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  • May 30, 2014
  • By Brittany
Food & Fitness

Hello all!  We made it to another Friday!  I love a short week! 🙂 What are your plans for the weekend?  We are still hovering in the 60s and low 70s here, I’m ready to kick it up to beach weather!  All of my co-workers prefer winter…I think that is weird.  Anywho, welcome to another week of Friday’s Food & Fitness!




Well, you saw my effort earlier this week when I made this two pasta dinner with veggies.  I think I forgot to mention it was for six people.  Yeah, we didn’t eat that all ourselves. 

pasta dinner1

Besides that I’ve been eating out a lot this week.  Eeek!  I try to limit the takeout/restaurants mid-week and save it for the weekends but this just wasn’t that kind of week.  Oh well.  I did get to have a lovely meal with Kimberly from Manifest Yourself.  She is so great!  I could talk to her for hours and in fact, we did just that. 

strawberry sandwhich

Oh and for lunch this week, I made this incredible sandwich which I may have stolen from SHAPE magazine.  It was so inventive and so good!  Mozzarella cheese, arugula and sliced strawberries with balsamic vinegar.  Winning combination my friends. 

roasted pepper pasta

And because I can’t get enough of pasta, I made this great recipe from cooking light.  It’s linguine with roasted red pepper sauce, burrata and basil.  So delicious!  The red pepper sauce is a little difficult to make because you have to roast the peppers under the broiler then peel the peppers and pulse them in a food processor before cooking in a skillet.  The recipe estimated 33 minutes to make this and it took me closer to 50!  Ugh.  But well worth it because it was so delicious!  I have some leftovers for tonight.  Woo hoo!




You guys, I’m so boring!  I have a formula: Zumba, Barre, Weights, Yoga.  BUT  I’m working on some upcoming posts with more details about my latest endeavors in these areas and I think they’ll be really interesting and fun so stay tuned!  If you want to check out my latest yoga adventure, see yesterday’s post on yoga in the MoMA!

lole white tour6

In the meantime, I saw this article this week about a couple whose idea of a first date is canoeing.  They are now paddling from California to Hawaii to raise awareness about sugar.  It’s 2,400 miles and expected to take two months.  Whaaaat!?

My first reaction was, yeah I eat way too much sugar.  My second reaction was, can’t stop, won’t stop.  My third reaction was, hmmm this couple is really active.  It got me thinking about my own relationship.  My husband and I are normally pretty active (sadly I’ve had to give up cycling this summer for risk for falling-it’s almost as hard as giving up wine).  Our idea of a good time is kayaking, SUP, any water sport known to man, tennis, golf—we do it all!  I’m not sure we necessarily started out like this, rather it developed over time, but it does make us more compatible for sure.  

What about you, dear readers, do you and your spouse/significant other/best friend enjoy being active together?  Would you eat a strawberry sandwich?  Do you have a set fitness routine or do you like to switch things up?  

By Brittany, May 30, 2014
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    May 30, 2014

    I love how active you guys are! Curt and I are active in our own way. We are always doing something but not necessarily fitness focused and if it is, it better involve wine and ice cream at the end lol. We’re more of a “trek to the beach is good enough” kind of couple.

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      I think as long as you get out and do something, it is all good! 🙂 And there is often ice cream involved for us too.

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    May 30, 2014

    My husband and I really enjoy hiking, biking, and lifting weights together. Admittedly, I’m a little more apt to spend a free afternoon lounging and reading, while my husband wants to be go-go-go active all the time. He especially enjoys playing sports with a big group of people; I’ve tried but can’t will myself to enjoy things like ultimate frisbee. I’m usually the cheerleader 😉

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      I am not really a sports person either but I do love getting out and doing things with my husband!

  • Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness
    May 30, 2014

    I would definitely try a strawberry sandwich. That one looks pretty tasty. My husband and I like to weight train together and we go camping a lot in the summer. I love to run but he can’t so doing that activity together is out.

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      My husband enjoys running but I don’t like it as much. I’ll do it on occasion though to keep him happy!

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    May 30, 2014

    That strawberry sandwich looks weird – I’d try it – but not sure I’d like it! Yep, my routine is pretty much the usual every week. I hope you have a great weekend – should have some good weather!!!

