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Friday’s Food & Fitness: In a Polar Vortex

  • January 24, 2014
  • By Brittany
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Friday’s Food & Fitness: In a Polar Vortex

Hello friends!  Another week down and only a few (dozen) more until we emerge from this polar vortex that has been gripping the state of New York and the northeast in general.  Doesn’t it just sound evil: “polar vortex”?  In the meantime, I’m going to be dreaming of flip flops and beaches!  Oh and I’ll also be doing a lot more cooking and eating since what better way to spend a cold day?  With that said, welcome to this week’s edition of Friday’s Food & Fitness!

FOOD

I have to apologize in advance because the lighting when I get home from work and make dinner is terrible. Not only is there no natural light this time of year, my apartment is kind of dark so this is what you get!

I made bimimbap for the first time this week.  Holy moly!!  It was so good!  I did a vegetarian version with black rice.  I used spinach, shiitake mushrooms, shredded zucchini, carrots and bean sprouts topped with a fried egg and some sliced green onions.  This one is definitely going in the rotation.  Side note- I had never even heard of bimimbap until this past fall and I’ve never had it until I made it so this is all very subjective!

Bimimbap

Sriracha goes with everything!

I also had this amazing tropical fish to try and pull me out of the vortex and whisk me away to a tropical island.  Sea bass with pineapple salsa and a kale, mango, avocado and coconut salad.  It kind of worked…

Grilled sea bass

Kale salad

Last year I did an entire series called Slow Cooker Sunday where every Sunday I made a new slow cooker creation.  So amazing because 1) It felt like I never had to cook on Sundays; 2.) Everything made the house smell amazing and turned out equally so; and 3) There is something so comforting about a slow cooker creation in the winter.  Well, I’m at it again this year with a few new slow cooker creations.  On the menu recently:

Slow cooker osso bucco

Osso Bucco with polenta.  Another recipe I’ve never made before but it ended up being a big hit with the Hubs.  Of course give the man a bit of meat any day and he is a fan.

Slowcooker port lettuce wraps

Slow cooked pork lettuce wraps.  Holy moly these were spicy and delicious.  The lettuce I bought was so tiny I felt like I was eating appetizers rather than a meal but luckily I made enough “appetizers” to fill me up!  

Oh and randomly I made these fig mini pizzas the other night.  Sooooo good!  Also only thing I managed to get a photo of during the day.

Fig pizza

FITNESS

So one thing I’m working to improve on this year is my flexibility.  I danced 6 days a week throughout college and was pretty darn flexible but I’m embarrassed to say that recently my flexibility has been less than stellar.  Plus at my new job I sit all the time!  So I started taking a lunch time yoga class once a week.  I can only stay for 40 minutes but man does it feel good!  Plus I walk about 10 minutes there and back so I feel like I’m really moving during my lunch break.

Yoga pose

I’ve also been strutting my stuff recently with the Zumba Master class I attended and a new class I took on MLK day at AKT in Motion (full recap to come!).  PLUS, I am working on a new video for you all (*fingers crossed*).  So hopefully I’ll get to share that with you soon!  I feel like I have so many workouts on my list of things to try that it is insane.  Every time I check one thing off two more crop up.  I think I have workout commitment issues.  Ah well, at least no one is getting hurt!  

Happy Weekend!!

Readers, what did you get up to this week?  Is anyone interested in the recipes for any of the above?  Do you have a fitness bucket list?  

By Brittany, January 24, 2014
0 Comments
  • Shawna
    January 24, 2014

    i seriously need to start doing some yoga — i’ve been saying this for, like, years now, but it has to happen soon. as a distance runner and someone who does boot camps twice a week, my hips are always tight and my flexibility is terribbblllle these days.
    nice job on all the cooking! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shawna
    January 24, 2014

    i seriously need to start doing some yoga — i’ve been saying this for, like, years now, but it has to happen soon. as a distance runner and someone who does boot camps twice a week, my hips are always tight and my flexibility is terribbblllle these days.
    nice job on all the cooking! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shawna
    January 24, 2014

    i seriously need to start doing some yoga — i’ve been saying this for, like, years now, but it has to happen soon. as a distance runner and someone who does boot camps twice a week, my hips are always tight and my flexibility is terribbblllle these days.
    nice job on all the cooking! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Shawna
    January 24, 2014

    i seriously need to start doing some yoga — i’ve been saying this for, like, years now, but it has to happen soon. as a distance runner and someone who does boot camps twice a week, my hips are always tight and my flexibility is terribbblllle these days.
    nice job on all the cooking! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kimberly ( Manifest Yourself)
    January 24, 2014

    I would love to see the slow cooker recipes! The lettuce wraps looked great too! I got one as a wedding gift and rarely use it. I pulled it out to make brown stew chicken on Sunday…but I made waaaay too much. I’ll be eating brown stew chicken for the rest of my life now. I also have a hard time getting the right amount of salt when I use the slow cooker. Everything tastes good…but it definitely needs more seasoning when I pull it out.

    • FitBritt
      January 26, 2014

      Great! I’ll work on a recipe post and put a few in that I think are good! I love my slowcooker. I actually usually freeze my leftovers! You definitely need to air on the side of overseasoning though because of the cooking time.

  • Kimberly ( Manifest Yourself)
    January 24, 2014

    I would love to see the slow cooker recipes! The lettuce wraps looked great too! I got one as a wedding gift and rarely use it. I pulled it out to make brown stew chicken on Sunday…but I made waaaay too much. I’ll be eating brown stew chicken for the rest of my life now. I also have a hard time getting the right amount of salt when I use the slow cooker. Everything tastes good…but it definitely needs more seasoning when I pull it out.

