Hello Friends!  And Happy Friday!  Any fun plans for the weekend?  We have reservations for dinner out tonight, celebrating Valentines Day only a week and a half late, oh well.  And then plan to get some things done around the house over the rest  of weekend.  Be sure to follow along on Instagram.

But now it’s time for Friday Favorites where I share all things in food, fitness, and life I’ve been loving lately.

Foodstirs DIY Baking Kits

Friends at Foodstirs were kind enough to send me a few of their popular organic baking mixes to try.  Over the weekend I had a chance to make the Salted Chocolate Chip Brownies.  I had never thought of putting sea salt on top of brownies, and oh it made them so tasty.  The pan of brownies did not last long in our house.  And I’m so excited to try the Snickerdoodle and Pancake mixes.

Foodstirs Baking Mixes

Foodstirs baking mixes and kits are made with organic non-GMO ingredients such as fair trade chocolate and cocoa, cane sugar, heirloom flour, and chemical free colors.  While I’m a huge fan of baking from scratch I can truly appreciate the convenience of baking mixes, especially when life happens and you all of a sudden have a work luncheon, baby shower, and birthday all in the same week, right.  And if don’t consider yourself a baker, these mixes are easy to follow and only take about 25 minutes from start to finish.

Looking at their website there are so many other mixes I want to try, like the minute mug cakes to quickly curb my sweet tooth cravings.  Foodstirs also makes Baking Kits if you want something a little more fun to decorate.  Be on the look out on my Instagram next week for a fun giveaway with Foodsitrs. Happy Baking!

 Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers

Since we covered dessert first now onto my latest favorite meal on the weekends when I’m home.  I kept seeing these Dr. Praeger’s Veggie Burgers all over social media the last few months and was so excited when I found them at my local grocery store.  The California Veggie Burgers are my fav.  Dr. Praeger’s was created by two doctors and all their burgers are made from simply ingredients and are filled with veggies and have about 5 grams of protein.  I just cook them in a skillet for a few minutes on each side and love eating them on top of a salad, with sweet potatoes, and/or a runny egg.  While I’m not a vegetarian I love convenient meals like these that don’t take long to cook and are easy to get in some vegetables.

Dr. Praeger's Veggie Burgers

Build Your Own Bowls

As you know from my What I Ate Wednesday posts I am obsessed with any restaurant where you can build your own bowl, hello all the toppings!  While visiting my parents in Cleveland last weekend I decided to re-create one of my mom’s favorite DC restaurants Cava Grill at home. I cooked this Oven Roasted Chicken Shawarma recipe and served with Basmati Rice, a tomato cucumber salad, tzatziki, hummus, lettuce, and roasted vegetables.  They were delicious and fun that everyone could customize their own meal at home.

Build your Own Dinner Bowls

Double Cupcakes

While home last weekend I also got to attend one of my best friends son’s 1st birthday party.  They had a beautiful cupcake display and the sprinkles one was calling my name.  Yum!

Funfetti Mini Cupcake

Then when I got back home on Sunday I was craving something sweet for after dinner, but was tired from traveling to bake.  I then remembered I had frozen some strawberry cupcakes from new years and just needed to frost them.  I topped them with a cream cheese frosting and they were so good!  Double cupcakes for the win over the weekend.

Strawberry Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ab Workout

And now that I may have you drooling over all my latest eats, how bout I throw in my favorite workout lately.  I posted it awhile ago on the blog this Abs Circuit Workout, and have since done it almost every week.  It’s definitely a killer for the abs and makes you feel a little less guilty for that second cupcake 😉

Killer Abs Circuit Workout

Latest Blog Post

In case you missed it on Sweet and Strong this week I posted How to Make a Massaged Kale Salad. Literally the only way I’ll eat raw kale.

Massage Kale Salad

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That’s it for me today.  I hope you have a fun filled and relaxing weekend.

Linking up with Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five.  And Heather for Friday Favorites.  Enjoy your weekend and be sure to read previous Friday Favorites posts here.

