Earlier this month, Target hosted a health and wellness event in New York City to get the word out on their commitment to healthy living. My writer KC, who attended the event on behalf of The Budget Babe, gives us the scoop. —TBB
Target's Health Haven Resort & Well-being Club event was an oasis of calm, serenity and goodness. Taking a very holistic approach to well-being, Target highlighted a full range of their products meant to take care of you from the inside out.
First up, celebrity yogi and fitness expert (and total sweetheart) Kristin McGee demonstrated some amazing yoga poses in the C9 by Champion activewear line exclusively at Target. Time to start practicing yoga...how long before I can do this pose?
In addition to being comfortable to move in with great support, Kristin mentioned how she'll sometimes throw on a pair of boots and a scarf over her workout gear, and voila, instant cute outfit! I'm sure we've all done this, right ladies?
Target showcased the latest fitness apparel from the C9 by Champion line, which is all priced under $50. Loving these gray pants and the bright colors! Stylish work-out gear doesn't have to cost a fortune.
Also on display, the latest tech gadgets to help you meet your fitness goals. How cool is this little guy? FitBit is supposed to track calories burned, steps taken, distance traveled AND sleep quality! You can then link up this information online and track your calorie intake and fitness activities. Has anyone tried this??
Did you know the FDA has issued new rules on sunscreens? A Target pharmacist explained what we should know about the new labeling: Maximum SPF is 50, broad-spectrum protects against UVB & UVB rays, and the minutes on the bottle indicate how often you need to reapply. No more waterproof or sweatproof claims!
Target offers a wide variety of beauty and skincare products, including natural-ingredient brands like Yes to Carrots...
...and Willa Naturals.
No health and fitness event could be complete without a feature on food. Target has been rolling out increased food choices across its stores with a new produce section and premium Archer Farms products which include meat and seafood.
Love me some Archer Farms!
So there you have it...everything you need, all under one roof!
Target also shared with guests these two healthy recipes. I can't wait to try the quinoa recipe, love the nutty flavor - so good - and the edamame hummus recipe looks tasty, too. I usually just steam edamame in the pod and eat them with a sprinkle of sea salt. Yummm.
Quinoa with Black Beans and Corn
Quinoa is an ancient grain from South America. It has a mild, slightly nutty flavor similar to couscous. Use in place of rice in soups and side dishes. Quinoa also makes a great hot breakfast cereal.
• 1 cup Archer Farms Quinoa
• 1 (15.5-oz.) can black beans, drained and rinsed
• 1 (15.25-oz.) can sweet corn, drained
• 1 red bell pepper, diced
• ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
• 3 tbsp. lime juice
• 2 tbsp. olive oil
• 2 tsp. ground cumin
• Optional: 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
Yields: 4 servings
1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Combine beans, corn, red bell pepper and cilantro in large bowl. Stir in cooked quinoa.
2. Combine lime juice, oil and cumin in small bowl. Stir in chipotle pepper, if desired. Toss with quinoa mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm or chilled.
Mukimame—or edamame out of the shell—are soybeans harvested at the peak of ripening right before they harden. Try them in salads or pasta dishes. Mukimame also makes a great healthy snack.
• 2 cups Archer Farms Frozen Mukimame, cooked
• 3 cloves garlic
• 1 (6-oz.) carton Greek yogurt
• 2 tbsp. lemon juice
• 1 tbsp. olive oil
• 1 tsp. cumin
• ½ tsp. salt
Yields: 3 cups
1. Process cooked Mukimame and garlic in food processor until finely ground.
2. Add remaining ingredients; pulse to mix.
3. Chill until ready to serve. Serve with pita chips, on toasted bagels or in smoked turkey sandwiches.
Disclosure: KC received a goodie bag with C9 items, Target vitamins, Market Pantry granola bars, and Archer Farms quinoa.
Photos by KC