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Food & Fitness: Breakfast Plus Hiking

  • June 6, 2014
  • By Brittany
Food & Fitness: Breakfast Plus Hiking

Hi all!  Happy Friday!  I’m off to my company’s picnic for the day and I’m pretty excited about being outside all day!  Should be a fun time.  So let’s get right to it, shall we?  Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday’s Food & Fitness!





This week I had the pleasure of trying out this awesome new site called MixMyOwn that allows you to create a customized breakfast experience by mixing your own muesli or granola.  When Klara, the creator of MixMyOwn, reached out to me to try her site, I was so flattered.  She was so incredibly sweet and clearly passionate about creating a brand that would allow consumers to create custom cereals.


I was really impressed with the website and how easy it was to use.  I decided to make two different types of cereals so I could try out different tastes, so I chose the 12 oz bags instead of the 1 lb bags.  For my first mix, which I labeled Britt’s Berry, I started with the popular five grain bircher muesli.  I then added in organic wild blueberries, organic cranberries, goji berries, freeze dried pomegranates, chia seeds and organic cocao nibs.  Omg!  It was delicious!  I had mine plain with almond milk and loved it.  I also added in some fresh fruit like blueberries and peaches to jazz things up and it was so good.  It’s going to be gone super quick!


My second mix, which I labeled Britt’s Tropical Mix, started out with organic whole grain oats muesli base.  I then added in freeze dried bananas, freeze dried pineapple, peaches, organic coconut, macadamia nuts and ground flax seeds.  Another winner!  I loved the contrast between my two mixes and because I love coconut so much, I added a little bit extra on to the top of this mix.  The Hubs had some with Greek yogurt, which he gave two thumbs up.


I absolutely loved MixMyOwn.  In addition to making your own mixes, there are pre-mixes available and the Mix of the Month, where you can choose between one, two or five mixes delivered to your door.  Besides having a yummy, no brainer breakfast every morning, I loved the fact that many of the ingredients were organic, no sugar added, preservative free, super foods and non-GMO.  There are also gluten-free options.  There are little symbols on each product so you can find out exactly what you are getting when you make your mix.  This is definitely something I would try again!

Besides my yummy breakfast, I made a couple of quality meals this week.  Courtesy of Cooking Light (just for something different, right?).  The first dish is this amazing summer vegetable pasta dish.  Made with sugar snap peas, mixed colored cherry tomatoes, parmesan cheese and chicken over rigatoni and topped with fresh herbs.  The “sauce” was so simple, just made with herbs and chicken broth but it was so good! 

summer pasta

 I think the winner for the week, however, was this amazing chicken dish!  It was chicken with a peach glaze paired with peach, goat cheese and green onion bulgur plus an arugula, cherry tomato and sliced almond salad.  It certainly got the seal of approval from the Hubs!  We were both big fans.  I was relieved because I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to turn out, but it was amazing!

chicken with bulgur

arugula salad





Normally on warm weather weekends in the city the Hubs and I will grab our bikes, throw ’em on the back of our car and head somewhere a bit more suburban to go for a ride.  But with Baby Bendall on the way, cycling isn’t really recommending (I can do a bit of easy bike riding but not the cycling we normally do).  But I am determined to get outside and enjoy the sunshine so I’m trying to get a bit more creative on ways we can enjoy ourselves this summer.

After doing a bit of research last weekend, I found a great hiking spot in Rockland County on the Hudson River about an hour north of the City.  We took a nice drive up the Palisades Parkway to the lovely town of Cold Springs, NY.  It was quaint, cute and actually full of historical homes (including a few castle-like properties).

hudson river

After eating lunch on a mini beach overlooking the Hudson River (which apparently people swim in but I thought was super brown and gross…), we headed for a hike in Little Stony Point Park.

The entire hike was supposed to be about 4.5 miles but I didn’t want to risk overtiring myself or overheating since it was a pretty hot day.  We decided to hike until I felt like it was a good time to turn back.

What was really cool about this hike was that it featured ruins of mansions hidden among the trees and bushes.  We would be walking and then all of a sudden stumble upon the crumbling bricks of a large house!  Kind of neat really.




There was also a stream that flowed next to the path we were following with plenty of small waterfalls to check out.  So beautiful and peaceful.



On our way back, we actually came across all of these rock formations (left by people not nature) in one place.  It was kind of cool and weird all at the same time.

rock formations1

rock formations2

We hiked about an hour out before I decided to turn back to make it a two hour hike.  Unfortunately we were only loosely following the trail markers since the path we were on was pretty well-trodden and there were a lot of people around on the same path.  We realized that we were supposed to be following the blue markers but on our way up we veered off the blue and joined up with the red markers.  We decided on the way back that we should continue to follow the blue on the way back rather than just go straight back the way we came.

Well, an hour of steady climbing upwards later on increasingly rocky pathways, we reached a summit with very few people around.  We tried asking a couple who didn’t speak English very well if they had come from the parking lot.  The language barrier didn’t help but luckily they had a map.  Turns out, we were going the wrong way and we had to back track the way we came.


So the hike ended up being 3 hours instead of two but luckily the hike back wasn’t too bad since it was mostly downhill.  I confirmed that we were definitely following the blue markers when we set out but for some reason the blue markers veered off in two different directions and then abruptly ended at the summit!?  I have no idea.  We reached the parking lot and realized there were complimentary maps available to take.  Who knew!?  Well, we made it back no worse for the wear and I didn’t feel bad at all about my pizza dinner that night! ๐Ÿ™‚

Readers, have you ever gotten lost in the woods?  Are you a hiking fan?  What do you think about making your own muesli/granola?

