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  • June 13, 2014
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Food & Fitness

Hello my lovely friends!  Guess what!?  It’s Friday and it is the first official summer Friday for me, which means a half day of work!  Woo hoo!  Don’t get too excited though, I made up the time earlier this week so now I will use my extra time today sleeping since this pregnant lady is very very tired.  That being said, welcome to this week’s edition of Friday’s Food & Fitness!  Let’s get to it!

 

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After the food bonanza that was last weekend, I decided to start this week on a slightly healthier note.  This avocado caprese salad was the perfect detox meal after all my indulgences.  It was so simple to make: chopped tomatoes, avocado, cucumber, fresh mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.  Perfection.  Oh it was also supposed to have red onion but I forgot all about it!  And, oh yeah, basil too but they were out of basil at the grocery store.  Someone explain to me how that even happens!?

avocado caprese

I also made the perfect healthy dessert!  I picked up some rhubarb at the farmer’s market last week so I decided to make a rhubarb fruit salad.  I simply picked up some delicious fruit from the store: strawberries, raspberries, peaches, nectarines and grapes (you could really use anything though) and made this simple rhubarb topping.  I thinly sliced several rhubarb stalks and added them to a small saucepan with some honey and Grand Marnier.  I heated the mixture on low until the rhubarb softened and took on a jam-like consistency.  It was so delicious!  Five stars from the Hubs.  I’m thinking some fresh mint on top might be a good addition.

fruit salad

The latest issue of Cooking Light has a feature on summer pasta dishes and I have slowly been making my way through the list.  So far I’ve made this summer vegetable rigatoni with chicken and a sweet red pepper with burrata sauce.  This week I made garlicky tomato spaghetti.  It was seriously the easiest recipe ever!  Garlic and tomatoes sauteed in a pan over medium heat, add in some red pepper flakes and basil (if your grocery store isn’t out!), then add in the cooked spaghetti with some reserved cooking liquid, top with pecorino romano.  Et voila!  Simple, easy and delicious!

Garlicky tomato pasta

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It’s June and that means summer workouts for this year’s Summer of Fitness are in full swing.  My friend Nellie over at Brooklyn Active Mama did a great roundup for free summer workouts in the NYC area.  Check it out if you haven’t!

305 at Hudson River Park Pier 25

Well & Good NYC also came out with this list.  I think I’m most excited for the Lole and FiTIST summer meetups every Tuesday at Pier 25 on the Hudson River.  I did them last year and they were so much fun!  Also, Bryant Park yoga will hopefully be making its way into my repertoire again.  And I’m going to branch out and try a few new opportunities on these lists.

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And a shameless plug for my OWN free workout!  Levo League will be hosting a *free* kickboxing class on Wednesday, June 18th at 7pm with Beatbox Fitness.  I am super excited to try this class out.  It is kickboxing with a live DJ!  How awesome is that??  You can get all the details here.

Readers, do you ever associate pasta with summer (It’s not something I normally would do)?  What fitness-related activity are you looking forward to most this summer?  Will you come to my Levo League event?!?

 
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  • Holly
    June 13, 2014

    Summer Summer Summer Pasta Pasta Pasta Salad Salad Salad Yummy Yummy Yummy
    (My favorite is Summer Orzo Pasta Salad, Yummy to eat.)

  • Shannon
    June 13, 2014

    That salad looks amaaazing! All the veggies and dressing, right up my alley!
    I really want to get involved in outdoor group workouts, but where I live in Wisconsin… there aren’t many! Add that to my to-do list…. πŸ™‚
    Happy Friday!

    • FitBritt
      June 17, 2014

      Sometimes I just grab my computer and do a yoga workout outside just so I can be outdoors in this weather!

  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    June 13, 2014

    Personally, I am a fan of pasta in the winter, spring, summer, fall, and in leap years…. lol

  • Shawna
    June 13, 2014

    my best friend and i have been talking about doing the yoga in Bryant Park — we should go together. πŸ™‚ and your healthy summer dessert looks amazinggggg!

  • Carla
    June 13, 2014

    Sounds like some fun summer fitness.

    I have some recipes lined up for this weekend so that I’m prepared for the week. I prefer cold breakfast and lunch in the Summer but in general I don’t eat pasta that often.

    • FitBritt
      June 17, 2014

      I’ve been eating a lot more cereal for breakfast instead of oatmeal now that it’s warm. My office is still pretty cold though!

  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    June 13, 2014

    I LOVE rhubarb! I ate an entire strawberry rhubarb crisp in under 24 hours. It was epic!!!

    • FitBritt
      June 17, 2014

      Mmm yes rhubarb crisp sounds so good! I was going to do something more fancy but I got lazy, hence the fruit!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    June 13, 2014

    I am going to try my best to come to you levo league event! Its on the late side for me and the kiddos but I am going to try and arrange a babysitter! The food looks so so yummy πŸ™‚ Thanks so much for the shoutout!

  • Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely
    June 13, 2014

    Loving the simple pasta dishes you’ve been posing recently. Mmmm! Summertime food screams simple, fresh, and easy to me. Hope you were able to get all the rest that little one, and his mama, needed today!

  • Kim
    June 13, 2014

    I like cold pasta salads in the summer – somehow it seems lighter when it is cold and without a traditional sauce!!
    And, adding avocado to caprese salad?! OMG – I think I would eat that every day!!!

  • Nancy
    June 13, 2014

    Oh my gosh, I’ve yet to do a yoga class outside – I missed one that happened last weekend in my area. Hoping they’ll have more throughout the summer.

    I really like that tank top you’re wearing. I’m on a hunt to find the perfect white tank for yoga class. Athleta has one that is so soft, but not too flattering (on me).

    • FitBritt
      June 18, 2014

      Thanks! I actually designed it and it has my blog logo on it but you can’t really see it well in the photo. I think I did it on uberprints.

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    June 14, 2014

    I wish I was around in the summer for Bryant Park yoga! Sounds like such a good time.

  • Cailee Joy @ http://www.hellohealthyeating.com
    June 14, 2014

    Yum!!! These look like some great eats! What a lovely, healthy dessert that fruit salad makes!! YUM! πŸ™‚

  • Tara
    June 14, 2014

    You just listed all of my favorite foods, no lie. Caprese (although you need basil!), any sort of dessert with rhubarb and good ol’ fashioned spaghetti! Yum. Have a great weekend!

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