Healthy Recipes

Foodie Fridays: Patriotic Edition

In honor of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, we've got some red, white &y blue recipes for you today, courtesy of our favorite Poised chef, Emaly Hunt! These ideas will help to keep your cookouts fresh and festive, and best of all, they're 6 Weeks 2 Chic approved!

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Sweet & Savory Watermelon Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 Watermelon, deseeded and cut into half inch chunks
  • 1 cup of crumbled Feta
  • 2 or more cups of fresh blueberries
  • A few sprigs of mint, chopped fine
  • 2 tablespoons of good quality olive oil
  • Fresh ground pepper and sea salt

Combine all of the ingredients in a pretty serving bowl and chill before serving. This is a great side or even dessert. See options below for ways to amp up the flavors

Options:

  • Add additional herbs like chives, lemon balm or basil to the mix (remember a little goes a long way)
  • Add some red pepper flakes or a few dashes of cayenne (great twist on sweet, savory, spicy and salty…I love it)
  • You can make this into individual servings by placing them on skewers or toothpicks: 1 chunk of watermelon, 1-2blueberries, a “crumble of feta” (works best if you chop your own off of a large block versus the pre-crumbled in a box) and 1 small leaf of mint, lay on a tray and drizzle with oil and salt & pepper 

Bright Bites

  • 1 box black berries
  • 1 box strawberries
  • 1 box triscuits (or other salty cracker; for a LOW CARB & LOW CAL OPTION – use a cucumber slice!)
  • 1 wheel of Boursin cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of good local honey
  • Fresh sea salt & cracked pepper
  • Optional: slices of spicy salami cut into small 1 inch squares

On each “vehicle” (cracker or cucumber) place a small amount (about ½ tablespoon) of Boursin and top with either a blackberry or strawberry (and alternate the salami if you want). When arranged on a plate, drizzle the honey and sprinkle on salt and pepper. 

Poised BBQ Tips & Tricks

Use a high-fiber, whole wheat pita as your burger “bun,” and stuff it full of veggies and meat, minus all those sugar laden condiments and nutritionally void white bun. Or use fresh lettuce leaves to make yourself a “burger taco"!

Fill your plate with veggies and salad FIRST before adding your protein and the “optional” treat. I always try to take a small plate so I can only fill it so much.

Take a first pass on the BBQ without taking anything so you can decide what is REALLY worth it versus just taking one of everything. Was that over-cooked, dried out fried chicken really worth it or would you rather have had a small slice of that friend's famous chocolate cake? It's okay to treat yourself in moderation!

Remember to hydrate throughout the day, especially if you plan on having a few cocktails. Have a glass of water in between every alcoholic beverage! For some drink recipes that will help you keep it poised, check out last winter's Super Bowl snacks post

For more great recipes from Emaly, make sure to check out her blog, Grapes and Garlic, or follow her on Instagram at @grapesandgarlic. Thanks for the tips, Emaly!

Poised in the Kitchen: Quick Meals

Poised in the Kitchen: Quick Meals

If you're like us the weeks can be kiiiiinda hectic - work, workouts, kids, spouses, errands - by Wednesday you're likely exhausted and looking for an easy, filling dinner that won't make 400 dishes or take hours. You're in luck - today our Poised in the Kitchen mavens Emaly and Sam are sharing two of their favorite quick meals: Mexican Turkey Quinoa and Sweet Potato Hash.

Poised in the Kitchen: Chinese Fake-Out

We've all been there.....6pm, walking up the stairs from Studio Poise after a workout that left you drenched and exhausted. You're not even at the landing yet and your nostrils are assaulted by the scents of beef and broccoli and Chinese fried rice. Before you undo all your hard work with empty calories of takeout check out the delicious Chinese Fake Out recipes provided by our resident healthy cooking expert, Emaly Hunt. Below Emaly has shared two super easy, crazy customizable recipes that will make you swear you're eating from a takeout container, minus the guilt and grease!

