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4 Ways to Stay In Shape Over the Summer

Let’s be real. The summer is when we want to be looking our finest but it’s also the time that it’s the most fun to go out, eat, drink, and just be merry. That doesn’t always agree with our waistline and with bathing suits, lake drinking, and beach chilling are calling your name, you can’t afford to mess up your workout routine AND your diet.

I choose to follow something called IIFYM (If it fits your macros) and it’s been amazing for these months. It makes you feel just guilty enough to second guess what you’re about to put in your mouth, but it also lets you live your life at the same time while maintaining your goals.

Now if you plan on losing more, I recommend that you still chill with the wild eating habits we all feel on the weekends and stick to scheduled cheat meals, but if you’re just trying to maintain, you’ll love IIFYM (will post on this soon, I promise!) and these three easy ways that I try to stay in shape over these uber fun summer months.  

 

  • Beachbody On Demand—Before you go running the other direction, hear me out. This isn’t your typical box DVD set that costa $100+. I used to be a Beachbody coach and hated lugging those DVDs out of town with me (especially if I accidentally forgot one at a hotel). I used to hope and pray they would come out with a streaming program. Insert Beachbody On Demand. You have access to all the workouts that you have ever wanted to try (think P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity, Focus T25 and SO much more) without having to pay for them individually.  You get meal plans, cooking shows from Autum Calabrese, recipes, workout calenders and so much more! It’s amazing because they charge you $99 but in three installments. Way less than gym membership right? All you need is a few dumbbells and if it’s just you working out, I recommend getting some adjustable ones like these from Bowflex.
  • Pinterest Workouts—What is Pinterest not good at? I’ll answer that…nothing. Whether you’re looking for essential oil recipes, healthy recipes, or wedding ideas, you’ll find what you’re looking for, guaranteed. You can also find some great workouts that require no equipment. Check out my workout board and follow it to stay connected to what workouts I try to do when I’m in a hotel with no weights and crappy cardio equipment. Try looking up ‘HIIT workouts’ or ‘no equipment workouts’.
  • Summer Activities—I love playing outside (minus the bugs, but I’ll put my essential oil recipe to handle that up soon). My fiancé calls me a sun baby because I love roasting in the sun and getting a nice golden glow. If you’re like me, activities like beach/sand volleyball, kayaking, snorkeling, biking, hiking, or swimming to get a great workout (you’ll probably be super sore and tired afterwards because they are SO different than traditional gym workouts!).  This is a great way to have fun with others who may not be so into working out but like outdoor activities as well. Great for parents and kids too!
  • The Fit Britt Accountability Program—I was contacted by a close friend to try to help her stay on track this summer because she was working out hard but not seeing the results she wanted. We started working as accountability partners and assuring that she still reaches her goals but can still have her drinks and treats when she wants. She has lost some weight just in these last couple of weeks and has had a couple Fit Britt reality checks in between.  If you are interested in this program, please leave a comment below or contact me via email at fitbritt7@gmail.com or via Facebook.

There’s no excuse to become a chunky monkey this summer! We want to keep looking fly all year, and these workout ideas and IIFYM are great ways to try to stick to your goals and still have a great time. If you are interested in my accountability program, you can contact me directly (new tab coming soon for the programs I will be offering!).

What are your favorite ways to stay in shape over the summer? Do you find it to be challenging to do so?

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DIY All Natural Hand Soap

Never in my life did I think that  I would be a DIY person. I used to love buying stuff already made because it was easy and I was lazy. Well, maybe not lazy but “efficient”. But then one day…

…I found Young Living oils. They actually found me, but I fell in love about four years ago. I would use them to help with my wellness and I am happy to say that anyone in my home really doesn’t experience any chemicals (even my pups!) and I have not gotten sick (knock on wood) in quite some time. I love how they support my various systems and make me really good about the choices I make. You’ll read many other future posts on how I love living chemical free with Young Living products.

