An Indulgent (yet Nutritious) Thanksgiving Menu

Everyone’s favorite food holiday is coming up so we put together a complete menu (mocktail included) of indulgent, yet nutritious, recipes for your Thanksgiving meal. We promise your whole family will love it!


  • Joanie’s Braised Red Cabbage


4 tablespoons cooking olive oil

1 head red cabbage, cored and sliced

1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced

½ cup apple cider vinegar

½ cup dry red wine

¾ cup of filtered water

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 sweet apple, peeled, cored and cut into small cubes

3 bay leaves

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat oil over medium heat, add onion and cook until translucent. Add cabbage, vinegar, wine, water, maple syrup, and salt. Stir and cook covered over medium heat for about 5 minutes.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook, covered, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. Stir apple into cabbage and cook, covered, for about 20 minutes or until soft. Season with fresh pepper and serve.


  • Carolina’s Butternut Squash Soup with Pumpkin Seeds


   3 tablespoons olive oil

   1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into cubes

   1 medium yellow onion, peeled and chopped

   1 celery stalk, chopped

   2 carrots, peeled and chopped

   ½ tablespoon Pumpkin pie spice

   32 ounces vegetable broth    

   Salt and pepper to taste

   Roasted pumpkin seeds for serving


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot. Add butternut squash, onions, celery and carrots and cook over medium-low heat until fragrant. Reduce heat to low, pour in vegetable broth and cook covered for about 30-40 minutes or until completely soft.

  2. Allow soup to slightly cool then use an immersion blender and blend until smooth. Add more stock if consistency is too thick. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground pepper.

  3. Serve topped with pumpkin seeds


  • Carolina’s Simple Fried Mushrooms


   3 tablespoons olive oil

   1 pound oyster mushrooms (or shiitake works well too), cleaned and dried

   1 tablespoon chopped thyme

   1 tablespoon chopped parsley

   1 tablespoon chopped sage

   Sea salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cover the mushrooms with oil, chopped herbs, sea salt and pepper and place on a baking sheet. Roast for about 30 minutes or until browned and crisp, using a spatula to turn them once or twice, as needed. Serve immediately.



  • Vegan Make-Ahead Panzanella from “Oh She Glows”


  • Creamy No-Bake Pumpkin Pie from “The Minimalist Baker”

(Please substitute canned pumpkin puree for homemade)


  • Cranberry and Lime Mocktail



Listen to your body." "Do whatever feels good."  "Wear a heart rate monitor to make sure your heart rate doesn't rise above 140."  "Go to prenatal yoga."  "Take it easy" 

Ever heard this advice?

We've heard it one too many times and decided to do something about it.

FPC workouts were designed by our resident pre/post natal corrective exercise specialist, backed up by the most up to date exercise science and based on the concepts of function movement in order to train the specific muscles a woman needs to have a stronger pregnancy, delivery and postpartum recovery.  We are here to demystify all the fear mongering that accompanies exercising during pregnancy and breakdown the  stereotype of only practicing prenatal yoga. We are here to start a pre/postnatal fitness revolution!  

We can proudly say all of our instructors are truly experts in the pre/postnatal field and in addition to their specialized certifications, they add a diverse range of skills such as labor and postpartum doula's, certified lactation consultants, and life long students of women's health. 

FPC believes in the importance of a small group setting during pregnancy.  We never take more than 12 people per class to ensure everyone is getting the specified attention they need in addition to exposure to a social and fun environment.  We understand the need for community during this stage of our lives as much as the need for a safe and effectively designed workout, a consistent exercise schedule, and the accountability factor for participating in exercise.  We aim to offer an unintimidating environment where women can ask questions without judgement and get answers from professionals and from other women in the community.

In addition to a safe, challenging workout in a supportive enviornment, FPC is partnering up with other women driven brands to bring you fun, inspiring events and offers. Currently we carry Basq skincare, NineNaturals, BundleOrganics juices, FertileGirl superfood bars, and Seraphine Maternity.

This revolution is more than a fitness studio.  Our goal is that every woman walks out of FPC feeling physically stronger and mentally empowered to take on womanhood while embracing motherhood.


