How to Cook Spaghetti Squash!

Hellllllllo there! Today I am at a day long conference called…Women’s Health Conversations! I can’t wait to hear some of the speakers, I will let you know what I learn!

I am not even sure if I should call this post a “recipe”.  That’s how easy this is.  And…I am such a bad impatient blogger, I forgot to take pictures!! Whoops! This week, I was determined to turn my house into a healthy one once again.  So Tuesday night, I made spaghetti squash with delicious veggie marinara sauce.  It was so simple and so incredibly good.

Spaghetti squash is not a replacement for pasta, don’t be fooled.  BUT it is delicious in its own way. I promise! However, it is pasta like in the way it looks, but much better for us. With only about 42 calories and 10 total carbohydrates per cup, I think its a winner! And, its packed with vitamin C and vitamin B-6.

How did I cook mine:

  1. Preheat oven–400 Degrees
  2. Cut (I used medium sized) squash in half length wise
  3. Sprinkle squash with salt and pepper to taste
  4. Place flesh side down in glass baking dish
  5. Fill up baking dish with 1 inch water
  6. Cook for about 40-45 minutes
  7. Once done, carefully hold squash and with a fork, scrape out the squash.  (This is the fun part)

I served ours with my homemade veggie marinara I had in the freezer (recipe coming soon).  My mom will often stir-fry hers with shrimp and other veggies….its so versatile!

There ya have it, how I cook my squash! It can also be done in the microwave, but I think this way it better if you have the time! How do you prepare your spaghetti squash? 

Congratulations to Jamie for winning a sample of Citrus bliss and a wellness consult! Please email me at MyHealthyPassion1@gmail.com

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween my friends!!! 

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Today is Halloween, a time when we (or our dogs) dress silly, scary, sexy, as our favorite characters and who knows what else! A time when we indulge in candy, and LOTS of it! 
So….before you reach for that Halloween candy this evening, you might want to think twice…
If you eat: 5 Miniature Milky Way Chocolate bars
You’ve consumed: 190 calories
To burn it off, you must: Endure 28 minutes of an aerobic fitness class
 
If you eat: 7 miniature Three Musketeers chocolate bars
You’ve consumed: 170 calories
To burn it off, you must: Swim for 22 minutes
 
If you eat: 20 pieces of candy corn
You’ve consumed: 150 calories
To burn it off, you must: Climb the stairs for 25 minutes
 
If you eat: 4 miniature Snickers chocolate bars
You’ve consumed: 170 calories
To burn it off, you must: Take the dog for a brisk 50 minute walk
 
If you eat: 3 Miniature Twix Chocolate bars
You’ve consumed: 150 calories
To burn it off, you must: Run at a moderate to strong pace for 10 minutes, OR jog for 20 minutes!
 
If you eat: 1 piece of licorice
You’ve consumed: 70 calories
To burn it off, you must: Do 25 minutes of yoga
 
If you eat: 8 ounces of Apple Cider
You’ve consumed: 165 calories
To burn it off, you must: Endure 20 minutes of the rowing machine
 
1 Charleston Chew: 30 Minutes of basic walking
Handful of M&M’s: 10 Minutes of jumping jacks
Fun sized sour patch kids: 15 Minutes of cycling

WOW! Scary!

Remember, this is an average, it can be different based on your age, weight, gender, and much more! Just think twice, is it really worth it?! 

Have a safe and happy Halloween!!!! 🙂 

Iced Coffee Drinks…Stay Clear of Fast Food Options!

Uh Oh!!! Do you like iced coffee drinks? Make your own at home!! 
Lately, I LOVE coffee… I can’t seem to get enough.  Okay, really I just drink it in the mornings and every once in awhile in the afternoon.  It has been HOT in Pittsburgh, like 90 degree hot.  I am a huge baby when it comes to the heat.  Let’s just say I am not doing to well without air conditioning.  Me and Henry…yeah both of us are demanding an air conditioner!!! It’s totally acceptable to say were a little dramatic!  

henrySo back to my point of this post… Iced coffee! Yum, it hits the spot on those super hot days!! But here is my tip, make your own at home!Check out the article below about how calorie and fat packed some of the choices are if you stop at a fast food place for an iced coffee….surprised?!? Prob not, but its always a good reminder!

Iced Coffee Drinks: Fast Foods Worst For Health. 

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Follow these recipes for an easy at home ICED COFFEE without the extra calories and fat! 
~Used leftover coffee to make ice cubes.  Just like water, add the coffee to your ice cube trays.  The coffee cubes won’t water down your coffee! 
~When the coffee is still warm, add sugar/honey/simple sugar (I actually don’t like sugar in my coffee!!) to your liking and mix until the sugar is dissolved.  You can keep it in the pot, put it in a pitcher, or pour it into the glass you will be using.
~Put your warm coffee into the refrigerator and let it cool until you’re ready to drink later.
~When you’re ready for your morning Joe or a mid-day pick me up, add cream or your favorite flavored creamer, or a splash of coconut milk!
~Don’t forget to add your coffee ice cubes!!! 
 
There you have it, cool off without adding those extra calories!!
 
What is your favorite way to cool off? Let’s hope we get an air conditioner tonight!!! Happy Friday everyone!!

Calories…A Love/Hate Relationship

Food for thought….

Hey Everyone!! It has been awhile, I have been super busy, no excuses! Happy belated St. Patrick’s Day and also, Happy Spring (my FAV season!)  Now on to an important topic…Calories!

More than half of American’s are overweight, we all know this. Consumption of unhealthy food is out of control, along with portion sizes.  A word that you hear at least twice a day if not 100 times a day is…Calories! The science behind weight loss is fairly easy…Calories in, calories out.  We count them, subtract them, add them, burn them, and obsess over them.  But do we really know what a calorie is. There are millions of diets out there.  The bottom line, they are all limiting calorie consumption.

A calorie is a unit of measurement.  No, it is not a measurement of weight or length, it’s a unit of energy.  If you eat a bowl of cereal that has 250 calories, it is describing how much energy your body could potentially get from eating it.   We need calories, however, when we eat too much and burn too little…we gain weight.

Calories are composed of 3 Macro-nutrients; Protein, Fat, and Carbohydrates. Our bodies receive 4 calories per gram of Protein, 4 calories per gram of Carbohydrates, and 9 calories per gram of Fat. Turn that food label around and check it out! Go on…if you know how many grams of fat, carbohydrates, and protein are in your food, you can calculate the calories.  Do the math.

Check out the article from NY TIMES that has an upfront opinion on Calories!

Jane Brody on Calories – NYTimes.com.