Get Hooked on Seafood at BRIO, Columbus!

BRIO SAID SEAFOOD & I SAID… WHEN?

From Tuesday, April 3–Sunday, June 17, BRIO Tuscan Grille locations at Polaris Fashion Place and Easton Town Center are inviting guests to indulge in the beauty of spring with a Seafood Celebration, featuring chef-inspired seafood items for lunch and dinner. These made from scratch dishes include the finest and freshest ingredients and I get to be one of the first to put them to the (taste) test tomorrow night 😉

BRIO (meaning “lively” or “full of life”) is a “polished casual” restaurant serving authentic, northern Italian cuisine. The subtitle, “Tuscan Grille” is descriptive in the menu that features oven-roasted steaks, chops and seafood, similar to what one would find in an authentic ristorante in Tuscany. BRIO’s philosophy is “to eat well, is to live well;” which is why it only uses the finest and freshest ingredients.

According to BRIO Tuscan Grille Chef & Culinary Director Alison Peters, “Spring is the ideal season to present a seafood celebration for our guests, and we are excited to serve these fresh, delicious dishes.” So what is part of BRIO’S spring selection I hear you ask?

It has been suggested that the perfect way to start off the meal is with BRIO’s tasty Calamari Fritto Misto, fried to a crisp golden brown with pepperoncini.

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RAW EASTER TREATS.

CHOC COCONUT EGG NESTS:

*makes 8-10
INGREDIENTS:
  • 100 g coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp honey or sweetener of choice
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 50 g desiccated coconut
  • 50 g coconut flakes
  • 50 g flaked almonds
  • OPTIONAL: bran/ shredded wheat

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Melt the coconut oil on a low heat and mix with the honey/sweetener and cocoa powder to form a chocolate sauce.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the desiccated coconut, coconut flakes and almond flakes.
  3. Pour over the chocolate mix and stir until everything is completely coated.
  4. Place the bowl in the fridge for about 5 minutes to let the chocolate cool and the mixture to thicken slightly. Watch closely, you don’t want it to harden!
  5. Divide the mixture evenly into 8-10 cupcake cases and then form into a nest shape with the back of a spoon or your thumb.
  6. Place in the fridge to set for about 30 minutes.
  7. Add easter eggs on top
  8. Serve & enjoy!

HEALTHY EASTER TREATS.

Stuck for ideas for HEALTHY Easter treats that won’t leave you feeling guilty?
The search is over…

Vanilla-Lemon Berry Parfaits

  • 1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 2 (3.5-ounce) containers fat-free vanilla pudding
  • 2 tablespoons bottled lemon curd (such as Dickinson’s)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 cups mixed berries (such as blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries)
  • Fresh mint leaves (optional)

1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt, pudding, lemon curd, and vanilla extract; set aside.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir the honey, lemon zest, and lemon juice until combined. Add the mixed berries, and gently stir with a rubber spatula to coat them with the honey mixture.

3. Assemble the parfaits in four 8-ounce glasses. Using measuring spoons, scoop 3 tablespoons of the yogurt mixture into each glass. Top with 1/4 cup of the berries, then another 3 tablespoons yogurt, and another 1/4 cup berries. Garnish each yogurt parfait with fresh mint, if desired. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 hours.

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FIGHT THE FEAR OF DINING OUT ON A “DIET”!

{ CHICKEN BUDDHA BOWL }
❤️Roasted chicken
💚Bright veggies
💛Long grain brown rice (WARNING: approx. 4 servings was provided in this meal- so be sure to eat accordingly! )
+TSP peanut satay sauce (on the side so I could monitor quantity!)

🍔Dining out doesn’t mean that your nutrition plan or goals goes out the door!🚪You just need to be smart about making healthy decisions that match your required intake.👍🏼 Below, I’ve listed some of my favorite tips & tricks to staying on track whilst eating out!

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CHOCO PROTEIN PIE RECIPE!

*serves 8
=210 calories per serve
(C10g |F10g | P20g)
INGREDIENTS:
  • 2 scoops Chocolate Shakeology Protein (PURCHASE HERE)
  • 250mL unsweetened Cashew Milk
  • 250g Low Fat 2% Greek Yoghurt
  • 0.25 cup Natural Creamy Peanut Butter
  • 1 Graham Cracker Pie Crust

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Combine yogurt, Shakeology, peanut butter, and cashew milk in a large bowl
  2. Mix well until it is even and smooth
  3. Pour pie mixture into pie crust
  4. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until firm (store in freezer if needed)
  5. Cut into eight slices or use fun cookie cutters to create any shape you like!
  6. Serve whilst cold

SERVING SUGGESTIONS:
*NOTE THESE ARE NOT INCLUDED IN ABOVE MACROS
  • chocolate shavings
  • reeces pieces
  • chocolate sauce
  • candy
  • whipped cream

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HOW TO PREP FOR 80 DAY OBSESSION, WITHOUT BREAKING THE BANK!

MY 80 Day CHALLENGE STARTed LAST WEEK. With it brought a new TRAINING and nutrition program which gave me the opportunity TO RETHINK, REPLAN & REARRANGE MY EATING PLAN. so inevitably, my grocery shopPING LIST HAD TO CHANGE also! i’ve had the same list with my staple/ go-to foods on it for so long, i was nervous that this would mean an increase in my weekly shopping bill. 

Whilst getting the required nutrients and fitting in all my meals is super important to me..so is the cost involved in eating and trying for success. I certainly don’t mind spending money on whole, clean & organic foods, but I need to make sure I am using the produce wisely so as to illiminate any unnecessary waste.

I am so pumped to be following a clearly STRUCTURED & TIMED nutrition plan, as it will allow me even better results than just training alone!

MY TOP TIPS FOR GROCERY SHOPPING & EASY MEAL PREP FOR 80 DAY OBSESSION:

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“ROTTEN: The Truth is Hard to Swallow.”

Tell me you’ve heard about the new original documentary series from Netflix called Rotten? No? It’s about the business (and controversy) behind the food we eat!

It is a six-part series, with hour long episodes, that gives an insight into the groceries we are buying as consumers and where they originate from. It looks at how foods have changed over time and why we have a “warped” understanding of what is and is not healthy for us. It gives opinions as to why food allergies have escalated in the USA and why our “bee population” is now in the spotlight.

According to producers, the idea is to educate consumers about healthier and more responsible cuisine choices and about “doing the research” before just trusting what is written on a label or presented to us in the media.

“Rotten” became available on Netflix on January 5th – so be sure to check it out!