 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Awww love this pic of you and your nana 🙂

    Btw, I saw your quote in the latest issue of Self, with Allison Sweeney on the cover. I think page 78? I was reading and came across your name, I was like, hey that’s Fitnessista!! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 3:30 pm

      whoo hoo!!! so exciting 🙂

  44. Gillbear on July 19, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    I used to live in the UK and I’d buy that butter because it was always on offer where I went. Weird to see so many people talking about it!

  45. Hannah on July 19, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Thanks so much for putting this circuit workout together! I do your other ones every once and a while and am happy to add a new one into the mix 🙂 Can wait to try this out tomorrow! Thanks again 🙂

  46. Joelle (On A Pink Typewriter) on July 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm

    That tart looks faaaabulous.

    I just decided that I need to try your schweaty elliptical workout.. I hurt my knee recently so I’m trying to find substitutes for cardio since I can’t run. I’ve been doing interval walking on the treadmill, but it’s getting a little old… 😉

  47. Maria on July 19, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Looks like a good workout! I’ll try adding it in maybe this week or next week 🙂 Happy birthday to your nana! Grandmas are the best 🙂

  48. Jen on July 19, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    Brilliant! I’m always envious of the fact you have shops like Wholefoods and Trader Joe’s over in America. Delighted to see Kerrygold, it’s in any shop here in Ireland. It’s lovely on some brown soda bread with tea 🙂

    • Fitnessista on July 19, 2011 at 3:29 pm

      i have a scary, ridiculous, obsession and love affair with soda bread. that sounds amazing

  49. Dakota on July 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Hi Gina
    I used to live in Ireland and got spoiled by the Kerrygold dairy products. The butter is unreal and the yogurt can’t be beat. They only sell the butter and cheeses in the States, though. It is a real treat – enjoy a little love from Ireland! If you are interested, check out Kerrygold Dubliner cheese. It’s a hard cheese with a mild nutty taste that goes great with lots of things and melts nicely.

  50. Jess on July 19, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Is it just me or does Trader Joe’s hire, like, the nicest people ever? It seems like no matter which one I go to, in whatever city or neighborhood, I always leave smiling.

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

      for real! i always end up chatting with them the entire time

    • melanie on July 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

      while their employees are probably inherently nice people, i think TJ’s really treats their employees well, so they like working there! and it rubs off on the customer!

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