The Lunch Bunch

Alternate titles to this post: “Metal Mouth” and “Tofu Trauma”… more on that to follow 😉

Thanks so much for the dress compliments– I’m going to order it today. Now I’m on a mission for SHOES!

So after the last time I saw ya’ll, I made a little snacky before I started on the raw lunches for my clients.


Millet bread with 2 egg whites and Tabasco. Never fails 🙂

Then I got to work!

I made salads with raw herb croutons (recipe to come), organic greens, dulse, hemp seeds, avocado and lime juice (modeled after the famous S&M salad)


And Natalia Rose’s Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl


With green juice, and limes for the salads

juice and limes

All ready to go!


I really hope they enjoyed it 😀

I dropped the lunches off and then came home to clean up and make my own lunch.

Clue that I should have eaten the same thing as my clients: I accidentally ate metal.

Not a lot of metal, but a couple of specks and enough to freak me out.


Looks good, right?

I spiralized zucchini, topped with bell pepper and tomato and roasted some brussel sprouts and tofu to go with. I started eating tofu again recently and as I was munching away, I noticed grey specks on one of the tofu bites. The tofu had gotten extra crunchy and stuck to the cookie sheet… so I scraped it off, put it in the mix and didn’t think twice about it. Apparently bits of the cookie sheet came off onto the tofu. Lovely right?? I threw the other half of the tofu block away… might be awhile before I crave it again after today’s event.

Well I’m off to get ready for yoga and then train a client. We’re having shrimpies for dinner 🙂

See you tomorrow with a Reader’s Request post!



Zumba song of the day:”Mi gente” by Marc Anthony

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  1. Jess on January 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    your clients’ lunches look yummy, and yours LOOKS yummy, but . . . apparently not!! I enjoy tofu when other people make it but haven’t found a way to make it at home that I can stomach yet! blech.

    think of it this way: you definitely got your day’s worth of minerals, right??

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      LOL.. i guess!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet on January 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I’ve done that before with my husband’s pots and pans. They were cheapy versions that he destroyed and and bottoms flaked off. So gross! And really disappointing when you gotta throw a meal away.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 3:20 pm

      yeah, it was horrible!

  3. Megan on January 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    That’s really traumatic. once my sister had steel wool in her pancakes at a diner and it was MONTHS before any of us could eat pancakes.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 3:35 pm

      steel wool!!! how did that happen?! ack!

  4. Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) on January 19, 2010 at 3:37 pm

    Aww, I would HATE it if that happened! Hope the rest of your day is crap-free =D


  5. Susan on January 19, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    Oops I’ve done that before and eaten tin foil by mistake!! The food looks fabulous for your clients, think I’ll try making the soup, don’t think I’ve ever had cold soup before but I’ll give it a go.

  6. Susan on January 19, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    Just curious Gina and it’s probably a question for another day, but what do you think of plastics? Like plastic bottles, plastic containers etc? I’ve read a bit about bpa, I think that’s what it’s called. Just curious, don’t worry if you can’t answer it now. Have a great day.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

      hey susan,
      in a nutshell, i think plastics are bad but there are much worse things you could be doing to your body. i always drink water out of an aluminum bottle but don’t use glass storage containers because they cost a TON. i looked at one the other day and it was $25 for two… i’d rather spend my dollas on other things. i think if the food isn’t in plastic for very long and as long as youre not microwaving food in plastic, it’s fine.

      • Susan on January 19, 2010 at 3:50 pm

        Great thanks Gina, that’s what I was thinking about plastic, it’s not good to put plastic containers in the microwave. I too use plastic containers to bring my lunches to work etc.

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) on January 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    yikes! i’ve done that before and i’m still kickin’ 🙂

    the salads look perfecto! i’d love to eat them any day 🙂

  8. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on January 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Oh no!!! That sucks 🙁

    I want you to come make lunch for me– those client lunches look awesome!

