Would Amanda Eat It?

Here we go – the first Would Amanda Eat It? feature of the new year!  We ended off last year on a sweet note (Cookies N’ Cream Cookie Butter) – but let’s be honest – that stuff was a definite no on the healthy foods list.

Another Trader Joe’s product request came from a loyal reader, so I wanted to honor that.  The food item in question?  Trader Joe’s Panko Breaded Tilapia Fillets.

How can you go wrong with fish? You’d be surprised.  Let’s check out the stats:

The good:

  • it IS actual fish!  Heart-healthy, low-calorie fish!
  • you get 15g of protein per fillet, not too shabby
  • guys, I can’t even think of a third good thing.  You know that’s trouble.

The bad:

  • Two words: salt bomb.  One measly little fillet has 530mg, which is more than 25% of your daily recommended max – and on a low-sodium, diet, nearly 50%.
  • Another three words?  Fatty fat fat.  And not the healthy kind.  Each fillet packs a whopping 7g of saturated fat – over 40% of your daily recommended max – which is astounding since tilapia in its “naked” form has less than 1g (!).
  • Speaking of words, a word you shouldn’t have to worry about when eating fish is carbohydrates.  Yet this fillet has a lot of ’em – 27g, as much as two slices of Ezekiel bread – in its 320 calories.
  • And let’s not forget the preservatives.  Guar gum, tapioca starch, calcium carbonate – you don’t want this MSG-similar stuff in your diet, believe me.

The verdict:

The alternative:

  • It’s a no-brainer here, guys – how about good old-fashioned tilapia fillets?  Don’t worry, package-loving people – you can buy this tasty fish pre-portioned and ready to cook, just like Trader Joe’s sells it – just without the breading.  You’ll save yourself 220 calories, 6.5 grams of saturated fat, and ALL of the carbs (plain fish is carb-free, folks) – plus gain an extra 6g of protein per serving.
  • Not convinced?  Check out these non-breaded, low-sodium ways to prepare tilapia that taste just as good (or better!) than the junky stuff.

What food would you like to see featured in next week’s Would Amanda Eat It?  Comment here or on my Facebook page!

50 Things About ThisFitBlonde

I want to welcome all my new readers and followers by doing one of those catch-all “about me” posts – because hey, if you’ve never met me, this might be new info for you!

And to those loyal readers who do know me in person, well – here’s a chance to dig a little bit deeper into my psyche (don’t say I didn’t warn you) and find out what’s rumbling around this skull of mine in 2015.

1. What time did you get up this morning? 7:00am, because Mondays are my “late” days.

2. How do you like your steak? Medium rare these days.

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? Just saw Wild last night.

4. What is your favorite TV show? Right now, Orphan Black, but in life, The Simpsons.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Tie: Singapore and L.A.

6. What did you have for breakfast? Banana and peanut butter on Ezekiel bread.

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Indian by a landslide.

8. What foods do you dislike? Not too much anymore – not a huge fan of lemongrass.

9. Favorite Place to Eat? Is my own kitchen overselling it?

10. Favorite dressing? Ranch for life.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? Hyundai Veloster and it’s ballin’.

12. What are your favorite clothes? Gym clothes, since that’s all I wear anyway.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Dying to go to Thailand, South Africa, and Greece.

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? Always half full – I’m the eternal optimist!

15. Where would you want to retire? Too far away for me to think about realistically.

16. Favorite time of day? Sunrise, because everything is still possible.

17. Where were you born? Woodstock, IL.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?  Football, because ‘Murica.

19. How many siblings? 1 big brother!

20.Favoritepastime/hobby: Working out/running, duh.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? It’s not an email chain, so who cares?

22. Bird watcher? Nope.

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? 100% morning.  I sleep at night.

24. Do you have any pets? Sigh.  Not right now. 😦

25. Any new and exciting news you’d like to share? Oh hi, I’m getting MARRIED in 6 weeks.

26. What did you want to be when you were little? An Olympic gymnast.

27. What is your best childhood memory? Every holiday and every vacation.

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Dog of course!  Woof!

29. Are you married? See #25

30. Always wear your seat belt? Yes, I don’t have a death wish.

31. Been in a car accident? Yeah, the one that was my fault that totaled my first car.

32. Any pet peeves? Indecisiveness, laziness, and poor grammar.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? Pepperoni FTW, mushrooms if the group will abide.

34. Favorite Flower? Not a big flower person – er – roses?  Eh.

35. Favorite ice cream? All the ones with tons of junk in them – like super-chocolate-cookie dough-caramel-chip-explosion.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? In N Out, with Carl’s/J-Box in a tie for second.

37. How many times did you fail your driver’s test? None, by grace.

38. From whom did you get your last email? A woman for whom I am doing a contracting job.  Scintillating.

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Urban Home.

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? This question reminds me how dull I’ve been lately.  Thanks.

41. Like your job? LOVE my job.

42. Broccoli? Not a real question.  But I do like it.

43. What was your favorite vacation? The first Singapore trip in 2007, where everything was amazing and new.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with: obviously Nick.

45. What are you listening to right now? Nothing, I like silence around the house.

46. What is your favorite color? Yellow/orange/pink/warm & bright colors of all kinds.

47. How many tattoos do you have? Five.  More in the future I hope!

48. How many people will fill this out? Again, not an email chain.  Lame.

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 8:53am, seven minutes ahead of deadline for this entry.