Ok, I’ll get off my soap box (ha. Ha.). You’re here for my DIY hand soap recipe yes? I love using this because I get to be in control of what goes on my body. This soap literally costs about $1 to make (minus the foaming hand pump which is about $4 for each) and you have enough ingredients to make a bunch of these for your house or for refills. You can choose to use whatever oils you like depending on the scents you like and whatever carrier oil you choose (I found jojoba oil easily at Target or Amazon and fractionated coconut oil on Amazon). Vegetable glycerin can be found on Amazon as well (are you a Prime member yet? LIFE CHANGING.) I choose to use Young Living Oils because of their quality and versatility. I can literally make ANYTHING I normally use at home (face wash, face lotion, hand soap, dish soap, cleaning spray, etc.)

Hope you enjoy!

 

DIY All Natural Hand Soap

½ cup castile soap

1 tsp fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil

5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (click here to get 24% off of a starter pack to get all of the oils I used in this recipe and so many more!)

5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

5 drops of Purification Essential Oil

1 foaming hand soap bottle

1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin

Water

  • Pour castile soap into foaming hand soap bottle
  • Put essential oils into hand soap bottle. I recommend at least getting a total of 11 drops of oils so you can smell them and enjoy the benefits
  • Add the carrier oil (the jojoba oil or the fractionated coconut oil) to the hand soap bottle. This keeps your skin extra moist. Don’t you hate having to put lotion on right after you wash your hands because they’re so dry? This eliminates that need.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of vegetable glycerin.
  • Fill remainder of the hand soap bottle with water and voila! You’ll be smelling your hands all day after washing them with this!

See? Easier than you thought right? And because these bottles have so much in them, you are able to make so many of these and refill them in your house whenever you need to.

What are your favorite DIY recipes to save money at home and live chemical free? Share them below, I’d love to see them!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this should not be considered to be any healthy advice. You should seek appropriate counsel for your own situation. And please note, this post is directed toward readers in the United States. I may also receive compensation for some of the affiliate links in this post.

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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Raise your hand if you’re from Texas!!  Ok, ok it’s ok if you’re not but just know that we love us some breakfast tacos. My personal favorite is a gas station original that’s potato, egg, bean and cheese, otherwise known as a Q taco for my Valley folks. Best. Food. Ever. (Minus a Las Vegas Restaurant Enchilada, which I’ll totally post about when I go back to Texas one of these days).

But let’s get back to breakfast tacos. Who doesn’t love a good quick meal that satisfies every one of your taste buds for the first meal of the day? Exactly. I love those good ol’ Q tacos but they aren’t exactly friendly for the wasitline. That’s why I came up with this amazing taco recipe that will satisfy you, your significant other (that’s ok if it’s your dog, girl), and your guests. You can always swap the eggs for egg whites as well. Check it out below:

Healthy Breakfast Taco Recipe

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (I prefer Mission because they are low in everything and taste authentic AF)

4 eggs

½ red bell pepper

½ onion

1 small avocado

1 lime, juiced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp olive oil

Cooking spray

Pepper to taste

Optional: Cheese of your choice. I would pick either cotija (Mexican cheese) or feta cheese for best taste

  • Warm two skillets (if possible) to medium heat (that means level 5 for most of you)
  • Once one pan is heated up, add olive oil. Once warm, add peppers, onion, and seasoning to pan. Saute until soft (cover if needed).
  • In the other pan, spray cooking spray. Place corn tortilla in pan and warm for about 30 seconds each side. Place on plate until ready
  • Cut avocado and mash in a small bowl. Squeeze lime on the avocado to avoid browning. Divide on corn tortillas when finished.
  • Once vegetables start to soften and corn tortillas are ready, spray pan (the one that had the corn tortillas) with cooking spray. Remove vegetables from the pan and distribute on the four tortillas.
  • Crack either two or all four eggs into pan that previously held tortillas. Cook eggs until desired firmness (I prefer a little runny (over medium) because it just tastes so good with veggies). Place eggs on corn tortillas with mashed avocado and vegetables.
  • Divide cilantro and top each taco with a little. Serve immediately.