  9. Marianne @ morethanok on January 19, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    How scary! I remember reading that cooking in cast iron pans actually added iron to what you’re cooking – but I’m not entirely sure that’s true. Either way, it beats cookie sheet chunks!

    The raw lunch looks spectacular (esp the pumpkin stuff).

  10. Katie@ Two Lives, One Lifestyle on January 19, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Oh gross!! I used to have a pan that left some “pan flakes” in my eggs. No thanks!

  11. Gena on January 19, 2010 at 3:59 pm

    Dude, I’ve made that metal mistake. I lived. Promise. You’ll be ok, gorgeous!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      hahah thank you. that makes me feel so much better.. my last text to the pilot “am i going to die? i just ate metal”

  12. Lauren (Biochemísta) on January 19, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    Can I be one of your clients if you move to DC? 🙂

    Sorry about the tofu!!!!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 4:13 pm

      of course!!

  13. Lauren (Biochemísta) on January 19, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Oh, did you put any sauce on your spirialized zuch and veggies? I’m new to the spirilizing world and welcome any recommendations 😉 So far I’ve done reg maranara sauce and pesto. Both delish 🙂 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

      just put coconut aminos and garlic powder.. it was all it needed

  14. Karyn on January 19, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    eek! i’m sure i’ve done that as well as plastic by putting non-microwavable tupperware in the microwave. oops! but your lunch does look good, metal or no 🙂

  15. Paige (Running Around Normal) on January 19, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    Your clients’ lunches look fabulous! I’m sure they will looove them. I know I would!
    Sorry about the metal mishap. Yikes!

  16. Madison on January 19, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    That salad looks so good!

    So gross about the metal on your tofu. Maybe you can bake them on a silpat sheet.

  17. Angela (The Lady Loves to Eat) on January 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Lucky clients their food looks delish! I’m sorry about the metal in the tofu that doesn’t sound very fun!

  18. Lauren @ eater not a runner on January 19, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Ugh that is the worst. Your client’s lunches did look AMAZING though 😉

  19. Molly @thevegandorm on January 19, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I was shocked when someone told me that in cereals like Total, you can actually see the specks of iron. Sure enough, if you look at the cereal, there are little chunks of metal in there! I guess I never associated the metal iron with iron in my vitamins and my spinach haha!

    Ugh – I understand how that would gross you out. For myself, I cook my tofu in a frying pan on the stove with no extra oil (or maybe just a quick spritz of olive oil spray) but that way you would eliminate the possibility of aluminum foil in your mouth. As far as I know, the taste is pretty consistent.

  20. Kristin on January 19, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Gina, how do you make those cute little yummy-looking egg white puffs?? Do tell!

  21. Tara on January 19, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    aww sorry your tofu had metal, well it made for a silly little story i suppose…
    but your clients lunches looked delicious!! I bet they enjoyed them! <3

  22. Island Girl Eats on January 19, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Nothing like a mouth full of metal!

  23. Leah on January 19, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Hey Gina,

    Sorry about your lunch! I suggest putting baking paper on the tray between the tofu and tray – no metal contamination then!

    I have a question about the Intro to Iron workout. I did the back and biceps routine today (loved it) but I couldn’t figure out how to do the oblique v-up. No matter how hard I tried I could seem to get my legs off the ground. Any tips?

  24. Liz on January 19, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I’m sure that small amount of metal won’t be too harmful. I’d line the baking sheet next time, though. Those raw lunches look delicious! With salads like that I don’t even think you would miss cooked food!

  25. Suzanne on January 19, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    No Mr. Airport Security Officer, I’m not packin’, I just ate some metal, no big deal.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      i’m dying laughing over here

  26. Suzanne on January 19, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Oh yeah, and would you have any cardio modifications for those of us participating in the shape up but who are looking to gain a few El-Bees?


    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 8:39 pm

      i’d say keep the cardio to 20 minutes (for health reasons) and up your protein, cals and healthy fats a little.

