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Friday’s Food & Fitness: The Valentine’s Day Edition

  • February 14, 2014
  • By Brittany
Friday’s Food & Fitness: The Valentine’s Day Edition

Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day!  Hope you have something special planned for today whether it be with a significant other, your besties or yourself!  Welcome to Friday’s Food & Fitness: Valentine’s Day Edition! 


I don’t have any awesome chocolate recipes for you today BUT I did bake this week. Cue Rocky music, angels singing and a multitude of other things because I said BAKE people!  If you know me then you know I don’t bake!  In fact, at the Cook & Go event I went to, our chef pointed out that baking is very scientific unlike cooking where you can fudge the lines a bit.  I am really not that great at science, which is why I became a lawyer, not a doctor! 

Anyway, all that being saidโ€ฆI baked for Davida’s healthy Bake Off this week!  You can head on over to her blog and check out the link-up with everyone else’s creations and check out her healthy creations she has been posting all week.

So when to participate in the link-up, I did not know what to make at first.  I racked my brain for a great recipe that I could transform into a healthy creation.  Then I remembered my mother’s nissu bread.  My blonde hair, you see, doesn’t come from a bottle but from an ancestry rooted in Scandinavia. My father’s side of the family is from Sweden and my mother’s is from Finland.  Growing up my mother made nissu bread, a Finnish recipe that her mother used to make.

I have never made nissu bread before but since I was breaking out the hot pink stand mixer, I figured I would give it a go!

 pink mixer

It didn’t come out too bad!  I was actually pretty impressed.  My mom’s tastes a lot more like cardamom than mine did but that was probably just the recipe I used.  Here is my Healthier Version of Finnish Nissu Bread recipe for your pleasure! 

nissu bread


I have tried out so many new fitness classes these past few days so expect a bunch of recaps coming soon!  I also did two of my old favorites: Chaise 23 and Physique 57!

Chaise 23 just opened on the UES near my apartment so I was super psyched to try out their new studio!  Great workout as always!


Physique 57 has another new online video called Physique Cardio.  This one was tough!  My thighs were so sore the next day!

2nd pos plie


When I got home from work last Friday, the Hubs had a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me.  He wanted me to be able to enjoy them all week!  He’s the best! 


I got him a new wallet for Valentine’s Day this year because he really really needed one!

Oh and did I mention I’m not really “here” today?  That’s right!  I’m in Vieques, Puerto Rico for the weekend because Monday is also my birthday!  Woo hoo!  Catch you on the flip side!

Special shout out to Melissa whose birthday is today!  Don’t forget to wish her a happy bday!

Readers, how are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?  Have you ever had nissu bread?  What are you doing for the long weekend?


By Brittany, February 14, 2014
  • Edyie Johnson
    February 14, 2014

    Hi Britt and Happy Birthday.. I give you big points for making Nisu for the first time. Good for you. Next time you make it, get whole cardamom seeds and grind them yourself. You’ll notice a HUGH difference in the taste of the nisu. The pre-ground cardamom just doesn’t taste very good..or cardomom-y (if there is such a word). Think Spring !!!!!!

  • Shawna
    February 14, 2014

    wow that’s impressive — and it looks like you did a good job with it (the Nisu)! congrats. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Allie
    February 14, 2014

    You are all kinds of awesome and when are you going to take me on one of these vacations??? Jealous!! I’m up to my eyeballs in snow over here so I hope you’re thoroughly enjoying the beach my friend!


  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    February 14, 2014

    Happy early birthday! xo and enjoy the sun! Tonight the husband and I are going to a concert. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Nicole
    February 14, 2014

    For someone who doesn’t bake, it looks like you mastered doing the weaving (not sure what else to call it haha) on this bread pretty well! Nice job woman. Happy Valentine’s Day and early birthday!! Hope that you have an a amazing weekend getaway! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Erin @ The Almond Eater
    February 14, 2014

    Oh wow that bread turned out pretty nicely considering you’re not a baker (I’m totally not either). Have fun in Puerto Rico! I went last year and it was a blast.

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    February 14, 2014

    Beautiful flowers and so fun to be in Puerto Rico!!! Dan and I are going to Lola in downtown Cleveland Saturday night, but for tonight we’re making dinner in and drinking champagne and I made chocolate covered strawberries!

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    February 14, 2014

    I love your pink blender!!! I have been wanting one of those for a long time, but they are pricey. You are quite the baker with that bread! That looks fancy to me. Impressive!

    • FitBritt
      February 22, 2014

      Thanks Megan! It was actually a wedding gift. I don’t think I would have shelled out the cash otherwise since I don’t use it often, but it is pretty to look at!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    February 14, 2014

    So many awesome things! First! Happy Birthday fellow aquarian!! You picked and EXCELLENT weekend to get away!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I am loving that hot pink mixer. Mine is a deep blue. I still gotta get decals for mine. Did you here that Urban girl squad closed?! I’m devastated. Anywho, enjoy PR!!

    • FitBritt
      February 22, 2014

      Thanks Nellie!! You are so sweet.

      I did hear that UGS is closing!! I’m so sad. They are all going to Levo League, which is not really the same thing! So sad.

  • Kim
    February 14, 2014

    That mixer is awesome – love the color!!
    Happy Valentines day and Happy Birthday weekend – enjoy your little get-away!!!
    The bread looks good!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    February 14, 2014

    BRITTTTTTTT!!!!! Happy Valentine’s Day!!! Thanks SO much for linking up and your Nissu Bread looks incredible! Love your braiding skills! Seriously though, you are one of the blogs I read every single day (sorry I’m late today, I was at Kewaza all day!) and I look forward to reading everything you have to say and share. It really is such a bummer I missed meeting you in NY but I know we will meet again soon ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’ll be at my parents house on Sunday and I cannot wait to open your package. You are so sweet. A very happy Valentine’s Day my dear!

    • FitBritt
      February 22, 2014

      Thanks Davida!! You are so nice!!! I love reading your blog everyday too! ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t wait to meet you IRL later this year! ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Elyse @ Lizzie Fit
    February 15, 2014

    Happy early birthday! Hope you’re having an awesome time in Puerto Rico! I didn’t know you were Swedish/Finnish… my background is pretty basic (Irish/Scottish?) like almost everyone from Atlantic Canada haha so I am always intrigued to meet people with different backgrounds!

  • Joi @ Rx Fitness Lady
    February 16, 2014

    Your husband is really thoughtful. Happy early birthday. Looking forward to that recap and all the fitness class recaps as well. Enjoy the stay!

  • Paige@FitNotFad
    February 16, 2014

    that bread looks fantastic! There’s something about homemade bread that can’t be described….it’s so delicious. Looking forward to your class recaps, as always! Have fun in PR and happy early birthday pretty lady ๐Ÿ™‚ Happy late Vday!

  • Carla
    February 16, 2014

    Happy Birthday!

    The bread looks fantastic. It seems like a bit of a labor of love. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love your hot pink mixer.

    Your workout looks interesting. Looks like it would be great for the hips.

    • FitBritt
      February 21, 2014

      Thanks Carla!

      I think you would like Chaise23 because it is based on the Pilates chair but it takes the concept up a notch. Lots of fun!

  • Cailee Joy @
    February 17, 2014

    Happy Birthday!! I hope youre having a blast!! BTW that bread looks amazing… and those flowers?? Lucky girl!!

  • Holly
    February 17, 2014

    Good for your for baking with the fabulous, heavy-duty, PINK mixer. The Nisu looks perfect! I want a piece–how good of you for carrying on the tradition of your Scandinavian background.

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