Such a great weekend recipe! Next time I make it I think I’ll roast some sweet potatoes with the seasoning or mash it. Try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!

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Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita

I love summertime drinks! I find it hard to stay within my macros when I do enjoy them so I have taken some time to come up with my own drinks that let me have some fun but are still delicious at the same time. I recently played around with a mango margarita recipe because I had recently gone to the Charlotte Farmer’s Market (God’s gift to the city of Charlotte) and found that my favorite farmer had the most ripe and delicious looking yellow mangos.  At $1.00 a piece I grabbed up a bunch of them and decided that I was going to have to find some recipes to use them in before I gobbled the up whole.

If you follow my Fit Britt Facebook Page,  you’ll see that I posted a picture of this lovely margarita but here’s another look for ya (wipe that drool off, sug):

Delicious looking right? Man it was too good not to share the recipe! So if you’re in the mood for a delicious and simple treat without the guilt, try out this delicious masterpiece.

Perfect Skinny Margarita

3 ounces tequila (that’s two shots)

1 ripe yellow mango

1 lime, juiced

1 shot of Skinny Simple Syrup

½ tsp Chili Powder

½ tsp Salt

1 lime to rim glass

Ice if you’re interested in a frozen margarita!

  • Put chili powder and salt on a place and mix together
  • Cut lime in quarters and rim glass to rim the glass. Rim glass with chili powder mixture.
  • Peel mango and slice and put in blender/Ninja
  • Juice lime and add to blender/Ninja
  • Add tequila and skinny simple syrup
  • Blend until everything’s all mixed up. Pour into your glass over ice or add ice to blender/Ninja in order to make it frozen

It’s such a delicious drink and nothing to feel guilty about! My fiancé isn’t a fan of my skinny drinks all the time because of the “Splenda” taste they can have but he was a fan of this one (P.S. He also hates mangos! So this says A LOT!). Give it a whirl and let me know what you think below!

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Skinny Simple Syrup

Everyone loves a good mixed drink but none of us love the calories it comes with. Simple syrup is an easy way to make your waistband expand, so I’ve been using a skinny version that I have used over the years and recently perfected with my use of Young Living Essential Oils Orange Oil (Here’s a link to save 24% on oils; post on how Young Living changed my life coming soon!).  This simple syrup can be refrigerated after cooled to use other times as well. I do a few different versions of this, including a blueberry simple syrup for my blueberry margarita that’s to die for! Check out this lovely recipe and let me know what you think!

Skinny Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup Splenda/Truvia or any other zero calorie powdered sugar substitute

1-3 drops of Orange Young Living Essential Oil (click the link to get them at a 24% discount as a wholesaler! If you don’t have this and are making my Skinny Margarita, add some fresh squeezed orange juice to margarita)

  • Take pot and pour water into pot. Place on stove and bring to a rolling boil
  • Add sugar substitute slowly to the pot stirring to dissolve until you have poured all the sugar in.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

Bet you didn’t think it was that easy did you? Takes no more than about 5-10 minutes to do and once it’s cooled you can use it in recipes like my Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita recipe and other that are soon to come on the blog!

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Lazy Girl Ceviche

Memorial Day is coming up and if you’re anything like me, you’re terrified of going anywhere for all of the deliciousness that may derail your otherwise perfect diet (total sarcasm here but you know what I mean). I spent a lot of years as a lacto-ovo pescatarian (a person who gives up pork, chicken, turkey, and beef but loves seafood and eggs/dairy). It was a good 6 years (2008-2014) because I learned a lot about how to properly fuel my body. I learned how to cook which sparked a passion in me that I love to share with others.

