Guest post: Brittany from EBF

Hi! We’re in San Diego enjoying a family vacay, so I invited some of my favorite girls to guest post while we’re away. Here’s a post from Brittany, whom I’ve met (and shopped with, and shared dessert with) quite a few times πŸ˜‰

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She’s an amazing girl with awesome recipes and is getting married next year, too. Enjoy <3 #summershapeup friends, don’t forget to leave a comment to check in today!

Hi Fitnessista readers! I’m Brittany the lady behind Eating Bird Food, a blog that features nutritious and tasty recipes, workouts and a glimpse into my daily life, which is currently being taken over by wedding planning. Through my posts, I try to show that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be boring or bland and that small changes can create a big impact!

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Gina is such a sweetheart and her blog is one of my all time favorites so I’m super excited to be guest posting for her while she’s having fun in Cali with Tom and Livi. Gina sent over some ideas for the guest post so I’m going to roll with the topics she suggested which happen to involve two of my favorite things – sweating and eating. πŸ™‚

Favorite Way to Sweat

I love all different types of workouts from running to yoga, but currently I’m loving high intensity interval training (HIIT) and full-body workouts that require little equipment. With HIIT you alternate between low intensity intervals and high intensity intervals of whatever exercise you’re doing (most often some sort of cardio like running, walking, biking, etc). I’m a big fan of this type of workout because the time goes by quickly and I can exercise for 20-30 minutes, sweat like a crazy woman and know I got in a good workout! Here are some of the favorite workouts at the moment:

Favorite Ingredient

I have a ton of favorite ingredients but if I had to narrow it down to just one, I’d say my current fav is leafy greens. Kale, spinach, collards, swiss chard… I love them all! They’re literally the most nutrient dense food you can eat.

Lately I’ve been on a green smoothie kick and each day I’ve been making a different green smoothie as my afternoon snack. Check out my recent green smoothie post for the benefits of drinking your greens and delicious smoothie recipe with banana and peanut butter, The Green Elvis.

I’ve also been hooked on collard wraps! These tempeh and sweet potato collard wraps are my new obsession.

And I’ll always have a soft spot for my garickly kale. It’s a copy-cat version of the garickly kale from the Whole Foods hot bar and it’s amazing.

Last but not least –> Something I’m Excited About


Be engaged and planning a wedding! My boyfriend of 7 years proposed to me last December and we’ll be getting married in the spring of 2013. The planning process has already begun and things are kind of crazy at the moment, but we’re trying to have fun with it and enjoy our engagement. We already have a date, venue, caterer, photographer, coordinator and engagement photos checked off the list – now we’re just working on some of the details. If you want to read more about my wedding planning check out the wedding tab on my blog. I’ve love to connect with newlyweds that have wedding planning advice or other 2013 brides. πŸ™‚

Thanks again to Gina for the opportunity to guest post. I hope you all enjoyed this little peek into my blog and life. Have a lovely day!


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  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat on July 3, 2012 at 11:28 am

    Love Brittany and all of her amazing recipes – and her blog name is adorable, too! Can’t wait to see how her wedding turns out. Hope you’re having a blast, Gina!

  2. Lily on July 3, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Hey πŸ™‚
    Can you please tell me more about HIITs and steady state cardio? You said that HIITs can be done 2-3 times a week… What counts as a hiit workout and what is a steady state cardio ? What steady state cardio can I do at home without any equipment ?
    Please help me,, i really don’t get it :\

    • Dana on July 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

      Same here!
      I’ve been doing pop pilates videos for awhile and Cassey says that you should do 4 rounds of her HIIT workouts – about 40 minutes.. you said it should be about 20 minutes so I’m really confused…

    • @pluvk on July 3, 2012 at 9:37 pm

      Hi! Gina has a great post about HIIT:

      Basically – and someone can correct me if I’m wrong!! – HIIT workouts consist of really intense cardio followed by a rest/recovery period. For example, if you’re on a treadmill, you can run for 30 seconds and then walk/jog for 1.5 minutes. I don’t have equipment, so I do high impact cardio exercises – jumping jacks, burpees, high knees, etc. – for about 30 seconds, and then I walk around or do a light jog around the room for another 30 seconds to bring my heart rate down.
      Steady state cardio consists of activities like running, biking, etc., and your heart is elevated at a consistent rate (instead of spiking up and down like with HIIT). Workout DVDs are my go-to on those days!

      I’m no expert at all, but I hope this helped!

