Fresh and Healthy Fajitas

Category: Workplace Wellness

Fresh and Healthy Fajitas

Posted On: August 18, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Fresh and Healthy Fajitas Ingredients: 16oz boneless skinless chicken breasts 1red bell pepper, cut into strips 1green bell pepper, cut into strips 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into strips 1medium red onion, cut into strips 3tbsp lime juice salt and pepper to taste 3 TBSP of fajita seasoning 2tsp olive oil 8reduced-carb whole wheat flour tortillas, or corn tortillas for gluten free Fajita Seasoning: 1 TBSP cornstarch 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp salt I tsp paprika ½ tsp onion powder ½ tsp garlic powder ¼ tsp cayenne powder ½ tsp ground cumin Instructions: Marinate the chicken with lime juice, and season with fajita seasoning. Season vegetables with salt and pepper and toss with olive oil. Use a large skillet on the stove over medium heat and saute veges, cover with a lid until they are soft, then remove from skillet. Cook chicken with a tablespoon of olive oil until cooked through. Transfer to a cutting board…

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Posted On: August 3, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Skinny Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Makes 12-15 cookies    Ingredients: 1 cup quick oats 3/4 cup whole wheat flour, spooned and leveled 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1 and 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 2 tablespoons butter, melted 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 large egg 1/2 cup honey 3/4 cup dark chocolate chips Instructions: Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In one bowl, whisk together the oats, flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Melt the butter in another bowl. Whisk in the vanilla, egg, and honey. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to stir. Save about half of the chocolate chips. Use a sharp knife to roughly chop the remaining chocolate, then fold it into the dough. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes, or freeze for 15 minutes. Use your hands to shape the dough into roughly 15 cookies…

Caribbean Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

Posted On: July 8, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Caribbean Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple Salsa Ingredients: Cooking spray 1 tablespoon salt-free Caribbean jerk seasoning ½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed and halved crosswise 4 (½ inch thick) slices of fresh pineapple ¾ cup diced red onion ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 Fresno chile, thinly sliced Directions: Step 1: Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. Step 2: Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Rub jerk seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon salt evenly over pork. Add pork to grill; grill 12 to 14 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145°, turning occasionally.  Place pork on a platter. Cover with foil; let stand 5  minutes. Cut across the grain into slices. Step 3: Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Arrange pineapple slices on grill; cook 3 minutes on each side or until well-marked. Remove…

Becoming Sun Sensible This Summer

Posted On: July 8, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Becoming Sun Sensible This Summer According to, every year in the U.S. nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer.  Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light is a major risk factor for most skin cancers, so sun safety is extremely important. Skin cancers start when UV rays damage the DNA of genes that control skin cell growth. There are two types of harmful UV rays: UVA rays age skin cells, causing brown spots and wrinkles. They are also thought to play a role in some skin cancers. Remember that tanning beds give off large amounts of UVA rays. UVB rays are the main source of sunburns and are thought to cause most skin cancers. Reduce your risk by limiting your time in the sun, wearing generous amounts of broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 (or protective clothing) and avoid tanning salons. To be Sun Sensible you…

Barbecue Lime Shrimp and Corn Recipe

Posted On: June 11, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Barbecue Lime Shrimp and Corn Recipe Ingredients: 1/3 Cup of fresh lime juice 1/4 Cup of fresh orange juice 2 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce 2 Tbsp honey 2 garlic cloves, minced 2 tsp grated, peeled fresh ginger 1 Tbsp sugar 1 tsp ground coriander seeds 1/4 tsp black pepper 2 ears of corn cut into 4 pieces 1 1/2 lbs large shrimp, peeled and deveined 4 Cups cooked couscous   Directions:  Combine the first 9 ingredients in a heavy-duty, zip-top plastic bag, add raw, cleaned shrimp and corn pieces to marinate (approximately 30 minutes). While the shrimp and corn marinate, prepare couscous according to package directions and set aside. When finished marinating, place lime mixture, corn, and shrimp in foil and seal along the edges. Place foil packet on grille and cook 10 minutes. Serve over couscous.  

