There are many reasons why spaghetti squash rocks my world. The leading is probably that 1 cup of the stuff has about 45 calories and 10g of carbs compared to a cup of spaghetti noodles which clock in at 220 calories and 43g of carbs. While it’s obviously not a replacement to a beautiful pile of pasta, it is a healthy alternative that you can dress up with different toppings to satisfy a craving. A lot of people don’t utilize this miracle food enough simply because cooking it is so time consuming (it needs to bake around an hour in the oven). And when your hungry, that just won’t cut it. But cry no more, there is a solution–Spaghetti Squash a la Microwave!
This method is fast and simple–and it doesn’t compromise the outcome at all.In about 10-15 minutes, you’re ready to eat🍴
1. Cut spaghetti squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds
2. Fill the middle (where the seeds were) of one of the halves
3. Put the other half on top
6. Put squash in a microwaveable dish and put in microwave for 10-15 minutes (time varies based on squash size and microwave wattage)
7.Remove from microwave, open up halves, dump out the water and scrape out squash using a fork to form long strings
8. Pile it up on a plate and add whatever toppings your heart desires (I stick with the traditional marinara and parmesan cheese)
For a ‘lil something sweet afterward, I made Simply Sugar and Gluten Free’s Banana Oat Bars. The sweetness in these dense and chewy treats comes from a banana, dates and just a tablespoon of maple syrup. I definitely recommend!
Welcome my new favorite ab exercise–the Stability Ball Pike. I’ve seen this in magazines a number of times before but was always afraid to try it. I was certain if I pulled this one at the gym I’d fall on my face. But today the gym was particularly empty so I put myself in a discrete corner and tried it out. I promise it’s not as hard as it looks–especially if you don’t go all the way up onto your toes. I would stop at the bottom of my shins for added stability. I love this move because it’s challenges me in a different way, works the shoulders as well as abs, plus it’s kinda fun!
The above form utilizes all of the abdominals with a focus on the uppers
The below focuses more on the lower abs
Give it a whirl if you haven’t tried it–let me know what you think!