Sometimes it was hard to come up with a variety of things to eat so that I wouldn’t get bored and turn to unhealthy fast food options (I pretty much don’t eat fast food minus places like Starbucks for breakfast when I’m on the road for work).  I turned to dear old Skinnytaste every moment I got because she had an index of a ton of recipes that were friendly to my diet.

Fast forward to 2017. I now eat chicken and turkey but still haven’t touched beef or pork in almost 10 years, but sometimes I catch myself still eating like a pescatarian, especially when I am out of town for work since it’s just me eating and I don’t have to worry about my fiancé getting tired of having seafood too often. I have fallen in love with a recipe from Skinnytaste that I have adapted over time to make it more Fit Britt flavored (love me some garlic salt!).

So below is my recipe for Lazy Girl Ceviche, a dish that will satisfy others and yourself (I have made this for friends and it was  HUGE hit).  Ceviche typically takes a few hours to make and is delicious, but I always run short on time doing this thing called “adulting” (yeah I know, lame right?). This is great to bring to a cook out or just to enjoy on a lazy summer afternoon. To eat it, you can be a creep like me and eat it without chips or with cucumbers (low carb, low calorie, and serving of veggies) or with my favorite Baked Ritz Crackers (Sour cream for me please!)

Check it out and let me know what you think!

Lazy Girl  Ceviche (Modified from Skinnytaste Zesty Shrimp and Lime Salad)

Total Time: 15 minutes

1 bag of cooked (frozen or fresh) shrimp (12 or 16 ounces, your choice)

1 tomato

¼ cup of sweet white onion (about a quarter/half of a whole one)

2 limes juiced

1 avocado

½ tsp garlic salt

1 tsp olive oil

1 ½ tbsp cilantro

  1. Chop onion, juice limes, and add oil and garlic salt to a bowl. Set aside.
  2. Defrost shrimp if frozen and chop into bite size pieces. Set aside
  3. Chop tomato, avocado (careful not to smash avocado when doing this!)
  4. Add shrimp to onion mixture and mix. Add tomato and cilantro and stir that bad boy up. Lastly, add the avocado and carefully mix it as to not smash the avocado
  5. Eat until you’re content!

And that’s it! It’s just that easy and is an INSTANT party pleaser! Partner it up with my skinny margarita (featured later this week) and you’ll be on your way to being the fittest party girl you’ve ever seen! Enjoy!

How do you try to stay fit during the summer holidays with all these cookouts? What are your favorite recipes?

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Are You a Health Hater?

Do you sound like Ruby from this episode of Blackish? Are you constantly questioning people’s choice in food?  When I saw this plus a couple of comments on good ol’ Facebook, I knew I wanted to write about these “health haters”.

Let’s be real. Part of being fit has nothing to do with what goes on externally as far as your physical appearance.  It also deals with what goes into your body.  I try to avoid things like processed food, ridiculous amounts of sugars (but hell, I love margaritas and brownies…balance right?) but it seems that when we start to make lifestyle changes when it comes to food, everyone’s got an opinion about what’s right and what’s wrong. I’ve chosen to follow a flexible dieting plan called if it fits your macros (#iifym for short) and I love it! What I don’t love is when people try to tell me what I should and should not be eating.  I have educated myself over the past four years on how certain foods affect your body and I know what works for ME. Remember my last blog post when I shared that being fit is all about what you believe works for you, not what everyone else things.

“Oh that’s loaded with sugar alcohols, you shouldn’t have that.”

“That’s loaded with sodium, you shouldn’t drink that.”

“You really shouldn’t have that second glass of wine if you’re trying to lose weight”

“Ew, cauliflower mashed potatoes.  No thanks, I don’t think I’ll try that.”

Whose business is it what you eat and drink? Who says that isn’t a cheat meal or in your macronutrient count for the day? Now I’m not saying you should call yourself “fit” from the inside when you eat McDonald’s fried chicken sandwiches every day multiple times of day. I love things like Halo Top and other delicious items that do have sugar alcohols in them as well.  And I surprisingly have a pretty good grasp on controlling my sugar cravings when I supplement things like that in my diet.  I used a great IIFYM calculater  (I’ll post how and why I count my macros in another post…can’t spoil all the fun now!) and I account for everything I eat on MyFitnessPal, good and bad.  It’s called flexible dieting…look it up.

