Fit & Fashion Friday: HIIT Workout + Lorna Jane Gear

My Athleta gift card winner was chosen! Is it you?!

Happy Halloween and hooray for Friday! And Friday means I’m off to another workout at Sweat. I’ve really been loving these workouts because it not only gives me a chance to mix it up from my usual gym scene, but I also find that I push myself harder being in the group setting. I mean, I can’t let people think I don’t know what I’m doing, right? ;)

I was this close to hitting up Sweat the other day but the plans were cancelled. However, once I have my mind set on something, it’s really hard to change it so I decided to do a modified version of my first Sweat HIIT workout in my own gym. AND I decided to share it with all of you because it can’t hurt to have an extra workout at your disposal with all of the candy around, am I right?! I love the mix of cardio, abs, and strength work. By the time you catch your breath, you’re moving fast again!

Strength + Cardio HIIT Workout | Barr & Table

Exercise Demos

Looking for a little extra workout motivation? I love finding some fun new workout gear and Lorna Jane just came out with some fantastic new looks. Some of my faves?

Lorna Jane Crosstown Bra Back

Crosstown Bra

Lorna Jane Alliance Mesh Tank

Alliance Mesh Tank

Lorna Jane Pria Excel Zip Through

Pria Excel Zip Through

Lorna Jane Rouge 7/8 Tight

Rouge 7/8 Tight

Clearly I have a thing for bright colors and criss-cross backs and there are tons to choose from on the website. Can’t wait to get my hands on these!

I hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween and weekend!

Food for Thought

What’s your favorite new piece from Lorna Jane?
Any fun Halloween plans?

What I Ate Wednesday #108: National Chocolate Day

Have you entered my Athleta giveaway yet?

Did you know that yesterday was National Chocolate Day? I found out later in the day but luckily I happily celebrate everyday ;) I swear, no one should have told me that dark chocolate is good for me.. that means I can have it by the handfuls, right? If you’re looking for ways to have a belated celebration, check out these delicious recipes!

Chocolate for every occasion!

[Breakfast]
Protein Egg White Oatmeal Almond Peanut Butter Coffee Califia Coconut Almond Milk
Same ol’, same ol’. I’ve been running dangerously low on my nut butters but I’m trying to use up as much as I can before I make more. Let me tell you, it’s rough! Haha I live such a hard life..

[Mid-Morning Snack]
I won a box of Banana Butterscotch Simply Protein bars and they’ve been a great little snack for when I have a quick break at work and know that I’ll need a little something to hold me over. At 130 calories, 8g fiber, 15g protein, and only 1g sugar, they do just that!

[Lunch]
Skirt Steak Avocado Trader Joes Cowboy Caviar Fuyu Persimmon
It’s nice having leftovers that aren’t chicken sometimes. A steak salad turns out to be pretty darn exciting! Especially with a sweet persimmon and some cowboy caviar from Trader Joes.

[Afternoon Snack]
Protein Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies
Like I said, I celebrate National Chocolate Day everyday! I’m loving having these brownies in the freezer; I just pop it in the microwave with a little coconut almond milk for 30 seconds and top with almond butter. It’s just so good and hits the chocolate spot!

[Dinner]
Half Baked Harvest Spicy BBQ Chickpeas Crispy Polenta Roasted Aparagus
Note to self: Nathan isn’t a fan of meatless Monday. Ha! At least I enjoyed dinner..

[Evening Snack]
Another apple. More almond butter. And more chocolate.. in the form of chocolate covered salted cashews. Try limiting your intake on those bad boys!

Food for Thought

Did you celebrate National Chocolate Day?

Link Love #58

Have you entered my Athleta giveaway yet?

