Healthy and Easy Grill Recipe

Healthy and Easy Grill Recipe

What’s even better than Summertime?

Summertime Grilling!

We just can’t get enough of being outside this time of year, especially those of us in the Midwest who understand how cold it can get. So when it’s July and August, we are not complaining!

Here’s a great recipe for on the grill to keep your Summer hot! This is not your typical grilled steak or chicken breast recipe . What’s the best about grilled shrimp is that it feels fancy! It’s unlike “the usuals” for most families. Check it out…and this one is made easy with no mess! Thank goodness for the geniuses at Food Network, right!?


2 large bell peppers, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 large onion, sliced 1/2-inch thick
1 bunch scallions, quartered crosswise
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Kosher salt
1 1/4 pounds extra-large peeled and deveined shrimp, tails removed
2 limes, halved
Twelve 6-inch flour tortillas
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves and tender stems
Salsa and chopped avocado for serving is optional, but oh so good!

You’ll also need: 18-inch-wide heavy duty foil & a GRILL.

Plan of Action!

  • Prepare a grill for medium-high heat.
  • Throw together the onions, scallions, bell pepper, oil, chile powder, cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a large bowl.
  • Tear two 18-inch pieces of 18-inch-wide heavy duty foil. Spread the vegetable bowl mixture on one piece of foil, leaving a few inches of exposed foil as a border.
  • Arrange the shrimp on top of the veggies in a single layer and then squeeze limes over the entire thing.
  • Top with the remaining piece of foil, lining up the edges. Fold the edges and crimp tightly to make a leak-proof packet.
  • Tear two 18-inch pieces of 18-inch-wide heavy duty foil. Arrange the tortillas, overlapping slightly, on one piece of foil. Top with the remaining piece of foil, lining up the edges. Fold the edges and crimp tightly to make another packet.
  • Put the shrimp packet on the grill, close the grill lid and cook 12 minutes (do not turn the packet over). The packet should puff up and look like a pillow.
  • Slide from the grill onto a baking sheet using tongs. Set aside and let rest while you heat up the tortillas. Put the tortilla pack on the grill and cook until warm, about 2 minutes per side.
  • Carefully open the shrimp packet (hot steam will escape). The shrimp should be pink and cooked through and the onions and peppers just tender.
  • Scatter the cilantro over the shrimp.
  • Serve with the warm tortillas and salsa and avocado, if desired.


This recipe is from Television Food Network. Checkout Food Network Kitchen for more amazing recipes and tips from the kitchen.


Last week we spoke about confidence and how we, as trainers, deal with issues surrounding this topic. If you missed it, read here and then come back! When a person comes to Ellipse Fitness and has low confidence, it could be a number of things that are at the root of this. Often, and unfortunately, it stems from having low self-love. We’re usually the ones that beat ourselves up the most and are concerned about what others are going to think.

Why are we hard on ourselves? It seems many people have a hard time with balance. We all have experience with someone who is eating junk food one minute, then counting calories the next. People go back and forth with these extremes, sometimes for years. When we fail at these impossible expectations we set, then our confidence takes a beating as well. At Ellipse Fitness, we try to teach balance. Balance is the goal to a successful life! Let’s face it…we are all crazy busy, so one extreme probably won’t last long. These extremes that people set are not healthy and honestly, living that way is just not that fun!!!!

“I am the greatest. I said that even before I knew I was.” -Muhammad Ali 

I asked coach Bryanna Tremillo from Ellipse Fitness Allouez, How do you react to a client who is too hard on themselves? “Of course, during our initial meeting I would never say “Hey, you should stop talking that way about yourself,” because I don’t know how they would react at that point. But as they continue working in the studio, I make sure that I get to know them to build a relationship and THEN address it when I feel the time is right and they are more comfortable.”

A lot of the time, clients or members don’t see their progress the way we see it. It’s so obvious to us when certain things become easier or their confidence is changing and they have not noticed there’s a difference from when they started. But believe us, there is and we will tell you!

