Bite of the Week!

Via Dashingdish.com

Via Dashingdish.com

Turkey Lettuce Wraps

Looking for a light but delicious meal? Check out Katie’s recipe from Dashingdish.com!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or beef
  • salsa
  • green chiles
  • taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of drained corn
  • 1 (15 oz.) can of black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 head lettuce
  • Optional: low fat plain greek yogurt or low fat sour cream

Directions

  1. Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray and add meat, salsa, green chiles, and taco seasoning.
  2. Stir to combine on medium high heat.
  3. Cook for 8-12 minutes, breaking up turkey until it is completely browned and cooked through.
  4. Take off heat. Add beans and corn, then stir.
  5. Cut off base/stem of lettuce head and cut in half long ways.
  6. Peel off individual leaves then wash and pat dry.
  7. Scoop 1/2 cup of meat into lettuce wraps and top with optional toppings.

For more great recipes, check out Dashingdish.com!

Bite of the Week!

2014. 07. 01 Bite of the Week Beef Kebabs

Via Marlene Baird

Beef Kebabs

Noshmyway.com has a great recipe for the summer. Throw some kebabs on the grill to get your dose of veggies and proteins!

Ingredients

  • 1/8 cup olive oil
  • 1/8 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • black pepper to taste
  • 8 oz. steak, cut into 8 cubes
  • 1/2 red & yellow pepper
  • 1-2 zucchini
  • 4 or 8 bamboo or wooden skewers

Directions

  1. Mix the marinade together in a bowl and add the meat. Chill in fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. Soak skewers in water for 30 minutes before grilling to prevent burning up.
  3. Cut vegetables into chunks.
  4. Thread meat and veggies onto skewers.
  5. Brush kebabs with remaining marinade.
  6. Grill for 8-10 minutes on high, turning occasionally.
  7. Let rest before serving.

Be sure to check out more simple summer recipes from Noshmyway.com!

Walk and Talk, Let’s Walk the Talk

2014. 07. 02 Blog Walking Meetings

Take a moment and think of a recent meeting you attended Did you think thought about a time where people gathered in a room full of chairs and tables? Or when people discussed research methods, upcoming events, recent news, or class schedules? Sound right?

So in this recent meeting that we made you think about, was it a gorgeous summer day? Were you gazing out the window instead of paying attention? There is a way to change this!

But, you say, “meetings are really important,” we get a lot of work gets done because of these staff/research team/ group project meetings!”  We totally agree.  Meetings are a perfect time to collaborate, share, and get support on your work.  There is nothing wrong with having meetings in whatever location (classroom, personal office, coffee shop) is available to you. These settings create formality and sets the stage for accomplishing important work. But word on the block is, sitting is the new smoking.

Avoid sitting disease, it kills!

What if we took our meetings outside? What if we were getting work done AND breathing fresh air AND getting exercise? BRILLIANT!

“Fresh air drives fresh thinking!”

The Walking Meeting concept is explained in the TED Talk above. Nilofer Merchant explains how to have a walking meeting and why they are a great way to re-innovate the traditional meeting. Merchant gives us an inventive way to increase physical, occupational and social wellness while in a work environment.  Feet First, a company working to help communities become walking accessible, suggests that “thinking, talking, and walking are inextricably linked through history.”

A walking meeting will help you increase your energy during the work day, help you be more engaged in your work, and will foster creative ideas. Nature helps keep the blues at bay and makes you appreciate the beautiful world around us.

Walking meetings are easy at MSU because of our large campus and beautiful river walk along the Red Cedar River. Walking loops have already been mapped out   MSU has many beautiful nature area that are ideal for walking and relaxing. Check out the Beal Botanical Gardens, the Horticulture Gardens or the Sanford Natural Area.

Once we reinvent our meetings, we can also try and change the location of our coffee dates! There is no social norm or coffee house rule that says you have to sip your coffee and munch on your muffin within the confines of the coffee shop. Venture out, be caffeinated! In moderation of course.

We challenge you to schedule a walking meeting this week! All you need is your walking shoes, a colleague, and something to talk about! Let us know how it goes by tweeting @gradwellness #walkingmeeting #gradwellness!

Bite of the Week!

2014. 06. 23 Bite of the Week Mushroom Pizza

Via Zuzana-BodyRock.Tv

Delicious & Healthy Pizza Recipe

Looking to spice up your pizza? Here’s a unique pizza recipe from Zuzana and Freddy on BodyRock.Tv!

Ingredients

  • 4 tomatoes
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 leek
  • 1 onion
  • Fresh basil
  • Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • Fresh parsley
  • Olive oil
  • Salt

Directions

  1. Heat up pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  2. Chop the onion, dice the tomatoes, garlic, leek, and saute all together until soft. Add pinch of salt.
  3. Squeeze about 1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice over ingredients.
  4. Add about 5 leaves of chopped fresh basil.
  5. Spray olive oil on baking sheet and place mushrooms on sheet with bottom side up.
  6. Add mixed ingredients from sauce pan into each mushroom.
  7. Top with parmigiano cheese.
  8. Preheat oven and bake for 12 minutes at 400F.