I mentioned recently that I’ve been taking more impromptu rest days than before. In my head, I sometimes feel like I’m being lazy when I get home from work and sit my butt on the sofa. But when I really thought about it, part of the reason I’m resting is because my legs feel so fatigued. It’s easy to forget that standing for 6-8 hours at a time, with one or two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute break, can really take a toll! I may not be on the treadmill or running outside, but there’s a reason standing desks are all the rage. Besides, we all know that sometimes we need to just slow down and go for a walk.

That said, I’m well aware that standing doesn’t have the same benefits as more intense aerobic activity, however, you bet your butt putting my feet up after a long day definitely helps me push it harder at the gym the next day! Wouldn’t want to put myself too hard, right? [How 'bout that transition!]

Health

Why Exercising Too Much Hurts Your Gut The Paleo Mom

Why Exercising Too Much Hurts Your Gut – The Paleo Mom

Why Exercising Too Much Hurts Your Gut – The Paleo Mom
The 7 Best Nuts for Your Health and Performance – Stack
Top Five “Clean Eating” Mistakes People Make When Trying to Lose Bodyfat – Beauty Lies in Strength
3 all-or-nothing’ healthy living mindsets debunked – FitKnitChick
Are you *emotionally* overweight? (guest post)Five Finger Fitness via Carla Birnberg

Fitness

Fitness in 5 Minutes Cotter Crunch

Fitness in 5 Minutes – Cotter Crunch

Fitness in 5 Minutes – Cotter Crunch
The Kettlebell Encyclopedia: 30 Of The Best Kettlebell Exercises {Gifs} – Lifting Revolution
The PSL Workout {aka The Pumpkin Workout} – Love Life Surf
10×10 Full Body Workout – The Almond Eater
Guest Post: 4 Yoga Poses For Tight HipsInfinite Beings via Keep It SimpELLE

Food

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake with Maple Cream Cheese The Nutritious Kitchen

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake with Maple Cream Cheese – The Nutritious Kitchen

White Chocolate Pumpkin Snack Cake with Maple Cream Cheese – The Nutritious Kitchen
Roasted Acorn Squash with Pears and Miso Dressing – Edible Perspective
Grain-free and dairy-free almond butter lava cakes – Fitnessista
Creamy Coconut Millet Porridge with Cinnamon Vanilla Poached Pears – The Soulful Spoon
Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa with Maple Whipped RicottaFood Faith Fitness via Julie’s Eats & Treats

Food for Thought

Do you ever discount your daily activity when considering your workouts?
What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

A Quiet Weekend for the Win

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Good morning! Happy Monday! I hope you’re all feeling as rested up as I am. We had a really quiet weekend despite plans to get out and explore yesteday. Sometimes you just have to give into the tired feeling and spend some quality time with the sofa. Am I right?

Friday was a lot of running around, but definitely in a good way. I kicked off my morning with an awesome HIIT workout at Sweat with my friend, Melanie. This was my second time going to Sweat and I love it; these workouts make me push myself in ways that I don’t always when I workout on my own. And I definitely feel it the next day!

Sweat HIIT Melanie

After my workout and kicking other peoples butts in the gym, I met Nathan for happy hour. It was such a nice night [pretty much as always..], we opted to sit outside. I swear he was there too ;)
Barclays Beer Happy Hour

We hit up a new-to-us place for dinnerSummer Kitchen & Bake Shopwhich was good, but nothing to write home about. That said, after dinner, we shared a [freshly made] waffle cone of rosemary-pine nut-praline ice cream from our favorite shop, Ici. They have the most creative flavors and 9 times out of 10, they taste as incredible as they sound!