How can we help our members improve confidence? Heather Trevarthen of Allouez states, “Beyond helping them meet their physical goals, we meet with them before a workout and make sure to check in with them after.  If it is someone that needs a lot of positive feedback, we continue to check in with them regularly to see how they are feeling.  A couple times we’ve had to have a heart to heart with clients and remind them about the importance of self-love.  You CAN do this!  You ARE worth the work/effort.  YOU are not a number on a scale!”

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Nobody’s perfect, yet many of us are perfectionists, pushing for what feels like a means to no end. A lot of people who want to get into shape have been spinning their wheels for years, trying to achieve “the perfect body.” Here’s the truth: We’re are all imperfect, wonderful, messy human beings. We have jobs, fears, wants, kids and pets. We have families, houses, responsibilities, dreams, and hopes. We mess up, we make mistakes, and we triumph. These are human basics that are over looked so often when we look into the mirror.

True confidence is about being real to who you are and having fun doing it. Many times, as trainers, we deal with the occasional client who simply states that their goals are that they want to look like “that girl or guy,” or “be skinnier.” This mindset is not ideal when working with a client and looking to help motivate them to make a change.

SKINNY AND HEALTHY ARE NOT THE SAME THING. “Skinny” indicates nothing about a person’s well-being and health. “Skinny” is merely an objective measurement used, solely based on appearance. Ashley Haag, owner of Third Ward location says, “I think women confuse these words all the time. They aren’t interchangeable. They are completely different. You can be skinny and not very healthy. You can be a larger person and be rather healthy. I think healthy is defined as someone who takes care of themselves and ultimately…is strong!”

Skinny and healthy are not synonyms. Being thin is not the goal or the outcome we are looking to reach with our clients, but rather healthiness is. Framing your conversation with a client to be driven by “healthier and stronger” as the goal over “weight-loss” can make all the difference.

I WANT TO LOOK LIKE “THAT GIRL.” Jon Mojock (“Cujo”), our new coach at Ellipse in Allouez says it best, “I find it helpful to remind someone with this mindset if “that girl” is a celebrity or model, etc. that even THAT girl doesn’t look like “that girl”. There are a lot of techniques including photoshop and airbrush to make a person appear that way. In addition, it is important to talk this out further with your client. Help that person to readjust what their image of “that girl” truly means to them, and from there you will be able to make up some more personal goals.

SO WHAT ABOUT GUYS? This topic is often overlooked for males. Coach Josh Mac from Darboy touches on this one for you. Josh states, “It’s important to get males to check their egos when it comes to lifting weights. Far too often we sacrifice technique in order to massage our ego with heavyweight. For males there seems to be a correlation between lifting heavy, and a confident male…versus lifting correctly and a confident male. To combat this, I often try to work with males off to the side and discretely help them to decrease weight and emphasize the form. Once they feel all of the muscles on fire, they literally will exude confidence.” Feeling that difference, can make all the difference! Josh also says that this then lets guys realize that change is coming and in return, they’ll willingly exchange weight for technique.

“CONFIDENCE IS THE SEXIEST OUTFIT,”  says Ashley Haag. She continues, “Exercise increases your “feel good” endorphins and makes you feel better about yourself but also helps you to feel better (and look better) in your clothes.  To increase your confidence you have to work at it (literally) and get in the right mindset. It’s a win-win in my book!”

Healthy Summer Options

Summertime is all about being outside…at least in the Midwest! We cherish our Summer months and we head out to the patio whenever possible. The issue with our frequency of grilling out with family and friends is that these settings almost always come with potato chips, dips, sugary snacks or cocktails, and beers. Today, I’d like to give you an alternative for these Summertime classics.