And why are people always hating on people who are trying to swap unhealthy foods for a healthier alternative? One big one I saw recently was someone hating on cauliflower mashed potatoes and saying they would never try it.  How do you know you won’t like it? It’s not like asking you to eat raw fish (which is delicious, thank you!), it’s asking you to make a healthier choice to have a meal that feels satisfying.  For someone who loves mashed potatoes, it may be hard to give them up for the sake of losing weight, but having something that satisfies that craving and gives you the consistency and flavor you’re looking for, why not give it a try? I notice a lot of this talk happening in the black community (I am about to get a little controversial, sorry).  I love my fellow black people, but our rate of diabetes, heart disease, and other weight related issues is always on the rise.  Many of us struggle to make the steps necessary to lose the weight and get healthy, so when you see someone trying, don’t bash their decisions to make a healthy choice, try to uplift and encourage them.  Maybe it’s hard for them to get vegetables in their diet because they just really hate the way they taste and they found that cauliflower mash is an easy way to get that food group in their diet.

It’s hard enough to take the first step, so here are some ways you can support others that are on a journey to be more healthy, and ultimately, more fit.  Be open minded, you never know what may change your life and outlook on health and fitdom…

  • Don’t knock it til you try it! You never know if you like something until you try. Try googling what I mentioned earlier—cauliflower mashed potatoes (Check out a recipe for cauliflower mash here and a few more delicious ones!). If you google cauliflower mash or look it up on Pinterest like I did, you’ll even get hundreds of positive reviews about them on various sites.  I challenge you to give it a whirl!
  • Ask the person what they like about it—people often like to share their journey when asked about it, especially if they really like what they made.  I promise you they will want to talk about their experience and you showing your support by asking is a great way to help make them feel assured and more confident about their choice
  • If you’re the one getting hated on, remember you’re doing this for YOU. I’m sure by now you’ve checked out my first post and saw that I’m all about redefining what it means to be fit.  You chose to eat the way you do now because YOU want to see change for YOURSELF (right?).  Don’t let the haters get you down because they’ll always be there.  But for every one of them, there’s ten more people that love and support you (like me!).
  • Do some research and take baby steps—I love all the recipes on skinnytaste.com. She has fantastic recipes and substitutes for many of our favorite comfort foods and you won’t even feel bad about it.  I have made probably over 50 recipes from her page (many of which I’ve added my own twist and will review here) and I have been happy with EVERY ONE OF THEM!  Don’t take my word for it—ask my friends who’ve come over for some of our parties.  Check out my first recipe I created here.
  • Do something daring. I did this back in 2008 when I decided that I was only going to eat seafood and give up all meat.  At the time I BARELY ate fish and had to force myself to get creative because I knew I couldn’t live off of shellfish (well I could but my cholesterol would probably be off the chain and I would probably be broke) and salmon.  I lasted for 6 years and I started eating turkey and chicken again about 3 years ago.  I still stay away from red meat just because 🙂
  • Last but not least, be patient! It takes a while for your taste buds to change! I remember thinking about how gross some vegetables were but now I love them.  Give things a try more than once and slowly ween things into your diet.  Going drastic may shock your body too much and cause you to develop some hatred towards certain foods.

Healthy food doesn’t only have to be boring! It only has to be if you choose not to experiment and try things.  Still afraid? I’ll make them for you and review them right here! If you click the subscribe button below you can stay up to date with all the unconventional healthy meals I make for myself, my fiancé, my friends and family!

Have you been hated on by friends of family for making healthy changes? Have you been a hater yourself? Share what your hesitations or qualms about healthy eating have been so we can better understand one another!

