Introducing FITjams!

With the sun shining brightly and bathing suit season just around the corner, we’re excited to bring you the first installment of FITjams! (Woohoo!)

Now you’re probably wondering, “What the heck are FITjams?”

That’s a great question! FITjams are 30-minute playlists curated by one of the FITgals, and they’re designed to get you movin’ and groovin’! We’re all about being our happiest and healthiest selves, but we know that every FITgal should have a fabulous soundtrack to keep her motivated.

So let’s get this party started with Gaby, also known as FITexecutive…

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Listening to her playlist, it doesn’t take long to see that FITexecutive loves to move, shake and dance to great beats — burning those calories with a high energy workout. If you’re looking for a motivating, upbeat workout, check out FITexecutive’s playlist for your next sweat!

FITexective presents…

Get movin’ with Gaby!

1. “Danza Kuduro” – Don Omar, Lucenzo

2. “Feel This Moment” – Pitbull, Christina Aguilera

3. “Hasta Que Salga el Sol” – The Harmony Group

4. “Locked Out of Heaven” – Bruno Mars

5. “Rabiosa” – Shakira, Pitbull

6. “I Cry” – Flo Rida


Click here to get the playlist on Spotify!

Follow us on Spotify under the username FITtritionDC for this and future playlists. And until next time on FITjams, stay fit, fabulous and healthy!

XOXO,
the FITgals

At the Market: Spring produce, organic eating, and local food-sourcing!

To market, to market!
This past weekend, I started tackling that spring to-do list and I am so glad I did.  The Farmer’s Market at Dupont Circle has so many wonderful, fresh, local products!  Cheeses, meats, eggs, soup…

And of course, veggies, more veggies, fruit and more veggies!  The best thing to do at farmer’s markets is to look for inspiration.  Try something you have never heard of.  For me, that was Stinking Nettle.  I juiced it as was recommended to me. It was similar to spinach, and is rich in vitamins A, C, potassium, manganese, and calcium.

It was a great find!  I also stocked up on local apples, kale, and honey.

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Walking around, I was struck not only by what was there, but also by what was not.  Farmer’s Markets strive (and should succeed) to bring local produce into your home.  In order to do that, they can only provide items that actually grow in the area, and are in season.  There were no peaches or grapes.  I didn’t see tomatoes or cauliflower.  They are not in season right now.  So what is?

What’s in season right now?
Between April and May, you should expect to be cooking, eating, or juicing apples, asparagus, broccoli rabe, carrots, chard, mushrooms, kale and collard greens, onions, arugula, beets (which did look particularly red and wonderful), parsnips, nettles, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, spinach and other salad greens, turnips, and sugar and snap peas and strawberries will be making an appearance in May.

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Based on what is in season, this Spring Salad recipe should be a wonderful treat!

To organic, or not to organic? That is the question… 
The other thing I started to think about as I was arm deep in cheese samples, was why local?  Why organic? There was a study released by Stanford University back in 2012 that found no “strong evidence that organic foods are significantly more nutritious than conventional foods.”  Well, of course not!  There is not more calcium in an organic banana (versus a conventional one).  Just like it doesn’t have fewer calories!  Rather than regurgitate what Mark Bitman said, please read his excellent editorial on the subject.

So why should we eat organic?   Continue reading

Happy Mother’s Day!

With this being my first Mother’s Day, I wanted to express one of my favorite quotes about motherhood.

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“The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children.” -Elaine Heffner

Parenting is the opportunity to teach something.  Because, in teaching our children, we teach ourselves.  Everyday I’m reminded to “just smile” and “be happy” and “say thank you” and “except the challenges” and “be present.”

Believe me there are tough days and amazing days for us all, but it is important that I remind myself of these challenges, so that I can teach my child how to live a more vulnerable, true, and happy life!

To me, motherhood is…

a gift

an honor

a sacrifice

humbling

challenging

life changing

selfless

most rewarding

meaningful

I’d love to celebrate Mother’s Day in a more personal FITmama way and highlight our favorite things about being a mom.  You are encouraged to join the conversation and submit your photo! Here are some of mine: 

perfect little smiles

perfect little smiles

pure joy to eat

pure joy!

my little man

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To all the mamas out there, have a wonderful Mother’s Day.  I know how much my own mama paved the road for my motherhood journey.  I realize now having my own child just how much she did, and how much she loved us.  Thanks to all Moms for inspiring us!
xo

FITmama