Football season is back and that means Thursdays, Sundays, and Mondays, my boyfriend’s eye balls are glued to the screen or his phone (for fantasy football) and I’m a sports widow. Fortunately, games mean watch parties, which means beer and fooood!!!
So I’ve partnered with King’s Hawaiian and HEB to bring you this fun game day recipe. My go-to food of choice is always chicken tenders. Sad to hear HEB won’t be making it’s way to Dallas, but it was still a fun trip to Waxahachie to shop for this recipe. This HEB was about 35 minutes outside of downtown Dallas.
Today, I made BBQ chicken tenders and Texas toast using King’s Hawaiian products with a side of waffle fries. Finger foods are super easy to make and eat and perfect for any watch party.
Ingredients for Chicken Tenders:
2 lbs Chicken tender strips
1 cup King’s Hawaiian BBQ Sauce
2 TS Dijon mustard
1 TB Honey
1 Cup All Purpose Flour
1/2 TB Salt
1/2 ts Black Pepper
2 cups of bread crumbs
1 Olive oil cooking spray
Combine bbq sauce, dijon mustard, and honey in a bowl. I used the Kings Hawaiian Smoked Bacon. Add chicken tenders and mix till evenly coated. Marinate in fridge for at least an hour.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Get a large pan with foil and spray with cooking, non stick spray. I use Pam Olive Oil.
Next you are going to create an assembly line of dishes. In one bowl, mix the flour, salt, pepper. In the second dish, whisk the eggs. This will be your egg wash. In a shallow plate, add your breadcrumbs.
Now you’ll take each chicken tender from the bbq sauce mix, roll in the flour, then coat in the egg wash, then coat in bread crumbs. I used Panko breadcrumbs. Shake off any excess and place on the cooking tray. Repeat till you fill the tray.
Generously coat all chicken tenders in cooking spray.
Cook time is 16-18 minutes depending on your oven. Turn over chicken tenders halfway in and let it crisp till it’s a nice golden brown.
Sharing more Dallas fitness events for the month of October. Grab a friend and schedule your next sweat date. The blog will be updated with more events as the month goes on. Enjoy!
10/1 Vital Fitness Studio Reopens The studio inside The Joule Hotel reopens to feature spin, TRX, HIIT, Yoga and more. Experience two free weeks of unlimited classes by entering promo code TWOFREE. Grab a friend and sign up here.
10/1 DFW Movement Meet @ Ron Kirk Bridge, 5pm-8pm Head to the Ron Kirkland Bridge (formerly the Continental Bridge) and join the MOVEment from 5-8pm. This meet features calisthenics, parkour, bboy, pole fitness, acro yoga, and more lead by some of Dallas’ finest instructors. The event is FREE and open to all levels.
10/02-10/31 Yoga for a Cause (every Sunday in October) @ 9am Head to Athleta inside Stone Briar mall for a FREE yoga class with optional donations benefitting the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Call the store for additional details or questions. (469)-362-5340.
Other fun events at Athleta this month include:
Free classes from High Fitness on 10/1, 10/22, & 10/29th at 9am inside Athleta at Stonebriar Mall.
Free Barre3 Plano classes 10/8 & 10/15 at 9am inside Athleta at Stonebriar Mall.
10/06-1020 Free Tough Mudder Bootcamp Class
Join Whole Earth Provisions and Merrell for a free bootcamp style workout at the Whole Earth Provisions on Mockingbird every Thursday through Oct 20th at 5:45pm. There will be prizes, events passes, and more at the event. Bring a friend and water for the workout.
10/08 Bodybar Class with The Sports Brat
You’re invited to take a free pilates class with Bodybar and The Sports Brat at Bandier in Highland Park Village. Enjoy refreshments from High Brew Coffee and a MisFit popup. RSVP by emailing: email@example.com.
10/09 Back to Sweat with Barre Code Design District @ 9am Join The Barre Code – Design District in wrapping up their BACK TO SWEAT fitness challenge with BARRE IN THE PARK at Klyde Warren Park. Class is free so bring a friend, water and wear shoes. Plus awesome prize drawings from Bandier and Misfit!!