Rotisserie Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde

Posted On: May 20, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

chicken tacos

Rotisserie Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde Ingredients:  8 Corn Tortillas 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken (skin removed) 1 1/2 cups bottled salsa verde 2 limes, quartered 1/2 cup crumbled cotija or feta cheese 1 medium onion 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro Directions:  Heat the tortillas in a large skillet or sauté pan until lightly toasted. Combine the chicken with the salsa in a large mixing bowl, then divide evenly among the tortillas. Top with crumbled cheese, onion and cilantro. Serve with lime wedges. Nutrition: 345 calories, 12 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 800 mg sodium, serves 4

Mother’s Day Frittata

Posted On: May 8, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Mother's Day Frittata Hats off to all Moms - Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. Eggs are always a healthy go-to breakfast. This easy to make frittata-like veggie casserole will sure to be a fast favorite for your Mother's Day brunch. Ingredients:  2 Tbsp coconut oil 1 yellow onion, diced 2-4 cups of chopped green vegetables, such as broccoli, kale or spinach ½ cup chopped fresh basil 1 tsp salt ½ tsp ground black pepper 6 eggs 2 Tbsp canned coconut milk Directions: Pre-heat oven to 375°F and grease 8” square or 9” round baking dish In large skillet, heat the coconut oil, add onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes Add the vegetables and cook for 5 to 7 minutes (until softened). Add the basil and cook for 2 seconds more Whisk together the salt, pepper, eggs and coconut milk Transfer the cooked vegetable mixture to your prepared…

Stuffed Pepper Recipe

Posted On: May 4, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Stuffed peppers

Stuffed Pepper Recipe Ingredients: Sauce 1 onion, diced 1 TBSP olive oil 2 cups marinara sauce1 cup beef broth 1 TBSP balsamic vinegar 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes Peppers 6 medium peppers, any color, cut in half lengthwise (seeded) 1 lb ground lean beef or turkey 1 cup brown rice or cooked quinoa 10 oz can diced tomatoes 1/4 cup fresh parsley or 1 TBSP dried 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tsp salt 1 tsp fresh ground pepper Pinch cayenne pepper 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese Directions: Preheat oven 375. Cook rice or quinoa according to directions. Cook onion in olive oil until soften then transfer half of onions to large bowl for pepper mix. Stir into remaining onions the sauce, broth, vinegar and pepper flakes. Cook for 1 minute. Pour sauce into 9 x 13 baking dish. Arrange peppers into dish. Combine ground meat (Can be raw) with diced tomatoes,…

Healthier Mac and Cheese Recipe

Posted On: April 15, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

mac and cheese in a bowl

Healthier Mac and Cheese Recipe Ingredients: 2 Cups Elbow Macaroni, Fusilli or Cavatappi Pasta 2 Tbsp Butter 2 Tbsp Flour 2 Cups 2% Milk 1-1/2 Cups Shredded Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese 1/2 Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese 1/4 Cup Greek Yogurt 1/2 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs Directions: Cook pasta according to package directions until just al dente. Drain and reserve. While pasta cooks, melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring for 1 minute. Slowly add milk, whisking to prevent lumps from forming. Simmer for 5 minutes, until it begins to thicken to the consistency of heavy cream. Stir in the Cheddar and a ¼ cup of the Parmesan cheese, cook until completely melted. Cut the heat and stir in the yogurt. Add the pasta and toss evenly to coat. Preheat the broiler. Pour the macaroni and cheese into an 8” x 8”…

Stress Management Tips

Posted On: April 8, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Stress Management Tips Maintaining your mental and emotional health is essential, and it’s more important than ever to take care of yourself and embrace activities that will help bring you a sense of calm and well-being. Here’s some practical tips which will help: Sleep. Make sure you are getting enough rest each day. Go to bed at a regular time each night and aim for at least 7-8 hours of sleep to help boost your mental well-being. Eat healthy. It’s easy to grab a snack or two more frequently when you’re working in your own home and the kitchen is just steps away. Though it’s difficult to go out to the supermarket as often as you did before, keep fresh fruits and vegetables handy. Prep them early in the week and set up snack-size portions that you can grab whenever you are feeling the need to snack. Exercise. Get up…

