What I Ate Wednesday #2 (#WIAW)

Happy Wednesday! I am linking up with Peas and Crayons for my 2nd edition of What I Ate Wednesday. I usually try to eat 5-6 meals a day, plenty of protein, veggies and complex carbs.  It may seem like a lot of food, but my metabolism has sky-rocketed and I seem to be hungry every 3 hours. (That’s a good thing though!) Also, smaller portions more times a day is what I’m going for. So here’s what I ate:

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I have been eating tons of tilapia lately. Just season with pepper or Mrs. Dash and you’re good to go.

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I made this “salad” in a large batch and have been eating it throughout the week. It’s tomatoes, sweet potatoes, onions, bell peppers and zucchini topped with a little balsamic vinegar. And of course chicken on the side. 🙂

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I got a huge box delivered from my fav company FITzee foods and this enchilada is one of theirs. You can read more about FITzee here and here.

Heading out for a run to prep for the Live Ultimate Run on Sunday, then to an 8pm bikram yoga class at Body Temp Yoga SF. How are you staying active today?

Thanks for reading!!

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Chocolate Almond Butter Sludge Recipe

I came across this AMAZING recipe from Muffin-topless.com and had to share it with you guys because it is THAT good. She uses peanut butter and I used almond butter, but very similar. So simple, yet the best quilt free treat you will have in your life.

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Chocolate Almond Butter Sludge Recipe:

  • 1 scoop chocolate Casein protein powder
  • 1 TB almond butter (you can also use 2 TB PB2 or 1 TB peanut butter)
  • 1 TB unsweetened baking cocoa
  • Stevia to taste
  • Optional: dark chocolate chocolate sugar free chocolate chips

Directions: 

Mix all ingredients in a bowl, then add water. The trick is to add water 1 tablespoon at a time in order to get to the perfect consistency. If you add to much water it will just turn out to be a goopy mess! So you want to add water to get to a cookie dough batter consistency. Pop in the freezer for about 30 minutes, then enjoy!

You will seriously die over how good this tastes. No joke. This has saved me so many times from late night indulging.

Again, this is not my recipe but too good not to share. For more guilt-free recipes head over to Muffin top-less blog.

Enjoy!!

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FITzee Foods / Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador News!

So many good things are happening right now I am about to burst with excitement.  None of these things would be happening without you guys so thank you SO much from the bottom of my heart for following my blog. This is all because of you! I am so happy that I started Fitness & the City and so excited for whats to come.

First off, I came across this AMAZING company called FITzee Foods. Not only do they provide fresh, healthy meals to your door, they promote the “FITzee lifestyle”, which I am obviously all for! Here is a little bit more about them from their website:

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What is FITzee Foods?

FITzee Foods creates freshly made, pre-portioned meals designed to keep our customers healthy, balanced, and totally in control of their nutrition. Our meals are prepared fresh with a blend of all natural ingredients. From fusion-inspired gourmet dishes like Misoyaki Salmon with Vegetable Coconut Rice, to re-worked comfort classics like Shredded Chicken Mac & Cheese; FITzee Foods has delicious options to satisfy every  palate. FITzee also offers a variety quick snacks and meal replacement bars to keep you fueled and focused on the go. All products are available in three specifically portioned sizes to fit each client’s unique lifestyle. All you need to do is heat, eat, and taste the FITzee difference!

Our Mission

We are dedicated to providing our tribe of fitness-savvy, health-conscious “FITzees” with quick, fresh, and all-natural meals that nourish mind, body, and soul.  No matter what the health goal or lifestyle, FITzee seeks to make nutrition convenient and delicious.

Are you a “FITzee”?

A FITzee is a busy professional, entrepreneur, mom, dad, athlete, weekend warrior, fitness enthusiast, and anyone else who seeks a nutritious, all-natural, and great-tasting alternative to the world of over-processed foods.  FITzees believe the best path to a fit and healthy exterior is to worship and nourish your interior – it all comes full circle.

Giving Nutrition a Makeover!

At FITzee Foods, our meals are prepared fresh with all natural ingredients. From fusion-inspired gourmet dishes, like Misoyaki Salmon with Vegetable Coconut Rice, to comfort classics, like Shredded Chicken Mac & Cheese, FITzee Foods has appetizing options to satisfy anyone’s palette. All meals and snacks are available in a variety of specifically portioned sizes to fuel each individual’s unique lifestyle. All you need to do is heat, eat, and taste the FITzee difference!

