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New Balance Girl’s Night Out

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Last Tuesday night I had the pleasure of attending a New Balance Girl’s Night Out event at their Boylston Street store.  This is a free event for women in the Boston area and is a different kind of happy hour.  It’s perfect for girls looking to get a workout in, meet new friends and have a little fun.

New Balance Boylston St. Store

New Balance Boylston St. Store

I attended solo knowing that I’d see quite a few other bloggers I know and would have the pleasure of finally meeting Athena from Fitness and Feta in real life.  The theme of the event was self expression so we had the choice of choosing our own workouts.  Flywheel was there offering a spin class right on the sidewalk in front of the store, there was a group run using the GNO app and Equinox offered a class.  I chose to attend the Equinox class as spinning isn’t really my thing and I thought it would be fun to mix up my workouts!

Rachel Chemerynski of Healthy Chicks Welcoming Us

Rachel Chemerynski of Healthy Chicks Welcoming Us

The class at Equinox was tough but fun!  We sweated it out on their roof deck and did a 45 minute HIIT workout.  The workout used only our body weight and I knew within the first two minutes I was going to feel it on Wednesday and I sure did!  Our instructor was great- she was intense but fun.  It was my first time doing a workout like this and I appreciated the combination of upper body work, planks and legs in addition to strength and agility.  It was a perfect class to mix up my workouts with!

Equinox Workout

Equinox Workout

After the class we headed back to the New Balance store for refreshments and snacks.  They had a great spread of finger foods, cold drinks and mocktails.  It was so fun to meet some other local bloggers and chat it up with Athena. She’s great and it felt like we’d known each other so long even though it was our first time meeting in person! Also fun? Checking out all the awesome New Balance gear.  The swag bags were great too!  They gave us cute little totes and you could customize your own workout towel!

The New Balance Girls Night Out was the perfect way to get my workout for the day in and meet new girl’s with similar interests!  Keep you eyes peeled on the website for more events to be posted!  And for those not in the Boston area, you can find similar events in New York, Chicago, Santa Monica and Falmouth, MA!  Also follow #NBGNO for live tweets and photos from events!

Tell me, would you attend a New Balance Girls Night Out?

Dole Power Up Greens

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Early on a recent Thursday morning our door bell rang.   Lucky for us they were delivering a package of Dole Power Up Greens!  Dole had reached out to me to see if I would try out their new line of salads.  Obviously I said yes but seriously who can resist baby kale, spinach and mixed greens?!

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The Power Up Greens line of nutrient-dense lettuces combine health and nutrition benefits.   Many of the green blends feature kale which is high in Vitamin A, C and K, plus folate, calcium and phytonutrients.   All good stuff for your body!

So how did I enjoy my greens?

Green Smoothies!

photo 2-1 Green smoothies are one of my favorite ways to get my greens in.  Typically I go for spinach in my smoothies but the baby kale from Dole was really, really good.   It’s on my grocery list this week to pick up more.  It’s milder than regular kale and blends smooth like spinach does.   In other words it’s just as good as spinach in my smoothies.

Salads!

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We eat a LOT of salads so this is where most of our greens went and go each week.   I really liked the greens topped with carrots, tomatoes, cucumber, buffalo grilled chicken and a homemade greek yogurt blue cheese dressing.  The kale, chard and spinach added a good variety to the salad!  It was also really good as a caesar salad with pizza!

Dole sent me a bunch of recipes to try with their greens.  While I used all my greens in my salads and smoothies I do plan to head to the grocery store to pick up more greens to make this veggie frittata.  Frittatas are one of my favorite foods for breakfast so I can’t wait to try this out!  Hopefully you will too!

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Vivacious Veggie Frittata

Prep: 10 min.Bake: 25 min. Makes: 4 to 6 servings

Ingredients:

1 medium red potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

1 cup DOLE® Red Onion, chopped

 2 cloves garlic, minced

4 oz. DOLE Baby Portobello Mushrooms, sliced

1 pkg. (4.5 oz.) DOLE Baby Kale and Greens, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup roasted red pepper, chopped

6 large eggs

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Salsa for garnish (optional)

Directions:    

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Heat 10-inch nonstick oven proof skillet over medium heat; coat generously with cooking spray. Add potato, onion and garlic; sauté until onions are translucent, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add mushrooms, cook an additional 4 minutes. Add baby greens; cook until just wilted, about 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in roasted red pepper; season with salt and pepper. Remove pan from heat.
  • Whisk together eggs in medium bowl. Pour over vegetable mixture. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until frittata is puffed and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with salsa, if desired.

Optional: Replace 6 large eggs with 12 large egg whites and 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt.

 What is your favorite way to get eat your Power Up Greens?

Dole provided me with complimentary samples of their Power Up Greens.  All opinions are my own.