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3 Healthy Grill Ideas

Hey Dads, looking for a reason to fire up the grill? Take charge of dinner and try out one of these tasty grill recipes:

Grilled Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce:

What you’ll need:
  • 6 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 lemons, juiced
  • 2 lemons zested
  • ¼ cup avocado oil or olive oil
  • 5 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 or a dash of red pepper flakes
  • ½ cup plain full-fat yogurt (for sauce)
  • 1 English cucumber diced small (for sauce)
  • 2 cloves chopped garlic (for sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (for sauce)
  • ½ teaspoon dill (for sauce)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare:
  • Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and pound to an even thickness. Trim off fat.
  • Make the marinade by whisking together lemon juice through red pepper flakes. Place chicken in a plastic bag and pour over marinade. Massage so all chicken is covered in marinade. Place in refrigerator for a few hours overnight.
  • Mix together all tzatziki sauce ingredients and set aside.
  • Grill Chicken about 6-8 minutes per side or until meat thermometer reads 160°. Remove from grill and place under foil to rest.

Brie and Bacon Grilled Potatoes:

What you’ll need:
  • 4 large potatoes, brushed clean
  • Kosher salt
  • Olive oil
  • Black pepper
  • 10 ounces creamy brie spread
  • Six ¼-inch thick slices peppered slab bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 4 scallions chopped finely

How to prepare:
  • Poke holes all over the potatoes using a fork. Place them in a large pot of cold, salted water. Bring to a boil and let boil until fork tender, about 6-8 minutes. Remove and dry with a paper towel. You can refrigerate them at this point and save for the next day, just remember to bring them back to room temperature before continuing. Or, head directly to the next step to continue.
  • Once cool enough to handle or when the potatoes are room temperature from the refrigerator, drizzle olive oil all over the potatoes and season with salt and pepper. Place the potatoes above the indirect heat of the grill, directly on the grill. If using a grill pan, use medium heat. Grill while rotating every 4-5 minutes until you've done a complete rotation on them all.
  • Using a knife across the top and center of each potato, make half-deep slices in each potato. Push the ends in towards the center to "open" the potatoes, revealing the steaming flesh. Top each with a few generous scoops of brie spread, top with bacon and scallions.


  • Coffee and Brown Sugar-Crusted Skirt Steak:

    What you’ll need:
    • ¼ cup finely ground espresso coffee (not instant)
    • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed
    • 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
    • 1/8 teaspoon five-spice powder
    • Pinch cayenne pepper
    • 2 ½ lb. skirt steak, cut into 4 pieces
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil

    How to prepare:
    • Heat grill to high
    • Combine coffee, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, white pepper five-spice powder, and cayenne in a bowl.
    • Remove steak from refrigerator and let come to room temperature, about 15 minutes. Rub steak with oil, and sprinkle with rub. Massage rub into meat.
    • Grill until charred and medium-rare, (2-4 minutes per side). Transfer to a cutting board, cover with foil and let rest 5 minutes before thinly slicking at an angle. Serve immediately.

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    Are you making a conscious effort to eat healthier? Many people believe that they are making healthier decisions when choosing their food, when in reality some foods that seem healthy may be misleading. When “healthy” foods are produced with added sugars and saturated fats, they can actually be worse for you than if you were to eat regular foods. Check out these six common “healthy” foods that may be deceiving you:

