Happy Walnut Cookies

Are you looking for an extremely simple, quick and healthy cookie recipe to accompany your family over the holidays? This is it!! Like I have said before, I am not great in the kitchen, but these are do-able and SO delicious! They contain mostly walnuts, very little wheat flour and flax seeds which are excellent for your health and well-being.

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Happy Walnut Cookie Recipe:

Heat oven to 350

Mix:

2 1/2 cup rough chopped walnuts

2/3 cup whole wheat flour

1/3 cup ground flax-seed

1 t salt

Add:

1/2 cup plus 2 T maple syrup

2 t vanilla

(I also added a little peppermint candy cane simply because I was in the holiday spirit)

Bake for 12-15 minutes

This recipe was created by Dr. Neil Nedley for his many patients who told him their struggles with depression. The walnuts and flax-seed are high in omega-3, which research shows improves mental outlook.

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PicMonkey Collage For more information about Dr. Nedley visit his website.

Happy and healthy holidays to you! xo, Jenna

The Messy Project!

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Inspired by the fabulous Kelly over at MessyDirtyHair, I was gratefully invited to take part in this project to show that fitness fanatics can have a little style as well! Well, at least I think so. So what is the Messy Project you may ask?

The Deal:
1 Top
5 Girls
5 Different Looks
1 Major Blog Post Day

“I know from my personal styling experience that a lot of people have trouble styling certain items. They may look at a top & instantly think, ‘I can’t wear that…what would I do with that?’ So I wanted to find a fun way to interact with other bloggers incorporating fashion help. Something to convey who we are. To show our style. To put our creative minds to work. To challenge us to step outside of the box. To express our inner fashionista. To show people the different ways to style an item depending on your body type & you. So #TheMessyProject was born.”
-Kelly of MessyDirtyHair

I know,  I’m not your typical blogger, but use my site as an inspiration tool, and a way to document my fitness lifestyle. However, I thought this would be a fun way to step out of the box, and do something a little different!

So here it is, the big Reveal!

Kelly sent us this fabulous sequin vest and we were left to style it ourselves. I’m a big believer that sequin adds the perfect touch to any look. When all else fails…add sequin!

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I decided to go for a festive look to suit the season and the many holiday parties. Not to mention I am obsessed with this burgundy color right now, and my wardrobe can prove it!
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What I wore: Tobi top; Zara skirt; Audrey Brooke heels; Chanel bag; Poshlocket, Baublebar & Michael Kors Jewelry.
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So what did I learn from this project? Don’t be afraid to be yourself! Step outside of the box once in awhile. Most importantly, be yourself. I enjoy spending majority of my time in the gym, wearing yoga pants or running shoes. Also, prefer to be behind the camera. 😉 But, I also have a HUGE passion for fashion. And that’s me!

Don’t forget to check out the other lovely ladies of the Messy Project and see what they did with the sequin top:

—>Celia of Unsimply Celia

—>Tabitha of My Cliffnotes

—>Carole of Pipley Vintage

and the brains behind the operation: —> Kelly of MessyDirtyHair

…and a BIG thank you to my lovely & patient photographer, my boyfriend.

xo, Jenna

Ab Workout

Per popular request, I have put together my Go-To Ab Workout for you guys. This can be done at home or at the gym, with or without a handweight. Like I said, this is totally my go-to.  Abs are made in the kitchen, (I’m sure I have said this before) so you must also watch your diet to see results! Keep those abs tight and try this workout for maximum soreness!

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{Photos compliments of bodybuilding.com}

1. Crunch with Chest press:

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2. Vertical Leg Crunch: aka Toe Toucher; crunch up with a weight in hand for a little extra push:

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3. Seated Russian Twist: twist from side to side; use handweight for a little something extra

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4. Bicycle crunch:

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5. Reverse Crunch:

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6. Alternate Heel Touchers; side to side:

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7. Scissor Kick:

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8. Plank: hold for as long as possible and tighten your belly:

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9. Side Plank aka Bridge:

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10. Nose to Knee Crunch:

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Enjoy! xo, Jenna

Your Fitness Christmas List!

Fitness and the City’s  Christmas List

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Seeking gifts for fitness enthusiasts? Here are some of my favs, all under $100! (I’m obviously loving a lot of color this season). 🙂

1. Fitlosophy Fitbook: Fitness and Nutrition Journal

2. Tracy Anderson Method: Metamorphosis

3. Lululemon Run: Speed short

4. RunLove Compression Socks

5. Lululemon Run: Toasty Tech Pullover

6. G-Loves, workout gloves

7. Garmin Forerunner 10 GPS Watch

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

xo, Jenna

Fit Gal: Cassie!

Here she is…our fabulous Fit Gal Cassie! Just another amazing woman who has proven that living a healthy lifestyle can change you for the better. Here is her inspiring story:cassie

1. Tell us about yourself and your fitness lifestyle and journey.

I am full-time cosmetology student. I decided to make the transition into a “healthy lifestyle” right before I started school.

2. What are your goals and how are you working towards them?

My original goal was to loose an X amount of weight but over the summer I decided that I wanted to be in the area of 127-137. Since January of 2012 I’ve lost  40-45lbs. Its been a long journey of watching what I eat and hitting the gym hard. I’m still need about 11lbs. Then Id really like to focus on toning, building muscle and feel comfortable with my body.

3. Do you “eat clean”?

I have a routine..I HAVE to eat breakfast. That is an ABSOLUTE must for me. I can not even explain how whacked out my day gets if I don’t eat breakfast within an hour of waking up. During the week I’m up at 6am so I eat breakfast pretty early followed by a snack around 10am and lunch at 12:30-1:30 then I have a snack around 4:30pm followed by dinner around 7pm. Oatmeal/brown sugar, yogurt/fruit or egg whites is my breakfast choice. Lunch often varies but usually some kind of meat with veggies. Dinner sometimes consists of tuna with a hard boiled egg or just tuna. Dinner sometimes isn’t very healthy but I try and keep it as clean as possible.

4. In what ways do you stay active?

I hit the gym 4-5 days a week. Monday I do a 30min ab class followed by 45 min of advanced step followed by a weight lifting class. Tues and Thursday I have boot camp from 6-7pm and yoga from 7-8pm. Wednesday/Sunday are cardio.

5. What inspires you to live this lifestyle?

I became inspired the day I started seeing results and fitting into clothes I thought I never could. I truly feel great at the end of the day.

Thank you for sharing with us Cas!! You are amazing, and your workout routine is so impressive…makes me want to get my butt to the gym! 🙂

December Squat-a-Thon

Happy December friends! This month we will be doing the Holiday Squat-a-thon Challenge hosted by Fitspobook. Join us on the Fitness and the City Facebook page here for lots of encouragement! We have formed our very own fitness community and it feels great to challenge each other and work together to accomplish this common goal. Please join us and squat away this December as we brave the holiday before us! You can do it, and we can do it together! Let us know how you do! 🙂

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