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3 Tips to Being King (or Queen) of the Grill

The weather’s getting warmer, the grass is growing and school is coming to a close, you know what that means? It’s almost outdoor grilling season. The thoughts of fresh grilled vegetables and tender, juicy barbecue comes to our minds here in the H3 Healthy Kitchen. So whether you’re thinking about pulling out the grill this coming Monday for Memorial Day, wating until the first day of summer in June or even holding out until July 4; we want to share 3 simple, healthy grilling tips to ensure the most delicious food comes off your grill this summer.

1. Don’t overcook your meat: This mistake can turn a great cook out into a tough situation, quickly! Have your meat thermometer on hand to check the internal temperatures of your beef, lamb, pork, seafood or ground meat. If you need a quick reference on the best temps, check out our handy dandy chart.

2. Be sure to properly season your meat: Marinate or season any meat at least 20 minutes prior to grilling. Using acidic marinades with white wine, lemon, lime, etc. help to flavor and tenderize meats.

3. Make your own Barbecue sauce: Skip the store bought sauce and  treat your family and guests to the amazing flavor that comes with tasting fresh sauce. Plus, you can enjoy the sauce that much more knowing you created it without all the extra unhealthy calories from those free sugars. Here are 2 of our H3 favorites – Mustard BBQ Sauce and the Original H3 BBQ Sauce.

These are the 3 basic tips to get you into the King of the Grill position with your family. If you want to go a step further, we have best practices for charcoal, gas and electric grills. Test out your new or improved grilling and marinating skills with our Cilantro-Lime Chicken Skewers recipe. Yum.

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Cilantro-Lime Chicken Skewers

Ingredients:

4 4oz. Chicken breasts, each breast cut into 6 pc.

1/2 Fresh pineapple, large chunks

16 Wooden skewers, soaked in water

Marinade:

1 Cup Chicken Stock

4 Fresh limes, juiced and zested

1/4 Cup Fresh chopped cilantro

1 Tsp. Minced garlic

1 Tbl. Extra virgin olive oil

1/2 Tsp. Crushed red pepper

1/2 Tsp Salt

1/4 Tsp. Ground pepper

Preparation:

  • Combine first 7 ingredients for the marinade, then set aside.
  • Arrange chicken and pineapple on skewers, alternating chicken and pineapple.
  • Lay skewers in a single layer cover with marinade wrap and chill, leave to marinate for 30 minutes to 2 hours.
  • Remove skewers from marinade and grill skewers.

Nutrition:

Number of Servings: 4 (4 skewers/person)
Calories: 170
Fat: 4

 

Healthy Cocktail: Blackberry Burst Spritzer

The H3 Healthy Kitchen has the perfect, refreshing summer drink for you: the Blackberry Burst Spritzer. The blackberries give the cocktail a natural sweetness, so you can enjoy our spritzer without hurting your healthy diet because there’s no added sugar. You can even add a touch of coconut flavor using a little Coconut Tequila instead of Silver Tequila, just follow our recipe on Shape.com from Cinco de Mayo.

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Ingredients:

½ each Lime, sliced
8 each Mint leaves, fresh, torn
¼ cup Blackberries
8 ounces Sparkling water
1 ounce Silver tequila

Method:

1. Muddle the limes, mint, and blackberries in the tequila.
2. Add sparkling water, ice, and mix.
3. Enjoy!

Nutrition:

Serves: 1

Calories: 80

Fat: 0 grams

 

Healthy Cinco de Mayo Recipe: Grouper Ceviche

Happy Cinco de Mayo from the H3 Healthy Kitchen! We have a new recipe inspired by this festive holiday, Grouper Ceviche. For a perfectly, healthy Cinco de Mayo meal under 400 calories, pair this Grouper Ceviche recipe with our H3 Spanish Rice. For a twist on the traditional margarita, treat yourself with our Margarita Lime Cupcakes OR just stick with the classic and enjoy our 100 calorie H3 Skinny Margarita.

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Ingredients:

8 ounces Grouper, diced

½ each Avocado, diced

1 Tablespoon Olive oil

½ each Jalapeno pepper, small diced

½ teaspoon Salt

2 each Garlic cloves, minced

¼ cup Lime juice, fresh

½ each Red onion, small diced

1/2 teaspoon Black pepper, ground

2 tablespoons Cilantro, chopped

Method:

  • In a medium sized bowl combine grouper and lime juice, allow to marinate for about 20-30 minutes in refrigerator, or until a cube of fish no longer looks raw in the center.
  • In a bowl mix together; avocado, olive oil, jalapeno, salt, garlic, red onion, black pepper, and cilantro.
  • Add grouper.
  • Serve cold and enjoy!

Chef’s Note: Traditional ceviche consists of raw seafood tossed with an acidic marinade (think: citrus juice or vinegar) that “cooks” the fish. Feel free to substitute other types of seafood; mahi mahi, scallops, or striped bass.

Nutrition: 

Serves: 4

Calories: 130

Fat: 8 grams

Protein: 11 grams

Have a safe and healthy Cinco de Mayo!

 

H3′s Best Blueberry Desserts

Did you know that blueberry pie has it’s own holiday – Blueberry Pie Day? Not only that, blueberry pie also has over 350 calories and almost 18 grams of fat per slice. So instead of blueberry pie, enjoy one of our favorite H3 Healthy Kitchen blueberry-inspired desserts. They’re less than 200 calories per serving and packed with sweet, rich flavors.

Blueberry Clafouti -  We remixed this yummy, French dessert, traditionally made with cherries. It’s less than 160 calories and only 2.5 grams of fat.

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Blueberry Cobbler – We created a healthier version of this warm, classic dessert with only 135 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.

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With these 2 delicious blueberry treats, you won’t have to miss out on any of the flavor or the excess calories from blueberry pie. Enjoy!

