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Memorial Day Madness

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With Memorial Day just around the corner, what better way to honor the soldiers who died serving our country than with celebrating it in the beautiful outdoors. Soak up the sun and throw a picnic with food that will fuel you for a day of celebration without feeling the guilt!

Starting off with a salad is a staple. Try out the Summer Tomato and Grilled Corn Salad!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 3 ears of corn, shucked
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped basil, packed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mint, packed
  • 2 lbs. very ripe tomatoes, thickly sliced
  • Optional: Macedonian feta cheese (omit for vegan), extra mint and basil and some balsamic reduction, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your grill to medium-high and oil the grates.
  2. Grill the corn for 10 minutes, turning a few times. You want the kernels to turn bright yellow and let some of them get grill marks. Remove the corn from the grill and, when it is cool enough to handle, cut the kernels off. (The easiest way to cut the kernels off the cob is to stand the corn on one end and run the knife blade down the corn.)
  3. While the corn is grilling, prepare the rest of the salad. In a small bowl whisk together the balsamic vinegar, dijon mustard, olive oil and garlic until it is smooth and creamy. Stir through the basil and mint. Add the grilled corn kernels to the bowl.
  4. Lay half the tomatoes out on your serving platter, sprinkle them with sea salt then top with half the corn and some feta cheese (if you’re using cheese). Top with the rest of the tomatoes, sprinkle with sea salt, the corn and any or all of the garnishes. Pour any remaining dressing on top and serve immediately.

Now on to the main entrée. Switch things up and stray from your tradition hot dog and bun combo and opt for the Grilled Portobello Mushroom and Broccolini Veggie Dogs!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chives, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, roughly chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 2 Portobello mushrooms, stems removed
  • 8 ounces broccolini, trimmed
  • 6 top-sliced hot dog buns
  • 1/2 avocado, chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pre-heat your grill to medium-high.
  2. Meanwhile, make the yogurt sauce. In your food processor with the blade attachment, process all the ingredients together until the herbs are finely chopped and the sauce is bright green. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Brush this dressing onto both sides of the Portobello mushrooms and the brocollini. Then add the vegetables to your grill. Cook the brocollini until it’s crisp-tender and has started to blacken in a few places, about 3 minutes total. Cook the mushrooms for about 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from the grill. Once the mushrooms are cool enough to handle, slice them into strips.
  4. To serve, spread some of the yogurt sauce onto the hot dog buns. Add a few slices of mushroom and some of the brocollini. Top with chopped avocado and extra fresh herbs, if desired. Enjoy immediately.

Finish the picnic off with something sweet. Elevate refreshing watermelon slices by topping it off with some blueberries and goat cheese!

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INGREDIENTS

  • Blueberry Compote
  • 12 oz blueberries
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 lemon, squeezed (about 2 tbsp lemon juice)
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • Vanilla Goat Cheese
  • 8 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Watermelon Pizza
  • 40 mint leaves (roughly)
  • ½ watermelon, sliced in half, sliced into triangles, and then sliced again into smaller triangles (see photo)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Blueberry Compote:

First in a small pot over medium heat add your water and granulated sugar. Bring to a boil. Add your blueberries and lemon juice. Continue to boil, stirring every minute, until blueberries have burst and water begins to thicken, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (will thicken as it cools). Place in fridge until ready to use.

  • Vanilla Goat Cheese:

In a small bowl add your log of goat cheese. Break up using a fork. Add your vanilla extract and honey. Whip together using a fork until mixed together. Set aside in fridge until ready to use.

  • Assembly

Once watermelon is sliced and ready to go, add one mint leaf, topping with 1 tsp goat cheese and 1 tsp blueberry compote. Continue to do this to each piece of watermelon until all slices are assembled. Store in fridge until ready to consume.

 

Stay safe and healthy this Memorial Day weekend!

Diana Banzon

 

 

Date Night Do’s

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The month of February is unfortunately coming to an end, but what better way to celebrate than a little date night to keep that spark alive? Date night is not restricted to only the month of February, but it is a fun reason to celebrate the season of love! Here are some date ideas that will give you an opportunity to bond with your significant other, while making a positive impact on your health and wellness. Through sickness and health, right?

Romantic Bike Rides

Known to be one of the best forms of cardio, it will really get that heart pumping – from both the physical effort being put into the activity and all the love you will be receiving from your partner! The exercise itself isn’t too strenuous that conversation can be held during your time together. It’s a perfect opportunity to catch up, while getting a work out in. You won’t even realize that you are busting a sweat because you are in such great company.

Couples Yoga

For overall intimacy to be established, there must be a healthy foundation of communication to take place. Doing yoga with a partner requires both communication and trust to cultivate that sense of safety when proceeding to various pose styles throughout the exercise. The teamwork needed to get the most out of the workout will both be a bonding experience and an opportunity to share some laughs.

It Takes Two to Tango

Ballroom dancing is a great way to show off some fiery passion and chemistry, while burning some calories on the dancefloor. There are a variety of dance styles out there that you are sure to find something that both you and your partner will enjoy. Take a class or go to a Latin club, you can pretty much make anywhere your dancefloor!

Farmer’s Market Date

Dates often have this misconception that they have to be so fancy and elaborate. Who says that you can’t have some real quality time doing the tedious task of grocery shopping with a partner that might be boring otherwise? Taking a nice stroll down you local farmer’s market will not only allow a chance for some quality conservations, but it will get your heart rate going. Eating organically and locally grown both benefits your community and your health – what more could you ask for? Aside from singling out only going to farmer markets, having another person being accountable for your food purchases while grocery shopping might just be the push you need to be more conscious about what you end up taking home!

Stay In for a Dinner Date

Cooking with each other is often overlooked since it could be something you and your partner do everyday, but taking time out of your day to make a real dinner that is healthy will not only save your wallet, but your health since you are aware of everything you are putting into the meal. Dim the lights, light a few candles, and BOOM – romance is air! 

Keep the ones you love on this earth around for that much longer by inhabiting a lifestyle of health and wellness. Date night have never looked so healthy!

 

Love,

Diana Banzon

 


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