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Ellipse Fitness Chocolate-Watermelon Wedges

Ingredients
8 oz dark chocolate, finely chopped
5 lbs seedless watermelon, cut into 1″ wedges

Directions
1. Place chocolate in heatproof bowl set over simmering water. Stir until melted.
2. Dip watermelon in chocolate and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.
3. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired, and refrigerate.

Makes 25 wedges.
NUTRITION (per wedge) 77 cal, 1g protein, 12g carb, 1g fiber, 10g sugar, 3g fat, 1.5 g sat fat, 3mg sodium

Quick and Easy Power Waffles

Ingredients:
1 frozen multigrain waffle, toasted
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
2 strawberries, sliced
1/2 small banana, sliced
2 teaspoons agave nectar

Preparation:
Spread waffle with almond butter. Top with strawberries and banana; drizzle with agave nectar.

Nutritional Information:
Calories 245; Fat 10.4g; Saturated fat per serving 1.1g; Monounsaturated fat per serving 5.8g; Polyunsaturated fat per serving 2.5g; Protein 7g; Carbohydrates 36g; Fiber per serving 4g; Cholesterol 3mg; Iron 4mg; Sodium 373mg; Calcium

Ellipse Fitness Shrimp and Avocado Summer Salad

Ingredients
 2 pounds boiled or steamed shrimp, peeled and deveined
 2 avocados, cut into large pieces
 2 tablespoons diced red onion

For the Dressing
 ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
 ¼ cup red wine vinegar
 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
 1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
 salt and pepper, to taste

Preparation
1. Add shrimp, avocado, and onion to a large bowl.
2. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together ingredients for the dressing. Whisk until well-combined.
3. Add dressing to shrimp avocado salad until it has the amount you desire. Serve additional dressing on the side.

Ellipse Fitness Greek 7 Layer Dip

Ingredients
 8 ounces hummus, store bought or homemade
 1 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
 1 clove garlic, finely minced
 1 tsp chopped fresh dill
 Juice of 1/2 lemon
 Pinch kosher salt
 Freshly ground black pepper
 2 tbsp red onion, minced
 1 cup English cucumber (about ½ large), ½-inch dice
 1 cup Roma tomato, seeded, ½-inch dice
 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
 1/4 cup Kalamata olives, sliced

Preparation
1. In a small bowl, combine yogurt, garlic, dill, lemon juice, salt and freshly ground pepper. Set aside.
2. In an 8”x8” or 7″ x 11″glass dish, layer the hummus, yogurt mixture, red onion, cucumber, tomatoes, feta and olives. Serve with whole grain pita chips, celery, or cut fresh veggies

Nutritional Information
Servings: 9 • Serving Size: 1/4 cup • Calories: 93 • Fat: 5 • Carbs: 7 g • Fiber: 1.5 • Protein: 5 g • Sugar: 2 g • Sodium: 202 mg • Cholesterol: 6 mg

Ellipse Summer Ribbon Salad

Ingredients:
2 zucchini, trimmed
1/4 lb. All natural, thin, deli-sliced ham (no nitrates!)
1/4 cantaloupe, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 tbsp. white wine vinegar
1tsp. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. dried mint
1/8 tsp. each sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Preparation:
1. Run a vegetable peeler lengthwise along the edge of each zucchini to make long ribbons. Stack ham slices and cut into approximately 1 x 5 inch strips.
2. In a medium bowl, combine zucchini, ham and cantaloupe. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, mustard, mint, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over zucchini mixture and toss gently to combine.

NUTRIENTS SERVING (1 cup)
Nutritional Information:
64 calories, 3g fat, 232mg sodium, 5g carbs, 1g fiber, 3.5g sugars, 5g protein, 11mg cholesterol

Ellipse Fitness Tomato and Feta Towers

Ingredients:
 1 ounce reduced-fat feta cheese, crumbled
 1 garlic clove, minced
 1/4 tsp. dried oregano
 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
 1 tsp. grated lemon zest
 1 large ripe tomato, ends trimmed and cut crosswise into 4 slices
 Freshly ground pepper

Instructions:
 Heat oven to 400 degrees.
 Line a baking sheet with parchment or foil.
 Combine feta, garlic, oregano, oil and zest in a small bowl.
 Place 2 tomato slices on the baking sheet. Top each slice with one-fourth of the feta mixture. Place a second tomato slice on top of each and cover with remaining feta mixture. Sprinkle with a little pepper.
 Bake until heated through and feta is lightly golden, 18—20 minutes. Serve hot

Makes 2 servings
Nutrition
Per serving: 70 calories; 4g fat (1.5g sat); 4g protein; 5g carbohydrate; 1g fiber; 190mg sodium.