By Brittany, June 6, 2014
  • Kate
    June 6, 2014

    Both those recipes sound good but the chicken with peach glaze sounds amazing! I will check out Mix My Own!

    • FitBritt
      June 9, 2014

      You can find the chicken recipe in the latest issue of Cooking Light. I highly recommend! And Mix My Own is great!

  • Holly
    June 6, 2014

    The recipes are lovely–I want that tonight. Who wouldn’t hike to the summit and back in that lovely environment!

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    June 6, 2014

    I haven’t eaten any cereal besides cheerios in such a long time! I feel inspired… Pilates was great… maybe I’ll take you up on the cereal recommendation too. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      June 9, 2014

      I really like it because it keeps me full for awhile and I like being able to add fruit on top because it’s an easy way to get produce in the morning!

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    June 6, 2014

    Haha, this makes me laugh because my husband and I got lost on our last hike. The trail wasn’t marked at. all. Not cool. But we eventually ran into another couple that was coming from the opposite way, and they kindly directed us back to the trail ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      June 9, 2014

      Oh my gosh! You know how we felt then. There was really no excuse for us though since the trails were very well marked and there were maps at the entrance, we just didn’t take them. Plus, since it was our way back we could’ve just gone the way we came. Oy!

  • Kim
    June 6, 2014

    I’m not really a big hiker – probably because I’ve never done it. I might love it if I gave it a chance!!
    You had some great looking food this week!!

    • FitBritt
      June 9, 2014

      Kim, I totally think you would love it! You are so active and it’s a fantastic workout because of all the hills.

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    June 6, 2014

    I just got lost in the woods last week actually! It’s a bit frustrating when you get to the point when you’re like, “Okay where the hell is my car?!!” Haha. In my experience with hiking (which, as you know, I do quite often), parks do not have very good signage and it’s pretty easy to get lost… especially when you don’t have a great sense of direction like me!

    Oh my gosh, I want to try MixMyOwn – it sounds awesome!!

    • FitBritt
      June 9, 2014

      MixMyOwn is amazing! You should try it!

      You are the expert on hiking in my book! These trails were actually really well marked, it was just confusing because there seemed to be a few different ways you could go on the blue trail… I don’t know. It was our fault for not taking one of the complimentary maps available and for not just going back the way we came!

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    June 6, 2014

    Oh that granola looks awesome. I think it’d be fun to make my own mix and put everything in there just how I want it! That hike looks fun, so much to look at – cool!! Happy Friday. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      June 9, 2014

      I really enjoyed the process of making my own granola and knowing exactly what was going in it!

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    June 6, 2014

    Mix My Own sounds awesome! What a fun idea. I’m loving all of your other food too. YUM! Your hike looks absolutely amazing!!! I’m lovin’ those ruins. So cool!

  • Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness
    June 7, 2014

    If more people knew that they could eat healthy we wouldn’t be having an obesity problem in this country. Great looking food! Beautiful pictures of your hike! We have a place in Lewis County in the Adirondacks that has some pretty great places to hike. My hubby’s feet can’t handle it unfortunately so I haven’t been able to explore too much.

    • FitBritt
      June 10, 2014

      I’m sure hiking in the Adirondacks is amazing! I’ve not really been up that way but hopefully we’ll get there eventually!

  • Carla
    June 7, 2014

    I’ve only done a little bit of hiking. It’s not that I don’t enjoy it, it’s just that I’m so allergic to everything out there. I finally picked up an epi pen today so I can enjoy the outdoors without worry.

    How do you find the time to cook such elaborate meals during the week? I want to know your secret for that.

    • FitBritt
      June 10, 2014

      Carla, I wish I could tell you I do have a secret but I don’t! I go to bed way too late and chores don’t always get done. But I really don’t have to cook every night, especially when my husband is away for business. I only really need to cook every other night and just have leftovers. Even when he is home I sometimes make extra. Also, I find the recipes in Cooking Light are usually pretty quick and easy so it is my go-to!

  • Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely
    June 7, 2014

    That pasta dish looks delicious! Do you by any chance recall the name of the recipe, that way I can search on cooking light’s online data base. Thanks, friend!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    June 8, 2014

    Wow, looks like it was a beautiful hike! Perfect activity for a nice day ๐Ÿ™‚

    • FitBritt
      June 10, 2014

      It really was! I am glad I thought of it since normally we would go cycling but I can’t with the babes.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    June 8, 2014

    The fact that people actually swim in the Hudson…..EW! I have never gotten lost in the woods, I am too much of a city girl (aka too chicken) to g hardcore hiking.

    • FitBritt
      June 10, 2014

      Oh my gosh. So gross, right??

      I was trying to remember the movie or tv show where the guy says to the girl “hiking is just walking”. Haha. It’s so true! Although there is some mud and bugs so I guess it’s a little more rustic than that!

  • Karen - Fit in France
    June 9, 2014

    Have never gotten lost in the woods, but it kind of freaks me out, because I know it happens. Need to be sure the phone is charged before going out.

    • FitBritt
      June 10, 2014

      Yes definitely! At least we knew how to get back. It was more that we just went the wrong way and had to back track, which was frustrating because I was getting tired.

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