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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Grilling + Kickboxing

  • June 20, 2014
  • By Brittany
Friday’s Food & Fitness: Grilling + Kickboxing

Hello awesome friends! Are you ready for an amazing weekend? You should be! I’ve got another summer Friday this week! Woo hoo! Can’t wait to relax this afternoon. It’s been a long week. I feel like all the stuff I used to do is so much harder now that I’m preggers. Not that I’m letting it stop me of course. Anywho, welcome to this week’s edition of Friday’s Food & Fitness!



One thing I love about summer is getting the heck out of dodge. And by dodge, I mean hot, stick and stinky NYC! My parents have a gorgeous house on Cape Cod, which I affectionately refer to as my beach house. They also have a grill. Unheard of in the city! So I love getting the chance to grill when I’m up there with them. This past week was no exception. It all started with some figs. I’ll explain.

My mom had a whole bunch of figs and she said she didn’t really know what to do with them. I immediately thought of this salad by Iowa Girl Eats, remembering that it not only calls for figs, but is incredibly delicious! But then what to pair with it? Well, since I was already there I figured I would check out her list of top summer recipes and I came across this chicken recipe. Sold.

fig salad + chicken

And there you have it my friends, Fig & Frico Salad (left out the prosciutto) and Marinated Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Watermelon Salsa.

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been on a summer pasta kick. Sadly this is the last recipe. Only because it’s the last one from the Cooking Light article I’ve been using that I want to make. This one, Silky Pappardelle with Zucchini Ribbons was so amazing! It got two big thumbs up from the Hubs!


In case you missed the other recipes you can find them here: Garlicky Spaghetti with Tomatoes, Summer Vegetable Rigatoni with Chicken and Sweet Roasted Red Pepper Pasta. I can’t choose a favorite…they are all so so good!




This week I had my second Levo League event as NETWORKout Chairwoman. We partnered with Beatbox Fitness and it was so fun! You guys, a live DJ spun tunes will we punched, jabbed and kicked our way through an awesome cardio workout! I really feel like live DJs in classes are the next big thing. I even read recently that yoga and dance parties with live DJs are the new “raves” except everyone works out and meditates instead of getting wasted.


Back to the workout, the creator, Ailin, was amazingly positive and that combined with the music made for a great workout! We had such an awesome turnout as well. I was so excited to meet so many Levo League ladies and everyone was so incredibly nice! Stay tuned for our next event in July. I’ll be announcing it on the blog!

Oh and when I was at the studio where Beatbox was being held, I saw Tabitha D’Umo. Please tell me you guys watch So You Think You Can Dance? Husband and wife duo Tabitha and Napolean choreograph the most amazing hip hop routines, often to more lyrical pieces of music. They have even won an Emmy for their choreography. Not gonna lie, I was kind of starstruck.

Readers, do you enjoy pappardelle (love it but mine stuck together a lot!)? Do you like to grill? Do you watch SYTYCD?

By Brittany, June 20, 2014
  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    June 20, 2014

    I love to grill! We did the entire time we stayed in the Adirondacks last week. We recently bought one for home, and I’m so glad to have it.

  • Allie
    June 20, 2014

    YOU SAW TABITHA????? OMG!!!! My husband and I love that show and, of course T & N are our fav choreographers!!!!! That is just way too cool. You would NOT see her on Cape Cod 🙂
    I love the idea of a live DJ during class! When we did a spin challenge to raise money for LiveStrong, we held class in the lobby of the Y with a live DJ and I got to give him a specific play list. It.was.awesome.

    PS – You look adorable!

    • FitBritt
      June 23, 2014

      It was so cool seeing Tabitha! I wanted to say something to her but she was on the phone. I love everything she and Napolean have choreographed. My favorites though are Bleeding Love from about five or six summers ago and Get Outta Your Mind with Twitch and Alex Wong. Love love love!

  • caitlin @ tulle wedding skirts
    June 20, 2014

    pretty jealous so saw Tabitha! so fun!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    June 20, 2014

    I’m definitely a pasta lover like you! Funny that you’re talking about pappardelle, I just bought some yesterday for a dish I’m planning to make. I also enjoy grilling, and am looking to buy a grill this summer. Have a great weekend!

    • FitBritt
      June 23, 2014

      I rarely buy pappardelle but I was happy I gave it a try this time around! Hope your dish went well!

  • Sarah @ Sarah Sincerely
    June 20, 2014

    Good to know about the fig recipe. I never know what to do with them either!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    June 20, 2014

    I am so sad I missed the Kickboxing class!! I gotta try for the next one for sure. I love grilling but I don’t do it as much as I should!! You look super cute!! 😉

  • Kim
    June 20, 2014

    I don’t know that I’ve ever tried papperdelle.
    We love to grill and I’m trying to get my husband to smoke meat more often, too!!!

  • Karen - Fit in France
    June 21, 2014

    LOVE grilling ! Anything and everything. Loved NYC this past week… even if it was really hot !

  • Yasmin
    June 21, 2014

    Ohh that Fig and Frisco salad looks amaaaazing!!

  • Holly
    June 21, 2014

    The Cucumber-Watermelon Salsa looks so refreshing paired with grilled items1

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    June 21, 2014

    I always get so nervous grilling! I feel like there is so much pressure to make the meal perfect and everyone watches the grill-person! lol… or maybe it’s just me.

    I hope I can attend your next LEVO event.

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    June 21, 2014

    Cape Cod sounds so fancy. 🙂 It’s funny how you take the little things like grills for granted when you have one! I’m sure I would miss my BBQ if I didn’t have it.

  • Kamila Gornia | for passion-driven solopreneurs
    June 22, 2014

    Oh man I wanna go to Cape Cod. Or anywhere, really. Haha, thankfully my July is filled with stuff so I’m excited. I don’t know who Tabitha is but I’m glad you had a good time 🙂

  • Carla
    June 22, 2014

    I learn about different foods from your posts and it is so fun. I feel like I’m living in a bubble. I kind of am giving the limited shopping we have around here.

    You have been doing so wonderful with the Levo League. You always seem to come up with new ideas and get different places on board. But sorry, I don’t watch so I have no clue who those people are.

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