50. Coffee Drinker? Big time.

I’d love to know more about YOU – fill this out and link back to me so I can get to know you better!

Weekend Roundup

The first roundup of 2015 – ooooh, I’m nervous!  Luckily there’s a ton of awesome stuff to look at on the web right now.

Like Brogamats.  They’re exactly what you think they are: totes masculine yoga mats and accessories.

If yoga isn’t your thing, how about a cordless digital jump rope?  No fear of tripping can hold you down.

Do you hold on to your sports bras too long?  Yeah, me too.

Want to stream shows legally and with high quality?  Here are your options.

If you’re still dragging your feet on getting your fitness game going in 2015, these inspiration boards should kick you right back into gear.

Ugh, if you’re anything like me you struggle to save money and are too quick to spend it.  So that being said, here are some tips for people like me (us?).

Granted, if Nick left me hanging at the altar (in 6 weeks!) I’d have his head.  But this girl took it waaaay better, and made a fun project out of the whole ordeal.

I am dying for this globe and somehow see it as part of a future baby nursery (!).

If you’re a HAC junkie like me, holla back at these amazing highlighter products.

And finally – if you’ve overindulged this holiday season (guilty), check out this intensely detoxifying tonic – then thank me later.

What are you seeking out on the internet this week?  Anything I missed?

Flex Friday: The Winter Wonder Workout

Ok, I get it.  It’s cold outside (yes, even here in L.A. it is freezing!).  We’re coming off the holidays and you feel lethargic (and perhaps guilty) as all get-out.  Working out may be the furthest thing from your mind as you use every last speck of mental energy to think about going back to work on Monday (ugh).

But alas, my fit friends, there is a way.  A way that only takes 20 minutes, is guaranteed to get you sweating, and is a full-body, equipment-free workout that will help you start feeling the burn in 2015.

Even if you didn’t set a fitness-related resolution this year, there’s no excuse to NOT try this short, fun, high-energy workout in the comfort of your own home – no cold weather gear required:


I know I know, there’s a lot of text to look at – but worry not!  All you need is the timer on your phone or watch and some grit and determination, and you’re ready to rock it.  Here’s the details:

0:00-1:00 – JUMPING JACKS

1:00-4:00 – 10 PUSHUPS EVERY 30 SECONDS (the faster you go, the more rest you get)


7:00-8:00 – PLANK (any format)


11:00-12:00 – BREATHER (just rest)


15:00-18:00 – 90 SECONDS BURPEES / 30 SECONDS WALL SIT (x2)


19:00-20:00 – STRETCH & HYDRATE

Let me know if you give this one a try – and which portion of the workout you think is the toughest!

The 10 Resolutions I Won’t Make in 2015

Taking a cue from my fellow blogger Kaily at Someday Sunny, I’ve been thinking (too much) about my 2015 resolutions.  I pretty much feel like you’re either a “resolutions person” or you’re not, and I’ve always been one.

What can I say?  I love goals, challenges, new beginnings, and structure.  So resolutions are my thang, yo.

In 2013, I gave up coffee for a full year.  In 2009, I wouldn’t drink a drop of alcohol until I qualified for the Boston Marathon.  In 2011, I started flossing every single day (and still do!).

But this year is going to be a big one for me.  I am getting married, changing my name, and refocusing my brand (from the now-defunct bene-fit to, of course, ThisFitBlonde!), among other unforeseen and potential surprises.  I feel like I can’t focus on resolutions right now with so much in limbo – and there’s nothing I hate more than a goal I can’t reach.

So, instead, I figured I’d make a (brief) list of the things I won’t be doing in 2015.  Consider it an act of rebellion, at least for us resolutions-types:

1. I will not stop buying the unnecessarily large 36 ounce jars of Adams peanut butter.  I stand by the fact that it’s a healthy snack and YES I NEED THAT MUCH.

2.  I will not freak out if I miss my step goal in a given day.  Yes, I set the bar unnecessarily high at 20K steps daily.  But I am not a failure if I get, say, 17,500.  It’s fine.

3.  I will not go a day (that we’re physically together) without kissing my fiance (soon to be husband!) on the lips.  A big ol’ smacker.

4.  I will not stop my newly formed habit of reading at night.  I like it.  It settles me, even if I sacrifice a few minutes of sleep for it.

5.  I will not feel guilty for drinking K-cups.  Yeah, I know they’re full of mold.  But they take like two seconds to brew at 5am, and for that I am grateful.

6.  I will not stop my addiction to buying (countless sets of) nice, matching pajamas.  I feel cute and special when I wear them, and I get them at TJ Maxx anyway, so there.

7.  That said, I will not overspend on cheap crap.  “Crap” in this case defined as food, shoes, clothes, purses, housewares, and all the other “filler” stuff that I somehow find myself dropping pointless money on when I get bored, mad, or otherwise distracted.

8.  I will not stop watching Say Yes to the Dress.  Yes, I already have my wedding dress.  And will soon be married.  But that does not diminish my enjoyment of the show one bit.

9.  I will not waste energy getting mad at online trolls/commenters.  Their lives are lonely and sad.  Why should I add to their misery with a well-crafted response to their stupidity?

10.  And finally…I will not break myself down over any of the aforementioned “will nots.” Let 2015 be the year of freedom from constraint!  Action without guilt!  Oh, the possibilities.

What resolutions won’t be on your list this year?  Let ’em go!