Meet our Co-Founders


It's a given that Joanie and Carolina are passionate about all things motherhood, fitness and community but who are they, really?  We had them interview each other to find out!


Joanie asking Carolina:

What's your name? Carolina Gunnarsson 

Where did you grow up? In a small town two hours west of Stockholm in Sweden. Needless to say, I've come along way!

Favorite childhood meal? Pickled herring. I had quite strange childhood taste buds

Favorite adult meal? I am a vegan and a plant based food junkie. For a special treat the mac'n'cheese and guac burger from By Chloe. Favorite meal at home is my turmeric vegetable curry with quinoa and lentils, I have it probably two days a week!

Who do you live with? My husband, daughter, son, and a fish named Mine (on the weekends, that we spend on our upstate farm, we are also accompanied by our two barn cats, Princess Unicorn and Notch).

Best thing about being a mom? That you always have someone around who is genuinely happy to see you.

What do you do to relax? Ride my horse, meditate nd exercise. 

What did you want to be growing up? A fashion designer. However, I realized pretty quickly that I didn't have the talent it took and switched over to fashion marketing which I worked in until I had my first baby.

Your favorite karaoke song? "Before he cheats" with Carrie Underwood when going solo and "I've had the time of my life" with Bill Medley and Jennifer Warner for a duet with my husband.  We are total karaoke junkies!

What's the strangest thing that not a lot of people know about you? My dad won the world championship in weightlifting in the early 90's.


Carolina asking Joanie:

What's your name? Joanie Johnson

Hometown? Meyersdale, PA- a tiny rural town in southwestern PA. We've both come a long way!

Current location? Cobble Hill, Brooklyn

Who do you live with? My husband, Micah, 1yr old daughter, Adina and the worlds greatest dog, Maurice.

Profession? I'm a pre/postnatal corrective exercise specialist and certified holistic health coach for moms and mothers-to-be.  Pre motherhood, I was a professional modern dancer for 9 years. 

Describe your perfect Saturday. In a perfect world, my husband would wake up with the baby and let me sleep in for another hour.  Then we would pack our gear, grab bagels, jump in the car and head upstate to spend the afternoon hiking.  We would get back to BK with enough time to grab sushi from Habino, our fav local sushi spot, and then spend the evening with a  glass of wine and whatever the Netflix binge of the moment is.  (Currently Stranger Things) 

Where would you be if you weren't doing what you do today? I always wanted to be a Kindergarten teacher.  I would probably be teaching littles during the school year and running a dance studio in the summer while chasing around a coop full of chickens and garden full of organic veggies!  

Secret talent? It's freakish. I can tie shoelaces with my long toes.  It's totally not a functional talent as I can't be wearing shoes to do it.  But, it's so impressive!  It's even recorded as a "special talent" in my HS yearbook. 





FPC + Prenatal Nutrition with CLT Wellness

My name is Carolyn Tallents and I am a certified Pre & Postnatal Health Coach and personal trainer at CLT Wellness.  I am so excited to be partnering with the incredible women at FPC to bring you the workshop “Total Nutrition for Pregnancy.”

When I first became pregnant with my son Charlie, who is now 1-year old, I came to the stark realization that there is little guidance for moms-to-be on how to have a healthy and happy pregnancy. My OB reminded me to take a prenatal vitamin, shared a list of foods to stay away from, told me I could continue any exercise I was already doing and said she’d see me next month. I left the appointment feeling like I had a good handle on what not to do, but not a clue as to what I could be doing - what foods should I be eating? What kinds of exercise would benefit my ever-changing body? Were there any ways to manage the symptoms I was experiencing? It was at this moment I decided to focus my practice on pre & postnatal wellness and help support moms through their pregnancy journey. 

A healthy prenatal diet has enormous benefits for both mom and baby throughout pregnancy, birth, recovery and the postpartum period. Eating a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients and staying active, can help keep unnecessary weight gain and other common pregnancy symptoms such as nausea and swelling at bay, lower your risk of conditions such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, prepare your body for labor and help you recover more quickly.  

I hope you will join us next week for a great workout and to dive deeper into how to have a healthy and happy pregnancy!