Treat Dreams Come True

Hi friends 😀 How’s your morning going? Hope it’s been lovely!

So, last Friday, the detox was catching up to me and I was needing sweets like no one’s biznazz.

I tweeted the call out to the Pilot:


(I set up a Twitter account for him that he’s never used, but I tweet to him anyway)

It was more of a “In my dreams, these treats would show up now, but I’m willing to wait until heart day”… so you can imagine how much my mind was BLOWN when I got home and these were in a box on the doorstep:


An entire Valentine’s goodie package from the Twins! How did they read my mind?!


As you guys know, I’m very good friends with Michelle and Lori (and beg them to bring me treats whenever I see them). Everything they make is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free, egg-free, corn-free, with attention paid to nutrition and amazing flavor. How do they do it? I have no idea… I just eat it with a goofy smile on my face.

This Valentine’s Day box included:

-Chocolate chip cookies (my FAVE)

-Brownie bites

-Mint chocolate chip bites

-Raw cacao truffles


I had one of each, danced around in foodgasmic glory, and then put the rest in the freezer until the detox is over. The amazing thing is that this goodie pack is this week’s OpenSky deal- I think it will go up Thursday.  Edited to say: it went up today! This way orders will get there by Valentine’s Day. If you’d like the promo, please *follow me on OpenSky* and you’ll get the email with the promo. It would be amazing to support two of my friends, while enjoying delicious healthy treats at the same time. This goodie pack is the perfect Valentine’s gift for anyone (especially those with certain nutritional needs) or for YOURSELF. Obviously 🙂


Getting My Sprout On!! 😀


Its been a while since I’ve made sprouts and thought it would be a fun salad beast and wrap addition.

Sprouting is one of those things that looks intimidating, but totally isn’t.

All ya have to do is:

1.Pick up a sprouting jar from your health food store and some sprouting seeds,

2. Place the seeds in the jar, fill with water and shake. Rinse well and drain- repeat a couple of times

3. Prop the jar up at an angle (so the water can drain) in a dark place

jar (2)

(a dish rack works perfectly but since we are without, I just angled it by the stove)

4. Rinse and drain twice a day for 3-5 days until the seeds sprout

5. Enjoy!!

I’ll post the finished product so you guys can see what they look like! Alfalfa is working its magic right now in the sprouting jar.

B-fast this morning was something a little autumn-y:


Pumpkin Pie Smoothie 😀

-1 C almond milk

-1/2 C pumpkin

-1 T raw cacao powder

-1/2 avocado

-Protein (Sun Warrior + Dr protein)


-cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg

Hit. The. Spot.

I’m off to teach and then getting some groceries- it’s looking a little sad in the fridge 🙂

See ya this afternoon with a fun lunch recipe <3



Today’s tip: Avocado is a fun change from bananas as a smoothie thickener. It adds a lovely texture plus mega dose of healthy fats 🙂

Something to do: Winter Shape Up warriors, please send me your success stories and a pic to fitnessista at gmail dot com (subject: WSU success) so I can include them in next weeks wrap-up post. If you have a blog, include a link and I’ll give ya a shout out, too 😀

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  1. Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete on February 8, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I busted out the pumpkin yesterday too — I still have a few cans in my cupboard from Fall!

    I bet avocado makes such a creamy smoothie — great idea!

  2. Jackie @ Baking Charms on February 8, 2011 at 9:55 am

    The first time I tried a truffle from TwinCakes (at a blogger dinner) I was blown away!!! Those girlies are ridiculously talented!

  3. Jessica on February 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Ask and you shall receive- those treats look amazing!

    I’m so glad you said that about the avocado in a smoothie because I was just wondering how I was going to make my smoothie for breakfast without banana but I have an avocado so now I know 🙂

    Do you freeze it before putting it in the blender?

    Have a great day 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

      you can freeze it but don’t have to 🙂

  4. Ali @ Ali on the Run on February 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Lucky girl! That’s awesome and those treats look delish. Happy early V-Day to you!

  5. Courtney on February 8, 2011 at 9:57 am

    Those look delicious!! Can the twins read all our minds? 😉

  6. Amelia on February 8, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Mmmm….raw treats! They look incredible! Sprouting is awesome, isn’t it? I purchased a few containers from Lowes (the small kind for potted plants) poked holes in the bottoms so they could drain and have sprouted all sorts of beans/ seeds/ and nuts. I especially like sprouted chick peas to snack on, sprouted lentils, and wheat berries for bread. Yum!

  7. Ashley @ the fit academic on February 8, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Wow – these raw treats look delicious!

