Friday Favorites – 06.08.18

Hey, friends! Another week is coming to an end and with that I bring you 3 more favorites.

Barre 3 Online

Screen Shot 2018-06-08 at 7.48.31 AM.pngI’ve mentioned this activity before in an old post, but it’s definitely worth mentioning again. Over the past year, I’ve really come to love lower impact strength workouts, and Barre 3 definitely fits that bill. We have some classes in our town, but they often conflict with my work schedule. Thus, I have absolutely fallen in love with Barre 3’s online subscription. Its a little pricier than other online fitness subscriptions at 29 dollars per month, but that’s essentially getting a month of unlimited online barre classes for the same price as one or two in person Barre 3 classes — depending on where you live. Barre 3 is an great blend of strengthening, low impact cardio and yoga inspired stretching. Its an energizing workout that makes you feel stronger and more stable after each session. What I really love about Barre 3 videos, is that the instructors are very cognizant of the language they use and lean towards words that are empowering and encouraging, and not body shaming. For instance, they often talk about strength, grace, balance, heat, flow, being rooted, as opposed to talking about burning off xyz, or tightening, or burning fat. Click here to give it a try!

Baking

dsc_0139This may seem like a broad one, but in the past 3 weeks I’ve baked 4 recipes, with 2 of them (cookies and donuts) being just this week. While cooking comes natural and feels fluid to me, baking has often left me feeling lost. Regular meals have so much room for improvisation and changes, while in baking, any changes have to be carefully calculated and properly substituted. Recently I’ve become more inspired to experiment with baking and to practice, because I’m not going to get any better at baking by leaving my pans in the cupboard. I’ve accepted that, in the name of understanding the ingredients, things won’t always be a blog worthy winner– and that’s okay! I like experimenting with both “normal” ingredients, like butter, flour and sugar, but I also love making vegan and gluten free goods. If I can retry something that has historically defeated me, you can to!

 

Sir Kensington’s Brown Spicy Mustard

fullsizeoutput_1f61.jpegThe best mustard I have ever eaten, truly. Sir Kensington’s condiments are made with quality (some organic) ingredients, free of refined sugars or HFCS and full of so much flavor. The spicy mustard is my favorite of the pack, going perfectly on sandwiches, burgers, or in recipes — I’m addicted to making salad dressing with it! I featured the dressing in a recent recipe, but all you really need to do is mix 2 tbsp mustard, 2 tsp apple cider vinegar, 1 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp olive oil and 2 tbsp water in a jar, seal and shake well. If its too tart and tangy, you can add more honey, water, or oil. You can also make the dressing right in the mustard jar when you get to the end, as shaking it up with the other ingredients gets all of the mustard off the sides and prevents food waste. The dressing keeps well in the fridge for about a week. I used to only be able to find Sir Kensington’s online or in a health food store, but these days you can even find it at Target or Walmart.

 

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for reading!