COVID-19: Tips and Prevention

Posted On: March 16, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

COVID-19: Tips and Prevention Employees may have questions about what they can do to help manage the situation, and as an employer, you want to be proactive in communicating how to prevent the spread of the virus in the workplace. Innovative has created an easy to download infographic that can be shared with employees to assist with stemming the spread of COVID-19 through helpful tips and what signs and symptoms they need to be aware of.

COVID-19: 7 Important Employer Considerations

Posted On: March 16, 2020 | Categorized as: HR Consulting, Workplace Wellness

COVID-19: 7 Important Employer Considerations As employers prepare for COVID-19 accommodations, Innovative has developed a checklist that offers specific considerations for employers in planning for emergencies like COVD-19. Examples include policies to review, communication strategies to consider and benefits that may be impacted. The Innovative team is here to support any organizational policy needs to ensure you and your team are prepared and protected.

COVID-19 Communicating With Employees

Posted On: March 12, 2020 | Categorized as: Compliance, HR Consulting, Workplace Wellness

COVID-19 Communicating with Employees March 12th, 2020 As part of their efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace, employers should implement an employee communication plan about the illness to employees. The CDC, WHO and OSHA have all created informational material on the virus and its symptoms, prevention and treatment that can be helpful for employees. Please see table below for key resources.     World Health Organization (WHO) Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public   U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Get Your Workplace Ready for a Pandemic (flu-specific but can be adapted to Coronavirus) Pandemic Planning Checklists and Guidance (can be adapted to Coronavirus)   U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Safety and Health Topics: COVID-19 How to Protect Yourself in the Workplace During a Pandemic   U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (WHD)   Pandemic Flu and the Fair Labor Standards…

The “Best” Green Smoothie Recipe

Posted On: March 11, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

green smoothie

The "Best" Green Smoothie Recipe March 11th, 2020 This beginner-friendly green smoothie recipe is full of iron, potassium and vitamins galore AND tastes like a tropical treat! Ingredients I cup of fresh spinach 1 cup water (or unsweetened almond milk) ½ cup of frozen pineapple chunks ½ cup of frozen mango chucks 1 frozen banana* Directions Tightly pack spinach in a measuring cup. Add spinach to blender with water or almond milk.  Blend together until all chunks are gone (Should resemble green liquid when well blended). Add frozen pineapple, mango and banana.  Blend together until smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and serve immediately. *Not a fan of bananas?  Swap it for ¼ avocado or add another ½ cup of mango.

Eat Right, Bite By Bite

Posted On: March 3, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

eat right by bringing your lunch to work

Eat Right, Bite By Bite March 3rd, 2020 The key to achieving optimal health cannot be found in any one food, drink or pill, but rather through your personal commitment to healthy lifestyle behaviors.  Focusing on maintaining and enjoying good nutrition and daily physical activity is the key to success. March is National Nutrition Month, a monthly observance that is supported by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Each March, the Academy focuses attention on healthful eating and this year’s theme Eat Right, Bite by Bite, promotes eating a variety of nutritious foods every day and planning and creating healthful meals each week. Good nutrition doesn’t have to be restrictive or overwhelming.  Small goals and changes can have a cumulative health effect, and every little bit (or bite!) of nutrition is a step in the right direction. EATING ON THE RUN You probably eat out a lot – most of…

Easy, Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats and Snacks

Posted On: February 12, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

cake batter energy balls on a plate with strawberry syrup in the shape of a heart for a valentine's day treat

