Well hello there and Happy Friday to you! I hope you had a great week, any fun plans for the weekend? After a trip to Columbus for a bridal shower last weekend and another trip coming next weekend I’m looking forward to relaxing at home a bit. Oh and going to help chaperone my husband’s high school Prom Saturday night, should be interesting. Follow along with the food and fitness fun on Instagram.
Now for my latest edition of all the things I’ve been loving in food and fitness lately for Friday Favorites.
Maple Hill Giveaway
Yogurt is one of my favorite afternoon snacks, just below hard-boiled eggs. I also love making a yogurt breakfast bowl and topping with nuts, seeds, fruit, granola, etc. I recently was given the opportunity to try Maple Hill’s 100% Grass-Fed Organic yogurts. I don’t eat dairy every day, but when I do I be sure to eat the best of the best which is why I’m loving Maple Hill. The company is the original grass-fed dairy brand, started on a family farm in upstate NY. Since then they have expanded and use dairy from other family owned farms across NY.
Why is grass-fed dairy important to me? It’s overall better for the cows, who are meant to eat grass not grains and better for our earth. Grass-fed dairy is also a better source of healthy fats and antioxidants.
Now for the GIVEAWAY. As a blogger I’m often asked to try products and I only giveaway the ones I truly love and think you’ll enjoy as well. Maple Hill’s has offered to give one lucky Sweet and Strong follower a variety of yogurts and milk valued at $50. Head to this INSTAGRAM POST to find out how to enter. Good Luck!
In the Mix Workout
This past weekend I traveled to Columbus, OH for my friend and college bestie Kelly’s bridal shower. The morning of the shower she wanted to take the girls to one of her favorite workout classes at System of Strength., of course I was on board.
The class was called In the Mix and was a mix (get it) of cardio and strength training bouts. The cardio was mostly plyometric movements using our body weight or the plyo boxes. For strength we had a variety of weights doing upper and lower body exercises. I love being motivated by an instructor and having workout buddies so It was a great sweat session and perfect way to start our Saturday together.
Once we were all showered up after our workout we were on our way to Scioto Country Club for the bridal shower. It was great having the time with my college girlfriends as we only get together every so often. We drank wine, ate light appetizers, opened gifts, and had macaroons and cake. Oh and we froze in our spring floral dresses because it was 40 degrees, mother nature is clearly confused.
Dreass // Shoes
I’ll be with the girls again next weekend for Cait’s bridal shower and then we have bachelorettes and weddings to look forward to over the summer! Is it just me or does anyone else get a little bit jealous of their friends getting married? I’m super happy and excited for them, but I can’t help but wonder what the dress will be like? I wonder if she’ll get it off somewhere like https://www.winniecouture.com/stores/wedding-dresses-atlanta-ga/. To be fair, she probably already has a dress, but at least I can still have a look and see what is out there (and so can you!).
When I landed on Sunday Tom picked me up and we stopped for a lunch date at Sweetgreen. Tom always gets the Harvest Bowl and I like to build my own. I did spring mix, rice, broccoli, avocado, cabbage, chicken, mushrooms, and chickpeas with the pesto vinaigrette. So yummy! The red sauce on the side is their hot sauce.
After lunch we walked around Old Town Alexandria for a bit, then before heading back to southern MD we both decided we had just enough room for once scoop of Nice Cream. We each had the milk chocolate chunk. Nice cream uses liquid nitrogen to make the ice cream right in front of you and they change their flavors often so it’s always fun stopping in to see what they have.
Does this day sound familiar because we did the exact same day date for my birthday, ha!
Around the Web
HEALTH: I read this HEALTH Magazine article in the salon while getting my hair done and immediately when I got home I had to find and save the online version. It’s on time-restricting diets. While I’m not one to exactly follow any type ‘fad diet’ or strict intermittent fasting schedule, this article talks about the 5-2 diet. Five days of good healthy clean eating and two days of a few splurges, which is literally my lifestyle, hello weekends! It also talks about time-restriction and two-week cycling. In all, I love the concept because it’s about balance. You don’t have to give up your favorite foods to be on a so-called diet it’s a lifestyle.
COOKING: The ‘Spotify of Cookbooks’ I will be one of the first people to sign up for this! Finding and saving recipes is one of my guilty pleasures.
FOOD: Homemade Salad Dressings are so much better for you and so easy to make, love all 6 of these.
FRIDAY FLASHBACK: Mix up your workout with this Cardio and Strength Partner Workout , the partner isn’t required, but is always nice to have a buddy.
Hope you have a great weekend and hope that Spring temperatures have finally arrived in your area.
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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’s your favorite date day?
When was the last time you tried a new workout?
Tell me something you’re loving lately.