10/12 Night at The Bar @ Nylo Plano 630p The Bar Method Plano is turning five and we want to celebrate for a cause as it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! You’re invited to Night at “The Bar” at the NYLO Plano at Legacy, benefiting Susan G. Komen North Texas, on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. The Bar Method Plano will be hosting a donation-based ($25 recommended), poolside, modified 45 minute barre class at 5:45 PM with a Happy Hour reception immediately following. Please bring your own mat, bring friends and enjoy! This event is open to the public, but we would love for attendees to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
10/13-10/23 Free Rides at CycleBar Waterside (Fort Worth) CycleBar Waterside will hold its CycleBlast free ride event in celebration of the grand opening. The CycleBlast free ride event gives the community an opportunity to get a sneak peek of the CycleBar studio before the doors officially open by participating in one of 50 free classes offered over 10 days. Registration is required and offered first-come, first-serve at https://waterside.cyclebar.com.
10/17 Free V3 Vital Fitness Class at Klyde Warren
Join Vital Fitness for a free V3 class every Monday this month at 6pm at Klyde Warren Park. bring a mat and a friend to experience a blend of HIIT features high-intensity intervals, strength-training circuits and vinyasa flow yoga to torch fat, build lean muscle and increase flexibility.
10/18 KAIA Fitness Workout and Nutrition Seminar @ 530pm Join Kaia FIT North Dallas for a FREE workout followed by a nutrition seminar with co-founder Nikki Warren! Nikki is one of the world’s top fitness professionals and we are honored to learn from her. Mark your calendars now, you will not want to miss this! Workout starts at 5:30pm and the nutrition seminar at 6:30pm.
10/22 Share the Love Workout with KAIA FIT
Please join Kaia Fit North Dallas for a co-ed workout on Saturday 10/22 at 9 am! Bring the boys and lets show them what a Kaia workout is all about! Cost is $10 per person and proceeds will be donated in honor of Breast Cancer Month. Email: email@example.com if you have any questions.
10/22 Streams & Valleys Friends of the River Party on the Plaza (Fort Worth) @ 6-9pm This charitable event begins at 6:00 pm with a 6K Run along the Trinity River. The event features a 2K social stroll and Fido Fun Run. Dogs have their own place to party at Friends of the River – Party on the Plaza with the addition of The Paw Pad. The family-friendly block party kicks off at 7:00 pm and features thirty local restaurants, beer and wine tastings, and live music. Proceeds from the event flow back into the Trinity River and Trails. Sign up for the race here.
10/22 Tribe Live Birthday Edition @ Fabrication Yard @ 930am
Founder Crystal Pollard, is turning 36 and wants to celebrate in sweat with Tribe and all her peeps. The location for the party is LEGIT AF and home to some dope graffiti. It’s the perfect backdrop for this badass workout. You will definitely earn your selfies. The Fabrication Yard is about a minute from Trinity Groves tucked away from the main strip. DJ Sober will be bringing some fire and Nike will be holding it down as well. RSVP here.
10/22 DFW Mud Run Try your hand at this Military Style Obstacle Course mud run in Lancaster. Registration is $75 with only 2 waves left. Optional doggie friendly mud run. More details at www.imudrun.com
The Studio:Burn Dallas is a spacious gym located in a the Preston/Forest shopping center and offers a high intensity interval training workout. It combines countless combinations of weight and cardio circuits in sweaty 50 min workout. Burn also uses My Zone heart rate monitors to guide guests along their workouts.
My Experience: I’m all about high intensity workouts and burning as many calories as possible. The format was interesting and broken up into 4 blocks. Overall it was a good workout, but nothing life changing. It does remind me of Orangetheory a bit, but with more exercise options.