Saturday, the weather was supposed to be rainy so we planned on running errands. I guess if you’ve never seen rain before, you’d consider what we had to be terrible weather. It turned out to have drizzled some before we left the house and there were some clouds in the sky. Ugh, just the worst! Ha. California “weather” makes me laugh all the time! Our errands took us out to Tender Greens for lunch and it was wonderful! I had the albacore tuna plate with double roasted veggies. I love fall/winter veggies!
Tender Greens Albacore Tuna Roasted Sweet Potato Parsnips Butternut Squash Brussels Sprouts Bacon Jalapeno Cornbread

After lunch, we popped into World Market for the first time. There was a lot of fun stuff there but we made it out with only a couple single serving packets of Barney Butter. I’ve never had it before so obviously when I saw the Cocoa + Coconut and Vanilla Bean + Espresso squeezies, I had to get them. And because I can’t get enough nut butter, I decided Saturday night was the right time to make these protein brownies with almond butter swirl.
Protein Chocolate Almond Butter Brownies

I’ve never been one for brownie edges. I like the gooey middle pieces.. though I think I could have taken these guys out of the oven a minute or two earlier. Next time!

Yesterday was super quiet. It was a day for the gym, groceries, and cooking dinner together. It was a true team effort; I love when that happens!

Skirt Steak Roasted Garlic Kabocha Red Pepper Onion Mushrooms

We had plans to go for a hike, but we both pretty much decided that would be way too much effort for a Sunday! It’s nice to start the week feeling rested.

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Seared skirt steak with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and roasted kabocha
MondaySpicy BBQ Chickpea and Crispy Polenta Bowls with Asparagus + Ranch Hummus
TuesdayGreek Chicken Souvlaki with spiced roasted carrots
Wednesday – BBQ margarita chicken with mango slaw
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

Are you a middle brownie fan or an edge/corner fan?
Did you do anything exciting over the weekend?

Fitness Friday: Working Out with fitmob + Athleta Giveaway!

There’s an awesome new fitness trend that is making the ability to take a bunch of classes at different gyms more readily accessible. As someone who has lived in an apartment complex with a gym for the past 3 years, I find it hard to want to pay for a gym but at the same time, feel like I’m missing out on some of the fantastic classes that are available for gym-goers. Enter fitmob.

fitmob logo

Founded by Snapfish co-founder and entrepreneur/VC Raj Kapoor as CEO, tech guru and martial arts champion Paul Twohey as CTO, and worldwide fitness expert Tony Horton, fitmob is a San Francisco-based company that is described on the their website as:

“An authentic fusion of fitness, community and technology. fitmob combines the power of community with the convenience of a mobile platform to create a fun, affordable and rewarding workout experience in your neighborhood. It’s a new fitness movement with YOU at the center.”

They have a huge array of classes ranging from cardio and strength to barre, yoga, TRX, and more. For just $99/month, you’re able to attend classes with over 75 studios and trainers to choose from as many times as you can get your butt to class! In addition to their Passport program, they’ve also introduced MobTribes, described as on their website as:

“…a shared personal training that’s fun, affordable and all about results. You’ll be matched with a top-rated personal trainer to lead workouts at a convenient location picked by your MobTribe of 4-6 friends.

Your MobTribe will meet twice a week in a 6-week program designed for results! We’ve done plenty of research and studied the science of shared group training.

With MobTribes you’ll get personal attention, nutrition tips, daily activity tracking and off-day workouts, without the price tag of personal training.”

fitmob

I had the opportunity to attend one of their workouts, Weapons of Ass Reduction [love the name!], last week but unfortunately couldn’t work out the commute with my work schedule. I absolutely plan on giving this a go and checking out a bunch of studios in SF, along with some of their own workouts, in the near future. How could I pass on the opportunity to push my limits? Eeeexxactly!

And now for the giveaway!

Want to enter for your chance to win a $50 Athleta Gift Card? [You do. The new winter line just came in!] Click here to enter and keep cross your fingers!

If you’re free, join fitmob + Sweat Pink #HolidayFitList Twitter Party on Tuesday, November 4th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PST. More details on the event coming soon!

Food for Thought

Do you prefer indoor or outdoor workouts?

I received the opportunity to take part in the fitmob campaign through my ambassadorship with Fit Approach. All opinions are my own.

Train With Me!

