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Friday’s Food & Fitness

  • October 17, 2014
  • By Brittany
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Friday’s Food & Fitness

Hi there friends!  How are you?  Do you have any big plans for the weekend?  Luckily we don’t have anything too big on our hands.  Mostly taking it easy and preparing for baby!  I’m really hoping to finally be able to go see Gone Girl!  What are your plans for the weekend?  I hope you’ve got something fun planned!

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So many good things!  I made this homemade delicious pesto pasta with fresh tomatoes.  Pesto, like hummus and tzatziki, is so much better when it is homemade rather than store bought.  So delicious! 

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These stuffed delicata squash are so fall!  Plus they were super easy to make.  They are stuffed with chicken apple sausage, chopped apple, chopped celery and chopped onion.  The recipe is found here!

delicata squashI have two awesome quick, esay seasonal breakfasts for you!  

Apple + Almond Butter Waffles

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This one is super easy for when you are on the go.  Pop two frozen waffles in the toaster (I like Van’s) and top with almond butter and apple on one and maple syrup, walnuts and apple with a dash of cinnamon on the other.  Voila!

Apple Oatmeal

apple oatmeal Cook quick cooking oats according to directions.  I like to use almond milk in my oats.  Stir in a tablespoon of apple butter, a drizzle of honey, chopped apple, walnuts and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Enjoy!

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You guys, when did working out get so hard?? There has been a very noticeable shift in my ability to move lately. Everything feels so much harder. Workouts that were easy to me earlier in my pregnancy (ok a few weeks ago) now suddenly seem like they were made for the superfit crowd. Oy! I’m still trucking along though.

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AND I have to tell you about my last Levo event before the baby gets here. Remember when I posted about cheerFIT? Well, Levo is teaming up with cheerFIT for a NetWorkout on Thursday, October 23rd at 7pm! We’ll be at the Reebok FitHub in Union Square. It’s a totally free, totally awesome workout! You should DEFINITELY come along and check it out. It’s bootcamp style and it will kick your booty! Click here for all the details! 

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Finally, have you heard on the news recently that Facebook and Apple have decided to pay for women to freeze their eggs?  What do you guys think of that?  Part of me thinks that is a great perk for women but part of me thinks this is kind of a way for employers to, at least indirectly, control women employee’s decisions.  I’ve never worked for a tech company so I can’t speak to the culture in those companies, but I can imagine if this kind of policy was implemented at a law firm.  While legally the firm wouldn’t be able to dictate when you decide to have children, there would definitely be an unspoken rule that if you have the option to put off having children, you should do it until you make partner and “have more time.”  

Readers, what’s your go-to breakfast?  Do you have a great squash recipe?  What do you think of employers paying for women to freeze their eggs?

By Brittany, October 17, 2014
0 Comments
  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    October 17, 2014

    I love all of the apple things…actually all year round, but especially in the fall! And I haven’t made pesto in awhile – making a mental note to whip some up soon!

    Good for you for still trucking along with your workouts! I think that working out during pregnancy and being fit definitely helps women during labor… so it should be a piece of cake right? 😉

    SO I was in Union Square last night!! Thought of you… Next time I’m in NYC and you aren’t about to pop a child out, let’s meet up?!!

  • Kristina Walters @ Kris On Fitness
    October 17, 2014

    I love all things fall especially the food! Thanks for the ideas! You are at least working out. Many women stop once they get pregnant. You are doing awesome!

  • Lauren @ ihadabiglunch
    October 17, 2014

    How random! I just picked up two delicata squash yesterday and was just going to roast them tonight 🙂

    I love the idea of those companies allowing women to freeze their eggs. Even if it is a subtle hint, it’s no different from paying for contraceptives (which we’re all fighting for, for the most part). It’s giving women more choice, more freedom to choose their own timing, and allowing us to not be stressed about the ever-elusive work/children “when am I going to get it all done?” question haha.

    And I can imagine that CREATING NEW LIFE INSIDE YOU would make working out just a little harder. Sheesh! Cut yourself some slack, lady 😉

    • FitBritt
      October 17, 2014

      You make an excellent point. I agree that it is a good thing. I just hope there are some discrimination regulations or something that get passed so employers can’t force women to make certain choices. I’m all about the choices! 🙂

      Tell me how you prepare your squash!!

  • Carly @ Fine Fit Day
    October 17, 2014

    That stuffed squash looks DELISH. You are such a fit mama, I love that you’re still trucking along with your workouts, you do whatever makes you feel good, mama! The egg thing -hmmm. Part of me thinks it’s great that a company would pay for it, because it gives their female employees more family planning choice, but another cynical part of me totally agrees with you that it’s a not-so-subtle way of suggesting that maternity leave is a great big pain in the butt for THEM. I had one friend who had a male executive at her company ask her how her paid vacation was when she returned from maternity leave. Still a long way to go in some cases…

    • FitBritt
      October 20, 2014

      I can’t believe he asked how her paid vacation was!?!?! That is crazy and also borderline discrimination! I definitely think it would be good to allow women to have options but I think it would require regulations and laws that make it illegal to suggest a women should freeze her eggs rather than having a child earlier if she wanted.

  • Kay @ Kay Bueno
    October 18, 2014

    Your food looks so gooood. I’ve been having such a romance with healthy versions of pancakes and waffles. I think it makes me feel like I’m getting a decadent breakfast or something.

    While I understand both sides, I like that tech companies are paying to freeze eggs. I know coworkers of mine who wanted to freeze their eggs before chemo, or other radiation therapy, and it was such a hard situation, it would be further complicated by having to pay out of pocket.

    Facebook and Apple give pretty generous maternity (and paternity!) packages. So I hope freezing eggs isn’t too contradictory to those. 🙂

    Happy Friday!

  • Holly
    October 18, 2014

    I do have a wonderful squash recipe with a crunchy nutty topping. Gone Girl–I saw it and it was not what I expected (not having read the book). OMG in some parts.

    • FitBritt
      October 20, 2014

      I didn’t end up seeing it! It was sold out! Seriously, I can’t even remember the last time I went to the movies and when I want to go it is sold out!

  • Kim
    October 18, 2014

    Oh, that pesto pasta looks tasty!!!
    I love that you are still working out – it will make it so much easier to get back into shape after having your little one!

  • nellie
    October 18, 2014

    wow. paying employees to freeze eggs?! that actually makes me angry enough to hurt somebody! the cheerful workout looks awesome!

  • Jessica
    October 19, 2014

    Nice work with that stuffed squash!

    Now that I’ve got 2 weeks until my due date, I have to push myself even to walk. Which is weird, because up until 36 weeks, I was ok with doing most of my regular workouts, with a modification here or there. But my body just feels heavy, tired, and loose. I’m working on being ok with resting more – I know I’ll appreciate it later more than being able to say I was still kickboxing at 40 weeks!

  • Carla
    October 19, 2014

    You always make me food envious! I’m just not as adventurous as you when it comes to food. I’ve been eating tons of eggs lately. When my husband noticed how much the eggs that I buy cost (organic, free range) he almost chocked. Ha!

    It’s awesome that you have been keeping up with your workouts. You and baby will be glad later.

    I would be more impressed if a company paid to help a women who couldn’t have a child than to pay for a women to put off having one. With that being said, perhaps there are many women who would like that option.

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