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Friday’s Food & Fitness: The Independent Edition

  • July 4, 2014
  • By Brittany
Friday’s Food & Fitness: The Independent Edition

Hello and Happy Independence Day!  I hope you are spending the day with loved ones and getting a chance to relax!  Because it’s a holiday, I’m going to make this short and sweet!  Welcome to Friday’s Food and Fitness: The Independent Edition.





After the yumminess of Baby Weekend, I tried really hard to make this week extra healthy.  On the menu: 

mediterranean quinoa salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad: quinoa tossed with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion and kale topped with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. 

farmers market salad

Farmer’s Market Salad with Tomato Basil Vinaigrette. This is a lettuce free salad made with zucchini and summer squash sliced in my food processor.  I topped it with some sliced radishes, multi-colored cherry tomatoes and the tomato basil vinaigrette, which I made from pureeing a roma tomato and whisking in oil, basil, salt and pepper.  Topped with some feta cheese and it was delicious!

tomato tart2

Tomato Tart.  This was so easy and so delicious.  I bought a frozen quiche crust and baked it in the oven according to package directions.  I then filled the crust with a mixture of part-skim ricotta, parmesan cheese and chopped basil.  I sliced some heirloom tomatoes on top and added a bit more basil.  So simple and so good! 

These recipes were all taken from Williams Sonoma (I gave my good old Cooking Light a break this week).  Whenever I get their catalog I always sit down and read it like a magazine to check out their amazing recipes.  I hardly ever look at the products because I’m too busy looking at the food!






So this is not technically from this week but last week I went to my first outdoor summer workout!  Woo hoo!  They are held at Pier 25 and if you remember last year’s Summer of Fitness, I was a regular at these workouts.


vbarre2 Last week I attended Vbarre, which was a cool combination of traditional barre exercises, cardio and strength exercises.


vbarre4This week I attended one of my favorites: 305 Fitness!  It’s reminiscent of Zumba but with more cardio bursts and not strictly latin.  It also incorporates a lot more calisthenics and plyometric moves.  I love it!  Plus, there is something so nice about working out outdoors during the warmer months.

305 fitness

305 Fitness has a live DJ, which just makes the entire experience so fun!  The music really great and it is constantly changing.

305 fitness2

The class was held at Pier 25 and sponsored by Lole (you might remember their White Tour!).

305 fitness3

I did pretty well modifying because this class is super intense cardio.  I can’t really jump around as much as I could pre-pregnancy so I had to take it kind of easy but I still got a great workout!

Readers, what are you doing for the 4th?  Do you use Williams Sonoma catalogs as cookbooks?  Have you heard of Vbarre or 305 Fitness?

By Brittany, July 4, 2014
  • jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    July 4, 2014

    loving all the color in your eats this past week! have a happy 4th!

  • Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
    July 4, 2014

    I wish we had more of a selection of strawberries like that available locally. They look so good!

    • FitBritt
      July 9, 2014

      They are pretty good although I have to say that farmer’s market produce is so much better but I hardly ever make it there!

  • Holly
    July 4, 2014

    Your Tomato Tart is artfully done . . . bet it was delicious.

  • Kim
    July 4, 2014

    I have pulled a couple of recipes from Williams-Sonoma catalogs:)
    That workout looks fun!!
    And, I love all the stuff in your Mediterranean Quinoa Salad.

    • FitBritt
      July 9, 2014

      I think its the photos in Williams Sonoma that are so inspiring! But their recipes always turn out so good! I use it for Thanksgiving a lot!

  • Karen - Fit in France
    July 4, 2014

    You are so lucky to have access to such amazing shows, stores and events !

  • Carla
    July 4, 2014

    I’ve only heard of those classes from you. I’ve been doing yoga on the porch after my runs with the free trial month you got me at MyYogaWorks. Thank you for that. And, of course, I run outside. Much better than a treadmill.

    I’m just watching Jeffrey to make sure he doesn’t have a little kitty coronary from all the fireworks.

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    July 5, 2014

    The tomato tart and farmers market salads both look and sound so good! Happy 4th weekend Britt!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    July 6, 2014

    Yoga outside in honestly the best in the summer. I try to do it as often as I can on the grass in my backyard, and it’s awesome.

    Happy belated Independence Day!

    • FitBritt
      July 9, 2014

      Totally agree! I love being outside so much in the summer and yoga outdoors is awesome! I’m hoping to do it as much as possible this summer!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    July 6, 2014

    I want some of that tomato tart!! I hope your 4th was fabulous!

  • Kimberly {Manifest Yourself}
    July 7, 2014

    I had planned to go to 305 Fitness, but something came up. 🙁 Hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend!

  • Shawna
    July 7, 2014

    i really should get myself to one of these outdoor workouts on the pier — looks great. i’ve never heard of 305 Fitness and i’ve heard of VBarre but never done it — would be down to try for sure.

    • FitBritt
      July 9, 2014

      There are so many great classes offered every Tuesday! It’s a lot of fun! Plus they are free!

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    July 8, 2014

    All of those salads look fabulous and that Tomato Tart is beautiful! That class looks like so much fun too! I would LOVE to go to an outdoor class like that.

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    July 8, 2014

    Outdoor fitness classes are the best! Group fitness in general is just such a blast but when the weather cooperates, it’s like all the stars align 🙂 that tomato tart is beautiful. I’m guessing those are heirloom tomatoes? Only nature could make things that beautiful. Definitely a great summer recipe to make.

    • FitBritt
      July 9, 2014

      They are heirloom tomatoes! It took me awhile to find some good ones but luckily I did. Totally agree that group fitness is the best!

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