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Emaly’s Chinese Green Beans with Ground Turkey

Ingredients:

3 Gloves of Garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
1 Big Thumb of Ginger (peeled and finely chopped)
1 Bunch of Green Onions (scallions – greens and whites sliced)
1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil (or Coconut Oil, but the sesame does add a complex taste difference)
1 Pound of Ground Turkey (I prefer the darker meat)
1-2 bags of green beans (cleaned and trimmed) or about 1.5 to 2 pounds if you are hand picking them (fresh is best, the frozen ones go limp too quickly)
2 Tablespoons (less or more depending on spice level preferred) of Chili Garlic Sauce (found in the Asian aisle).
2 Tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce (you can remove this and add a few dashes of Worcestershire sauce)
2 Tablespoons of Hoisin sauce (helps make everything stick together)
1 Tablespoon of rice wine vinegar (not a requirement, if you don't have it just add extra lime juice)
½ of a lime juice (or more to taste)

Directions:

Warm oil in large pot, put in ginger garlic and onion and cook on medium until fragrant and translucent (about 3 min). Add the turkey to the hot pot to brown and crumble, when you have about 5 min left on cooking (about half way) add in the green beans

During the last minutes of cooking add spices and stir until everything is coated.

Add on options:
Chop extra scallions for topping
Sesame and chia seeds for topping
Serve on top of white or brown rice or quinoa (I make jasmine rice with coconut oil, nice finishing touch. Following rice cooking directions with one tablespoon of REAL coconut oil, found easily at Trader Joe's or online). Reduce your “night of” cooking and make the rice ahead of time, is stays fresh a few days and re-heats nicely in the microwave.

By Emaly Hunt / GrapesandGarlic on the Instagram / grapesandgarlic.com (COMING SOON!)
 


Emaly’s Fried Quinoa (fried rice) with Shrimp

This recipe can be made ahead (day of or even a few days before), make quinoa separately ahead of time then combine night of for finished dinner and can also be reheated next day as lunch!

Ingredients:

3 cups white sprouted quinoa
1 Glove of Garlic (peeled and finely chopped)
1 Small Thumb of Ginger (peeled and finely chopped) (optional cheat: use Ginger Juice squeeze bottle ginger about ¾ of a Tablespoon)
1 Bunch of Green Onions (scallions – greens and whites sliced)
1 Tablespoon of Sesame Oil (or Coconut Oil, but the sesame does make a difference with taste)
1 bag (100-120 count) of pre-cooked small “salad” shrimp – defrosted, tails removed
½ bag of frozen pre-cut peas and carrots (or fresh, about 1 cup of each)
Add in any other veggies you enjoy in your “fried rice” – bean sprouts, zucchini, water chestnuts, snow peas, baby corn, green beans…whatever
1-2 eggs, beaten and set aside in a small cup
2 Tablespoons of low sodium soy sauce
1 Tablespoon of rice wine vinegar (not a requirement, I usually do without and just add lime)
½ of a lime juice (or more to taste)

Directions:

Make quinoa following package directions using vegetable stock or water and set aside.

Warm oil in large pot, put in ginger, garlic and onion and cook on medium until fragrant and translucent (about 3 min). Add the veggies, sauté until heated through and then add shrimp for the last minute to warm (remember they are defrosted). Add in quinoa until just warmed, make a well in the middle of the pot, add a small touch of oil and pour egg to scramble and then incorporate into the quinoa/shrimp mixture
During the last minutes of cooking add spices and stir until everything is coated.

Add on options:
Chop extra scallions for topping
Sesame and chia seeds for topping
1-2 Tablespoons of Hoisin sauce, Chili Garlic sauce, Thai Red Curry Paste or Sriracha to amp up spice
Other proteins to make the “house special” version…do you have left over chicken, beef or pork? Dice it and add in!
Not a fan of shrimp? Replace shrimp for chicken, add tofu or beef crumbles for a protein packed alternative

By Emaly Hunt / GrapesandGarlic on the Instagram / grapesandgarlic.com (COMING SOON)


Looking for a healthy recipe makeover? Shoot us an email with what you're craving and we'll do our best to serve up a healthy, easy version here on the blog!

Foodie Fridays: Super Bowl Snacks Edition

#Poisenation will always come first around here, but Patriots Nation is a close second, and we can't wait to cheer on our hometown team in Super Bowl LI this weekend! The game may be the focus, but let's be honest - the game time snacks are also pretty darn important. Today, we're sharing some of our favorite 6 Weeks 2 Chic approved football snacks as well as some tips for enjoying your Super Bowl party without going totally off the rails.

Poised in the Kitchen: Healthy Comfort Foods

Poised in the Kitchen: Healthy Comfort Foods

Winter is here and if you're like us you're craving comfort foods! During our recent 6w2c Holiday Prep program Emaly Hunt shared several recipes with the group that were huge hits. She was gracious enough to let us post them here on the blog, thanks Emaly! These are warm, satisfying and can be made for lunches or a family dinner. Let us know what you think in the comments!