  • Kimberly ( Manifest Yourself)
    January 24, 2014

    I would love to see the slow cooker recipes! The lettuce wraps looked great too! I got one as a wedding gift and rarely use it. I pulled it out to make brown stew chicken on Sunday…but I made waaaay too much. I’ll be eating brown stew chicken for the rest of my life now. I also have a hard time getting the right amount of salt when I use the slow cooker. Everything tastes good…but it definitely needs more seasoning when I pull it out.

  • Kimberly ( Manifest Yourself)
    January 24, 2014

    I would love to see the slow cooker recipes! The lettuce wraps looked great too! I got one as a wedding gift and rarely use it. I pulled it out to make brown stew chicken on Sunday…but I made waaaay too much. I’ll be eating brown stew chicken for the rest of my life now. I also have a hard time getting the right amount of salt when I use the slow cooker. Everything tastes good…but it definitely needs more seasoning when I pull it out.

  • Jillienne @ ChasingRaspberries
    January 24, 2014

    That bimimbap bowl looks soooooooo good! What type of noodles did you use?

  • Allie
    January 24, 2014

    OMG I pinned the recipe for the lettuce cups. I LOVE those and I never make them. I also wish I could just randomly whip up fig pizza!? Seriously, you are amazing.
    Can’t wait for a new video and to hear about the Zumba master class. LOVE the polka dot top! Where did you get that?

    • FitBritt
      January 26, 2014

      Lettuce cups are one of my favorites and they are so easy! The fig pizza is actually pretty easy because there are not that many ingredients and I use a store bought crust.

      I got that polka dot top from Lululemon. It’s actually a cycling jersey with the pockets in the back and everything but I wear it all the time because I love it!

  • Nicole
    January 24, 2014

    The fig mini pizza looks yum!

    That’s awesome that you’re doing lunchtime yoga. During the week I love to do something active at lunchtime to take a break from all of the sitting I do while I work. Usually it’s taking my pup for a long walk, but I love doing yoga then too!

  • Lex @ Flecks of Lex
    January 24, 2014

    I’d love to try out that sea bass recipe. I’m totally with you on trying to district myself from this polar vortex. I can’t say that it’s working for me either.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities
    January 24, 2014

    Don’t give me this baloney. Your food photos are making me drool like 5 dogs in one! Your photos are 18x better than anything I could ever take, ha! I don’t take food photos often anyways, because I am too quick to EAT IT ALL! lol!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    January 24, 2014

    I am SO onboard with slow-cooker sundays! Love my SC!

    Forgot to ask you how you liked risottoria?!? I hope you liked it! I miss their breadsticks…

    • FitBritt
      January 26, 2014

      Oh it was sooo good! Thanks for such a great recommendation! The breadsticks were a surprise and they were amazing. We actually got takeout so we paired the breadsticks with an infused olive oil we have at home. Yum!

  • Kim
    January 24, 2014

    Yes – please share the crock pot recipes – both the pork lettuce wraps and the osso bucco. And, the bibimbop recipe would be great – Chris spent a year in Korea years ago when he was active duty and I know that was one of his favorites!

  • Maureen@Scoops of Joy
    January 24, 2014

    Oooh I love bimimbap I would so love to learn to make the vegan one too! All your meals looks delicious. Stay warm!

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    January 24, 2014

    I have not heard of bibimbap before, but I definitely want to try a vegetarian version (I don’t eat red meat). Did you use sesame oil with yours? Hope you stay warm! It’s 80 in Arizona!

  • Danielle @ Fitness Frugalista
    January 24, 2014

    This week consisted of work, mostly healthy and clean meals, and fitness! I did miss Tuesday because I went home from early from work because of the snow and did not go to the gym.

    I would LOVE to try the fig pizza. All of your recipes looked amazing, but for some reason, the fig pizza is calling my name!

    Currently on my fitness bucket list: getting my spinning cert (march 30!)to teach classes, and also to get my personal training cert, later on the horizon.

    • FitBritt
      January 27, 2014

      The fig pizza is really yummy and actually very easy to make. I’ll post the recipe soon! Good luck with the spinning cert! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life
    January 25, 2014

    Yes, recipes please! It all looked so good!! I’ve got to get my meal plan together for this week…Pinterest here I come!

  • Holly
    January 25, 2014

    I would appreciate a workout during the lunch hour. Any suggestions for those of us who cannot get out of the office?

    • FitBritt
      January 27, 2014

      Walking around and taking the stairs is always a good option. Or, if you have an office where you can close the door, doing a few strength moves using your desk chair is effective!

  • Cassandre
    January 25, 2014

    I am so over the Polar Vortex.. I LOVE bibimbap. there’s a place near my office that makes an amazing one. I would love to see the recipe for that to try and make it at home. I love my slow cooker. I tell people that my slow cooker has completely changed my life ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s so convenient and you can make the best healthy meals.

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    January 27, 2014

    Your food presentation is always spectacular. Your pictures look professional, like you need to be on a cooking show or something. You are inspiring. I really need to do better.

    I’m not flexible at all. I would like to add a class weekly as well, but body flow is so boring to me. I need to suck it up!

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    January 28, 2014

    What kind of dance did you do? I love that yoga reminds me of ballet & lyrical at times. I think dance is a reason I love group-ex so much too ๐Ÿ™‚

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