It’s Grill Season

Fire up the grill, it’s officially Spring! Well it has been for about a month, but it’s officially starting to FEEL like Spring!

If you’re anything like us, we start itching to grill around February. We might even brave a few cold nights to get our fix, but the first sign of warm temperatures and we are scouring the freezer to see what we have on hand.

Some of our favorites are sliders on sweet rolls; chile-lime chicken kabobs with whatever veggies I get in my CSA basket; pizzas that we top with all kinds of fun toppings; grilled peaches (delicious); and these yummy turkey burgers.

Not only are these burgers oh so delicious, but they are an easy way to sneak some greens into my Carnivore’s diet.  He doesn’t even mind the spinach here, I just have to make sure to chop it really small. He’s so high maintenance sometimes. 😉

My mouth is watering just thinking about this burger.

My mouth is watering just thinking about this burger.

Turkey Burger (Print Me!)

  • 1 lb. ground turkey (93/7)
  • 2.5 oz. fresh spinach (chopped) – this is usually ½ of the standard bag or carton you get from the grocery store.
  • 1/4 cup feta
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)

DSC_9209Combine all of your ingredients in a large bowl.  Now roll up the shirt sleeves, take off your jewelry, and get to mixing.  Once all of your ingredients are combined, divide your mixture into quarters and make your patties. Grill for 3-5 on each side until cooked through.

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I like to eat mine with dijon mustard, a bed of greens, sliced avocado, and (in the summer only) a big tomato slice.  Served with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.  YUM!

Now go fill that propane tank!

 

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Yoga at Home

I am on my sixth week teaching at Yoga at Tiffany’s Norman.  I cannot even begin to tell you how much I look forward to my Monday (and now Saturday) class!  One of my initial reservations about teaching was how it would affect my personal yoga practice. I know… selfish.  Yoga is my escape. It’s where I clear my head and let someone else lead me through a series of postures.  With teaching, I am now responsible for creating that environment for someone else. Because I’m still a newb at this whole thing, I write a sequence a few days before, flow through it a few times to make sure everything meshes, and then cross my fingers I remember pieces of it.  Before I began teaching, I would go to a 6am class Monday – Thursday.  The only thing that’s changed is I’ve traded in my Monday 6am studio practice for an at home trial run of what I’m planning to teach that evening. I can honestly say that I mentally get more from teaching than from actually doing.  Wasn’t expecting that!

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Part of my yoga teacher training “homework” is to do so many home practices a week.  Home practices are TOUGH. It’s hard for me to focus. That pile of dirty dishes just stares at me while I’m trying to do Sun Salutations.

One of my saving graces for personal practices while traveling or at home is Yoga Glo.  Yoga Glo is a monthly subscription based site that has a variety of yoga styles and teachers available via streaming video.  You can do a free 2 week trial, and then it’s $18 a month.  Remember my weekend with Kathryn Budig? I was introduced to her through Yoga Glo. Well worth it to be able to do yoga with nationally recognized instructors at the click of a button. Maybe your shoulders are tight? You can filter the classes by body part, level, teacher, duration, style, etc.  This is a great way to introduce yourself to yoga in the privacy of your own home, especially if you don’t have a studio nearby. One of my teacher training instructors is an instructor on Yoga Glo! Dice Iida-Klein. Check him out. He’s crazy strong, and so inspirational to watch.

I hope you look into Yoga Glo. Have a beautiful Monday!

 

Fuel Your Run with Chia Bites

Back when I was I running frequently, I was constantly trying new snacks as pre-run fuel.  It had to be quick, give me energy, and sustain me on a long run.  I also wanted to keep it as close to real food as possible – I’m not a huge fan of gels, nutrition bars, etc. So many things I tried either gave me side cramps or just weren’t enough to keep me going. After a lot of trial and error my favorite snacks were peanut butter filled dates.  Around this time I read Christopher McDougall’s Born to Run and started experimenting with chia seeds.  See my related post. One recipe led to another, and I eventually came up with this great little energy filled snack.

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These chia bites contain slow and fast release carbohydrates, protein, and healthy fats. 

Dates are high in simple sugars, carbohydrates, and potassium. They are also really easy on my stomach. Peanut butter contains fat, protein, and fiber, and gives you a slow, sustained release of energy. Chia seeds are another super slow release energy source. They are also able to absorb up to 9-12 times their weight in water. When in the gut, this means that water loss is minimized and electrolyte balance is maintained for longer.

….and then chocolate chips because they’re delicious.

Chia Bites (Print Me!)

Makes about 24.

  • 3/4 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 2-3 Tbsp. almond milk
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup Enjoy Life! mini chocolate chips

Place your dates in small microwave safe bowl and cover with water.  Microwave for 2 minutes until soft. Add dates, peanut butter and 2 Tbsp. almond milk to your food processor.  Process until smooth. Add 1/2 cup oats and process until the oats are VERY fine. Add 1 cup chia seeds and process until just combined.  You might need to add another Tbsp. of almond milk to the mixture if it’s too thick. Dump your chia seed/date mixture in a large bowl and fold in 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

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Place your mixture in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to let it cool. Roll your mixture into balls (I used a Tbsp. to measure), and place them in an airtight container.  Store in the refrigerator.

DSC_9248These are perfect for long runs, hikes, pre-workout snacks, road trips, long days at kid’s sporting tournaments, and just about everything in between.  They’re easy to pack and travel really well, but don’t forget to pack your floss as well. 🙂

Here’s the nutritional information:

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