Hi, friends! I just wanted to pop in for a quick post today to share some exciting news. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m currently working on putting together an online training program, but in the meantime, I’ve launched my Personal Training page with information on working with me one-on-one to get a 4-week personalized training program.

Brittany Lehnhoff Personal Trainer

If you’re interested in working with me to create a customized 4-week program, check out the details and lets chat! Hope to hear from you soon!

Food for Thought

Have you ever worked with a personal trainer, either online or in person?

What I Ate Wednesday #107: Herbes de Provence Roast Chicken {Recipe ReDux}

If you’ve followed my recent WIAW posts, you’ve probably noticed that I’m a creature of habit. Oatmeal with nut butters for breakfast? Daily. Salads for lunch? You can count on it. But dinner is where I like to have my fun. Plus, I have a husband to feed and he’s very much not a creature of habit when it comes to his food. That said, he does love his chicken! I thought this month’s recipe redux would be a good one for him.

You know they are lurking there: Way in the back of your spice drawer. There lie the herbs, spices, or rubs that are getting dusty because you’re afraid to use them… you simply don’t know what to do with them! Well, pull them out and show us a recipe you created to deliciously conquer that fearful spice. (Or maybe the recipe was a flop – and the spice still give you nightmares?!)

We bought some herbes de provence over a year ago for a lamb stew and it’s sat in the pantry since then. How could that be bad on a roast chicken?!

Herbes de Provence Roast Chicken Apricot Orange Gastrique | Barr & Table

I’ll admit, I enlisted Nathan’s assistance for this one; roast chicken is mostly his domain around here. And it’s always fun to cook dinner together.

Herbes de Provence Roast Chicken with Apricot Orange Gastrique

Serves 4-6

Herbes de Provence Roast Chicken w Apricot Orange Gastrique | Barr & Table

Ingredients

For the Chicken:
- 5-6 lb chicken; butchered into quarters [can sub bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces]
- 2-3 tsp sea salt
– Herbes de Provence
– Garlic powder
– Black pepper
– Extra virgin olive oil

Hardware for the chicken:
- Cast iron skillet [stainless steel would work too]
- Another large, heavy pan

For the Apricot Orange Gastrique:
- 2 tbsp apricot preserves
– 4 dried, unsulphered apricots; minced
– 1 orange; zested and juiced
– 2 tbsp water
– 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

Directions

For the Chicken:
Place the chicken pieces on a cooling rack over a baking sheet. Pat dry with paper towels and sprinkle both sides with salt. Cover with foil and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to overnight.

When you’re ready to cook the chicken, preheat the oven to 425°F and heat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken liberally with herbes de provence, garlic powder, and black pepper. When your pan is hot, coat with EVOO and place the chicken in the pan, skin side down. Place the extra pan on top of the chicken, pressing it into the pan. This will really give your chicken a delicious, crispy skin.

Let the chicken sit for about 15 minutes before flipping. The chicken should lift up easily but if the skin is sticking, give it another couple of minutes before trying to flip again. After the chicken is flipped place it in the oven to finish cookingabout 20-25 minutes.

While the chicken is in the oven, in a small pot, add all of the ingredients for the gastrique. Bring to a boil and reduce to simmer; the sauce should thicken up nicely, but keep an eye to be sure it doesn’t get too thick.

When the chicken is cooked through, remove from the oven and let rest for about 5 minutes. Plate it up with your sides, drizzle the gastrique, and enjoy!

Herbes de Provence Roast Chicken Apricot Orange Gastrique | Barr & Table

I served our chicken with smashed gouda potatoes and roasted brussels sprouts. It was the perfect Sunday dinner [with lots of leftovers for the week!]

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Food for Thought

Which spice would you choose from your pantry?

Link Love #57

Today is the kind of day that has become more and more common over the past couple months. I have an early morning at Athleta—6 a.m. to be exact—and whereas I used to be completely bummed that I’d miss my morning workout. These days, if a 6 a.m. shift means that I take an unplanned rest day because I just don’t feel like going to the gym when I get home, well then so be it.

