These are some fabulous replacements!
Take notes guys, a lot of small changes- add up to BIG results!
The Fitspirational Blonde Wrap
This is one of my absolutely favorite creations yet!!
It only takes about 5 minutes to put together, and is WAY healthier for you then a regular sandwich because it has NO BREAD.
The wraps that I used are actually made out of sun dried tomatoes, and they really bring out the flavors when you bit into the veggie filled wrap.
What I put inside:
- Sun dried tomatoes
- AVOCADO!!! (yes I know I’m obsessed)
- Artichoke hearts
- Mixed green lettuce (organic)
- Goat cheese
- My own home made jalapeno mayonnaise (ask me for the recipe!)
If you’re looking for a QUICK AND EASY lunch idea, this is absolutely perfect.
TRY IT OUT!!!
THIS is a fabulous chart for beginners.
If you’re a newbie, or even if you’re wanting to start getting in shape for summer and don’t know where to start… START HERE!
A Kick-a$$ body is made FIRST in the kitchen, and THEN in the gym.
Fix your diet, and your body will naturally begin to fix itself, I PROMISE!
This is absolutely on my summer “to make” food list!
That would be ME!!!!!
I’d make that cauliflower into the pizza crust of his dreams!!
How to Store Fruit
(And keep them from going bad longer)
…Continued from my last post on storing veggies.
Don’t let your family’s bad eating habits, and lack of knowledge about storing fruit be an excuse to not keep fruit in your house! Take these tips, study them and most importantly APPLY THEM IN YOUR HOUSE!
Your fabulous summer body is not going to come from successfully storing lays potato chips on the shelf. Storing your veggies properly will keep them fresh longer, and save you money in the long run.
APPLY THESE TIPS!
Apples ‐ store on a cool counter or shelf for up to two weeks. For longer storage in a cardboard box in the fridge.
Apricots ‐ on a cool counter to room temperature or fridge if fully ripe.
Cherries ‐ store in an airtight container. Don’t wash cherries until ready to eat, any
Bananas - Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster. Keep them on the counter, or in a basket with holes or openings to allow air to circulate.Citrus ‐ store in a cool place, with good airflow, never in an air‐tight container.
added moisture encourages mold.
Berries - Don’t forget, they’re fragile. When storing be careful not to stack too many high, a single layer if possible. A paper bag works well, only wash before you plan on eating them.
Dates ‐ dryer dates (like Deglet Noor) are fine stored out on the counter in a bowl or the paper bag they were bought in. Moist dates (like Medjool) need a bit of refrigeration if they’re going to be stored over a week, either in cloth or a paper bag‐ as long as it’s porous to keeping the moisture away from the skin of the dates.
Figs ‐ Don’t like humidity, so, no closed containers. A paper bag works to absorb excess moisture, but a plate works best in the fridge up to a week un‐stacked.
Grapes - Make sure to select clusters that are free from molds if you plan to keep them in your fridge. Another mistake people make when storing grapes is washing them before storing. While this may clean them and get rid of dirt on them, the water will have a negative effect on the skins of the grapes; making them mushier and promoting bacterial growth in the process.
Kiwi - Keep at room temperature until ripe, then refrigerate. Do not place in refrigerator longer than 1 -2 weeks.
Lemons and Limes - If you are going to use them within a week, keep them on the counter at room temperature. Lemons and limes need air so if you place them in a bowl, you may notice their bottoms may grow mold. Try to keep them separated or in an aerated bowl. If you don’t eat them within a week, you can keep them in the refrigerator and they will last a month. You can keep them in a bowl in the refrigerator.
Mangoes - Store on the counter until ripe or 2 - 5 days, then move to refrigerator, then keep for 5 - 7 days. If you want to freeze wash peel and slice into pieces. Place pieces on a cookie sheet until frozen then you can transfer to plastic bag.
Melons ‐ uncut in a cool dry place, out of the sun up to a couple weeks. Cut melons should be in the fridge, an open container is fine.
Nectarines ‐ (similar to apricots) store in the fridge it is okay if it’s ripe, but best taken out a day or two before you plan on eating them so they soften to room temperature.
Peaches -(and most stone fruit) ‐ refrigerate only when fully ripe. More firm fruit will ripen on the counter.
Pears ‐ will keep for a few weeks on a cool counter, but fine in a paper bag. To hasten the ripening put an apple in with them.
Oranges - stay juicier when kept at room temperature. If possible place in a basket. The baskets are preferable to other containers because they permit the air to circulate freely around each piece of fruit.
Persimmon - Fuyu‐ (shorter/pumpkin shaped): store at room temperature.
