Banana cream protein pudding

Hi friends 😀 How are you? Hope you’re having a happy Indian Food Wednesday 🙂


I started my day of with a bowl of cereal:


-multigrain puffins

-almond milk

-1/2 banana

-organic raspberries


Cereal almost never fills me up –I could eat 4 bowls and think nothing of it- so we’ll see how this one does 😉

I also got lunch/snacks packed up and ready to go for work today:


Seaweed snacks

Organic green grapes


a queenly gluten-free bagel sandwich


(with goat cream cheese and raspberries)

and some of this:


Banana Cream Protein Pudding!

Last night, I soaked 1/4 C raw cashews


and this morning, blended it up with 1/2 banana, 1/2 scoop Sun Warrior, 1/4 t cinnamon, pinch of sea salt and 1/4 t vanilla.

Since it’s like a raw ice cream base, I’m going to put it in the freezer at work and enjoy post-workout 🙂 Let me know if ya try it!

So have ya heard about the new food pyramid?

I still remember the old one from elementary school days:


and even as a child being so confused and overwhelmed with it. 6-11 servings of grains? There was no way I could eat that many grains in a day! Also, which category were enchiladas in? I had no idea.

The newer version was even more confusing.


Well the newest version, is supposed to based off a dinner plate instead of a pyramid design and emphasizes fruits and veggies, eating smaller portions, lower fat and less sodium.

The thing I’ve never really enjoyed about food pyramids is the “one-size-fits-all” mentality. We’re all different and have different nutritional needs. On the other hand, I can see how it can be helpful when you’re starting to create a healthier lifestyle and want a starting point.

I’m anxious to see it. Nothing online yet, but I’ve heard it will be officially released tomorrow.

Well I’m off to do the work thang 🙂

See ya later today!


In honor of national running day:

My breakup with running

What I miss (and don’t miss) about running

Something to think:

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.”

– Wayne Dyer

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  1. Erica on June 1, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Hi Gina-

    I read you did the South Beach Diet and I’m considering starting it. Phase 1 looks scary! How did you get through it?? Any tips? Ideas for the impending sugar/carb withdrawl? Thanks!


    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2011 at 10:10 pm

      i didn’t finish the entire phase 1. i did it for a little while and then went on to phase 2

  2. Amanda Jewell on June 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    #1) I was eating a bowl of cereal as I read this 🙂
    #2) I was, as usual, unfulfilled from this bowl of cereal
    #3) Your lunch makes me crave bagels and grapes. If only there was a healthy, low calorie spread that was vegan… (and didn’t contain tofu.. i’m anti-soy) 🙂
    #4) I too agree with your opinion that “one size doesn’t fit all”. For me, I tend to eat less protein, more fat (good fat of course). My body just seems to function better this way. I know that this doesn’t work for a lot of other people and is usually the opposite. But at least this is making news and maybe reminding people of all the different sources of nutrition available.

  3. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on June 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    I totally agree that the food pyramid has its flaws, but I like that provides a way for people to get all their nutrients, without having to count them. Like if a teenager has 4 servings of dairy a day like the Canadian food guide recommends, then they’re guaranteed to get all the calcium they need. It’s a lot easier than reading the mg of calcium on the labels and counting it up themselves!

  4. kate on June 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    seaweed snacks are my absolute favorite I always buy like 10 packs when I go to TJS

    • Fitnessista on June 1, 2011 at 10:08 pm

      me too! they are the perfect snack 🙂

  5. Steph on June 2, 2011 at 12:41 am

    Do you mean the power plate? It kinda sounds like what you described….

    Steph xxx

  6. Marissa on June 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

    I still like the original pyramid the best because I think its easiest to understand… but I also think its horribly misleading. The government seems to just think we need to stuff ourselves full of bread and pasta everyday, and they discourage fats all together instead of promoting lots of healthy fats like olive oil and nuts! I’m curious to see this “new plate”…

  7. Katie on June 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    There you go! I’m not sure how I feel about it – mostly because it doesn’t seem all THAT helpful, just like the old models. People need more info, more specificity, and a photo of exercise next to the plate. 😉 Interested to see what you think of it though!

    • Fitnessista on June 2, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      it’s so vague! better than the old one i guess

  8. Leigh on January 13, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    I love Wayne Dyer; way to promote his wisdom 🙂
    Also, beefing up cereal always helps; like you, it just doesn’t fill me up! I do, however, forget that I even GET hungry when I start my day with peanut butter or almond butter! The calories may be scary, but I end up eating less later.
    Also, I just wrote a blog about the newest “Food Pyramid” or lack thereof; the MyPlate. Maybe you could check it out?
    Thanks for posting! Love your blog 🙂

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