Great Blogs and Even better FOOD!

If you follow our blog, you know that we like to share the love…with other blogs! Gotham Bandit is another great blog devoted to living a healthier lifestyle. It is a little stylized, (and a little geared towards New Yorkers) but the tips, links and posts are great!

Here are some highlights:

1. Exercises for when you can’t make it to the gym: Jumping jacks, push-ups and leg lifts are my go-to when I know I only have 15 minutes and no time to shower.

2. Meal prep for 30,000 feet: GREAT tips for our frequent FIT-flyers.

3. 9 Clean-Eating Myths You Should Know: We have highlighted all of these on this blog, but this serves as a nice reminder. I know I keep HOPING that honey isn’t really going to be “sugar” one of these days…

What blogs are you loving these days?

Inspired by the clean eating posts, I wanted to share a delicious, nutritious and very clean side dish I made last week. Butternut Squash and Cauliflower mash…yummmmm

This recipe seemed to good to be true…but it really turned out to be just good!!

Creamy Butternut and Cauliflower Mash (NO BUTTER OR MILK!)


– Olive Oil (1 tbsp)
– 1 head of cauliflower
– 2 cups of cut butternut squash
– 1 head of garlic
– chopped chives for garnish

tools: immersion blender or food processor

Preheat the oven (for the roasted garlic) to 375 degrees F. Then, bring a large pot of water to a boil.

Prepare the roasted garlic by cutting off the head, drizzling the garlic with olive oil and wrapping the garlic in aluminum foil. Place in the pre-heated oven for 40 minutes. Click this link for more specific instructions if you don’t understand.

Once the garlic is in the oven, cut the cauliflower into large florets. Then, split it in half. Pour half of the chopped cauliflower along with the butternut squash into the pot of boiling water. Boil until the cauliflower and butternut squash is easily pierced with a fork (about 15 minutes). Set aside.

While the butternut squash and cauliflower are boiling, saute the second half of cauliflower at medium high heat in the olive oil until the edges are brown. Set aside.

Once the garlic is roasted, puree the boiled butternut squash and cauliflower with the roasted garlic until it is smooth and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Put the mash into a separate bowl and add in the sauteed cauliflower, but keep a few aside to top off the mash. Mix until the mash becomes nice and chunky. Top off with cauliflower and chives.



FITLife-In Action

Jumping into spring has turned out to be more like jumping back into jackets and gloves this year.

But the FITgals believe that spring is around the corner! We are preparing to run the Cherry Blossom 10miler on April 7th and can’t wait to enjoy the gorgeous blossoms on our run!

Regardless of the weather, spring dress season is almost here so– get out, get active, and get FIT!


The FITgals are still OBSESSED with CorePower Yoga!


Cherry Blossom 10-miler coming soon!


Leftover lunch salad: brown rice, avocado & almonds


Local FIT fav: Core72


Delish Dinner: tilapia and spinach salad!


My little boy said mama!

Have a great and FIT weekend!


The FITgals

It’s All About The FIT: Arm Workout Series

Whether it’s your favorite athletic tank, skinny jeans, LBD, or your wedding gown [of course!] the FITgals know all about the perfect FIT. With spring almost here and warm weather around the corner, we know you are gearing up for your own nuptials or participating in a friend’s big day. Among the FITgals, there are 10 weddings this summer, so we know how important it is to look and feel confident & absolutely gorgeous!

For our first Wedding Workout Series, we are targeting the right FIT for your gown! Whether your dress is princess style, strapless, or mermaid, most styles leave those arms bare. But never fear, your arms will be toned in no time with the help of our arm workout. Repeat these exercises anywhere 3 times a week and you can ensure a memorable pic of tossing (or catching!) the bouquet. Here’s mine!

Wedding Workout: Arms & Shoulders

It secretly works your abs, too! Aim for 2-3 sets with 5 lb. weights

1. Hold Plank – Full Extension (60 sec)

2. Down Dog to Plank to Push-up & REPEAT! (15 reps)

3. Hold Plank on forearms and then lift hips up & back to plank (15 reps)

4. Burpee (low squat, jump to plank, back to low squat, and stand)

5. Bicep curls (5lbs/15 reps)

6. Tricep Dips off a chair and keep your legs straight! (20 reps)

7. Side Plank (hold 60 sec each side) – full hands no elbows

8. Mt. Climbers (hold Plank and bring one foot off the floor hovering and switch– 30 sec)

9. Lateral Raises (20) and Forward Raises (20)

For more info on the FITgals checkout and Steal our DEAL for March at Washingtonian Bride & Groom!


Melissa & the FITgals