Hachiya - (longer/pointed end): room temperature until completely mushy. The astringentness of them only subsides when they are completely ripe. To hasten the ripening process place in a paper bag with a few apples for a week, check now and then, but don’t stack‐they get very fragile when really ripe.
Plums - Keep plums at room temperature until they ripen. Once they’re ripe, keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 more days.
Pomegranates ‐ keep up to a month stored on a cool counter.
Raspberries - Wash your berries in a vinegar solution of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water. Place berries in a refrigerator safe bowl (plastic) with a paper towel on the bottom. Replace paper towel when it gets damp.
Strawberries ‐ Don’t like to be wet. Do best in a paper bag in the fridge for up to a week. Check the bag for moisture every other day.
Watermelon - Keep watermelon uncut on your counter at room temperature for up to 7 - 10 days. Cut watermelon can keep in the refrigerator for up to two days.
(Thank you mythirtyspot.com)
GUESS WHAT GUYS!
I have just one and a half weeks left of college before I’m out for summer, so I’ll be back to blogging FULL TIME before you know it!
Get excited for your dashboard to be filled with:
- My quick and easy healthy meal/snack ideas (with a spin of Brittany creativity)
- Exercise posts that will motivate you to get your butt off the computer and actually exercise instead of just scrolling through
- My daily morning smoothie posts (which will be incorporating veggies in them for the first time)
- How to get fit with your significant other (Yes, incase you were wondering, Bryan and I are still together and happier than ever! We will be getting in shape TOGETHER and inspiring you to do the same) Don’t forget, having a motivational partner, even if it’s your best friend, is a FABULOUS way to stay motivated even on those days where you just want to sit on your bed with a carton of Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream.
- NEW!!! Since I run my OWN health blog, I’m going to start incorporating some new beauty posts. Keeping your body healthy on the inside is VERY important, but I’m going to start blogging a bit about how to keep your body healthy on the outside too. (Ex- clear skin, longer full hair and healthier nails!
- REQUESTS- You guys are so great about asking TONS of questions which I ALWAYS encourage! My inbox gets really full, very fast, but don’t worry I’ll get to your question as soon as I can :) If I get enough of the same question (which happens frequently) I’ll made a whole post about it. So please don’t be afraid to ask :)
Have a wonderful afternoon guys! I hope everyone is ready to kick their butts into shape with me, for this beautiful summer.
Check back tonight in a few hours for my newest favorite healthy recipe- Garlic and Herb Stuffed Brussels sprouts.
Vegetarian Panini- Artichoke Avocado Garlic-Pesto
SUMMER IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!
What does that mean from all of us Fitblrs? That we need to put the hot pockets and greasy pizza on a shelf for good, and pick up some veggies.
I made this beautiful and healthy panini in about 10 minutes and it was mouthwateringly delicious.
- Chopped up FRESH artichoke hearts, that I let soak in pan cooked garlic for 5 minutes (messages me if you’d like the recipe for this)
- Avocado slices
- Provolone cheese slices (sliced thin)
- Sourdough bread
I made it into a panini because all those ingredients made it a bit big to squeeze in my little mouth. Also, I’m still head over heels in love with my PINK panini makes. I use it whenever I get the opportunity.
So easy, so healthy, so packed with nutritional ingredients and SO DELICIOUS!
Today I just discovered the WONDERFUL world of Wraps!!
I had a wrap which was made out of garlic and pesto, and filled it with ALL kinds of veggies. Wraps are SO much healthier for you then eating a sandwich, because some of them are actually made out of vegetables. Less bread, less carbs, more veggies… sounds like a plan to me!
Any way, I was wondering if any of you have ever tried a wrap, and what you put in them? I’m going to try and make one myself, and I’m looking for different brands of the actual wrap to use?
I’ve called around to the various Trader Joes, Sprouts, Whole Foods and other health stores in the area and can’t seem to find them anywhere!
Please share your healthy wrap experiences:
- Do you eat them?
- Where do you buy them?
- Are there different flavors?
This is SUCH a great question!! I have a great answer too :)
A lot of my followers have been asking the exact same question, so I will definitely be doing another post about my No-Caffeine progress soon.
Here’s a quick recap for you though :)
I used to be SO SO SO addicted to caffeine. I was literally drinking at LEAST one sugary-caffeine-packed coffee a DAY from Starbucks, and sometimes even a coke on TOP of that!
That’s how I grew up, on Soda sugary drinks and Starbucks… I’ve been struggling with it my whole life.
Then, 3 weeks ago I decided I was going to quit cold turkey!
Honestly, I’ve tried quite a few different ways to quit caffeine in the past. However, even though my previous attempts were successful for a short time, I’ve never been able to successfully “ween myself off of caffeine” completely.
