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Friday’s Food & Fitness: A Healthy This, A Healthy That

  • August 28, 2015
  • By Brittany
Friday’s Food & Fitness: A Healthy This, A Healthy That

Hi all!  It’s Friday!  I seriously don’t know where my week went!  They often say that with babies the days are long but the years are short.  I have to say that my days go by with a snap of the finger and somehow this kid is already nine months old.  I can’t even talk about it.

Well, that being said, Friday means Friday’s Food & Fitness!  Welcome along.





I’ve been on such a kick making all kinds of yummy foods lately. So, unless you live under a rock, you’ve probably heard of zoodles right?  I mean zucchini noodles.  Basically you use a spiralizer to create long spaghetti-like strips of zucchini, which you then use in place of spaghetti noodles: zucchini + noodles= zoodles.

zenne with breaded chicken

Well, I couldn’t really justify yet another appliance in my kitchen, especially one that basically has one purpose but I also didn’t want to give up on the idea of zoodles.  So, naturally, I created my own dish.  Meet zenne: zucchini + penne= zenne.  Zenne is created by using your handy dandy cheese grater and grating fine short thin pieces of zucchini that sort of resemble penne noodles.


I made Zenne with Chicken Parm last week and it was so delicious.  I definitely recommend giving this low-carb (I LOVE carbs, but you know, something different), high veggie count dish a try.

Another fun creation recently was this Chocolate Almond Avocado Smoothie.  I got the idea to create something with chocolate almond milk after seeing a chocolate smoothie on my friend Nicole’s blog.  The only problem was that I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand.

chocolate almond avocado smoothie

So instead, I came up with this little gem based on what was in my pantry:

chocolate almond avocado smoothie 3

  • Chocolate almond milk
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Acai powder
  • Cacao nibs
  • Ice

chocolate almond avocado smoothie 2

It was super creamy, frothy, chocolatey and down right delicioso!

avocado chicken salad

Other good eats include this avocado chicken salad: lettuce, grilled chicken and avocado dressing were a sensational combo.

fish tacos

And some yummy fish tacos with pineapple pico de gallo and a side of crunchy homemade coleslaw for the win.

Fish Tacos
Serves 4
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529 calories
47 g
141 g
16 g
53 g
3 g
483 g
206 g
15 g
0 g
11 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 529
Calories from Fat 140
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 3g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 141mg
Sodium 206mg
Total Carbohydrates 47g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Sugars 15g
Protein 53g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 4 filets of white fish like
  2. tilapia
  3. 1 tbsp of chile powder
  4. 1 tsp of olive oil
  5. 8 corn tortillas
  6. 1 pint of cherry tomatoes,
  7. quartered
  8. 1/2 red onion, chopped
  9. 1/2 pineapple, cubed
  10. 1/2 jalapeno, deseeded
  11. and chopped
  12. 1 lime, juiced
  13. salt to taste
  1. Rub fish with olive oil and chile powder and set aside on a
  2. plate. Prepare salsa by combining the tomatoes, onions,
  3. jalapeno, pineapple and lime juice in a bowl. Add salt to taste.
  4. Heat a grill pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray over
  5. medium-high heat. Add fish to pan and cook until fish is flaky
  6. and done, about 8 minutes.
  7. Serve fish in tortillas topped with pineapple salsa and enjoy!
  8. Note--If you prefer chicken or tofu, you could make this same
  9. recipe substituting chicken or tofu for fish.
Brittany Bendall Fitness




In case you missed Wednesday’s post, the month of September marks a brand new Instagram challenge!

This month’s challenge #Tighten&Tone is a pilates and barre based challenge.  Every day for the month of September I’ll be posting a pilates/barre exercise for you to do!  Plan to get tight and tone in 30 days with these fun exercises.  I’ll be posting video tutorials with rep suggestions to help you through.

tighten & tone september

And the best part is that the winner will get a month of free Siggi’s yogurt.  I checked out Siggi’s for the first time at Blogfest/IDEA and I fell in love.  Siggi himself told us the story about how he started his company.  He was super humble and extremely interesting.  Plus, the yogurt is free from nasty stuff and VERY low on sugar.  Siggi started his company by making his yogurt in his NYC kitchen.  How cool is that?!

Readers, what are you up to this weekend?  Have you tried Siggi’s?  Are you a zoodles fan?

By Brittany, August 28, 2015
  • Jessica @ Absurd, She Wrote
    August 28, 2015

    I love zoodles but no matter how I make them, my husband’s like, “Nope. Real pasta, please.”

    • FitBritt
      September 2, 2015

      I definitely don’t think they count as real pasta but I love them as their own separate dish. Same with spaghetti squash!

  • Holly
    August 28, 2015

    Chocolate Almond Avocado Smoothie–GIVE IT TO ME NOW!
    Fish Tacos–GIVE IT TO ME NOW!
    Crunchy Homemade Coleslaw–GIVE IT TO ME NOW!
    Avocado Chicken Salad–GIVE IT TO ME NOW!

    . . . goin’ fishing this weekend.

  • Melanie @ Happy Being Healthy
    August 28, 2015

    Wow, your Barre and Pilates challenge looks awesome! All of your food looks fantastic too. I haven’t made Chicken Parm in forever; now I want to! I also love zoodles, but I don’t have a specific appliance to make them either. I just use my julienne peeler and it seems to work well! That smoothie looks oh so yummy too!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    August 29, 2015

    That looks like an awesome smoothie lady!! šŸ™‚

    I’ve been loving zoodles majorly this summer. I just have the little hand spiralizer, though when my hand is hurting from all of the spiralizer, I wish I had a fancier stand gadget!

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