The Space: It’s a pretty spacious gym. Upon entering, you’ll see the receptionist desk and a waiting area with cubbies. There’s only 2 bathrooms. The workout area is an open gym. In the center, you’ll see a circle of weight equipment. The weights area fits up to 10 or so people and each section has a weight machine, dumbbells, step up, bosu ball and TRX ropes. This gives the instructor the opportunity to mix it up with free weights, machine, TRX and more.
Toward the back is the cardio section. There are treadmills, rowers, and bikes in three rows. The gym is clean and tidy.
The Class: When you get to the studio, make sure to grab your heart rate monitor from the front desk. I’m a fan of analytics and seeing where my heart rate is on the monitors above is super helpful. Depending on the size of the class, you may all start in either the weights or cardio section. Or the group is split up in two. The class begins with a quick dynamic warm up. Workouts are written out on boards and there are 4 blocks during the class. Each block is 10 minutes is usually a circuit workout (either weights or cardio) you repeat as many times as possible within the 10 minute block.
The workouts are designed so you can go at challenging pace. It’s not a race. The heart rate monitors let you know where you should be in each circuit according to different heart rate zones and how hard you should be working. It’s a great way to gauge your progress and to push yourself even harder if you’re up for the challenge.
The Instructor: Friendly and do a good job demonstrating the workouts. I do wished they had a little more enthusiasm during the workouts.
Favorite: I like the circuit workouts for weights. I also found those to be really fun. So glad they had heavy weights beyond 25 lbs. Also, a huge fan of the heart rate monitor. Love that the stats are sent to your email once you’re done with the workout. I burned over 500 calories in one of my workouts.
Feedback: Not a fan of the cardio equipment. At the beginning of class, I think it would be helpful to show guests how to adjust the bikes to their proper height and the correct form for rowing. During my visits, I didn’t get a demo to make sure I knew what I was doing on the equipment. The bikes aren’t great and the treadmills kept fritzing on me during the sprints and/or had difficulty resetting and starting.
Difficulty Level: All level class and you can go at a pace that is comfortable for you. I’ve seen mostly women in the classes. I think it might be intimidating if you are unfamiliar with how to use all of the equipment. The instructors do a good job demo-ing the exercises. Definitely show up early and get acquainted with the machines.
FYI/Costs/Parking: Your first two workouts are free and the heart rate monitor is included. Plenty of parking in the shopping center. There are only two bathrooms so keep that in mind if you’re rushing and need to change there. Bring water and a sweat towel. Don’t forget to give your heart rate monitor back when you’re done.
The Takeaway: The workouts are great for getting in your cardio and your weightlifting in. Breaking it up into 4 blocks is a great way to keep the class going and before you know it, it’s over. The concept is good and welcomes all levels, but my experiences were lackluster. I personally wasn’t feeling the high energy I’d usually expect from an HIIT class. It is a good workout and falls short in terms of a good guest experience.
Was this Burn Dallas review helpful? Let me know what you think in the comments.
Hiking through the Narrows at Zion National Park is my final installment of my Utah travel adventures. In previous posts, I shared my planning and travel tips and my canyoning experience. On our last day, we hiked through cools waters at the bottom of a canyon and were wowed by the incredible rock formations and vastness of the Narrows. I’ve never felt so small.
In order to make our flight at 6pm in Las Vegas, we woke up at 6am to hike the Narrows. While there are shuttle buses that take you from Springdale straight to the Narrows, we drove instead, found a spot, and walked to the closest shuttle outside of the main entrance to the park. Parking is available early in the mornings. If you plan on going later, the shuttle will be your best bet.
The Zion Shuttle stops multiple times at more touristy spots, including the Narrows. It also drops you off at Angel’s Landing, Observation Point and the Emerald Pools. There are numerous hikes and trails ranging in difficulty. We wished we had more time to do the Angel’s Landing or Observation Point hikes.
The Narrows were the last stop and we walked a mile in before hitting the river. So cool to see wildlife along the way, including a family of deer and some really fat squirrels.
