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Food & Fitness: Wine, Chocolate + Levo League

  • May 16, 2014
  • By Brittany
Food & Fitness: Wine, Chocolate + Levo League

Hello friends!  Happy Friday!  Do you have anything fun planned for the weekend?  I got the Hubs tickets to see Eddie Izzard, a comedian, so we are going to see him on Saturday night.  Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday’s Food & Fitness!







Remember when I told you guys about the Best Meal Prep Services?  Well, I accidentally forgot to cancel one of my memberships (I love to cook in the summer!), and I got a delivery from Blue Apron this week.  Oops!

But the bright side was that I made these delicious enchiladas!  So yummy and filling!


I also had this awesome fried quinoa dish.  It was supposed to have shrimp in it but I’ve been a little off seafood recently so I threw out the shrimp and just had the quinoa with veggies.  I add in an egg for extra protein but that didn’t make it into the photograph!

fried quinoa

I also made this delicious salad!  I got the idea from the barre3 website.  It’s a kale, grapefruit, avocado and walnut salad.  I love it so much.  I used this amazing salad dressing on it from Brianna’s.  It’s their Blush Vinaigrette.  I thought it was a good choice because it’s a vinaigrette, which is typically made from olive oil and vinegar.  It tasted so amazing!  Turns out, the first ingredient is sugar.  Whomp whomp.  That’s what I get for not actually checking the label. 


Oh and then there was this!  A new study finds that red wine and chocolate may not have the health benefits we originally thought they did.  In an Italian study, resveratrol, the antioxidant in red wine and chocolate shown to have health benefits in lab animals, did not have an impact on the longevity of the 1,155 study participants.  This is terrible news!!  I have been calling myself healthy for years because I eat chocolate and drink red wine!  This is like pulling the rug out from under me.  Whomp whomp.

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This week I had my first workout as the Networkout Chairwoman of the Levo League NYC.  It went really well!  I’m happy to say we had a great turnout and everyone was super excited for the event.  Thanks to Equinox for hosting us!  We did a tabata workout which is a high intensity workout where you work for 20 seconds and rest for 40 seconds.   We did a series of about 8 circuits and repeated each circuit 4 times (my math may be wrong so don’t shoot me, I had trouble remembering because I was breathing so hard!).  So for instance we would do something like 20 seconds of squats with 40 seconds rest and then 20 seconds of hops with 40 seconds of rest and repeat that entire sequence 4 times.  Then we would move on to the next set of moves until we finished the entire workout.  Think burpees, sandbag throws, crunches, jumping lunges and other painful activities!  

Jump Switch Lunge 2

(Back when I could still do jumping lunges!)

Even though it was a really intense workout, I was able to modify to suit my preggo capabilities.  I didn’t push myself to go as fast as possible.  When you do tabata, the idea is to get as many reps into those 20 seconds as possible and try to maintain that rep count for the remainder of the sets.  I picked a moderate pace and kept up with that.  I also eliminated some of the jumps (read step back into a plank instead of jump into a burpee and alternating lunges instead of a jump switch lunge).  I also used slightly lighter weights and sandbag.  Even with all my modifications, it was still an amazing workout and I’m kind of sore!  Dom, the Group Fitness Manager, at Equinox was an awesome instructor and kept everyone motivated even though it was super hard!  I talked to the other women after the event and it seemed like everyone had a great time and is really excited for the next event.  Oh yeah, I gotta plan that!  

I love the networking at the end of class!  Everyone stood around and chatted for awhile and got to know one another.  It was so great to meet other health-minded, professional women in the city.  I can’t wait to see who comes to our next event!

Readers, what’s the best thing you ate this week?  How you make modifications for high intensity workouts?   What do you think about this chocolate/wine study?


By Brittany, May 16, 2014
  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    May 16, 2014

    Glad to hear the event went well!!!! You’re amazing! Have a fab weekend, lovely.

  • Shawna
    May 16, 2014

    your meals look so good, and i love jumping lunges and incorporate them often into my circuits. looks like a fun event! hmm the best thing i ate this week was probably some Talenti gelato a co-worker brought in. i try to stay away from a lot of sweets, but this stuff was amazing. in moderation. ๐Ÿ™‚ i think i will continue having wine & dark chocolate (also in moderation!) regardless of what the studies say. some things are necessary for a happy life. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 16, 2014

    I’ve certainly had to make modifications for many workouts to accommodate for my injuries. You need to do what’s best for you. Everyone is different. Have a wonderful weekend Britt!

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      Oh my gosh, you have to! I think the hardest part about making modifications is being mentally prepared for it.

  • Allie
    May 16, 2014

    I’m completely ignoring the chocolate wine study. I balance it out with plenty of sweat so I’m sticking with the OLD study:-) My favorite meal so far this week was whole wheat pasta, roasted veggies and some turkey sausage. It was so simple but EVERYONE ate it. That is a huge win!
    I love that your first Levo class went so well. I would love to be surrounded by intelligent, healthy women more often!
    Have a great weekend. I hope the sun comes out in the city…

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      I completely agree. Also, there are so many studies, who knows what is really good for you besides fruit and veg?! Moderation is key!

      That pasta dish sounds good! Can you make it for me?! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kim
    May 16, 2014

    I’m still testing the wine thing – I will just let myself be a test rat!!!
    I haven’t cooked much this week – pretty much I’ve been eating Reeses all week because since I’m taking a week off from working out it seemed like a good idea to eat a lot of crap!

  • Lisa @ Lulu's Big Adventure
    May 16, 2014

    I refuse to believe that chocolate isn’t good for your health. ๐Ÿ˜‰ It’s essential to my well-being haha.

    I’m glad you’re still able to exercise but that you’re not pushing it too hard!! Already such a good mommy. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Lauren @ Focused To Be Fit
    May 16, 2014

    I’m choosing to ignore this whole wine and chocolate nonsense. I’m still sticking with the fact that it’s benefiting me! TGIF! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karen - Fit in France
    May 16, 2014

    I really like tabata workouts but its the day after you really feel them. I made a great recipe this week : shredded carrot, shredded apple, diced onions, that I sautรฉed with bacon and served with some rice. SOOO good.

    • FitBritt
      May 19, 2014

      I was so sore after tabata but it was really good. Also, I am less intimidated by them now that I’ve done one!

  • Carla
    May 17, 2014

    This is going to sound weird but I just haven’t been eating anything I love this week. I went to Pasta House for work meeting and actually had to finally order and eat something just so I didn’t seem rude but nothing actually sounded appetizing at all. I just had some oatmeal and it was pretty good.

    I would have done the modifications for the tabata and I’m not even pregnant!

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