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      It was kind of weird at first but it tasted really good! It was like a strawberry salad but on bread.

  • Nicole
    May 30, 2014

    That sandwich sounds like a yummy combo – I must try it soon!

    Ummm girlfriend you are not boring… boring would be if you ONLY did Zumba every day and nothing else, not doing 4 different kinds of workout in a week! Ha.

    I love sweet foods and totally eat too much sugar too… I try to cut it down but I love honey! And flavored yogurts! And dessert! All in moderation yes?? 😉

    My hubby and I are the same way. We love to do active things together! Our biggest one is hiking, and I want to get back into playing tennis together. He has been going surfing a lot but I’m not into it so I just read on the beach…which is not too shabby for me either!

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      Oh yes! Flavored yogurts! I just saw a news clip on how yogurts can contain a lot of added sugar. Luckily Chobani wasn’t one of them, but I still think there is added sugar that isn’t great. I just tell myself that at least I’m getting low-fat dairy with probiotics!

      You and your hubby are very active together! Surfing is tough. I’ve done it a few times but it can be kind of scary if the waves are too big or the top of your board gets pulled under.

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    May 30, 2014

    My boyfriend will bike with me but other than that he’s not a big fitness fiend. Although I think the warm weather has gotten him a little more motivated because he did a HIIT workout with me the other day! Hopefully I don’t jinx future workouts to come haha. WHO likes winter more than summer?! That’s insanity!! And that canoe trip sounds really…I don’t know I get the effort but just stop eating sugar, don’t go all Louis and Clark! That’s a bit too far.

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      I agree it’s a little too far! Hopefully your boyfriend will want to do more HIIT workouts with you but biking is so fun too!

  • Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely
    May 30, 2014

    Being active is so much more fun with my husband! While we don’t always do “fitness” type activities, we’re usually active in some form or fashion…yard work, walks, projects around the house, etc.

  • Karen - Fit in France
    May 30, 2014

    Love strawberries but not sure if I’d like them on a salad. My husband is definitely not as active as I am… despite constant encouragement !

  • Shawna
    May 30, 2014

    oh man i’d totally eat a strawberry anything, i think, although i’m not big on bread. i’m single but would def want to be with someone who is super active, and i generally follow the same routines: running and circuit training/weights. but i need to start yoga! in summer i kayak as well.

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      I love kayaking! I was letting my yoga slip for awhile and now I’m going it regularly once a week. It has made such a difference!

  • Kim
    May 30, 2014

    That strawberry sandwich looks interesting!! The pasta dish looks amazing!!
    Chris and I rarely workout together (we have very different ideas about working out!!) but we occasionally go on golfing dates!!! (I suck at golf but….)

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      The pasta was so good!

      I love playing golf with my husband but only if he lets me cheat. Otherwise we all end up unhappy. 🙂

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    May 30, 2014

    I can’t believe your coworkers prefer winter! Blah. All of your food looks delicious! I feel just like you about sugar. It’s just too yummy and I think I’ll always have it in my life. I love being active with my husband and family though!

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      I know, it’s crazy! You’ve been so good giving up sugar. I definitely couldn’t give it up, especially while pregnant.

  • Carla
    May 31, 2014

    Jason is not active with me. I would like to say it’s just because of his diseases but we didn’t work out together when he was well. We had a brief period where we tried playing tennis but we were both so lousy that we quickly gave that up. We’ve always been good at power shopping together. Does that count?

    I would love a strawberry sandwich. Really you can’t go wrong with strawberry anything.

    Glad you got to have a gab fest with Kimberly. We all need a little girlfriend time.

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      I think power shopping totally counts!

      Totally agree that anything with strawberries is delicious!

  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    May 31, 2014

    It’s so much easier to be active when you’re with someone who also loves to be active. That’s awesome!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    June 1, 2014

    My husband is not active with me at all but thats only really because I workout during the day BUT he totally eats 1000x better than me–so we balance each other out?? hmm.

    • FitBritt
      June 5, 2014

      I eat way better than my husband and I feel bad, but I nag him about it. He is so slim so I am more worried that he consumes too much sodium, sugar, etc and not enough healthy veggies. I just want him around for a long time!

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