I highly recommend renting shoes. Since you are walking through water and over rocks, no point in ruining a pair. The day before, after our canyoning trip, we went back to Zion Mountain School, dropped off our stuff and rented shoes for the Narrows the next day. Keep in mind, the school isn’t going to be open at 6am the next day, so make those arrangements beforehand. I wore the fugliest shoes I’ve ever seen, but they seriously were the best decision ever. The shoes have a thick grippy bottom which protected my feet from feeling the rocks and were perfect for wading through water. The socks that came with were neoprene, which means they insulate well against the cold. And let me tell you, that water was COLD. For $27, I got shoes, socks, and a walking stick. Highly recommended. The water can be strong and the walking stick is great to test rocks, depths, and keep you balanced.
Our hike through the Narrows is a 4-5 hour hike however it can be as long or short depending on how far you want to go. We hiked 2.5 miles in and then back after reaching a halfway point. I believe the whole thing is approximately 16 miles and you can start at different destinations. It’s considered one of the best slot canyons to hike. Prepare for photo overload!
The hike through the Narrows was my favorite part of my trip. It was serene and quiet and we just sloshed through the waters and enjoyed each other’s company. As short as we are, we were concerned at first about the strength and depth of the water. Early in the morning it wasn’t bad at all. At different times of the year the water can certainly get much higher.
As early as we went, we were alone for the most part and were able to capture so many great shots of the canyon and the river. This would be a great hike to do at either the beginning or end of a trip. For us, it was incredibly relaxing. The cool water felt amazing on our legs.
Here we reached the halfway point, where the Narrows split, offering different directions. Up until this point, there was only one long winding path in, so you can’t “get lost”. It felt great getting here, but we wished we had more time to trek deeper.
I highly recommend going as early as possible. On our way back, there were a lot of people making their way in and all the traffic muddied the clear water and made usual paths through water a little more difficult. We were done before noon and had plenty of time to head back to the hotel to shower, finish packing and make the drive back to Dallas to catch our flight.
That concludes this amazing trip and my travel series to Zion National Park. Hope these blogs were helpful and incurred some serious FOMO.
Have you ever hiked the Narrows at Zion National Park? What other adventures would you recommend I add to my bucket list? Leave me a comment below!
In my last post, I shared our planning tips for flight, lodging, transportation, and what to pack. Now to get into the active part of the trip. Day 2 was our only full day in Zion National Park and we decided to go canyoning and save an easy hike for last. We wanted to be as alert and energized as possible for this adventure.
What is canyoning? It’s the sport of exploring a canyon by hiking up and rappelling, rafting, and waterfall jumping back down the canyon. Unlike mountaineering, where the goal is to make it to the top, canyoning is all about getting to the bottom.
For our trip, we booked our group with Zion Mountain School. You have the option for a half day, full day, or ultimate canyoning trip. We opted for a full day of canyoning which is a 7-9 hour trip that starts at the crack of dawn. Our group of 3 was the perfect size and we each paid $165, not including gratuity. It does get cheaper with more people, but it takes a lot longer. It’s a private group so we weren’t put with any other people (unless requested).
The morning was absolutely beautiful. We caught the sunrise on the canyon walls, sipped on coffee, and met with our guide. His name was Al and he was super cool. For our trip, he decided to take us to Waters Canyon. It’s known for its beautiful narrow passages, waterfalls, and cool springs. We took a 30 minute drive out to the middle of no where and began our ascent.
In addition to our backpacks, we carried our own harnesses and helmets. We began the 2 mile hike into the canyon. It was pretty much all uphill, so I’m sure our butts looked freaking amazing after! I would say this was the hardest part of the canyoning trip and it wasn’t bad at all.
We walked over creeks, climbed over rocks, and weaved in and out of bushes and tree branches. Of course, we stopped to take lots of photos! It was just breathtaking. These photos do it no justice.
At many points we were on the very edge of trail or canyon. It was easy to look over and see you were quite high up. I chose to star at my feet instead of over the edges. The thing about this hiking portion is being aware at all times and watching your footing. We didn’t worry so much about any animals or snakes. Our biggest enemy would be slippery rocks and clumsiness. You don’t want a twisted ankle at all.