Ellipse Healthy Kale and Cabbage Slaw

Ingredients:
 4 cups, shredded green cabbage, packed
 4 cups shredded purple cabbage, packed
 4 cups stemmed and shredded kale, packed
 3 cups grated carrots
Dressing
1 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
2 Tbsp minced jalapeno
1 small clove garlic, grated
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 Tbsp canola oil
2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
Toppings
2 scallions, sliced (1/3 cup)
1/4 cup roasted, unsalted peanuts roughly chopped (optional)

Preparation:
1. Combine cabbages, kale and carrots in a large bowl.
2. Mix dressing ingredients together in a small bowl
3. Pour dressing over cabbage mixture and toss to combine. Season to taste.
4. Serve topped with scallions and peanuts, if using.

Nutritional Information:
Makes 10 servings. Each serving: 110 calories, 6g. fat (1g saturated), 5g protein, 12g carbs, 4g sugar, 3g fiber, 288mg sodium, 1mg cholesterol

Ellipse Individual Skinny Strawberry Cheesecakes

Crust
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 Tbsp sugar
Filling
2 (8 oz) pckgs. 1/3 less fat cream cheese
2/3 cup sugar
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1/2 cup seedless strawberry jam
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
5 drops red food coloring
2 eggs
2 (5.3 oz) containers strawberry Greek yogurt

Topping
1 cup fat free whipped cream or whipped topping
15 strawberries
For the Crust
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place foil liners in standard size muffin/cupcake pans.
2. Combine graham cracker crumbs, melted butter and sugar. Press 1 Tbsp of mixture into each liner.
For the Filling
1. Beat cream cheese with cornstarch, sugar and salt until light and fluffy. Add strawberry jam, vanilla and food coloring. Mix until combined. Add eggs one at a time mixing well. Mix in Greek yogurt.
2. Pour cheesecake mixture over crusts. Fill each liner nearly to the top. Bake for 20 minutes until the edges are set but the center remains wobbly.
3. Cool in pans for one hour. Then place in refrigerator. Chill at least four hours before serving. Top with light whipped cream and strawberries.

Nutritional Information: 213 calories; 24 g carbs; 10g fat; 4.9g protein; 19g sugar

Ellipse DEE-LISH Rosemary Pork Chops

Ingredients
 4 lean pork chops
 8 Springs of fresh rosemary
 2 tablespoons olive oil
 Salt and pepper to taste
Directions
1. Rinse pork chops in water and pat dry with paper towels.
2. Prep your rosemary—simply run your fingers back-wards over the rosemary stems to remove the leaves from the twigs.
3. Place pork chops, rosemary and olive oil in a zip-lock bag , massage ingredients together and refrigerate for at least 1/2 hour or even over night.
4. Grill or broil until done— internal temp 170 degrees.

Nutrition Information (per pork chop)
Calories – 245; Total fat – 13g; Sat. fat—3g;
Cholesterol—76mg; Sodium—359 mg; Carbs—2gm; Fiber 1gm; Sugars—0gm; Protein— 34 gm.

Ellipse Fitness Asparagus and Radish Spring Salad

Ingredients
 1 bunch asparagus, (about 1 pound), trimmed
 2 tablespoons white vinegar
 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
 2 teaspoons canola oil
 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
 2-3 dashes Asian red chile sauce, such as sriracha (optional)
 1 bunch radishes, trimmed and cut into wedges
 2 tablespoons finely chopped scallion
Directions
1. Fill a medium bowl with ice water and place by the stove. Bring 1 inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan fitted with a steamer basket.
2. Thinly slice asparagus stalks on the diagonal, leaving the tips whole. Place in the steamer basket and steam until ten-der-crisp, about 1 minute. Transfer the asparagus to the ice water. Drain.
3. Combine vinegar, soy sauce, canola oil, sesame oil, ginger and chile sauce (if using) in a large bowl. Add the asparagus, radishes and scallion; toss to combine. Serve warm or room temperature.
Makes 4 one cup servings Nutritional Info Per serving: 66 calories; 4 g fat (0 g sat, 2 g mono); 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g carbohydrates; 0 g added sugars; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber; 181 mg sodium; 359 mg potassium.