5 Activewear Brands I’m Loving: Adidas by Stella McCartney

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FROM TOP TO BOTTOM, LEFT TO RIGHT: Stellasport Leggings  | Essentials Striped Cotton-blend Sweatshirt  | Cropped Leggings  | Racerback Sports Bra | Studio Performance Tank  | Run Marble Tights | Run Climacool Stretch Tank  | Techfit Leggings

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I always love Stella McCartney’s designs for adidas! I’ve never actually bought a piece though…add it to the Christmas list. 😉

Hope you all have a great weekend!

What activewear brands are you loving lately? Do you ever shop Stella McCartney for adidas?

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My First Blue Apron Experience (+Reader Discount!)

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!With the exception of freak weeks when I meal plan and prep on Sundays, I can be pretty all over the place—sometimes going to the grocery store twice in a single day. Woof. So it goes without saying that I was pumped to try out Blue Apron, the meal delivery service that ships fresh ingredients in the correct portion to your home so that you can make chef-designed meals throughout the week.

How Blue Apron Works

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!There are two types of plans: 2-Person and Family (feeds four people). The 2-Person Plan (what I did) comes with three meals and can be delivered once weekly. Cost comes out to $9.99 per person per meal. With the Family Plan, you have the option to receive it once or twice a week and it comes with two meals. Cost comes out to $8.74 per person per meal. Shipping is free and there’s no commitment—you can skip weeks or cancel the service at any time.

Each meal is between 500-700 calories and can be prepared in 40 minutes or less. I’m always skeptical when I see the preparation time on recipes because it always takes me way longer, but I actually was able to make all these dishes in about 30 minutes.

My First Blue Apron Experience

So I kinda messed this one up. You can specify certain dietary restrictions so that you get meals that fit you, and I could have sworn I set my preferences so that I’d only get vegetarian and fish dishes … but I must not of because when I opened up my refrigerated delivery box I saw chicken and beef. At first I was totally bummed, but Joe likes meat so I decided to look at it as a culinary learning experience. I’m awful at cooking meat because I do it so infrequently, so I was excited to pick up some new techniques. My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!

For each meal, you have a beautiful recipe card with step-by-step instructions. I found them super easy to follow and appreciated the thick, semi-glossed paper they were on as I spilled ingredients everywhere while cooking. :)

Let’s look at what I made…

Salmon Burgers with Crème Fraiche Sauce, Arugula & Potato Salad

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!This was the first meal I made, and Joe and I LOVED it. I’m always excited to try non-beef burgers and these were so flavorful! You can find the recipe here.

Chicken Piccata with Fresh Linguine Pasta and Garlic Chives

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!I was excited to make these because I’m so painfully uncreative when it comes to cooking chicken. I never really branch out with flavor combos or preparation techniques, so this is definitely one to add to my arsenal. I honestly can’t even remember the last time I ate pasta, so this was a delicious way to shake things up for dinner. Recipe can be found here.

Arepas de Carne Molida with Avocado & Pickled Jalapeno

My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! My First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers! I really wanted to have an open mind and give these a try, but as soon as I smelt the raw beef my stomach turned and I bailed—I just can’t do red meat. Instead I just ate them without the ground beef, which was still pretty satisfying. Even though I didn’t eat all of the recipe, I still had fun making them—I mean when else would I buy masarepa at the grocery store?! The pickled jalapeno topping was delicious, and definitely a technique I’d use again when cooking! I want to try a similar recipe to these but using fish instead of beef. You can find the recipe hereMy First Blue Apron Experience (Review) + a discount for readers!

Obviously you can’t beat the convenience of having the ingredients delivered to you in perfect portions, but Blue Apron also posts their recipes on their site so that you can go back and make them again. I’ve got my eye on their Hearty Sweet Potato, Broccoli & Quinoa Salad with Tahini Lemon Dressing & Goat Cheese and the Seared Cod with Spring Vegetables & Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette.

I loved my first Blue Apron and would totally use the service again—making sure to select vegetarian and fish dishes only! Especially during the summertime with frequent weekend trips out of town and a total lack of routine, it’d be so helpful to get meals delivered to the apartment. I’ll keep you guys posted when I use BA again!

READER DISCOUNT

Ok now the best part of this post—the first 25 P&I readers to sign up for Blue Apron will get two free meals on their first order! Just make sure you use THIS LINK.

Have you tried Blue Apron? What’d you think?