For more unique recipes, visit BodyRock.Tv!

Bite of the Week!

Via Diets In Review

Via Diets In Review

Red, White, & Blueberry Sliders

Set off the fireworks this fourth of July with these turkey sliders from Brandi Koskie on Dietinreviews.com!

Ingredients

For the turkey sliders

  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper, roasted and chopped
  • 1/4 cup of reduced-fat feta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • whole wheat slider buns

For the blueberry balsamic reduction

  • 6 ounces fresh blueberries
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 packages truvia

Directions

  1. Muddle blueberries over medium heat in a sauce pan until completely broken down and the juices bubble.
  2. Add balsamic vinegar and truvia to the muddled blueberries.
  3. Stir until it thickens and then take off stove to cool.
  4. Put ingredients for turkey sliders into a bowl and fold until well combined.
  5. Form 6-8 small  turkey patties.
  6. Place on slow-medium heat grill for 5 minutes and then turn and cook for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Place each patty on a slider bun and top with blueberry balsamic reduction.

Be sure to check out more healthy recipes from Dietinreviews.com.

How to Make Your Usual Foods Unusual

2014. 06. 23 Break Your Routine

Water

The human body is 60% water! How much water you drink each day depends on your health, how active you are, where you live, and many other factors. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is no magic formula that calculates how much water each individual needs to drink each day. However, it is well-known that staying hydrated helps the body function properly in many ways. It can be difficult for us to make drinking water a habit in our daily lives. Here are a few suggestions to make drinking water more exciting:

  •  Add a lemon slice. Drinking water with lemon at the restaurant is typical for most people, so why not add lemon when you’re not at  the restaurant? Lemons are a source of Vitamin C and can help fight fatigue, canker sores, and even fevers.
  •  Add thinly sliced fruit. This could be strawberries, kiwis, oranges, and even pineapple. What if your fruit can’t really be sliced? That’s perfectly fine. Smashed blueberries, grapes, and raspberries are also a great mix to water. The best part about these fruits is because they’re sliced thin, you really taste the sweetness, meaning no need to add sugar.
  •  Add flavor burst packs. Although adding a flavor packs isn’t a home remedy or very natural, it does offer a quick alternative to juice, coffee or soda. Flavor burst packs can be purchased at most stores and are portable.

Raw Veggies

If you’re like me, it’s a challenge every morning to pack my lunch. I usually end up throwing some carrots into a snack bag and head out the door, running late. I’ve gotten pretty bored of eating veggies plain. Sometimes, I can find some ranch dressing in the staff fridge, what a treat! We are all too used to eating our veggies plain, if not with ranch dressings.

  •  Try hummus. Raw veggies that go great with hummus include cucumbers, carrots, and bell peppers. If you want to take the extra step, get some pita bread and wrap your hummus and veggies up! A quick health sandwich, bon appetite!
  •  Try with peanut butter. Think back to when you were about 7 years old and you got the “ants on a log” snack in your lunch box … celery, peanut butter, and raisins! How about a peanut butter bananas sandwich … YUM! Peanut butter can be a healthy alternative as opposed to heavy sauces on our sandwiches, like mayonnaise. Peanut butter also goes great with cucumbers and carrots! It adds a sweet taste to your veggies, instead of a salty taste like hummus would.

Yogurt

Greek yogurt is quite the rave these days, but even things that are delicious and nutritious get old after eating them regularly. Try some of the suggestions below to make your yogurt more fun!

  •  Granola. Granola can be bought in packs at the store or made at home. It adds a crunchy texture to your yogurt, making it more fun to eat. Put it in a small bag or container when packing it to go and add it to your yogurt right before you eat it. This ensures that the granola doesn’t get soggy.
  • Go Nuts! Nuts make a great snack on their own and an even better snack when combined with yogurt. Similar to granola, nuts add texture, crunch and health benefits. Nuts, like almonds, also help you stay full to skip over 2:30 cravings!
  •  Add Yogurt into a Smoothie. There are a ton of smoothie recipes floating around the Internet. This Wiki site makes it really easy to follow directions.
  •  Use it as a substitution. Yogurt can act as a healthy substitute for oil in baked goods or dressing in sandwiches or as butter in dipping spreads.

Break your normal routine and let us know how it goes!

Bite of the Week!

2014. 06. 17 Pancakes

Via hailmerry.com

Fruit Buckwheat Pancakes

Do you need to serve some hungry people breakfast? This healthy recipe from Good Health Magazine feeds 12!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup chopped peaches, fresh, frozen or canned, and drained

Directions

  1. Heat griddle to 400 degrees.
  2. In a bowl or large measuring cup, beat eggs into milk.
  3. Add oil and stir in flour, baking powder and sugar.
  4. Let it sit until bubbles begin to rise.
  5. When griddle is hot, use a cup to drop pancakes.
  6. Cook each side 2-3 minutes.
  7. Top with fruit!