The scenery continued to get more beautiful. The rock formations and random pools of super cold water were fun. The experience wasn’t anything like I imagined it. I had this terrible assumption that we’d be hiking in scorching heat, exposed to the unrelenting sun. But we were mainly in the shade and the weather was very cool comfortable. Perfect hiking weather for sure.
The amazing thing about Waters Canyon is that it’s pretty much the lifeline to Springdale. Water seeps out of the rock to create these little pools of water. We actually found a spot where we could drink straight from the canyon walls. The water was cold and refreshing. It’s also technically filtered. Thousands of years of continuous release from the canyon walls. The red coloration is due to the iron in the rock.
Once we made it to the top, we took a quite snack break and braced ourselves for our first rappel. We strapped on our harnesses and helmets and made sure all of our water bottles and everything was secured. Unlike the 500 ft free rappelling I did off the Reunion Tower in Dallas, we’d essentially be walking backwards down the side of the canyon.
Our rappels would be broken up into 6 or 7 trips ranging between 40-100 ft. Our first one was 100 ft and the hardest. It was hard simply because we were getting used to the feel of the ropes, but eventually it was a breeze. With that said, don’t get nervous. The ropes and harness support a ton of weight so there’s no way it can just snap. I believe it can support a weight of 5000 lbs or something ridiculous. Our guide Al could rappel us all the way down if he needed to and had a second rope that he controlled. It was easy to learn and pretty basic. The hardest part was simply taking the first step off the edge.
We were also able to control the speed of our descents. It was so cool walking down the walls. Felt so Matrix-y standing completely straight up, but on the side of a canyon.
Below wasn’t a traditional rappel. It was almost like a swing. There’s a pool of water below, but we didn’t really want to jump in. They were super cold and there wasn’t a lot of sun to dry off. There were a few opportunities to jump in pools and we saw a few climbers do so. We just lived vicariously through them. Not in the mood to rappel completely drenched and cold. Just sayin…
Once we completed our rappels, we had another one and a half miles to hike back down. It was definitely a lot easier and faster getting down than it was going up. We were out of the canyon by 3pm. Along the way down, I also fell on my ass. My Nikes, even with the grippy bottoms, were no match for wet sand on the rocks. Aside from a bruised ego, no injuries. Looking down, it was amazing for us to see how much ground we covered, yet so little. We were all quite pleased that we beasted this trail faster than expected.
A day trip like this is great for anyone in some physical shape. Definitely disclose any injuries to your guide beforehand. The last thing you want is to be carried out of the canyon. That’s no fun. It’s most strenuous on your legs, so if you can walk, you can do it.
Of course being fit is an advantage, but I wouldn’t say you need to be super fit to do this. Obviously it’ll be a little easier if you have some strength and endurance. I did get out of breath going up the canyon. It was like doing the Stairmaster for an hour. The three of us are tiny, so our size was a huge advantage for us. I’m 5’1. Being small, we could easily maneuver around and through the crevices. Don’t let that deter you though. Our guide Al was 6’2 and he did fine as well.
Take as many breaks as you need. It’s not a race to the top and better energized and aware. You make mistakes when you’re tired. On that note, after we got out of the canyon, the adrenaline rushed disappeared and we realized how exhausted we were. As much as we wanted to find another hiking trail and try to make up for the day before, we grabbed some ice cream, dinner and called it a night instead. We didn’t want our exhaustion to effect our judging while driving in the dark.
Flash floods are a real thing and it’s recommended to be out of the canyons and back in town by 3pm. It rains sporadically in the canyons and being a drainage, it’ll literally wash everything out. People have died in the canyons before. Better safe than sorry, am I right?
Overall, canyoning was such a fun experience and I’d definitely recommend it. I felt safe and secure during the trek up and down. It’s not as busy as some of the other trails and you get to experience being inside the canyon. It’s another activity you can do in addition to hiking.
Have you ever been canyoning or visited Zion National Park? Would you try it? Comment below and tell if you’d add this to your bucket list?
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