The Fitness Games App Review

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through my partnership with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

I had the chance to check out The Fitness Games app for iOS/Android over the past couple of weeks, thanks to Fit Approach. I love trying new ways to include fitness into my routine since it is so important to me on a daily basis. As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, I encourage others to stay active as well and find something they enjoy doing.

The Fitness Games The Fitness Games (TFG) app combines tracking workouts with social media. Deemed as the social media of fitness, it allows you to connect with other fitness enthusiasts around the world while tracking your workouts. You can save workouts that you have performed in actual time on the app and submit it for your records. Even your weights, reps, sets, time and cardiovascular activity can be tracked.

The Fitness GamesAfter logging in, it is split up into four sections: strength, cardiovascular, full body and cross training. Each section is then split up into several different pre-existing workouts, or you can create your own (you can also submit your own workouts for others to do as well). After each workout you are awarded points that will put you into a level of fitness.

The Fitness GamesWhat makes The Fitness Games fun is that you can challenge your workout partners at any time and duel it out! At first, I thought how impossible it would be to challenge one another as we have no clue what each others’ schedules are and different time zones. But rest assured, you complete the challenge on your own time, whether your workout partner completed the challenge 4 hours before you. Once you accept and finish your challenge, your score will be compared to your partner’s – who finished first/overall time and the weight of reps if applicable. You can then share who won/lost on your profile feed for others to view. Talk about competition!

The Fitness GamesThe app encourages you to post gym selfies and other inspirational pictures and videos. You can comment and like on others’ posts for motivation and vice versa. Apologies for the blurry photo below!

Workout on www.eatsrealfood.comWhat I love about TFG is that it forced me to get back into strength training. I always do the usual small amount of it when at the gym, but it brought me back to lifting weights and doing machines I haven’t touched in a few years! Strength training is so important to build lean muscle. By now, I’m sure we all know that lean muscle mass burns more fat and calories and can help prevent injuries.

Leg Machine on www.eatsrealfood.comOne of the features that I don’t like is that your activity/timer pauses if you close out of the app while completing a workout (TFG is in the process of implementing a feature that allows the app to continue running in the background). I also wish you could submit workouts after you have completed them to include in your tracker, say if you forgot to run the app while working out. I haven’t been the most consistent with running the app every time I’m working out and wish I could enter those missed days in.

Overall, The Fitness Games is a great motivational tool to increase your fitness level while having fun in the process. It also makes you accountable for skipping workouts or receiving challenges. Thanks again to Fit Approach and The Fitness Games for this fun review!

Chia Seed Fig Jam

Surviving the Heat + Chia Seed Fig Jam

You guys…LA is scorching hot right now! Or should I say, for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been hit with a giant heat wave and it’s still not over. I am currently writing this post with a big ice pack by my side. This is one of the very rare occasions where I will voluntarily take a cold shower. Although, showers seem pointless because you start sweating bullets again the second you step out. Don’t you hate that??

This heat makes me think how I ever managed to survive summers living in the dirty south. And living in beloved New Orleans with 100% humidity, when the second you step foot outside makes you feel like you’ve just rolled around in a swamp. Oh I remember, it’s called A/C! I will not give in to buying another fan as my current one is just blowing the hot air around.

California FigsBut after all of this complaining about a little heat wave, I know it could always be much worse. I am thankful for cold showers, iced tea (so I don’t have to heat up water on the stove), ice packs and shade (to at least keep the intense sun out of the way).

Chia Seed Fig Jam from www.eatsrealfood.comOn a much happier note, I have ventured into the world of chia seed jam!! No-cook chia seed jam to be correct. Thanks to my fellow food blogger friend, Dorothy {Shockingly Delicious} for introducing me to the wonderful world of no-cook jams. I am SO thrilled to be sharing this recipe with you guys! I still can’t get over how easy AND tasty this is. The best part? You can manage to whip this up in (literally) 2 minutes flat, without standing in front of boiling hot cans on the stove…in 90+ degree weather…with no A/C :)

Chia Seed Fig Jam from www.eatsrealfood.comThis Chia Seed Fig Jam is ever so slightly adapted from Dorothy’s Raw Vegan Fig-Vanilla Jam. I used local honey for my sweetener of choice and vanilla extract as that’s what I had on hand. I used Health Warrior white chia seeds – use them everyday in my overnight oats! I knew I would be making this recipe with my frozen stash of California figs, thanks to the California Fig Commission who sponsored our Figology Fest.