FITzee Foods Philosophy

In addition to keeping our tribe feeling healthy, strong, and confident; FITzee Foods is dedicated to social responsibility. FITzee loves the environment, so all of our packaging is 100% recyclable – please pitch in and help us keep our world as healthy as you! We also give back to the community through healthy child initiatives – in fact, 5 cents of each meal purchased goes to our Healthy Child Movement. FITzee Foods isn’t just a product; it’s a complete lifestyle.

So bottom line- check out their food. I swear you will not be let down. It’s beyond delicious and saves all that time you use prepping meals! Also if you hear me mention the “FITzee lifestyle” you know what I mean. 😉

***When you go to their website (www.fitzeefoods.com) and order food click on the “which FITzee team member did you most recently work with” and click on my name: Jenna Pardini. ***

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My fave so far: all their bars and the red chicken enchiladas! (I burnt these a little  but they were still amazing!)

Connect with FITzee Foods:

Website / Facebook / Twitter / Blog / YouTube

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Ok- onto excitement #2. I just got news that I was selected to be a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador!!

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A little about GGS:

Girls Gone Sporty is dedicated to sharing the top products, trends and ideas for advancing the fit and adventurous lifestyle. We know that sporty women work hard, play hard, compete and eat, all with the intention of being their best, most positive selves. Our commitment is to provide positive, informative and encouraging content that’s based on science and experience.

We know that healthy living is contagious and that healthy living is about more than weight loss. We encourage women everywhere to embrace whole health and an attitude of adventure – body, mind, spirit and lifestyle – right where they are now.

Connect with GGS:

WebsiteFacebook TwitterInstagramPinterest / YouTube

Again, thank you guys for all of your support! Have a beautiful week! xoxo

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My First Full Marathon!!!

I still can’t believe it. If you follow me on Facebook, I’m sure you’ve heard the news, but for those who haven’t, I completed my first full marathon this weekend at The Wipro San Francisco Marathon! It’s kind of a funny story, and definitely did not imagine my first marathon to happen like this. So here’s how it went.

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Believe it or not, I went to the race with the thought of running the half. I had a full marathon bib, but havent trained and was definitely planning to wing it. A friend of mine has been training like crazy for her first full, and I got a couple of runs in with her but had no intention of running the full 26! At mile 2 I told her, “Wouldnt that be crazy if I ran the full with you?” Crazy, it was! When we approached mile 13 if was feeling great and she turned to me and said “so….what are you going to do.” I honestly didn’t even think about it, I went for it! Most everyone would want to be finished at mile 13, right? I’m not going to lie, when I saw the half finish line it was hard! But I knew I could do this, I knew I could finish the full and how amazing it would be if i did.

I couldn’t have asked for a better cheerleader by my side. My friend, Luba stuck by my side the entire run. She was motivating me like crazy, talking to me the whole time, telling me not to give up. I never doubted her, but by mile 20 my body was definitely taking a hit. It was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life! But I knew I had to finish, there was no other option. By the last mile, I was dragging but it was amazing to hear so many runners rooting me on, telling me we were almost done.

Although it was by no means easy, it was also one of my biggest accomplishments. I still can’t believe that I completed my first Full marathon with no training! It was an emotional experience. By the last mile I couldn’t hold back the tears. The feeling was unexplainable.

I wouldn’t recommend that anyone else try this, but I do recommend you train and go for it! My mind and heart literally took over my body and I accomplished something that I never thought I could. It’s so important to listen to your body and what it is telling you. The only reason why I went ahead with it is because I knew that I could make it. I knew my body could handle the pressure. All the strength training I do is what came in handy. My heart was telling me yes. So I went for it. Push your body, but know your limits. Train, train, train so you are not as sore as I am today!!

I will post later about post-marathon recovery, as it’s one of the most important parts. I am the most sore I have ever been before, so now its time to take care of my body and replenish all the nutrients I lost during the 4 hours and 46 minutes of running. The soreness will fade but the awesome story will last forever.

Congrats to all my fellow runners! You can finally say “I did it. I never gave up. I never quit.” Those moments of pain turned into memories and an accomplished goal that only 1% of the population could obtain. This was the world’s 15th hardest marathon course! You did it! Now you can thank yourself for the rest of your life. It’s truly a life changing moment.

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Next up is the Live Ultimate Run in San Francisco on June 30th!  To sign up enter code: AmbassadorJenna for 10% off your entry!

“Running is like celebrating your soul. There is so much it can teach us about life.”