The Potato Chip & Dip Dilema

Potato chips can, and should, be avoided when you want to live a healthy lifestyle. The switch is easy, for any starchy chip…turn to a vegetable instead. A common mistake is that when snacking on vegetables, many go overboard with its counterpart….the dip. Instead of the cheese, sour cream, or dill dips that contain unhealthy fats, hummus is the answer. To be honest, it’s smart to skip the snacks all together and wait for your main dish! If you’re going to have it anyways, there’s no need to over indulge while you’re hanging out on the patio.

Sugary Snacks

If you’re going to eat something sugary, make it fruit whenever possible. Alternatively, here are some delicious recipes for your sweet tooth.

Triple Berry Yogurt Bark

Adapted from: The $5 Dinner Mom

Yield – 8 snack servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 2 hours in the freezer to freeze


  • 32 oz. plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • about 1 cup strawberries, sliced
  • Parchment paper


  • Line a 9×13-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the yogurt and honey.
  • Pour and spread the yogurt mixture into the base of the lined baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the different berries and gently press into the yogurt.
  • Freeze for at least 2 hours or until completely frozen.
  • Use a knife to make the first “break” and then you can break with your hands. Break into serving size pieces and serve cold.

Banana and Peanut Butter Bites

Use browning bananas before they go to waste! Make little peanut butter and banana bites and put them in the freezer for 2 hours. Sweet, salty, cheap and easy to do!


If it’s a cocktail kind of night, you’ve got to eliminate the sugars. Stick to sugar free options, avoid mixers other than club soda or flavored sparkling waters with zero calories. Here are some options:

  1. Cucumber Fizz Cocktail: Replace the high carb tonic water in this drink with either a sugar-free tonic water that uses artificial sweetener for a no-carb version. For a lower-carb version, use an agave-based tonic water like Q-tonic that has 5.5 grams of carbs per 4 ounces compared to the 16.5 grams of carbs per 4 ounces in regular tonic.
  2. Healthy Green Tea Martini: Green tea’s benefits are endless. In a mixed drink, it’s a light way to bring some antioxidants into your party. Directions: Combine equal parts green tea (brewed and chilled) with vodka or gin in a martini shaker. Add in juice from a whole lime and 1 tbsp. of agave nectar. Stir ingredients until blended. Strain into martini glass. Garnish with a slice of lime.

There are endless healthy bites you can find and use as alternatives to the fatty and sugary snacks that are usually at patio parties! Being healthy doesn’t mean you have to skip the fun. Being healthy means you need to think ahead, plan accordingly, and practice self control. Enjoy the weather!

Trainers Are Worth It!

Why should someone work to reach their goals with a trainer or a coach, instead of just “working out”? It’s easy for us at Ellipse to suggest using a trainer…it’s our business, but what is true is that we KNOW there are results when a trainer steps in. We’ve seen time and time again people thinking they’ll get to it and years pass. Having a trainer is not a lifelong commitment if you don’t want it to be and it certainly doesn’t mean you aren’t self-motivated enough. Sometimes you just need someone to get you started and show you a few things.

After asking some of the trainers and Ellipse studio owners their thoughts on the matter, I found that Trey, owner of the Neenah location, said it beautifully. “Trainers are not just here to instruct trainees on the form and movement of the exercises, but we also play a key role in the overall stability and mental aspects of the trainees. It’s easy to pick up a magazine and follow a plan, but not all plans are equal and one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to fitness. As a trainer you’re able to differentiate the different body types from endo, ecto and meso and what plans are appropriate to put into action, in order to assist that trainee and help them reach their goals. We are also in many cases the nutritionist, the therapist, and the friend that keeps you focused and motivated. The relationship between a trainer and their trainee is like a partnership, a team!

What often happens when you workout without a trainer?

  • Overuse of any given movement and underuse of another
  • Missing balance of metabolic strength, heavy strength intervals, mobility, correctives, and metabolic cardio. Balance of these activities is needed for safety and effectiveness.
  • Poor form! Quality trainers ensure your form is on point.
  • Motivation and accountability is extremely difficult to find on your own. This does not mean it’s not possible, but it’s not easy.

Working out is exhausting, but training is rewarding!