Easy, Healthy Valentine’s Day Treats and Snacks February 12th, 2020 A few whole grains here, a little less fat there, add some fruit and suddenly you have Valentine’s Day treats that are a nutritious and delicious way to say, “I love you”. Chocolate Dipped Fruit; Gluten-free Vegan Ingredients 1 cup (8 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate 18-24 bite size pieces of fresh fruit (strawberries, cantaloupe, pineapple, honeydew, banana, grapes, kiwi) Optional: wooden skewers Optional garnish: sprinkles or chopped nuts Directions Melt chocolate in microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 minute (or in a double-boiler) If using skewers, spear fruit onto skewer prior to dipping Dip fruit pieces about 2/3 of the way into chocolate, gently tap off excess If desired, sprinkle nuts or sprinkles over the chocolate Lay pieces on wax paper to cool, refrigerate until ready to serve Serves 8 (About 2-3 pieces per serving, depending on size of fruit), Prep…

Heart Health Month: Show Yourself Some Love

Posted On: February 3, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

Show yourself some love; get heart healthy; Stethoscope in heart shape

February is heart health month and it’s a great time to raise awareness and learn what you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease. Because many cases of heart disease are controllable, you can take charge of your health by actively working to improve it by making some simple lifestyle changes and making yourself and your health a priority. Self Care Self care is about taking time to pay attention to you, in a way that ensures that you are being cared for by you. Did you know that half of Americans have at least one of the top 3 risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol or smoking? Did you know heart disease doesn’t just happen to older adults? In fact, millions of Americans of all ages have high blood pressure, including millions of people in their 40s and 50s. About half of the…

How Managers Can Influence Workplace Well-Being

Posted On: January 16, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

woman-wearing-gray-shirt-managing a team of employees, setting a good example for workplace well-being

How Managers Can Influence Workplace Well-Being January 16th, 2020 When you think about your best manager, what are the first few things that come to mind?  Hopefully, you think about someone who is bold, communicates well, gives employees space to do great work and positions them to take care of themselves. When it comes to well-being, managers are one of the biggest indicators on whether employees will or will not participate in well-being programs at work.  Work can be very complex in any environment and managers must pay attention to what their people need. Also, in this working all the time kind of world, burnout is on the rise and it seems we are all having a hard time turning “off”.  Therefore, it’s crucial for managers to lead the way and model healthy behaviors. Model Behavior   Even if you have an established and comprehensive well-being program, a perceived lack of manager support could prevent employees from participating and benefiting from these initiatives.  Showing this type of support could be as…

New Year, New You

Posted On: January 14, 2020 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

New Year, New You

Bring on the best you, this year! Wondering how you can stick to your goals this year?  The key to making a healthy change is to set yourself up for success.  Your changes this year may look like weight loss, stronger connections in your life, sleeping more, disconnecting from your devices, or just living a happier life.  There are strategies you can put into place to ensure success! Visualize how you want to feel in 2020: There are so many benefits that come from positive intentions.  Spend some quiet time thinking about this or even get creative with a vision board.  This will ensure a more holistic look at what your trying to achieve and less about achieving specific goals (which will happen along the way). Change your habits: When looking at where to start, be mindful of habits that are keeping you from making changes.  Habits are the foundation…

Adding Wellbeing to Round out your Employee Value Proposition 

Posted On: December 19, 2019 | Categorized as: Workplace Wellness

When it comes to what companies are prioritizing, engagement and wellbeing are now at the top of the list.   Many organizations struggle with how to focus on what piece and how much to invest. One thing the research is clear on is that when you combine engagement with wellbeing, you can cultivate major human capital impact. First, it’s important to create the distinction between wellbeing and engagement.  Employee wellbeing deals with how an employee feels whereas employee engagement is about how employees feel about their role, their work and value within their company.   In Gallup’s Business Journal article “Well-Being Enhances Benefits of Employee Engagement,” it found that a focus in this area ignites productivity, retention and conditions for the business to thrive. Gallup Reports that those who are in a high state of engagement and wellbeing are: 27% more likely to report "excellent" performance in their own job at work 27% more likely to report "excellent" performance by…

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