Hey abs challengers, how’s it going?
Are you a little tired from your first round of cardio intervals? Need a little extra nutritional push to keep you going? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite vegetables and the many ways I use it to create a healthy, low carb meal.
That food is spaghetti squash! Hands down, I crave it on the regular.
But it makes me sad that I hear a lot of people worrying about how long it takes too cook, however I have one simple easy (lazy person) way of heating it up, and one longer but a little more delicious way.
Quick way to cook a spaghetti squash
Stab it with a fork or knife a few times. Put it on a microwave safe plate. Microwave for 10 – 15 minutes (depending on size) until the skin gives to the touch. Slice in half, remove the seeds, and scrape with a fork to create “spaghetti”.
Tasty way to cook a spaghetti squash
Slice in half and remove seeds. Place face down in baking dish with small amount of water at the bottom of the pan. Bake at 375 for 35 – 40 minutes, then flip squash to face up. Bake for another 10 minutes until it browns slightly. Remove from oven and scrape with fork to create “spaghetti”
Here are a few of my favorite ways to use it:
- Mediterranean “Pasta”: toss squash with diced rotisserie chicken, sundried tomato pesto, sautéed peppers and onions, and topped with a little parm.
- Spaghetti and Meat sauce: toss squash with ground beef or turkey and pasta sauce
- Spaghetti Squash and Greens: toss warm squash with arugula and spinach and pesto
It makes a great side dish and main dish! The reason to use this hearty vegetable is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates and calories in your meals. Even if you’re not looking to lose weight, you can eat a large bowl without the bloated, stuffed feeling you have from eating pasta. It’s a great way to mimic a comfort food!
ABS CHALLENGE ALERT! Plus excess carbohydrates in the diet can add to water weight gain and even weight gain in general. If you’re trying to lean out, eating closer to 45% of your daily intake from carbohydrates can help to create that “cut” look.
Now while you’re eating fresh and sweating hard, it’s also time to start working your core with two exercises.
The plank and boat pose are two exercises that work your abs and core from all angles. We’re not just going to do sit ups for 4 weeks (although those are just fine too). I actually love doing these at the end of workouts when I’m strapped for time to do ab exercises.
ABS CHALLENGE: From now until Monday, practice plank (on your forearms) and boat pose for 30 seconds each day. Not only will this help to strengthen your abdominals, but also your obliques, hip flexors, and low back! How about that for 1 minute of work!?
Also, take another stab at your cardio intervals! You’ll be getting more ideas for intervals next week when I share my favorite workouts to help burn more fat. Stay tuned 🙂
Have a great weekend!