Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 31: Body Image, @NASM, Cavegirl Confections & @kristinekidd Giveaway @CG_confections

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Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 31

 

Featuring: NASM Weight Loss Specialist Test, Cavegirl Confections and Kristine Kidd Cookbook Giveaway

 

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Hey there! Hi there! Ho there!

So is it spring yet? I don’t mean to sound like a cry baby but I am getting pretty damn sick and tired of this cold weather. Can we please get some warm rays on the East Coast? Honestly, I have been wearing the same damn parka every day since Thanksgiving and cannot take it anymore! Okay—done complaining.

Now—on to my Vlog post this week. Just a word of warning–I start with kind of a bummer message but it gets much better as I get into it. You will see for yourself..

Featured on my Vlog this week:

  • I (finally) took the NASM Weight Loss Specialist exam and will give you a preview of my review of the program (is that a decent sentence or should I have started over?)
  • My friend Claudette’s new company Cavegirl Confections which features the yummiest gluten-free Paleo treats on the market. In particular I recommend the Cherry Pie Bites, the chocolate hazelnut granola, and the yummiest almond butter I have ever eaten in my life (which is truly saying something.) Claudette is a pastry trained chef who makes every order by hand and all of her products are gluten-free, grain-free and dairy-free. You can read more about her brand on my friend Shanna’s Blog Pineapple and Coconut.
  • My Kristine Kidd cookbook giveaway Weeknight Gluten Free and Weeknight Fresh & Fast which is a part of her partnership with Williams Sonoma. Kidd was the food editor for Bon Appétit magazine for over 20 years and she certainly knows a thing or two about creating delicious recipes. You can follow her Blog here.

Now let’s check out today’s Vlog post!

 

Here is more information the Kristine Kidd cookbooks: 

Williams-Sonoma

WEEKNIGHT FRESH & FAST

Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week

By Kristine Kidd

If you’re as busy as author Kristine Kidd, the daily “What’s for dinner tonight?” question can be daunting.  In Weeknight Fresh & Fast, the former Bon Appétit editor’s latest book, Kidd shows readers how effortless it is to make flavorful and nutritious meals from scratch – even with a busy schedule.  Weeknight Fresh & Fast features more than 100 delicious and beautifully photographed dinner ideas, inspired and organized by seasonal offerings.

Using fresh produce as the foundation, Kidd transforms just picked ingredients into delicious dishes:  A lemony sauté of chicken cutlets, asparagus, and sugar snaps is perfect in the springtime; quickly grilled lamb chops with chunky peach salsa make the most of summer’s abundance; a comforting risotto with earthy vegetables and creamy blue cheese is a creative way to highlight fall’s bounty; juicy roasted salmon topped with tangy grapefruit and avocado relish makes the most of winter’s citrus.

Chapters open with advice about the fresh ingredients and cooking methods best suited to the time of year.  Also included are ideas for quick vegetable sides and fruit desserts, as well as advice on stocking the pantry.  Clever tips throughout Weeknight Fresh & Fast offer enticing ways to round out meals, customize recipes to personal tastes, menu-planning strategies, and helpful ideas for turning leftovers into new suppers later in the week.

Weeknight Fresh & Fast illustrates that there is enough time in the day to prepare food that is healthy, does not take a lot of time, nor require a lot of preparation or clean-up.  It offers far better choices than eating takeout or hitting the drive-thru and helps readers put a delicious, wholesome meal on the table night after night.  With this solution-packed title on the book shelf, busy people will have a reliable road map for eating well every night, no matter what the day brings.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: As the food editor of Bon Appétit magazine for more than 20 years, Kristine Kidd was responsible for filling its pages with delicious recipes and keeping her devoted readership up to date with evolving food trends.  Based in Los Angeles, Kidd has written five cookbooks and is regularly sought out as an expert on home cooking.

And:

Williams-Sonoma Weeknight Gluten Free

Simple, Healthy Meals for Every Night of the Week

By Kristine Kidd

Latest surveys show that one third of adults are interested in avoiding or cutting back on gluten in their diets. Major publications such as The New York Times and The Huffington Post are responding with articles and recipes aimed at embracing the gluten-free lifestyle. Even superstar chefs like Thomas Keller are customizing their menus with a nod towards the benefits of cooking without gluten. Leading the trend, bestselling food writer and editor Kristine Kidd and Williams-Sonoma have teamed up to bring you gluten-free recipes that add to your health without sacrificing the flavors you love.