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The Most Delicious Egg Muffin Cups

I love to cook.  That’s one of the main reasons I started this blog.  I love taking recipes and trying them out (usually with my own twist) and I love wowing others with my handiwork in the kitchen as well. Cheers to the first and best meal of the day: breakfast!

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day.  My poor fiancé has had to learn to love it over time but I think he’s learned that eggs can be more than just scrambled or in an omelet.  One of the biggest complaints I hear from people about eating healthy, especially for breakfast, is because of time.

The first thing I want you to remember is that we all have the same 24 hours in a day. Most of us work 8 hours or so and if you go to the gym for an hour, that leaves a whopping 15 HOURS LEFT IN YOUR DAY.  Once I looked at my days and weeks like this, I stopped having excuses and put in the work but came across some challenges. One challenge I had was the fact that I am always on the go with my 9 to 5 job and I really really like my sleep.  And now that I am engaged and live with my fiancé, I wanted to make sure I started us off with a good healthy meal every morning.  So I got to thinking…

…I remembered when growing up that my mom made these egg muffin cups because it seemed that my family was always on some version of the popular early 2000s diet known as the South Beach Diet.  I love the idea of the diet and still stay away from heavy carbs because MY body responds to the depletion of carbs well (please note I still eat complex carbs, I just don’t overdo it with carbs regularly and I actually really like protein and veggies).  So I searched the web and Pinterest for recipes that were similar to my mom’s egg cups and ended up creating my own after finding several recipes and combining them to make my own master recipe (MUHAHAHA!)

So below is a recipe that I have come up with over the past month or so and I think it kind of speaks to everyone and gets a lot of good protein, veggies, and fats into your body.  I usually eat two and you can add a piece of whole wheat toast and low sugar jam.  I would even venture to say that you could cut them up after reheating and stick in a tortilla for a breakfast burrito!

Check it out and enjoy!


The Most Delicious Egg Muffin Cups

Makes 12

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Calories: 171

Ingredients

  • 6 eggs
  • 6 egg whites (I use the one from the carton; save your shaming!)
  • 1 tsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • ½ red pepper diced
  • ½ green pepper diced
  • ½ onion diced
  • 6 mushrooms (more if you’d like!)
  • ½ tsp of feta per muffin
  • 6 slices of uncured turkey bacon (according to my fiancé it tastes more delicious that brands like Butterball)
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 12 muffin liners
  • Cooking spray

Preheat oven at 400 degrees

Line muffin pan with liners and spray with cooking spray.

Beat eggs and egg whites in a bowl and set aside

Heat saucepan on medium high heat and when pan is warm add oil.  Add veggies except for spinach and sauté until soft.  Add spinach and set aside

Tear turkey bacon into pieces and distribute across all twelve muffin tins.  Add ½ tsp of feta (or cheese of choice) to each muffin and distribute veggies across the 12 muffins.  Fill muffins with egg and egg white mixture.

Bake for 20-30 minutes (depending on oven; mine likes about 25 minutes)

Cool and put in Tupperware. Reheat in the morning for a minute and a half and voila! (P.S. I have also made this in a “quiche” version where I just use a 13″x 9″ pan as well)

Enjoyed this recipe? Comment how you liked it below and stay tuned for my next meal prep post!

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What Does It Really Mean to be ‘Fit’?

“Oh hey, what’s your Instagram handle?”

“It’s @thefitbritt.”

*small chuckle while looking it up*

You probably don’t know this but I am the most fit I have ever been in my life.  I always get a laugh when I tell people what my Instagram handle is because I don’t exactly look appear to fit in the category that the world deems to be “fit”.  Did you know that there are several definitions of the word fit? And only ONE of them actually refers to one’s physical shape?

Fit (adj): of a suitable quality, standard, or type to meet the required purpose; acceptable from a particular viewpoint; in good health, especially because of regular exercise

Fit (verb): fix or put (something) into place

Do you see what I mean? Continue Reading →