Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Week 9.....Great Summer!

What a great weekend...being able to go from the big city..... Detroit River days festival .....

This is from the Detroit side of the river looking onto Canada

To the serene and peaceful float down Michigan's Rifle river is good! .....Well, except for the part where I dropped my phone in the water...but it was all worth it, getting to spend a great weekend with friends.

Homemade Greek Dressing
One of my favorite salads is Greek and I decided to create my own homemade version of Greek dressing to try and keep it clean. I wish I had my own home grown oregano and basil for this recipe...maybe next year.
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 Tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 Tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 Tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 Tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp. salt
  • 1/2 Tsp. onion powder
  • 1 Tbls. Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 Tsp. honey
  • 1 Tbls. lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar

Whisk together in a bowl or shake in a jar and enjoy!

Zucchini Fritters
I'm not a big fan of fried anything but this recipe only uses a small amount of olive oil in a nonstick pan and it was so yummy!

  • 1 large zucchini, grated ( or about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 c. Panko bread crumbs 
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp.garlic powder
  • 1/2 c. fresh Romano or Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil  
  • Non fat plain yogurt or sour cream

Remove excess liquid from freshly grated zucchini by placing them between paper towels and squeezing. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients except olive oil. Mix thoroughly. Heat a large non stick pan on medium and add olive oil. Shape spoonfuls of the zucchini batter into 2" patties, and drop onto the sizzling pan. Cook each side for about a minute and a half, or until the outside is golden brown. Serve with non fat plain yogurt or sour cream.

Cheesy Chicken Quinoa 

Cook 1 cup of Quinoa in 2 cups of low sodium vegetable broth as directed on package.

Saute in 1 Tbls. extra virgin olive  oil till tender:
1/2 red or green chopped pepper
1/2  small chopped onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 cup shredded carrots
(Or combo of your favorite sauteed veggies)

 Chop 1 1/2 cups of cooked chicken ( I used a store bought rotisserie chicken)

Add cooked Quinoa and chicken to sauteed veggies.


Cheese sauce:

2 Tbls. extra virgin olive oil
1/8 cup whole wheat flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup low sodium vegetable broth
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese ( or your favorite)

Add olive oil to medium hot pan, whisk in flour then slowly add vegetable broth.
Add cheese and stir till melted. 
Add cheese sauce to Quinoa, chicken and veggies.
Mix well and transfer to a baking dish.
Add a sprinkle of more cheese on top.
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes.

What should your heart rate be during exercise?
I was wondering this the other day while on the elliptical, so of course had to Google it. I was happy to find out I was right on target.

Q. What should my heart rate be during exercise?

Richard Weil, MEd, CDE, recommends calculating your target heart rate with a formula called the "heart rate reserve" method. Use a watch with a second hand to keep track of how many times your heart beats per minute. You can feel your heartbeat at the underside of your wrist or along the side of your neck.
Here's how to use the formula:
  • Determine your Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) by subtracting your age from 220.
  • Then, subtract your resting heart rate (it's best to take this when you first wake up in the morning) from your Maximum Heart Rate to find your Heart Rate Reserve (HRR).
  • Multiply your HRR by the percentage of your MHR at which you wish to train (60% to 85% is the usual range for people looking to increase fitness and health).
  • Add your resting heart rate back to that result to get your target rate.
So, assuming an age of 27, a resting heart rate of 70 beats per minute, and a desired training range of 70%, the calculation would look like this:
220 - 27 = 193
193 - 70 = 123
123 x .70% = 86
86 + 70 = 156
Remember, this is an estimate, not an absolute. Also keep in mind that athletes may exceed the training zone, and even the maximum heart rate, during high-intensity training.

Happy Journey,


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