Emphasizing quick, flavor-packed meals, Kristine transforms easy-to-find fresh ingredients into dishes like grilled wild salmon fillets atop satisfying chickpeas enhanced with Moroccan spices; seared steak and peppers simmered in a creamy sauce and then folded into warm corn tortillas for family-friendly tacos; seared scallops and orange-avocado salsa spooned over herbed quinoa; elbow pasta baked with cheese, chard, and crisp breadcrumbs for a tempting take on macaroni and cheese—that no one will guess is gluten free.

Like other special diets, gluten-free cooking is for people making healthy choices about what they want to eat. However, it does take some planning and education to pull off a gluten-free menu that doesn’t feel like it’s “missing something.” Weeknight Gluten Free solves these common issues for the frustrated home cook, taking the guesswork out of cooking gluten-free food that retains all of its original character.

Don’t miss this sequel to bestselling companion Weeknight Fresh & Fast, and get Weeknight Gluten Free for a straightforward approach to gluten-free cooking that you’ve been waiting for.

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If you are interested in winning both cookbooks (Continental U.S. only please!) you need to do the following:

  • Post a comment on my Blog below (very important!)
  • Plus–Tweet out your interest in this giveaway to: @BrooklynFitChik and @kristinekidd

I will randomly pick a winner next Monday, April 15th at Noon (Eastern) and contact them directly. Good luck!!

Ox Ox,

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12 thoughts on “Brooklyn Fit Chick Vlog Episode 31: Body Image, @NASM, Cavegirl Confections & @kristinekidd Giveaway @CG_confections

  1. I’m not a fitness instructor but I know what you mean by “the looks,” etc. People know I workout and am into fitness but I still carry a layer of fat on my body so they “assume” that I don’t workout that hard or that much, etc. – whereas I actually workout harder than most people who are of smaller stature than me. My body likes to be where it is now with the layer of fat and unfortunately that is what caused me to become bulimic in my early 20s for 6 yrs. because of having that layer of fat that I can’t get rid of even if I workout 4 times a day (yes, I’ve done this). The fact that you look very thin on video tells me that those ppl should keep their comments to themselves. No wonder we have so many eating disorders, etc.

  2. Thank you for commenting Missy! It’s weird what people will assume just by looking at a person. And THEN decide whether or not to treat them well. There is something a little dehumanizing about being an instructor. As if I am “on stage” and therefore they can just gawk at me. Anyway–I think you are beautiful and fierce!

  3. I really do think that when people are making comments about others’ size/weight or anything else personal in a negative way, it’s most likely a reflection of some sort of insecurity about themselves instead of the person the comments are directed to. I try to think of that (even though I’m not an instructor) in those situations although that is definitely easier said than done.
    And I love almond butter too. I actually like the raw almond butter from Trader Joe’s. It tastes really good and it’s only about $6! The cookbooks look awesome too! Would love to win! 🙂

  4. It’s great to have some new gluten free recipes for the gluten diet. Sometimes it’s hard to choose the dishes and i felt very much confused what to eat and what not to eat. The suggestions are very much helpful.

  5. I second & third the comments above on the whole size thing.. thx for sharing that AND that funny spam thing – I love your videos!!!

    OK, I am fixated on the food part of it & need to get click those links!!!!! 🙂

    YOU ROCK VIDEO!!!!!

  6. I appreciate you bringing the constant scrutiny of body image to light. I dealt with body image for over 10 years starting as a pre-teen and only made my through it by working very hard to get my body to a place I (emphasis) was happy with. Eventually, I decided to value what others thought about my body image less (I imagine it’s incredibly difficult as a fitness instructor). I’m just now coming across your blog, but thanks for putting some great content out there.

    • Thank you T.N.! I felt a little at ease putting it out there but thought there just might be other people out there who have felt this way before. Sometimes I can revert back to my ninth-grade feelings of inferiority. So frustrating! But I know how to muddle through it now.

      Thanks for cehcking out my Blog!

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