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Friday’s Food & Fitness: An Israeli Food Feast

  • April 1, 2016
  • By Brittany
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Friday’s Food & Fitness: An Israeli Food Feast

Hiii!  Happy Friday!  Another jam-packed week done and dusted.  I made a conscious effort to really get some annoying admin things done that had been hanging over my head for awhile and it felt great.  Despite the fact that it also caused the baby to rebel against me.  #worthit  

He gets upset when I sit down at my computer because then I’m not concentrating 100% of my attention on him.  So he ran off into other room (its cool because I have all the rooms I don’t want him in closed off).  It then gets quiet.  This is always a bad sign.  So I get up and go find him in my bedroom.  He had taken all of my workout pants out of the drawer and thrown them onto the floor of the room.  Then he closed that drawer and opened the one above it and started taking all of my workout tops out.  I came into the room and he had one of my workout tops up covering his face.  He knew he was in trouble.  I seriously had to stifle a laugh!  Oy vey.

Friday's Food and Fitness

Anywho, welcome to Friday’s Food and Fitness!  I have an Israeli feast for you today. 

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I felt like I really nailed it this week with my meals.  But I also felt like I was in the kitchen half the time.  I guess they go hand in hand.   I took Meatless Monday to a whole new level this week with an Israeli Food Feast.  I got the idea from the latest Cooking Light issue when I was reading it over the weekend.

israeli feast

On the menu:

Couscous with Pistachios and Raisins

Grilled Eggplant with spiced dressing

Homemade Hummus

Paprika Toasted Pitas

Homemade hummus has to be the easiest and most delicious thing ever!  I swear, once you make your own, you will never go back to store bought.  Tell me this isn’t so so easy!

The couscous is also easy and delicious to make.  Simply cook couscous according to package directions.  Then add in shelled, chopped, unsalted pistachios, raisins, chopped fresh mint and sliced scallion.  Whisk together a dressing of lemon, olive, oil, salt and pepper and pour on top.  Simple and scrumptious!

couscous with currants and raisins

Grilled Eggplant simply requires thinly slicing an eggplant into rounds and laying them on a grill pan or regular pan sprayed with cooking spray to grill.  I left them about 5 minutes on each side to get nice charred marks.  Meanwhile, I prepped the dressing which consisted of ground cumin, coriander flakes, 2 crushed cloves of garlic, lemon juice, olive oil and salt.  Holy goodness!

grilled eggplant

Finally, easy to forget but essential for your hummus are the Toasted Paprika Pitas.  I bought a package of pita breads, sliced them up, sprayed them with PAM Olive Oil spray, sprinkled with paprika and broiled them until they were lightly browned.  Like I said, easy but essential.

And there you have it folks, 

 

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I tried teaching my first pilates class set to music.  Basically, all the moves were choreographed to a song and done on the beat with the moves changing when the music changed.  I really loved the playlist and also the moves were super fun.  Plus, I love everything being choreographed exactly to the beat.  

teaching pilates

What I didn’t like was that I felt the class moved very quickly, which made it a little difficult explain and cue and set up form.  Also, I felt like I could do more reps of each move to make it feel a bit harder and a better workout.  Would I teach it again?  Yes, but I’m not fully switching over!

Readers, have you ever done a musical class (one example I can think of are the Les Mills classes)?  Are you a fan of Israeli food?  Where do you get your recipe inspiration from?

By Brittany, April 1, 2016
0 Comments
  • Holly
    April 3, 2016

    What a funny, intuitive child–I laughed when I read your story on the little, naughty behavior in the name of “I want all the attention!”

    I would enjoy the basic humus anytime-and one can enhance it with other ingredients if so desired.

    Musical class–sure, all the time-I do enjoy Pilates to music. Of course, the heart of Zumba is choreographed music and moves. I also like voice over classes on video. Have a great day!

  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    April 4, 2016

    Mmm, that Israeli food feast looks awesome! YAY, you made homemade hummus!! I know that you mentioned wanting to make it recently when I posted a hummus recipe. That couscous looks right up my alley.

    Laughing at the Cooper story! Sounds like he’s got only child syndrome. At least he wasn’t writing on the walls with permanent marker or anything 😉

    • FitBritt
      April 13, 2016

      Yeah no writing on the walls. . . yet! 🙂

      Yes, the hummus here is not great so making my own is the way to go!

  • Nellie
    April 8, 2016

    I’ve been having a TON of israeli food in the past 8 months because I work for an israeli company, and its been really good!

    • FitBritt
      April 13, 2016

      I remember your recap of your trip to Israel. I’m sure this isn’t as good but I had to give it a try!

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