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Food & Fitness: Healthy Eating + Yoga Props

  • June 27, 2014
  • By Brittany
Food & Fitness: Healthy Eating + Yoga Props

Hello! It’s Friday!  Does anyone else feel like June is just flying by? Seriously what happened?  I want to thank everyone for the nice comments on Tuesday’s post.  You guys are so sweet! Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday’s Food and Fitness!






After the yumminess of last weekend, we needed something simple and easy to carry us through the week. I whipped up a batch of hummus and we had a quick and easy Mediterranean dinner! The best part was that I also had lunch for two days!


Keeping with the theme, I made this chicken pita with romaine salad recipe I got from Cooking Light.  The recipe called for turkey but I wanted chicken and it worked out completely fine!

chicken pita

And because I had a bunch of leftover chicken, I ended up doing something I NEVER do…throw together a bunch of leftovers and call it a day.  Cooked chicken, a simple salad plus 5 minute couscous et voila!  Dinner is served.

chicken with couscous

I also made this delicious pizza this week.  It’s a summer veggie pizza and I’ll give you one guess where I got the recipe. 😉  Zucchini, cherry tomatoes, onion, garlic, EVOO and fresh basil.  It was soooo yummy!







I’ve been loving yoga so much lately!  In addition to my Yoga in Times Square, I’ve been practicing a lot at home.  It’s been so good for all the aches, pains and swelling of pregnancy.  Practicing at home is fantastic because it is so easy and you can start the second you have some time, but I do miss having all the props and gadgets from the studio.  I was super excited when Mama Kuka reached out to me about their YogaSphere yoga straps.  Personally I’ve never been a huge fan of yoga straps in the studio because the whole looping them through the buckle thing and getting them to the right length always seemed like such a hassle.  I would spend so much time trying to figure out the setup that I would sometimes miss the pose, but straps are so helpful, especially with binding poses.

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Mama Kuka sent me four of their YogaSphere straps to try out in different sizes.  I was excited to incorporate them into my practice and explore just how useful they can be.

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Holly Bennett, owner of Mama Kuka and a yoga instructor, created the YogaSphere straps to help with alignment because just as our arms create circles around the body when we bind, the straps should also create circles.  This allows every pose to be in reach and creates alignment, stability and security. 

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The straps can be used to assist poses (like in King Dancer), reduce slumping into one side (like in Triangle), maintain alignment (like in Plank to Chatarunga) and assist with binds.

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Overall I was really pleased with the product.  They are especially great if you don’t have a teacher around to help you into a pose.  Even if you practice regularly in a studio, I think these would be such a great investment.  You can just throw them in your yoga bag and keep them next to your mat.  No more looping and buckles required!  I definitely recommend getting a variety of sizes though since the straps are not stretchy and you may need more assistance with certain poses than others.

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Mama Kuka straps range from $5.99 to $12.99 depending on the size but they also offer kits ranging from $17.99 to $34.99, which gives you a range of options and is the way to go in my opinion!

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Readers, do you regularly use yoga straps?  Are you a throw-together-leftovers person or a recipe-every-night person?  What’s your go-to healthy meal on lazy summer nights?

*Mama Kuka provided me with YogaSphere yoga straps.  All opinions expressed are my own!

By Brittany, June 27, 2014
  • Allie
    June 27, 2014

    First, I have to say that I’m at FitBloggin and missing you! You have to come next year, even when you have a baby!!! Second, I need those yoga straps! Can you overnight them so I can have them for Kia’s class in the morning? 🙂

    • FitBritt
      June 29, 2014

      I wish I was there! I feel so sad I’m missing it this year!!

      The yoga straps are fab! I hoped you enjoyed Kia’s yoga class!

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    June 27, 2014

    I’ve never used yoga straps for yoga, but I do use them for stretching my hamstrings and calves after runs. Re-purposing!

    • FitBritt
      June 29, 2014

      I find them very useful for stretching my hamstrings and also my IT band, which is harder to get to!

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    June 27, 2014

    I cook a few times each week but try to make enough for us to eat leftover meals a few nights. Saves me time and money that way.

    • FitBritt
      June 29, 2014

      That’s a great plan! I will often have leftover of a meal I made but I rarely use leftover ingredients to come up with an entire new meal!

  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    June 27, 2014

    I’ve never used straps in yoga – for pretty much the same reason as you! So I agree these would work for the at-home, or in studio yogi. Also – your bump is sooooo cute, especially in that last pose. 🙂

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    June 27, 2014

    Interesting! I hardly ever use yoga straps but now I’m intrigued.

    I’m definitely a recipe every night kind of person, though once in a blue moon we’ll do leftovers. I have leftovers from dinners often on-hand, but my hubby is the leftover monster and they quickly disappear by lunchtime the next day!

    • FitBritt
      June 30, 2014

      I just love trying out new recipes so I hardly ever try to repurpose leftovers. We usually end up eating everything anyway. My husband is rail thin but he eats like a man twice his size!

  • Kim
    June 27, 2014

    Umm…I didn’t know there were yoga straps but they look cool.
    I think I need some of that pizza – some of my favorite flavors all mixed together!!!

    • FitBritt
      June 30, 2014

      The pizza actually turned out to be even better than I thought it was going to be! And it didn’t feel super heavy either.

  • Karen - Fit in France
    June 28, 2014

    I had never seen those yoga straps. I don’t usually use them but could see why it would be worth it. Your pizza looks yummy.

    • FitBritt
      June 30, 2014

      I definitely think the straps are useful, especially if you are trying to work on some more advanced binds.

  • Carla
    June 28, 2014

    We usually only cook ever two or three days because we use leftovers. It’s funny that I used to dislike leftovers but now that I realize you don’t have to use them the exact same way you prepared the food originally, it doesn’t bother me as much.

    I’ve never used Yoga straps before but I can see how they could be useful.

    • FitBritt
      June 30, 2014

      I’m the exact opposite Carla! I like leftovers of my exact meal but I hardly ever use them to make a new dish! Ha. This was an exception though because the chicken and couscous were both so good!

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    June 29, 2014

    All of your food looks so so yummy! I’m a huge fan of Mediterranean/Greek food. Yum! I’ve never used yoga straps before, but they look pretty awesome.

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    June 29, 2014

    I’m not a big user of straps for yoga, but I do like using them when doing shoulder stretches, especially if my shoulders are feeling tight and I need a little help.

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    June 30, 2014

    The Yoga Straps are awesome…I am like soooooo not flexible so I need some of those in my life!

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