SO- If you had asked me this question last year... I would have told you to try weaning yourself off of it; but now I’ve completely changed my mind.
Almost 3 weeks ago I decided to try to quit caffeine COLD TURKEY and just DEAL with the awful withdrawal symptoms that came with it!
It’s been 18 days (yes I’m counting, and yes I’m so proud of every single day) and I’m still caffeine free! I haven’t cheated, not even once, and I am finally starting to not crave caffeine anymore.
VICTORY IS SO CLOSE I CAN TASTE IT! (and it tastes like caffeine-free fruit smoothies hahaha)
I’m literally sitting in a coffee shop right now at 2:44 in the morning, studying for a midterm. I’m typing this message to you while sipping on a drink.. and guess what’s in my cup?
I’m awake and happy at 2:44am and haven’t had any caffeine in 3 weeks!
No more Caffeine-dependant Brittany :)
I went from being a HUGE caffeine addict, to quitting cold turkey.
What I want you to get out of this:
…if I am doing it, SO CAN YOU!!
If you’re wondering what to expect, or have any questions about my initial withdrawal symptoms, don’t hesitate to ask.
The caffeine-free life has actually made my body MORE energized because I don’t get “caffeine crashes” anymore. I bet if you quit the Coca Cola, you may even be more motivated to exercise :)
So Last month, I tried fresh SWEET corn for the first time since I was little. This was a big deal for me, because I used to be SUCH a picky eater less than a year ago, and would never try new things. Not to mention, I had already tried canned corn when I was younger and HATED it.
Any-who, my boyfriend Bryan finally convinced me to give corn another chance. After all those years of avoiding it, I thought it wasn’t that bad!
He prepared the sweet corn by lathering on a bit of butter, and then wrapping it in tin foil and putting it in the oven.
The only thing I didn’t like, was the sweetness of the corn… so we went back to the grocery store they didn’t have any non-sweetened corn :(
So now I want to hear what you guys do. It will be cool to see all the different ways that we prepare corn. In a few days maybe we can all go back and reread each others answers and maybe learn a few more delicious tricks for our next meal.
My question to you guys is:
- Where can you buy fresh corn that isn’t sweet (is it seasonal??)
- What do you think is the best way to eat corn (do you use butter, what do you put on it ?)
- What is your favorite way to prepare corn (do you wrap it in tin foil too, or do you grill it or just pop it in the microwave?)
Thank you so much for taking the time out of your day to come and say such nice things!! You’re so sweet for following and reading my posts every day, I hope they’re FITspiring you to be healthy too :)
I’m tiny, I’m only 5’3! I used to HATE being short, but now I LOVE it.
I’ve learned to love the things you don’t like about yourself, there is always an upside.
For example, being 5’3 gives me another great reason to wear some fabulous heels, and I LOVE my heels haha :)
Have a great day hun!
I had SUCH a beautiful Breakfast today!
This is my 3 MINUTE SMOOTHIE! (instructions on how to make a 3 minute smoothie below)
This whole breakfast was put together in 3 minutes, yes I timed it… so don’t try and tell me you don’t have time to eat breakfast in the mornings.
Excuses lead to failure.
If you want to start getting healthy, and you have a REALLY busy schedule like I do, YOU need to put in the extra work that it takes to PLAN YOUR MEALS OUT THE NIGHT BEFORE.
Failure to plan, leads to no breakfast or lunch.
How to plan out a 3 minute smoothie the night before:
- Decide 2-3 fruits you want to have in your smoothie the next morning.
- Pre-cut the fruit
- Put the pieces together in a tupperware box
- Put the box in the freezer
The next morning:
- Take the box out of the freezer
- Put the frozen pieces into the blender
- Add juice, milk or water (what ever your preference is, I use both juice and PureWater)
- Add a scoop of protein powder
BAM you have a 3 minute smoothie!
No excuses, plan for your success.
P.S Didn’t this come out really pretty?!?!?
I haven’t actually tried anything on blogilates, but one of my best friends Allie is in love with everything Cassey does!
I really love the 30DS because I’ve done it 3 times already and has really serious results every time I’ve pushed through all 30 days.
Thank you so much for the congratulations! That was so sweet :) I was pretty excited all week hehe.
I’m sorry you are both going through this. She is very blessed to have a sister like you that cares about her so much.
My best advice for you, is to set a positive example for her. You are her older sister and she looks up to you.
You should start making healthy positive changes first.
- adding fruit to your diet
- exercising everyday
- making smoothies
- trying to eat less junk food
- drinking a LOT more water