  8. Stefanie @thenewhealthy on February 8, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I never knew how easy sprouting was! Although I’d probably still find a way to mess it up–haha! My thumb is anything but green. 😉

  9. Ari @ The Diva Dish on February 8, 2011 at 10:24 am

    OOH that dessert looks amazing! That definitely sounds like the perfect surprise! I also LoVe avocados in smoothies. sounds weird, but it’s soo yummy!

  10. Ashley on February 8, 2011 at 10:30 am

    My prayers have been answered. I despise banana but always wanted the creamy texture in my smoothies, now I know. Must stock up on avocado immediately!

  11. Tina on February 8, 2011 at 10:33 am

    This is my first post to your blog but I wanted to tell you I absolutely love all the things you post..Thanks for all the fun and great ideas…Just curious I’m not a big chocolate fan, I know.. isn’t every woman, but chocolate has been a trigger or migraines for me in the past so I try to not indulge to much…anyway does Twincakes also do treats without chocolate that are yummy that you would suggest? Thanks!!!

  12. kt on February 8, 2011 at 10:39 am

    What a delicious surprise! How long until your detox is over?

    I love sprouts, but don’t do it as often as I should because of the amount of water used (we don’t have running water and have to haul it in to our cabin). I need to suck it up and get on a regular sprouting schedule.

  13. Amanda on February 8, 2011 at 10:41 am

    woo hoo!!!

  14. Leanne (For Health's Sake) on February 8, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Pumpkin makes my heart swoon. 🙂

  15. Katie on February 8, 2011 at 11:22 am

    those pure 2 raw twins know what they are doing for sure ; ) they are so sweet too! I have never tried any of their yummies but I want to!

    Love your tweet to the pilot, so cute!

    Have a great day! xo

  16. mi-an dela cruz on February 8, 2011 at 11:31 am

    wow those goodies look good!!! my roommate and i use to grow sprouts back in med school in the caribbean!! so i totally know how awesome this thing is plus it’s soo good and fresh over salads! i think i’m gonna have to do grow some again! and lastly, i have been putting avocados in my smoothies bc i heart them so much. (kale, avocados and sweet potatoes are my top 3 faves) anyway, growing up in the philippines we would eat avocados as desserts, never in savory dish like guacs so i love putting them in smoothies. we even have avocado ice cream! yumm!

  17. Laura @ prettylittlewords on February 8, 2011 at 11:35 am

    Gina, I have always wondered about avocado in smoothies. Can you taste it at all?

  18. Amy @ purewellnessamy on February 8, 2011 at 11:37 am

    My stepfather is on a sprouting kick – I enjoyed some of his sprouted lentils and mung beans this weekend 🙂 So crisp and fresh tasting compared to the boxed ones from the grocery store.

  19. Kim @ girlevolving on February 8, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Can you taste the avocado in the smoothies? I love green smoothies, but I’ve never done avocado. I’m nervous about it!

  20. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg on February 8, 2011 at 11:48 am

    What a great surprise!!! Lori and Michelle’s treats always look so mouth-watering good!

  21. Amy on February 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    The raw cacao truffle looks delicious. I’m having a major chocolate craving right now…

  22. Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine on February 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    That sounds AWESOME. I love Valentine’s Day just because it’s an excuse to eat even more chocolate than usual. As if I needed one 🙂 I’m betting the Pilot will pull through with something super yummy as well though!

  23. Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun on February 8, 2011 at 11:50 am

    I wouldn’t mind coming home to a box like that at my doorstep either. And too funny you made a Twitter account for the pilot.

  24. Felicia (A taste of Health with Balance) on February 8, 2011 at 11:53 am

    those look soo good..

  25. Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn on February 8, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Ahh the twins are absolutely the sweetest! You lucky duck!

    I love the sound of that smoothie, and I am OBSESSED with avocados lately. I just made the most decadent chocolate mousse on friday!

    Slash I just started sprouting quinoa and azuki beans! I’m using a ball mason jar and a cheesecloth, easy peasy:)

  26. Erin @ Big Girl Feats on February 8, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    No way! Those look amaaazing and I love all of the nutritional aspects of the treats. It’s my birthday today, so maybe I’ll buy them for myself when the deal comes up on Thursday 🙂

  27. Kayla (Little Miss Healthify) on February 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    I’m making sprouts right now too! Except I’m doing lentils.

    You don’t need to buy a sprouting jar at the health food store. I’m just using a glass jar, put in some lentils, filled it with water, then drained it so that there is still a teeny bit of water lingering and then you cover the jar with cling wrap and keep it in a dark, warm place (cuppboard) and twice a day you fill it with water and then drain again!