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What I Ate Wednesday

Super excited to participate in my first “What I ate Wednesday” or “WIAW” link up, hosted by the fab Jenn at Peas and Crayons! Loving this idea to give you guys a bit of background on what I eat throughout my day, but also keep a diary, notice my slip ups, successes and patterns. May give you some ideas, may put a disgusting look on your face, may inspire  you to try something new…you decide. 🙂

“WIAW is about food and fun! It’s about making new friends, breaking out of a food rut, noting changes in your diet/lifestyle, inspiring yourself & others, embracing fruit & vegetables, nourishing your body with the foods that work for you, finding new ways to eat your favorite foods, and so. much. more. ” –Jenn from Peas and Crayons
Celebrate Food.  Celebrate blogging.  Celebrate Individuality.
So here is what I ate:
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I know this looks pretty gross, but so yummy! I seriously look forward to this every weekday morning. Fage Nonfat greek yogurt with berries is THE best! Only yogurt I buy on a weekly basis. Then I add some oats..weird but delicious.

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Mid Morning snack: Ezekiel bread with almond butter and some berries.

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Lunch: broccoli, chicken and sweet potato. Looks a little boring, but believe it or not I haven’t gotten sick of it yet. I prepped on Sunday and made this same lunch for the whole week. Only takes about 20 mins and just grab and go on your way to work. Keeps me on track and accountable!

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Sensible snacking! I bring these two items in my purse everywhere! Perfect for on-the-go.

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Zucchini pizza. Oh boy. This is the first time making this and it exceeded expectations! Here’s what I did: Cut the zucchini in half then again on the bottom to create a flat surface. Brush with olive oil. Add toppings such as garlic, cheese, tomatoes and basil. Cook for 20-30 mins at 375. This is a MUST try! You will thank me later. 🙂

Apologize for the not-so-good photos. They were all taken with my iPhone.

Thanks for reading!!

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Portion Size / Live Ultimate Run

Happy Friday! Hope you all had a great week!  It’s a never-ending battle with me to get my portions correct, so I thought this chart would be a huge help not only to you guys, but myself included.  These portions look teeny tiny but keep in mind you should be eating 5-6 small meals a day! This is a HUGE issue when going out to restaurants. Most places load up the portions, leaving you the option to finish the whole thing. My personal advice: take half home with you! No need to be overly stuffed. This will only eliminate the “6 meals a day” theory.

So keep it small. Keep it simple and enjoy!

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Do you guys think that our portions are too large here in America compared to other countries?

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Alright guys, it’s official. I am a Live Ultimate Run Ambassador! Looking forward to many fun events with this team!

The 5k and Quarter Marathon take place on June 30th, right here in San Francisco. If you live in the area, please join me!

Follow this link and use code: AmbassadorJenna for 10% off your entry!

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Looking forward to June 30th!!

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What’s Up & Coming with Fitness&theCity!

Hope everyone had a fab weekend! I have a ton of exciting stuff coming up which I am DYING to share with you! But…still working out the kinks so I will update soon as to new companies and events I will be associated with!

In the mean time…check out:

FITzeefoods.com – An AMAZING company that ships HEALTHY meals to your door! I was weary about the idea of pre-packaged food at first, but after I tried the food and read more about the company, this place is in the know and I am obsessed! Their mission to provide healthy food to on-the-go people had me, then I tried the food and was in heaven. Tastes like nothing I have tried before. More to come about FITzee. 🙂

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Live Ultimate RUN San Francisco – looking for a 5k or quarter marathon in San Francisco? Join me June 30th!!

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I totally went out on a limb this weekend. My friend invited me to join her running group, Run 365, for a 12 mile run! Yes, 12 miles. Holy cow I have not run that far in a long time! I was super nervous and honestly didn’t think I would make it. (Thank you for all the encouragement on the Facebook page!!) But…we made it! Finished at a 9:30 pace, which was one pace group ahead of ours. I couldn’t believe it, especially since I havent been running at all and spend all my time lifting. I guess lifting pays off! So what has this taught me? That my friend can successfully convince me to run a full marathon. Perhaps this year. And the saying mind over matter holds true! Running with a friend completely changes the way your mind works. We chatted the whole run and the time flew by! From this day forward, I will continue to run with a partner and not hold back or be intimidated by a huge task. Anything is possible and who knows, maybe there will be a full marathon in my future? 🙂

Check out Run 365 for a training team in the Bay Area, encouragement and a fun group to run with!

After my new-found, or should I say, again-found, interest in running, I entered the drawing to run the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco! Fingers crossed I get picked to run for my 3rd year in a row! Nike puts on an amazing event, and I sure hope I don’t miss it! But…I couldn’t commit to the full just quite yet…I think I need more time to sink in the fact that I would be running 26 miles! To enter into the random drawing follow this link.

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Have you rekindled a long-lost passion lately? If so tell us about it! 🙂

Thanks for reading!!

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