 

 

H3 Sunrise Smoothie by Carrie Adams

Since April is Stress Awareness Month, the H3 Healthy Kitchen decided to share this delicious Sunrise Smoothie recipe.  As you may know, stress can greatly compromise your immune system. The goji berries and the oranges in this smoothie are packed with Vitamin C to help give your immune system an extra boost.

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Ingredients:

2 each Bananas, peeled and frozen

1 each Orange, juiced

1 cup Almond milk, unsweetened

3 Tablespoons Gogi berries

½ teaspoon Ginger, fresh, chopped

Method:

  • Peel bananas, wrap in foil or in a plastic bag, and then freeze.
  • Place frozen bananas, orange juice, almond milk, gogi berries and ginger into a blender.
  • Blend this mixture on ‘ice crush’ until the bananas are broken up, about 30 seconds.
  • Finish on ‘liquefy’ until desired consistency is reached.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Nutrition:

Serves: 5

Calories: 80

Fat: 1 gram

 

Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Recipe: H3 Green Smoothie

It’s that time of year again! And the H3 Healthy Kitchen wants you to “go green”  for St. Patrick’s Day but in a much healthier way! Instead of green beer, we’ve come up with this amazing H3 Green Smoothie. Not only is it chock full of healthy goodness, it’s sweet and delicious!

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Ingredients:

2 cups Spinach, fresh

2 cups Coconut Water

1 ½ cups Pineapple, fresh, diced

½ cup Avocado, cubed

1 cup Banana

Method:

  • Peel bananas, wrap them in foil or place them into a plastic bag and freeze.
  • In a blender, combine spinach and coconut water then blend until smooth.
  • Next add pineapple, avocado and frozen banana and blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a few glasses and serve cold.

Nutrition:

Serves: 5

Calories: 110

Fat: 2.5 grams
Enjoy the new recipe and have a safe and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

 

Healthy Recipe: Edamame Hummus

We LOVE Hummus here in the H3 Healthy Kitchen and we love St. Patrick’s Day. So of course, we had to share our special hummus recipe to celebrate the green-hued holiday. Enjoy our Edamame Hummus recipe. It’s the perfect, healthy dip or appetizer accompanied with some flatbread or raw veggies.

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Ingredients:

1 bag (12 ounces) Frozen shelled edamame

2 cloves Garlic

2 T Tahini

3 T Lemon juice, fresh

2 T Olive oil

¾ tsp Salt

½ tsp Cumin, ground

¼ tsp Black pepper

Method:

  • Bring edamame to a boil in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover; cook, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes.
  • Drain in a colander and run under cold water.
  • Pulse edamame, garlic, tahini, juice, oil, salt, cumin and pepper in a food processor until mixture is the consistency of guacamole; add water 1 tablespoon at a time if too thick.
  • Cover and refrigerate until party time.
  • Serve with pita toasts, peppers or your favorite veggies for dipping.

Nutrition: 

Servings: 10

Serving Size: ¼ cup

Calories: 90 kcal

Fat: 6 grams

 

2-Step Spiced Sweet Potato Smoothie by Carrie Adams

Tired of the same old sweet potato recipes? The H3 Healthy Kitchen has the perfect recipe for you! Make this delicious Spiced Sweet Potato Smoothie for breakfast or a nutritious snack. With only 5 ingredients and 2 simple steps, you can blend up this smoothie in no time!

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Ingredients:

32 oz Soy Milk, plain

2 each Sweet potato, roasted

1 T Honey

1 tsp Cinnamon

1 T Flax seeds, ground

Method:

  • Place all ingredients in the blender.
  • Mix until smooth.

Nutrition:

Servings: 10

Serving Size: 4 oz

Calories: 70 kcal

Fat: 1.5 grams

 

Heart Healthy Snack Ideas

As Heart Health Month comes to a close, the H3 Healthy Kitchen wants to remind you that your pursuit for a healtier heart shouldn’t end with February. Keep up with your heart healthy lifestyle by staying active and eating healthy foods. Speaking of food, we have 2 easy and yummy snack ideas to help you continue eating healthy for your heart.

1. Green Pea Guacamole - Yes, we said green pea! No, it doesn’t actually taste like peas. It’s only 70 calories a serving and it’s delicious with fresh baked pita chips.

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2. Peanut Butter Hummus – An H3 staple, this is a versatile snack also serves as a healthy dessert option. Dip apples, bananas, or whatever fruit you choose into this delicious creation for a sweet treat. If you have some mini chocolate chips on hand, try making our Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Hummus!

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We hope you enjoy these recipes, they’re definitely 2 of our favorites! What is your favorite healthy snack?

 

Valentine’s Dinner and Dessert, H3 Style

Still can’t decide what to do for Valentine’s Day? What better gift to give your Valentine than a delicious, homemade dinner and dessert. Not only will this meal be fresh and delicious but you can rest assured knowing it’s healthy, too. This entree is a favorite H3 Healthy Kitchen recipe, our  Surf & Turf with Grilled Herb Rubbed Filet, Rosemary Shrimp and H3 Demi Glace. Even with our Garlic Mashed Potatoes, this meal is less than 400 calories. So you’ll both be satisfied but still have plenty of room for the special treat after dinner. DSC 0207 300x300 Valentines Dinner and Dessert, H3 Style For dessert, we chose another classic recipe: Chocolate Covered Strawberries, H3 style. You can never go wrong with this perfectly sweet, rich dessert. DSC 0166 300x300 Valentines Dinner and Dessert, H3 StyleImagine your loved one biting into a tender, juicy filet that you prepared along with hand dipped chocolate strawberries. Yum! With this classic line up for dinner and dessert, you’re Valentine’s Day will be amazing.

 

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