  3. Erin @ The Grass Skirt on July 3, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Great guest post, Brittany! I love the Green Elvis. πŸ™‚

  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on July 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Congrats on your engagement! You and your fiance seem like you’re really on the ball, I’ll have to check out your wedding tips. My boyfriend and I just got engaged on Friday!!

    • Brittany on July 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

      Congrats on your engagement Erin! That’s awesome! Have fun planning. πŸ™‚

  5. Lauren on July 3, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Love you Brittany!

  6. joelle (on a pink typewriter) on July 3, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Fun post.. Yay for weddings – congrats!

  7. Annette @ FitnessPerks on July 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    YAY for weddings! You’ll be a gorgeous bride πŸ™‚

  8. Maddy on July 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

    Love the engagement photo of you two lovebirds in the tree! Congratulations on your engagement!

    I am going to try collard wrap recipe. Have not seen anything like that before. I’m not a fan of tempeh, but I’ll just leave that out. I bet it will be quite good with the hummus and sweet potato and all the sweet and savory mix.

    • Brittany on July 3, 2012 at 7:02 pm

      Thank you Maddy! I’m sure the wrap will still be good without the tempeh. Enjoy.

  9. Alexandria @ Brain, Body, Because on July 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Best of luck with your wedding planning! I was just married last month and it was such a whirlwind experience.

  10. Julie @ Peanut Butter Fingers on July 3, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    so fun to see brittany here! two blogs i read every day combined! πŸ™‚

  11. Rachel C on July 3, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Workout 4 is a beast! I managed to survive 2 circuits, but just barely! Hopefully on Thursday I’ll be able to add in the Tabata circuit. I love SSU and hate to see it end. πŸ™

    And for a bit of workout humor, in the middle of my second circuit (during the burpees), I got a text from my husband asking if I would pick up some mint choc ice cream on my way home! It definitely added a little extra fire to my workout!

  12. Rachel C on July 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

    Ah, I am new to Instagram and am confused. How do I follow you (Gina) and post/share my SSU workout pics?

    • Fitnessista on July 3, 2012 at 5:04 pm

      Just tweet them to me @fitnessista ! Can’t wait to see them πŸ™‚

  13. Natalie @ FreshLifeFindings on July 3, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    I definitely stalked your collard wraps a few weeks ago, they look amazing! Great blog post!

  14. Leah O on July 3, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Great guest post! Got my workout in yesterday night and plan on doing cardio today! Gina, I blogged about your summer shape up today on my blog, is that ok? Here is the link if you want to see it. Its not really anything special but I just wanted to make sure and run in by you just in case

  15. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on July 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    I wish I loved HIIT as much as you. Ha! πŸ˜‰ But I tend to stick to just comfortable steady state cardio.

    I love the look of that tempeh and sweet potato collard wrap – yum! πŸ™‚

  16. @pluvk on July 3, 2012 at 9:19 pm

    I think I’m in love with this kale salad. Why, oh why, did I not buy Tahini today?!

  17. Madison (Pointy Toe Shoe Crew) on July 3, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    Ahh, biscuits have been officially burned!! I can’t believe how much sweat I produced in such a short cardio workout…it was impressive. Combined with my uphill bike ride home from work, my butt/thighs are singing tonight. It’s gonna be a stretch-heavy evening over here for sure. Great work and motivation as always, Gina πŸ™‚

  18. AJ on July 3, 2012 at 9:38 pm

    Hope California is awesome! Just finished SSU workout 3 (i’m a week behind) and I’m sweating buckets! Great workout! By the end of the frog crunches, I was wiped out!!

  19. Sara on July 3, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Ooo! those collard wraps look sooo delicious! Im always trying to find alternatives to using tortillas and that looks perfect!

  20. Jess on July 3, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Love HIIT workouts!! Can’t wait to work through some of these. Congrats on your wedding! πŸ™‚

  21. Erica on July 4, 2012 at 12:37 am

    Oh, I love eating Bird Food! I also seen you in Fitness this month pretty lady (: I swear, your everywhere! lol!

  22. Andrea @ Vegvacious on July 4, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Hmmm…I think I’ve found a new blog to follow! Those recipes are right up my alley. I can’t wait to give them a try! Making wraps with greens is so perfect for a light summer meal!

  23. becca @ bellebottoms on July 5, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Your wedding day is my birthday! love it πŸ™‚

    i’m getting married on Oct. 26, 2012, and I can’t wait!! planning has been fun!

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