Farm Fresh Inspiration

This past weekend I had the pleasure of spending a few days in upstate New York (near the Berkshires) at my uncle’s lake house.  Copake1

 

The scenic setting and plethora of activities from swimming to paddle boarding, hiking to biking make this the perfect weekend getaway for a FIT gal.

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It was also a great opportunity for a weekend of fun for the dogs.

Copake3Perhaps the best perk? There are miles and miles of farmland in Upstate New York and my uncle generously let us pick up his CSA from Herondale Farms. Inspired by the dairy and meat farms, and my CSA pick up of fresh produce and eggs, Tom and I were able to eat entirely local the whole weekend!

The thing is, it is possible to do this in DC as well. In addition to the many farmer’s markets throughout the district, there are tons of wonderful CSA programs in the DC area. Here are a few stand outs:

1. Earth Spring CSA

2. The Farm Bus

3. From the Farmer DC

Do you have a favorite CSA or trick for eating local? What about a favorite weekend getaway?

xoxo

FITintheCITY

It’s GRILL Time!

When it comes to the grill, we all know the staples: hot dogs, hamburgers, chicken…but kale salad??

We can’t wait to try this recipe I found on Bon Appetite: Grilled Kale Salad with Ricotta and Plums. A new way to make kale crispy?

Bon Appetite! (as they say)

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • 4 medium plums, halved, pitted, thinly sliced
  • 12 large or 16 small curly kale leaves
  • 3/4 cup fresh ricotta

DIRECTIONS

  • Whisk 3 Tbsp. oil, vinegar, thyme, and honey in a medium bowl. Season vinaigrette to taste with salt and pepper. Add plums and toss to coat; transfer plums to a plate.
  • Build a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to high. Brush kale leaves with remaining 1 Tbsp. oil; season with salt. Grill kale, turning once, until crispy and charred at edges, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a work surface; let stand until cool enough to handle. Remove large center stems with a knife and discard (just trim the tough ends from smaller, more tender kale stems).
  • Divide ricotta among plates; season with salt and pepper. Stir vinaigrette again. Tear larger kale leaves into pieces (leave smaller leaves whole). Place leaves in a large bowl and toss with some of the vinaigrette. Divide leaves among plates. Top with plums and drizzle some vinaigrette over.

5 Exercises to Workout with Baby!

As a new mama, it can be hard to sneak away and find time to workout.  Making your way to the gym or a yoga studio can become a two hour event of driving, traffic, parking, etc… The FITgals work with tons of mamas while their little ones nap, cry, nurse, eat, or play close by!  Whatever the situation, we make it work!! And as the kiddos get older (five to ten years old), it truly becomes a family event that everyone looks forward too 🙂

Since we can’t visit all our mamas, we wanted to share our top 5 easy exercises to do at home with your baby!

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Half Boat Pose– Builds abdominal strength.  From a seated position, lift your legs up so that the calves are parallel to the floor.  Make a “V” shape with the body (if you feel discomfort in the back, drop your feet to the floor and make a “C” curl with your body).   Bring the arms out straight from the body or hold your baby.  Aim to hold for 10-30 secs and then repeat up to 5x.

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Plank– Builds arm and abdominal strength.  Draw your torso forward until the arms are perpendicular to the floor and the shoulders directly over the wrists, torso parallel to the floor.  If you feel discomfort in the back, or if you are arching the back, immediately drop the knees and hold a modified plank.  Hold for 30 secs to a minute and then repeat up to 5x.

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Leg Lifts– Builds low abdominal strength with a hamstring stretch.  Lift both legs up and aim for a 90 degree angle.  Pull belly button into the spine (by pressing back into the floor) and then barely lift the bum off the floor using those ABS! Try to avoid using momentum or your back. Aim for 10-20 reps and repeat up to 3x.

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Plie– Targets inner & outer thighs, hamstrings, quads, and bum!!  An all-in-one lower body “bang for your buck!”  Stand with your feet slightly wider than shoulder width apart with toes pointing out.  Bend your knees and lower into a plie (think squat) and then stand back up.  Aim for 15-20 reps and repeat up to 3x.

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Crescent Lunges– Is a dynamic yoga pose that stretches and strengthens the whole body!

  1. Bend your front knee to 90 degrees, aligning your knee directly over the heel of your front foot. Your feet should be hip-width apart with both feet facing forward, and your front shin should be perpendicular to the floor.
  2. Come on to the ball of your back foot, lifting your heel and drawing it forward so it aligns directly over your back toes.
  3. Bend your back knee towards the floor and then lift your back leg strongly, drawing your knee and quadriceps up toward the ceiling. Straighten your back leg completely.  Repeat the lunges (bending and straightening the knee) 15-20x and then repeat on the other leg.

 

Enjoy!!! Let us know if you have any questions!!

Xx

FITmama