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


  • 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


  • 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: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Poised in the Kitchen: Thanksgiving Side Dishes

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we all know the side dishes are the best part of most meals (no offense, turkey!). Here at Studio Poise we're sharing a few of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes that will be guaranteed crowd-pleasers at your next event! Post in the comments and tell us what your favorite Thanksgiving side dish is and stay tuned next week for some creative ways to use those leftovers!

Foodie Friday: Cool Summer Treats

In the dog days of summer, nothing tastes quite as good as a cold treat straight from the freezer. Read on for some suggestions for some healthy frozen dessert ideas that will satisfy your cravings without undermining your fitness efforts!

If you're craving something fast and easy...

... try frozen grapes! There's nothing simpler than cleaning a bag of green grapes and popping them in the freezer. They're a sweet treat that will cool you down when the temperatures get high.

If you're missing those ice pops from childhood...

... try freezing greek yogurt tubes! Chobani and Siggi's both make fruit-flavored Greek yogurt in tubes that will give you the same sensation of the push-up ice pops from when we were kids, but without the artificial sugar, flavoring, and coloring. Bonus: these yogurt tubes also pack a nice protein punch! They're a great post-workout option that will cool you down and give you a protein boost to aid in recovery. As always, make sure to check the nutrition labels to avoid unexpected added sugars or artificial ingredients.

If you want to kick your frozen treat up a notch...

... why not try making your own gourmet popsicles? There are countless recipes out there for homemade popsicles using only fresh ingredients. Some of our favorite flavor combinations include watermelon and mint, strawberry and basil, and pineapple with ginger. You don't need fancy popsicle molds for this - they can be made in paper dixie cups! 

and if absolutely nothing but the real thing will do...

... then treat yourself! If you're really dying for an ice cream cone, you're actually better off going with a small serving of the real stuff, instead of opting for a reduced fat or low-calorie version. These so-called "healthier" options often have additives that are even worse for your body than the real thing. Real ice cream contains milk, cream, sugar, and eggs; if you look at the ingredient list for the reduced fat version, you'll see corn syrup, as well as chemical additives engineered to mimic the creaminess and richness of real ice cream. No thanks! Everyone needs a cheat meal now and then, so go ahead and treat yourself. Bonus: if you opt to walk to a local ice cream shop, then you're also getting some activity in with your treat -- and then you won't have a half-full carton of ice cream tempting you from your freezer.

what are some of your favorite healthy swaps for frozen summer treats? let us know in the comments!