BBQ Chicken Pitas and a Trip to Fitness Ridge Resort (giveaway closed)

Insta Fitness Ridge I have been so excited to share my experience at Fitness Ridge Resort and these yummy BBQ Chicken Pitas from Fitness Ridge!  And I am even more excited to give one of you the chance to spend a week at Fitness Ridge too!!!  (see the very bottom of this post to enter!)

I’m not exaggerating when I say that his was one of the most amazing, challenging, rewarding, and therapeutic weeks of my life!  I was invited by Cameron and Michelle, who own Fitness Ridge, to come and spend a week experiencing all that this resort has to offer.  I can’t thank them enough for giving me this opportunity!  I loved every minute of it.
I had the pleasure to spend the week with some awesome bloggers who quickly became my close friends!  It’s amazing how sweating, laughing, crying, and pushing yourselves to the limit can bond you for life!  Here is a picture of all of us together:

IMG_3199(From left to right: Jared, Camille, Diana, Mique, Jessica, and me)

Here are their blogs (click to view) they are all sharing their journey at Fitness Ridge today too:
Jared – Tone and Tighten – Health and fitness with awesome workout routines!(…/fitness-ridge…)
Camille – Six Sister’s Stuff – Delicious food and other fun ideas! (
Diana – Livy Loves to Run – Diana’s amazing weight loss journey, she has already lost 100 pounds! (
Mique – 30 Days of Handmade – The coolest crafts, food, ideas, and printables! (
Jessica – What Does the Cox Say – A creative lifestyle blog!  She is awesome! (

I LOVE these girls!  They are the best!
FR girls

My favorite part of my stay at Fitness Ridge was the morning hikes!  Fitness Ridge is right next to gorgeous red rock canyons in southern Utah, every morning we got to go out with our amazing hike guides to different beautiful spots.  The sun would come up in the mornings while we were out and the views were breathtaking.  But don’t get me wrong, these hikes were super challenging!!!  One hike that I was so proud to accomplish was over 8 miles round trip, and you can’t go to Fitness Ridge without tackling the monster of a hike called Stop Sign, it is a famous hike there that is really tough!  It was a great feeling to be out in nature getting an incredible work out!  Here are a few shots from some of my hikes:
hikesAfter the hikes we would come back for inspirational afternoon lectures from expert nutritionists, motivational speakers, and life coaches and some intense workouts from seriously some of the BEST trainers I have ever had the opportunity to work out with!  You might recognize Sione from that one really popular weightloss show (haha).  One of the other trainers, Sharon, isn’t nicknamed the drill sergeant for nothing!  I’m including a shot of our schedule one of the days to give you an idea what a typical day was like.  And the pic of my feet was duct tape over bandaids over blisters.  🙂
a day at FRThe nights we had off to basically crash and recover til we started all over again the next day.  There is also the option to take advantage of the amazing spa services on site (massages, facials, manis, pedis, etc.) You could also schedule one on one sessions with the nutritionists, life coaches, and personal trainers.  We were crazy and went to see the play The Little Mermaid at Tuacahn one night, which was soooo amazing!!!  It was worth the loss of sleep!
IMG_3180Fitness Ridge has a fantastic chef and team of cooks!  I was so impressed with his culinary knowledge, especially when it comes to eating healthy.  Everyone staying at Fitness Ridge eats about 1500 calories a day, which may not seem like a lot considering the amount that you are working out, but I honestly never felt hungry!  The nutritionists and chef have worked out a daily meal plan that gives you high nutritional volume for your calories, I felt like being there was a junk food detox.  I had more energy, I wasn’t hungry, and I just felt so good!  My food was working for me instead of against me and that was a great feeling!
Here are a few examples of some of our daily menus:
FR menuToday I am sharing with you one of my very favorite meals I had at Fitness Ridge!  It’s actually on the first menu above, so if you minus off the side of cauliflower this pita is just over 400 calories.  It is so incredibly filling and delicious!  I am crazy about the jicama apple slaw with little pieces of mandarin oranges!  Recipe below:

And if you would like the chance to stay at Fitness Ridge for a week, head to the very bottom, under the recipe, to enter!!

BBQ Chicken Pitas

BBQ Chicken Pitas with Jicama Apple Slaw

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  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 3/4 cup Mark's BBQ Sauce (or any low-sugar BBQ sauce)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • whole wheat pita pockets
  • For the Slaw:
  • 1 jicama, julienned
  • 1 granny smith apple, julienned
  • 1 (11 oz) can mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/4 c. lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp minced jalapeño pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro


  • Place the chicken breasts, BBQ sauce, and water together in a slow cooker, and cook on high until chicken can be easily shredded into the sauce (this could take between 3 to 5 hours, depending on your slow cooker and if you begin with frozen chicken).
  • About 2 hours before serving prepare the slaw:
  • Peel and julienne the jicama and apple (or if you are lazy like me, you can shred them in your food processor). Stir in the lime juice, olive oil, salt, jalapeño, cilantro, and mandarin oranges. Refrigerate until serving.
  • When chicken is cooked and shredded, remove from heat and stir in about 1/4 cup more BBQ sauce.
  • Prepare the pitas by opening a pocket and adding the shredded chicken topped with the jicama apple slaw. I used about a 1/2 cup of each.

Enter HERE to win a ONE WEEK STAY at Fitness Ridge:


  1. Karen Petersen says:

    Oh! I followed along on pinterest and would so love to win this 🙂

  2. Glorie says:

    Is this for real, if so, I’m in.

    • Emily says:

      Yes! It’s for real! 🙂

  3. Shannon Tribble says:

    Love Fitnessridge

  4. amy says:

    Looks great

    • Echo says:

      Thank you!

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