  27. Danielle (Coffee Run) on January 19, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    Your client’s lunches look amazing! I’m a little jealous
    I’m sure you’ll be fine- I’ve eaten metal…paper…plastic (on accident) and I’m ok 🙂

  28. Laura J. @ Health & Hotness on January 19, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Man, I want to be one of your clients! That lunch looks fabulous! Everything you make always looks so yummy! Your clients are lucky to have you! 🙂

  29. Caroline on January 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    LOVE the red dress! It is hot hot hot! Where is it from?

    Also – what yoga cert do you have? Im gonna go for one as soon as I save up the $$$$$! Have a great day GIna!

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm

      i don’t have a yoga cert, just a group fitness cert. which is why teaching yoga is probably more challenging for me :/

      • Caroline on January 20, 2010 at 1:16 am

        totally – well if you decide to go through with one let me know which one you do! I’m thinking about yoga works 🙂

  30. Gracie @ Girl Meets Health on January 19, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    One of the reasons I love your blog is because I can tell that you *truly* have a passion for training and care personally for your clients. I wish all trainers were like that! The effort you put into those lunches is very admirable, and they look absolutely delicious =)

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 8:37 pm

      thank you- i do. i really love every single one of my clients… i’m biased though because i’ll only take people as clients that i click with and truly enjoy working for

  31. Jaime on January 19, 2010 at 7:41 pm

    A very similar event (I think I was baking fish) is what taught me to use tin foil or parchment paper on my baking sheets! Ewwwwww.

    The lunches look fab. I totally want a spiralizer!

  32. Amy on January 19, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Ooh, those salads look good!

    OMG, check out the “cold breakfast” for American Airlines under Vegetarian Meals:
    Breakfast cookie! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 8:35 pm

      hahah CRAZY! i have a feeling their breakfast cookie is a little different 🙂

      • Amy on January 20, 2010 at 2:03 am

        Yeah, probably!

        Just did the Inter/Adv Shape Up workout. I’d rather run an hour than do a few rounds of burpees! 😉 Great workout!

        • Fitnessista on January 20, 2010 at 7:45 am


  33. Jenny on January 19, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    I wish you would pack my lunch for me! 😉

    I totally freaked today when some of the laughing cow cheese wrapper got spread into my wrap–just breathe, just breathe, we’ll survive!

  34. The Paris Food Blague on January 19, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    jeez sorry. tough luck. tofu can be tricky.

    but it looks good, you’re right!

  35. Jessica (Fit and Clean) on January 19, 2010 at 8:53 pm

    Yikes! I had bought some new non-stick fry pans, and when my parents came to my house over Christmas, they were using forks to make their eggs and scratched up my pan. Aaargh! I was like…here’s a wooden spatula! Use this! But it was already too late…hate to see the teflon that they were eating…

  36. elizabeth on January 19, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    i wanna be your client!! i just adore natalie’s pumpkin pie in a bowl!! so tasty!

  37. Jessica @ The Process of Healing on January 19, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    Yummy lunches for your clients!!!!

    I’ve never made tofu for myself, I need to find a kick-butt recipe.

    • Fitnessista on January 19, 2010 at 9:48 pm

      check out gliding calm’s recipe!

  38. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on January 19, 2010 at 11:58 pm

    Your client’s lunches look very good…I’m so curious to see what they think. Hope they know how lucky they are!

  39. Jenna on January 20, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Aww sorry about the tofu :/

  40. Katie on January 20, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Oooh I wish I lived in Valdosta so I could be your client and you could bring me yummy lunches! 🙂

    • Fitnessista on January 20, 2010 at 11:09 am

      hahah don’t ever wish you lived in valdosta 😉 i’ll move wherever you are instead, haha

  41. Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather on January 20, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    Lucky clients! Did they request this from you or did you just think to make them raw eats?

    • Fitnessista on January 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm

      nope they requested them 🙂

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