Last week as I walked home from work, I tried bargaining with myself.

It’s not that long of a workout.
If I go to the gym before I sit down at home, I can definitely do it.
No cardio today. Just hit the weights and get it done.

Then I realized how tired my legs really were. Which made me realize how tired my whole body was. And if I just go home, put my feet up, and rest a bit, I’d be able to hit it harder at the gym the next day. And that’s exactly what I did. I’ve said it before, but it really is a hell of an idea to actually listen to your body. Who would have thought that you own body knows what’s best for it? It’s certainly a challenge for me and I know it is for others too, but it’s something that I’m really focusing on, especially with the holiday season coming up. That said, I want to challenge you to focus on listening to your own body more. Deal? Deal.

Health

Got a Nutrition Question 2 Iron. Are You Getting Enough Food and Nonsense

Got a Nutrition Question 2: Iron. Are You Getting Enough? – Food & Nonsense

Got a Nutrition Question 2: Iron. Are You Getting Enough? – Food & Nonsense
Three New Natural Supplements and How We Use Them – Cotter Crunch
10 Smart Tips for Eating Healthy on a Super Tight Budget – The Kitchn
I’m a Fitness Professional, but I Don’t Think Fitness Should Be Your Life – Trainer Paige
Exercising For Your Health is NOT a Joke – Slim Sanity

Fitness

Back to Basics Arm Workout Peanut Butter Fingers PBFingers

Back to Basics Arm Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers

Back to Basics Arm Workout – Peanut Butter Fingers
This Exercise Can Give You Kim Kardasian’s Butt & Jessica Biel’s Abs – Lifting Revolution
No-Equipment Tabata HIIT Workout (Lower Body) – Fit Foodie Finds
5 Stretches Every Runner Should Be DoingJamie Walker via HuffPost Healthy Living
Med Ball Tabata Workout – Pumps & Iron

Food

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice Iowa Girl Eats

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice – Iowa Girl Eats

Caramelized Sweet Potato and Kale Fried Wild Rice – Iowa Girl Eats
Healthy Sticky Chocolate Fudge Cake (like, super fudgy no joke) {Gluten, Dairy + Grain Free} – Top With Cinnamon
Baklava Whole Wheat Biscotti – Yeah…immaeatthat
Carrot Noodles with Mushrooms and Sausage in a Cashew Cream Sauce – Inspiralized
Breakfast Baked Acorn Squash with Greek Yogurt, Honey & Pecans – Ambitious Kitchen

Food for Thought

How do you plan on listening to your body more?
What’s one of your favorite posts from the past week?

We Were Just Babies!

Hi friends, happy Monday! I hope you had as relaxing a weekend as I did. Friday kicked off with an awesome workout at a new-to-me circuit gym called Sweat. I went with a few of my coworkers and the trainer took us through 3 rounds of 8 stations of supersets. These exercises hit every single muscle and I was definitely feeling it all weekend, especially my abs! I can’t wait to go back again.. luckily they’re on ClassPass.

Saturday, Nathan and I took it easy and celebrated 11 long crazy years. I can’t believe we’ve been together for so long; we were just babies when we first started dating!

Prom Nathan Brittany

Check. Us. Out.

Saturday night was when we had the big plans for a nice dinner out. We’d been talking about going to Gather practically since we moved here and walked past it the first time. The price point is a little higher than our normal night out on the town so we knew it would be good for a special occasion, and it definitely was! We started out with drinksa local red wine for me and a local black ale for himand split 2 small plates. [You'll excuse the lovely lighting for the pictures, yes?]