  28. Melissa (MelissaLikesToEat) on February 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    That looks like a box of complete goodness.

  29. BIOCHEMISTA on February 8, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    I made Pumpkin Pie steal cut oats in the slow cooker last night. Guess Fall is in the air 🙂

  30. Shanna, Like Banana on February 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    That would be a pretty rockin’ thing to come home to! Clearly you’ve snagged one amaazing hubby!

  31. Erin @ The Grass Skirt on February 8, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    What amazing treats! They look so good that I almost licked my computer screen. I love the tip about using avocado in smoothies. I am definitely going to try it soon!

  32. Kelly on February 8, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    What a sweet surprise! No pun intended. 😉

  33. Anna on February 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    I sprout my beans without a jar. I soak my beans overnight, lay a towel in the bottom of a strainer, put the beans in, and cover it with the towel and set in a dark, warm spot. Once or twice a day I run warm water over it. I have radiator heat in my apartment, and they have these old covers on them. I set an old plate on the cover, put the strainer over that and with that extra moist heat my sprouts are usually ready in 2 days!

  34. Christin@purplebirdblog on February 8, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Sooo jealous of your special treats!!! I totally want to pick up one of those sprouting jars. The whole concept of sprouting intrigues me, and I want to try sprouting grains and beans too!

  35. Jess@atasteofconfidence on February 8, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    ahh what a great surprise:)

  36. Madeleine @ Stepping to the Bright Side on February 8, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    I was JUST thinking of growing my own sprouts… they’re pretty expensive at the grocery store. Especially whole paycheck. Thanks for the how to!

  37. Carolyn (Life in the postcard) on February 8, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Nice job Pilot (or twins for seeing it) for making the treat dream come true. I might just have to order those for myself – you know, because it is difficult to find tasty GF treats and those ladies know what’s up!
    I’ve never thought of how sprouts grow. Very intriguing.

  38. Ann on February 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I am totally going to try to sprout some sprouts! It looks so easy, and they are crazy good for you. Plus, I love the volume they add to salads and wraps, and they hold onto balsamic like nobody’s business. I went on a mason jar bender a while back, so I’ll make a little sprouting jar out of one of those.

  39. Michelle @ Give Me the Almond Butter on February 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    What a fun surprise! I can’t wait to see what the pilot does for Valentines Day–I’m sure it will be super thoughtful and sweet.

    I have recently been adding avocado to my smoothies and its been making it perfectly thick!

  40. Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews on February 8, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    That is so awesome about the sprouts! Can’t wait to see how they turn out.

  41. rebecca lustig on February 8, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    i LOVE sprouts. they add the fun to any sandwich/wrap or salad! seriously! ha

  42. Clare @ Fitting It All In on February 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    I had no idea sprouting was that easy! I’ll have to try it.

  43. Teresa on February 8, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    Avocados are so wonderful! I had some avocado carob pudding for breakfast myself this morning :).

    Love those twins! How SWEET of them! Have a wonderful day!

  44. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat on February 8, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    Wooooow those cakes look ahhhmazing! I want to try growing some sprouts like yours too – looks so easy!

  45. Holly on February 8, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Those raw balls look so DELICIOUS! Share? 🙂 Hope you enjoyed every bite! Happy Tuesday!

  46. Cat on February 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    I would’ve never thought to try avocados instead of naners, thanks for the tip!!

  47. Maryann on February 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Those treats look amazing! I got the email about them this morning. I love sweets made with guilt-free ingredients 🙂

  48. Sana on February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

    You have amazing friends 🙂

  49. Lindsay on February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

    I have been waiting and putting off buying from the twins…… and now because of you opensky deal i HAD TO! thanks 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 8, 2011 at 3:04 pm

      enjoy- you’re going to LOVE it

      • Megan on February 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

        Do you know how many treats you get in the basket on your OpenSky deal? Not sure how many to order for Vday friends!

        • Fitnessista on February 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

          quite a few! maybe 6 of each??

          • Megan on February 8, 2011 at 4:53 pm

            great thanks!

  50. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on February 8, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    The sprouting jar looks so cool and makes sprouting easy. I love that!

    And I love that you set up a twitter acct for the Pilot…that you thought he would never use or see tweets on…and he did! And that he ordered you those treats. Awww..girl, that is soooo sweet.

    I know they will taste even better b/c they were ordered with total love in mind on his part 🙂

    • Fitnessista on February 8, 2011 at 3:03 pm

      he didn’t order me the tweets- he never checks twitter! the twins are just sweet and wonderful and surprised me

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