    • Multi-grain and wheat bread: While many breads are advertised as being made with heart-healthy whole grains, some are made with refined grains or flour, which are not healthy for the body. Read food labels carefully to ensure you are eating only unrefined ingredients.
    • Pre-made salads: Believe it or not, even salads have the potential to become unhealthy when made with certain ingredients. Pre-made salads often include a few sneaky ingredients that are high in hidden fats. For example, salads prepared with healthy protein like tuna, shrimp, or chicken may also contain less healthy ingredients such as mayonnaise, which can rack up the calorie count. To avoid this pitfall, make your own or be sure to pay attention to both the overall calorie count and the amount of calories from fat in pre-made salads.
    • Energy/Granola bars: Many think that grabbing an energy bar is a healthy snack option. However, many don’t know that these packaged bars contain high fructose corn syrup, added sugar, and saturated fats, which are all unhealthy. Try making your own energy bars, or opt for another snack such as trail mix or cheese and crackers.
    • Smoothies: What could be unhealthy about fruits and vegetables? Well, smoothies that are made with blended fruit and low-fat dairy may not be horrible for you, but when combined with added sugar, ice cream, or sherbet, they can really rack up the calories.
    • Gluten-free snacks: We’ve all heard that gluten-free snacks are a healthier option than a candy bar, but did you know that gluten-free products often replace gluten with less nutritious flours and fats. Instead, if you are trying to eat a gluten-free diet, stick to naturally gluten-free produces like fruits and vegetables.
    • Wraps: While a wrap may seem to be healthier than bread, they often contain more saturated fat. Plus, because wraps are often made with refined flours and oils, they also contain less fiber and trans fats than if you were to use regular whole-bread.
  • 6 Unhealthy "Healthy" Foods
    Are you making a conscious effort to eat healthier? Many people believe that they are making healthier decisions when choosing their food, when in reality some foods that seem healthy may be misleading. When “healthy” foods are produced with added sugars and saturated fats, they can actually be worse for you than if you were to eat regular foods. Check out these six common “healthy” foods that may be deceiving you:

    • Multi-grain and wheat bread: While many breads are advertised as being made with heart-healthy whole grains, some are made with refined grains or flour, which are not healthy for the body. Read food labels carefully to ensure you are eating only unrefined ingredients.
    • Pre-made salads: Believe it or not, even salads have the potential to become unhealthy when made with certain ingredients. Pre-made salads often include a few sneaky ingredients that are high in hidden fats. For example, salads prepared with healthy protein like tuna, shrimp, or chicken may also contain less healthy ingredients such as mayonnaise, which can rack up the calorie count. To avoid this pitfall, make your own or be sure to pay attention to both the overall calorie count and the amount of calories from fat in pre-made salads.
    • Energy/Granola bars: Many think that grabbing an energy bar is a healthy snack option. However, many don’t know that these packaged bars contain high fructose corn syrup, added sugar, and saturated fats, which are all unhealthy. Try making your own energy bars, or opt for another snack such as trail mix or cheese and crackers.
    • Smoothies: What could be unhealthy about fruits and vegetables? Well, smoothies that are made with blended fruit and low-fat dairy may not be horrible for you, but when combined with added sugar, ice cream, or sherbet, they can really rack up the calories.
    • Gluten-free snacks: We’ve all heard that gluten-free snacks are a healthier option than a candy bar, but did you know that gluten-free products often replace gluten with less nutritious flours and fats. Instead, if you are trying to eat a gluten-free diet, stick to naturally gluten-free produces like fruits and vegetables.
    • Wraps: While a wrap may seem to be healthier than bread, they often contain more saturated fat. Plus, because wraps are often made with refined flours and oils, they also contain less fiber and trans fats than if you were to use regular whole-bread.
  • Healthy Gift Ideas for Coworkers
    Looking for a healthy gift idea for your coworkers? Check out these 5 healthy gift ideas that anyone will enjoy.

    A water bottle
    Proper hydration is essential to healthy living. Help your coworker stay hydrated by gifting them with a nice water bottle. Some water bottles even progress lines to help you maximize your daily water intake.

    A plant
    Plants offer a warm welcome and embellish any room, but they can also be good for your health. Gift your friend with a plant such as Garden Mums, Spider Plants, Dracaena, Pease Lily, or Weeping Figs. These plants purify the air around them and encourage healthy living.

    A cookbook
    Help your coworker out by encouraging healthy eating. Cookbooks are great gifts for the holidays, a time when many are looking for new recipes to try out. There are a wide variety of healthy cookbooks to choose from, and even gluten free cookbooks for coworkers that have dietary restrictions.

    Video Games
    No, not the kind that entice you into hours on the couch. If your Coworker has a game console they enjoy playing games on, gift them with a video game that promotes health, such as Wii tennis or Wii fitness. This gift is fun and gets them moving, while also promoting a healthy lifestyle.