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Blue Apron. While I was compensated, all opinions—as always!—are my own. Keepin’ it real, yo.

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Core Stacked Circuit Workout

Core Stacked Circuit Workout - this one takes just 13 minutes and you'll add on an exercise each roundYour third and final installment of this workout series! If you missed it, Monday was lower body; yesterday was upper body; and today we’ll finish with core. Again, you can do all three circuits back-to-back for a 45-minute full body workout (same structure as Burn’s Power class) or just pick the muscle group on which you feel like focusing.

Core Stacked Circuit Workout

Equipment I Used:

This circuit will take you just 13 minutes to complete. You stay on each exercise for 30 seconds, rest for 30 seconds after each round, and add on an exercise each round. Confused? Here’s what the start of the workout looks like:

Exercise 1
Rest
Exercise 1 + Exercise 2
Rest
Exercise 1 + Exercise 2 + Exercise 3
Rest

So the first round is only 30 seconds long (one exercise) and the sixth and final round is 3 minutes long (all six exercises). You’ll do exercise 1 (side plank dips with top crunch) six times and exercise 6 (russian twists) only once at the very end. Even though the length of time you’re working gets longer and longer, you only get 30 seconds of rest each time. I set my interval timer for 26 rounds of 30 seconds of work and 0 seconds of rest so that it beeps at me every 30 seconds, but you could also just watch the clock. Core Stacked Circuit Workout - this one takes just 13 minutes and you'll add on an exercise each round

  1. Side Plank Lift ‘n Crunch (alternate side each round) | Start in a side plank with your right hand on the floor directly underneath your shoulder. From here, lower your hips towards the floor and then engage that right sidebody to lift the hips back up. Next, crunch your left knee in towards your left elbow while keeping your hips up (don’t let them sag down as you do the crunch—right oblique is still engaged!).
  2. Plank to Pike to Bear Crunch Sliders | Start in a plank position with your feet on a towel or sliders. Keeping your hips level with your shoulders, back flat, slide your feet forward, bending your knees in towards your elbows. Slide feet back out, straightening your legs into plank position. Now, keeping your legs straight, pike your hips up into the air, bringing your body into an upside down “v” shape. Try to keep your heels lifted as you do this, sliding on the balls of your feet. Once you hit your peak (if you have tight hamstrings, you may not be able to get your hips up very high—that’s ok!), slowly lower back down into plank position.
  3. Army Crawl | Put your feet on a towel or sliders and get into a plank with your forearms at the end of an exercise mat. Army crawl your way up the length of the mat, one forearm in front of the other, maintaining the plank position as you slide forward. When you can no longer go any farther forward, reverse the motion, crawling your forearms backward towards the starting edge of the mat. As you move, try to keep your hips level in a plank. They’ll want to dip side to side with each step of the forearms; use your core strength to stabilize them. Beginners: you can do these from your knees, just make sure to add an extra towel for padding.
  4. Dumbbell Toe Touches | Lay on your back with legs extended straight up in the air, feet flexed. Hold a weight in both hands and crunch up, reaching your hands towards your toes. Lower back down a few inches and repeat. To make these more challenging, you never lower all the way down; shoulders stay lifted off the floor the entire time. The hardest part of this exercise for me is just keeping my legs straight—holy tight hammies! Adding a soft bend to the knees will make these easier, but try your best to keep those legs straight.
  5. Dumbbell Full Body Crunch | Start laying on your back with legs outstretched and hovering a couple inches off the ground. Holding a weight in your hands, arms should be outstretched overhead and hovering as well. From this starting position, crunch up, bringing your knees in towards your chest as you lift your shoulderblades off the ground and bring the weight up and over towards your shins. Extend back out, lowering to starting position. The goal is to never bring the legs and/or weight to rest on the ground when you extend back out.
  6. Russian Twist | Start seated, holding a dumbbell in both hands at your chest, feet lifted off the ground with your knees bent. Lean back slightly, core engaged, balancing on your tailbone. Twist to one side, bringing the dumbbell to the outer side of that hip; then repeat in the other direction. Really twist at the waist—you want your chest to be totally facing whatever side you’re bringing the weight.

Core Stacked Circuit Workout - this one takes just 13 minutes and you'll add on an exercise each roundWEARING | tank: Spiritual Gangster (old but similar here) // leggings: c/o Eddie Bauer (old but similar here) // sneakers: Nike

Try this workout or use the structure of it and customize with your own favorite core exercises!

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