Chia Seed Fig Jam from www.eatsrealfood.comFig is my favorite flavor of jam, but if figs aren’t so much your thing, check out Dorothy’s other no-cook chia seed jam flavors: Raw Raspberry-Vanilla Chia Jam, Raw Strawberry-Vanilla Chia Jam and Raw Blueberry-Blackberry Chia Jam. I am most definitely giving all of these a try!

Aurora NY + Pumpkin Hill Bistro

While on vacation last month, I spent my last couple of days back home in Syracuse, NY. It was nice to unwind, de-stress and do absolutely nothing.

Cayuga LakeMy mom and I spent an afternoon in Aurora, NY. If you live near by or are passing through, Aurora is a must. A quaint, scenic village overlooking Cayuga Lake with a charming historic vibe. If you are planning on spending the night, Aurora Inn can’t be beat. The Inns of Aurora include three different (and gorgeous) guest rooms right next to each other: Aurora Inn, E.B. Morgan House and Rowland House. All have breathtaking views of the lake. Aurora is also home of Mackenzie-Childs (my mom is officially obsessed).

Aurora Inn dining room has been a long favorite of mine. It is one of the best restaurants in Upstate NY if you ask me. Their raisin walnut bread is fantastic. If I had to eat one bread for the rest of my life, that would be it.

Pumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardInstead of heading to the usual Aurora Inn for lunch, my mom and I tried Pumpkin Hill Bistro & Vineyard for a change. We’ve been wanting to try it ever since its doors opened a few years ago. It’s just a short drive up from the village of Aurora. This charming bistro and vineyard sits atop Pumpkin Hill – I knew I would like this place from the name alone :)

Pumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardFarm fresh fare is what you’ll find at Pumpkin Hill. I am a lover and supporter of all things local and fresh and this place held true to its name. They cook with seasonal produce/ingredients which results in a changing menu. They also carry a great selection of Cayuga Lake wines. It is the cutest farm-house that makes you want to sit and stay forever.

Pumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardPumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardMy mom and I started out by splitting a Pimm’s Cup. This is probably my ultimate favorite drink of choice, although I don’t have it too often. I first fell in love when I was living in New Orleans for my dietetic internship. Extremely refreshing and almost too pretty to drink.

Pimm's Cup at Pumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardWe split the artichoke dip that was extra hot and gooey, with the best grilled pita triangles!

Pumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardI had a delicious tuna salad on a toasty brioche bun with a side of black bean soup. I loved that the tuna salad was mayo-free! I am not a mayo person and prefer my tuna on the dry side, hence why I rarely order it when I’m out.

Tuna Salad at Pumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardMy mom ordered the crab cake that was topped with a Mexican-style aoli for a change.

Pumpkin Hill Bistro & VineyardPumpkin Hill Bistro & Vineyard met our expectations 100% and more. Delicious farm fresh food, comfy atmosphere and a vineyard to boot. Until next time Aurora!

Pumpkin Hill Bistro & Vineyard

Coconut Lime Rice w/Toasted Cashews&Raisins from www.eatsrealfood.com

Coconut Lime Rice with Toasted Cashews & Raisins

I know it’s the unofficial start of fall, but I had to share one last summery dish with you all. Although, this Coconut Lime Rice with Toasted Cashews & Raisins can also serve as a comfort side dish to any fall/winter meal.

This rice is extremely low maintenance and takes about 15 minutes to cook. Easy enough? Yes. Toasting the cashews is the only side “work” you have to do. The rice, water, coconut milk (I use Trader Joe’s) and salt get thrown into a saucepan and left to cook.

Coconut Lime Rice w/Toasted Cashews&Raisins from www.eatsrealfood.comAfter the rice is cooked, fold in the toasted cashews, raisins, lime zest and voila! Coconut Lime Rice with Toasted Cashews & Raisins (longest name ever) is born.

I love the nutty, toasty crunch that the cashews bring to the dish. Cashews are filled with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats and are a good source of copper and magnesium. The chewy golden raisins add a bite of sweetness, fiber and a quick energy boost!

Coconut Lime Rice w/Toasted Cashews&Raisins from www.eatsrealfood.comSome of my favorite pairings with this rice include sauteed shrimp, tofu and lots of veggies! Hope you enjoy!