Gather Acme Bread Rockwall Red Wine

Rockwall sangiovese blend and fresh Acme bread

Gather Crispy Pork Terrine

Crispy pork terrine with herbed buttermilk, hot sauce, pickled melon rind

Gather Wild Mushroom Sweet Potato Crispy Quinoa

Wild mushrooms with sweet potato, celery root, Treviso, crispy quinoa

Both dishes were so delicious and full of flavor but I think I ended up preferring the mushroom dish and Nathan went more for the pork terrine. No surprises there; boy loves his fried food ;)

There were so many appealing options on the menu for the entrees, one of which would be the amazing looking pizzas, but I couldn’t say no to the black cod. I hardly ever make seafood at home because Nathan doesn’t eat it, so I love to get it whenever we go out. The cod did not disappoint in the least; I ate it flake-by-flake and the skin was perfectly crispy too. I think I “mmm”-ed with almost every bite!

Gather Black Cod Broccoli Celery Root Maitake

Local black cod with broccoli di Ciccio, celery root, Maitake, lemon

Gather Black Cod Broccoli Celery Root Maitake Mushroom

Zooming in for the close-up!

Nathan ordered the burger with fries which may not sound too exciting but he confirmed that it was a pretty damn good burger! And I can confirm that the fries were tasty too. We skipped out on dessert in favor of a couple peanut butter cookies we got earlier in the day; a nice little sweet treat to finish it out.

Peanut Butter Cookie

Yesterday was all about recovery from our big meal. Ha! We watched football, went to a couple grocery stores, and did lots of cooking and prepping for the week. We might have had a messy kitchen, but dinner was awesome!

Herb de Provence Roast Chicken Smashed Potatoes Brussels Sprouts

That chicken recipe will be coming soon ;)

Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday – Herb de Provence roast chicken, gouda smashed potatoes, and roasted brussels sprouts
MondayVietnamese pork bowl
TuesdaySmokey chicken wing chili
WednesdayChicken bacon rice bowls
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Out!
Saturday – Leftovers

Food for Thought

If you’re married, do you still celebrate your dating anniversary?
Did you do anything fun over the weekend?

Foodie Friday: Pumpkin Protein Bites

Yep, back on the pumpkin wagon! I guess I never really fell off. But you all know how I feel about my bites and I couldn’t let pumpkin season pass without making a new bite. These are different than my other bites though.. the base is a bit out of the ordinary. Usually I use gobs of peanut butter but this time I went for a different legumebeans.

Before you click the big “X” in the corner, hear me out. When you blend up beans, they become super creamy and because northern beans are mild in flavor, they easily take on the flavor of whatever you mix them with. On top of that, beans are a great source of iron, fiber, potassium, and protein. Sounds like a pretty good base now, huh?

Pumpkin Protein Bites

Makes 55 bites

Pumpkin Protein Bites | Barr & Table

Ingredients
– 1 can northern beans; drained and rinsed
– 3/4 cup pumpkin [not pumpkin pie filling!]
– 1 1/2 tbsp coconut oil
– 1/2 cup pumpkin protein flour [I used MyOatmeal PB Lean but you can sub regular peanut flour]
– 2 tbsp vanilla protein powder [optional—can sub coconut flour or more peanut flour; I used Vega Vanilla Performance Protein]
– 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp sea salt
– 5 Trader Joe’s cinnamon graham crackers; crushed [can sub another graham cracker, but will only need 2 1/2 - 3]

Directions
Place beans and canned pumpkin in a blender or food processor and blend until totally smooth. Remove the mixture from the blender and hand mix in the rest of the ingredients except the graham cracker. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 30 minutes.

After the mixture has cooled, it should be sticky, but easier to roll. In a medium bowl, crush up your graham crackers. Using a 1/2 tbsp measuring spoon, measure out and roll your bites in the graham cracker crumbs. Place the bites in an air tight container and store in the fridge or freezer.

Nutritional Information
Per 1/2 tbsp bite

20 Calories / 1g Fat / 3g Carbs / 1g Sugar / 1g Fiber / 1g Protein

Pumpkin Protein Bites | Barr & Table

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Food for Thought

Have you ever made sweets with beans?

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