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Friday’s Food & Fitness: Food Mishmash + cheerFIT

  • August 1, 2014
  • By Brittany
Friday’s Food & Fitness: Food Mishmash + cheerFIT

It’s Friday again!  Woo hoo!  Can I still celebrate even if it was a short week?  I think so!  To make matters worse (better?) I spent half a day yesterday volunteering with kids, which consisted of visiting the Museum of Natural History with them.  Yeah, I’m really putting in the hard yards at work over here.  Anyways, welcome to Friday’s Food & Fitness: The Mishmash Edition.  I’m calling this one a mishmash because I have so much to catch you guys up on!  So let’s get started!





Farmer’s market finds from the week:

farmers market 7 So excited about this. Shoshito peppers- my fav!  Plus I’m trying out these new little eggplant things called Fairytale Eggplant.  I’ll let you know how that goes! 

So the food in Brazil was good and bad.  The good thing was that they love meat and do a really great job at cooking it.  The bad thing is that I’m not a huge meat person.  I eat meat but I really like more of a Mediterranean based diet and I’m big on flavors rather than just a plain old slab of meat with sides.  It just ain’t my thing.  But we did have a lovely meal at Ciprianis (yes, I know there is one in NYC).





Plus, this delicious couscous dish that was not all Brazilian.  The lemonada drink, which is kind of like a fresh juice–this one was raspberry and watermelon, is definitely Brazilian!

rio couscous

If you go to Brazil, if you know someone Brazilian, if you in any way can get your hands on the Brazilian cheesy bread called Pao de Queijo, DO IT.  Don’t think about it, don’t ask why.  Just go get yourself some and then you can thank me later.  A waiter actually took half of mine at one restaurant and I legit almost started to cry.  It was that good! 

A few notable meals from last week that I didn’t share with you because I told you all about Fit Mama Friday instead of FFF!

salmon with couscousSalmon with tomato and avocado salsa plus couscous.

farmers market tomato pizzaHomemade pizza with farmer’s market heirloom tomatoes.

cilantro sriracha burgerCilantro-sriracha burger.

farmers market skillet

Farmer’s market quinoa skillet. 






Last week I had the opportunity to attend a bootcamp with cheerFIT.  You guys, this workout is SO MUCH fun!  Confession, I wanted to be a cheerleader in high school but you see, I played field hockey in the fall and that left only winter basketball cheerleading.  I actually went out for the team one year and made it but it conflicted with my dance schedule.  Soooo, it never happened.  But the high schooler in me got excited when I was invited to attend cheerFit.

cheerfit6The creator of cheerFIT, Danielle, is legit!  She was a former cheerleader at Syracuse University who tore her ACL cheering.  She rehabbed herself through physical therapy and strengthening her muscles.  Through this her idea for cheerFIT was born to help cheerleaders and fitness enthusiasts alike build strength, improve balance and coordination and achieve greater flexibility to help them become better and stronger versions of themselves.  Danielle has worked with professional cheerleading teams to get them in shape and now offers her expertise to the general public in her bootcamp classes. 


cheerFIT bootcamp is broken down into segments: Cardio, stability, strength, core and flexibility.  Each segment has a cheer-inspired move.  Although, non-cheerleading types don’t be intimidated, the moves are completely accessible and special cheer skills are not required. 

cheerFIT2Just because this is a cheerleading inspired workout, don’t expect it to be all smiles and easy-peasy (well, you can and should smile but you’ll be sweating and smiling!).  The bootcamp is TOUGH!  Danielle really kicks your booty!  I absolutely loved everything about it, especially her energy.  It was a ton of fun!

cheerfit4Bootcamps are located in Central Park (yay outside!) for the rest of the summer on Wednesdays.  For more info, visit here.  OH and your first class is FREE!!!  Check it out

Readers, were you a cheerleader in high school?  What’s something you always wanted to try but never have?  Are you a meat and veg fan or do you like more of a mix?

By Brittany, August 1, 2014
  • Kimberly (Manifest Yourself)
    August 1, 2014

    Awww, that workout sounds like so much fun. I was captain of my cheerleading team back in HS (go bulldogs!). We only had a winter team for basketball since we didn’t have a football team. I absolutely loved it, and I have never been in such good shape since then. I literally would practice my splits in front of the tv at night. Ooooh, memories. 🙂

  • Allie
    August 1, 2014

    OMG Danielle is too cute! I love the idea of a CheerFit class – as I was a cheerleader for a short stint in HS. I was also on dance team for a few years which is pretty much the same thing!!

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      I love love love watching the competitions on TV. I would so be a 30 year old cheerleader if they let me! Lol!

  • Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama
    August 1, 2014

    I was never a cheerleader but I always admired them! That food looks so good, I am especially curious about that lemonada! I also now want that burger! bad!! 🙂

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 1, 2014

    I want to try this workout! I was a competitive cheerleader for 10 years and it’s so much more than people stereotype it to be — you have to be strong, coordinated and flexible!

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      I completely agree! Cheerleaders are athletes the same way gymnasts are. The workout is awesome. I think she might have an online component?

  • Jaclyn @ BumpSweat
    August 1, 2014

    I cheered in HS. Aside from typical girl drama, I loved it! I’ve never heard of CheerFit, but it’d be a fun workout to try.

  • Holly
    August 1, 2014

    Yes, I was a cheerleader for football and basketball and for girls spring track. I was captain in my senior year in high school. It was fun, a lot of work and a lot of work-out. I so would like to try cheerFit with Danielle.

  • Carla
    August 2, 2014

    I did not realize that they ate a lot of meat and side type meals in Brazil. Not a fan. I like fish and chicken and that’s about it. That would be hard for me.

    I need a cheerfit class in STL. I was a cheerleader in high school and college. I love to watch the comps on TV but I don’t always catch them. It would be fun to have that cheer element.

    • FitBritt
      August 2, 2014

      On the bright side the meat was cooked beautifully but it’s hard if you are more into veggies or mediterranean style dishes like me!

      I love watching the comps too! My husband always groans when I make him put it on but they are SO good!

  • Lisa @ Lulus Big Adventure
    August 3, 2014

    I adooooore pão de queijo. The most delicious.

  • Kim
    August 3, 2014

    All of your food looks so good (and I’m not even hungry since I just had dinner)!!!
    That cheer fit class sounds fun – I was never a cheerleader and I”m pretty sure I wouldn’t have been a good one – I’m not perky enough!!!

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