This post is a little of this and a little of that of what’s been going on lately! First is yoga studio review, then a question about Garmins, and a recipe for turkey burgers!
1. Yoga Studio Review:
I tried a new (to me) yoga studio with a free pass that I received. The studio was Yoga One Houston. I did a Power Flow 90 minute class, and it was great. The room was heated to the mid 80s, there was music, and it was hard. The studio was calming and it even had a full locker room with showers. It’s close to downtown and I can see how that would be a major draw to become a member here.
I also liked how the studio offered different kinds of yoga like Forrest, traditional hot, belly dancing, and ashtanga, among others. If you follow my history, you’ll see that I enjoy yoga, but don’t practice regularly. This workout left my hamstrings screaming at me for days in a good way. It was a much needed class, and I’m looking forward to more.
2. Garmin, anyone?
The day after I did yoga, I needed to stretch my legs. I usually take that day off each week, but my hamstrings were seriously tight, so I took walked around Memorial Park (3 miles) with no pace in mind. I am borrowing a friend’s Garmin to help me train better outdoors for the Half Marathon, and I thought this walk would be a good time to try out the settings.
So I have a few questions for Garmin users—-I know everyone swears by them, and I understand how it has a lot of functions, but all I want is the pace and distance.
1. Is there a way to set your pace for minutes/mile? Mine was miles per hour like the treadmill, which is fine, but involves more math to figure out when the next mile marker is coming.
2. The pace would change drastically while walking depending if I was looking at it or if my arm was swinging. Does yours do that?
3. The Garmin looked like a watch from outer space on my arm. Why are they so popular if they aren’t really attractive and so bulky? Doesn’t Timex make a similar device?
3. Turkey Burger Recipe:
Turkey burgers are a favorite in our house–lean meat, great tasting, and can use it in so many things. This recipe was from a Rachael Ray cookbook, and I followed exactly. In parentheses is what I would modify next time.
1 1/3 lbs ground turkey =one package Jennie O Lean Turkey
1 tsp each salt and pepper
1/2 red bell peper, chopped
1/2 yellow onion, chopped (I would use less next time, maybe 1/3 and cut it smaller)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 T tomato paste
1 T worchestershire sauce
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (this was too spicy for me, I would do less)
1/2 C grated parmesan cheese
1 handful parsley (I used dried)
Combine everything together and mix with hands. Divide meat into 6 patties.
Drizzle EVOO on one side of patty.
Put on grill pan until cooked on both sides.
I served ours atop a salad with lettuce, pickles, avocado, tomatoes, and a side of green beans and blue cheese dressing. The taste was spicy and flavorful. The recipe said to break the meat into four patties, but it was very thick so I did six. It was still loose when it cooked, so it might need something else to help it bind. An egg? More tomato paste?
And the blue cheese topper was great! And guilt-free because it’s Greek yogurt which is packed with protein.
Healthy Blue Cheese Dressing:
6 oz Oikos Plain Greek yogurt
any amount of blue cheese (I did maybe 1/4 C)
salt and pepper
Mix all together in bowl and add on top of burgers.
Bring green beans to a boil. Let boil for a few minutes.
Drain beans in a collander and place back in pot with a little remaining water.
Add teriyaki sauce, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Cook untl starting to brown, or at least until soft.