    Electronic Activity Tracker
    The CDC recommends you get at least 10,000 steps in every day. Help your coworker keep track of his or her daily steps with a digital activity tracker. This gift will encourage exercise and challenge them to reach their daily goal.
  • Healthy Father's Day Gift Ideas
    Father’s Day is this weekend – Are you one of the many last-minute gift buyers? Help encourage good health by checking out these Father’s Day gift ideas that any father will enjoy:

    Hammock- Hammocks seem to attract sleepy dads! Give your dad a way to relax out in the yard by giving him a hammock. Most are easily portable, so he can tote his hammock along on any trip!

    Cookbook- Get him grilling! Gift your dad a cook or grill book with easy, dad-friendly recipes. You can even make a themed gift basket by including an accessory like a grill brush or other accessory, too!

    Athletic tracker- Inspire your father to reach his athletic goals by giving him a health tracker. Most trackers count your daily steps as well as other convenient features too!

    Personal training- For a less subtle nudge, gift your father with an expert by giving personal training sessions at his favorite gym. You can even do it together to help each other stay on track with healthy living.

    Digital barbecue thermometer- Help promote healthy eating by gifting your father a barbecue thermometer to use with his outdoor grill. Not only will this encourage more lean burgers, but it may prevent future food-borne illness.

    Exercise equipment- Maybe your dad likes to bike but needs a new seat, or perhaps he needs a new set of dumbbells. Give the gift of good health by encouraging him to get active and gifting him items that he can work out with!
  • Healthy Valentine's Day Gift Ideas
    Valentine’s Day is a day of love and heart-shaped candies, but many Valentine’s Day gifts mean anything but love for your heart! Below are seven healthy gift ideas for your sweetheart:

    1. Seed kits or potted plants: Instead of buying flowers that will die in a few days, invest in flowers that will come back every year! Your loved one will not only enjoy fresh, beautiful flowers longer than the traditional bouquet, they will also get exercise when tending to their gift.
    2. Cooking classes: Cooking classes are a fun way to make a lasting impact on your loved one’s health. Purchase lessons for healthy cuisines such as Indian, Thai, and Vegetarian. If you’re not too afraid of the kitchen, enroll in the class as well for some quality time together.
    3. Massage: Massage therapy is the most common healthy Valentine’s Day gift. But did you know that massages are not only relaxing, they also stimulate circulation through the use of heat and pressure, thus helping rid the body of toxins in a timely fashion? You can purchase a gift certificate to a local masseuse; for a great gift on a budget, purchase some scented candles and body oils and give your sweetie a massage at home.
    4. Fruit bouquet: Many companies are selling this healthy alternative to both candy and traditional flowers, but you can make your own at home too! All you need are some cookie cutters and bamboo kabob sticks. Use firm textured fruits (think apples and pineapples) for shaped flowers. You can also put in whole sections of strawberry, melon, banana, and orange. Once you select the fruits, cut them as desired and gently place them on shish kabob sticks. Arrange in a vase just like flowers and you’re done!
    5. Plan a day trip: February isn’t the opportune time for an outdoor getaway, but with the right clothes you can make it a winter wonderland! Take your special someone to a park, lake, beach, or skating rink for a fun Valentine’s date. Many parks and hiking trails are empty during these cold months, making it the perfect setting for an intimate picnic.
    6. Hobby basket: This idea may be tricky if your significant other does not already enjoy an active hobby. However, if your loved one enjoys a particular sport, a themed gift basket is a great way to give them something they enjoy that also encourages them to be active. If your girlfriend loves jogging, get her some socks, ankle weights, and a pedometer. Pick a color scheme to keep the basket eye pleasing and add some flowers for brownie points.
    7. Kettlebell: Kettlebells may not seem romantic, but they are pretty much a complete gym-in-a-box. There are even full, intense workouts that use kettlebells exclusively. Think your man is too buff to use a ball in his workout? These metal balls with a handle range in size from 5 to over 100 pounds.



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