Questions of the Day:

What are you baking this weekend?

What’s one workout you do almost every week?

Tell me something you’re loving lately.


20 Comments on Latest Favorites in Food and Fitness

  1. Deborah Brooks
    February 23, 2018 at 1:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I love how you go right from brownies and cupcakes to crunches ha ha. Sea salt on chocolate is divine! We do make your own bowls all the time works really well over here. Have a good weekend

    • sweetandstrong
      February 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm (5 years ago)

      Haha I totally did that on purpose 🙂 And I bet with a family make your own bowl nights are perfect. Have a great weekend Deborah!

  2. Kim G
    February 23, 2018 at 1:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I saw those veggie burgers in the supermarket last weekend and I was thinking of buying them. Based on your review, I’ll be sure to pick up a package this weekend

    • sweetandstrong
      February 24, 2018 at 2:27 pm (5 years ago)

      Yes let me know what you think Kim. I love that they are packed with so many veggies when I just need a quick and easy meal.

  3. Farrah
    February 23, 2018 at 2:31 pm (5 years ago)

    I need that snickerdoodle mix in my life!!! *-* I’m also a fan of “building my own bowl”–so much versatility! :]!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 24, 2018 at 2:28 pm (5 years ago)

      Snickerdoodles are one of my favorite cookies, so I’m so excited to try this brownie mix. Have a great weekend Farrah!

  4. Patrick@looneyforfood.com
    February 23, 2018 at 3:59 pm (5 years ago)

    From sweets to workouts, lol, well rounded for sure in this post.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 24, 2018 at 2:29 pm (5 years ago)

      Hahah hence the name Sweet and Strong 😉

  5. Kelli at Hungry Hobby
    February 23, 2018 at 6:38 pm (5 years ago)

    Sea salt brownies, yum! Loving everything about this post. It’s all about a healthy balance.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 24, 2018 at 2:29 pm (5 years ago)

      Exactly, I could never live without sweets in my life every now and then. And the sea salt on the brownies really gave them some extra flavor. Hope you have a great weekend Kelli!

  6. Sara Giboney
    February 23, 2018 at 10:29 pm (5 years ago)

    I’ve used Foodstirs! Loved the vanilla cake mix.

    • sweetandstrong
      February 24, 2018 at 2:31 pm (5 years ago)

      That’s one I’ve wanted to try. I love that there are now bake mixes without a bunch of yucky ingredients.

  7. fairytales and fitness
    February 23, 2018 at 10:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my this post is making me hungry! I’d like to try those snickerdoodle blondies!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 24, 2018 at 2:31 pm (5 years ago)

      Haha sorry, not sorry about all the yummy food, lol. And I haven’t baked those yet and I’m SO excited to try them. Happy Weekend!

  8. Zenaida Arroyo
    February 24, 2018 at 4:36 pm (5 years ago)

    Sea salt on top of brownies sounds delicious!

    I rarely bake. I would rather go to the store and buy something sweet to eat. 🙂

    • sweetandstrong
      February 25, 2018 at 3:42 pm (5 years ago)

      They were so yummy. And I usually like to bake but also love the convenience of visiting a bakery or getting something sweet from the store.

  9. Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
    February 26, 2018 at 11:31 am (5 years ago)

    Those build your own bowls sound delicious, that’s one of my favorite kind of meals as well. Hope you had a great weekend!

    • sweetandstrong
      February 26, 2018 at 2:47 pm (5 years ago)

      Build your own bowls are so great especially when feeding a family. Have a great weeke Emily 🙂

  10. Cathleen @ A Taste of Madness
    February 27, 2018 at 11:43 am (5 years ago)

    Build your own bowls are the best!! Also, the only thing better than cupcakes are double cupcakes 😉

    • sweetandstrong
      February 27, 2018 at 1:29 pm (5 years ago)

      Haha totally agree about the double cupcakes Cathleen! 😉