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Pesto Spaghetti Squash from the Happy Healthy Kitchen

Hello, my Happy + Healthy Tribe and HAPPY 2018! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter, and lots of fun. And now, back to our regularly scheduled healthy routines!

Just kidding, you guys know I’m all about balance 😉 If you follow me on social media, you know I was fully embracing self love and spending time with family and friends this holiday season, and not worrying so much about eating “perfect” and exercising a ton. That being said, I am excited to get back into my normal routine and incorporate some new healthy habits as well.

A few of you have asked me to share some recipes and in all honesty, I’m not exactly a ninja in the kitchen. My cooking is pretty basic, lots of repeats, but always mostly healthy. Some of my staples – smoothies, quinoa, certain veggie dishes – are things I can whip up in no time and I forget that lots of people are new to these foods and don’t know where to start. So today I’m sharing my process for making a simple spaghetti squash. I make it probably about once every two weeks, because while I will say it is easy to make, it’s quite time consuming.

I usually buy a small spaghetti squash, enough for one dinner for my boyfriend and I (there are certain things I don’t like to eat as leftovers and this is one of them, but don’t let me stop you! Certainly buy a larger squash and enjoy it tomorrow if you’d like).

Step One: Make dash-like cuts along the outside of the squash, as if you were cutting it in half. Microwave for five minutes. This will make it much easier to cut in half for real. When removing from the microwave, use potholders – it gets VERY hot in there!

Cut dash marks into your squash as if you were cutting it in half. I usually get a small squash – enough for one dinner for two people, but you do you, girl!

Step Two: Using your dashes as a guide, cut the squash into two equal parts. Use a fork to scrape out the seeds. I usually toss the seeds, but I have heard of people roasting them.

Step Three: Drizzle olive oil over each half, and spread using a pastry brush to cover the entire surface. Sprinkle with the seasoning of your choice – mine vary depending on what I’m doing with my squash but in most cases I use Himalayan pink salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Drizzle with olive oil and top with any spices you want – I went with Himalayan pink salt, pepper and garlic powder on this one.

Step Four: Place the two halves face down on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes, depending on the size of the squash.

Step Five: Once your squash is out of the oven, use a fork to separate the “spaghetti” from the skin. Once you’re about halfway there, start incorporating your fillings (I do this so they mix well with the spaghetti strands). In this particular recipe, I used about two tablespoons of basil pesto and shredded mozzarella cheese. Other favorites of mine include broccoli and cheese (I will usually steam the broccoli first), and roasted kale (I’ll put the kale in the oven with the squash about ten minutes before the timer goes off). It really depends on what I’m in the mood for, and what I have in my fridge.

Add your toppings, mix it all up and you’re done! Basil Pesto Spaghetti Squash 🙂

That’s it! The best part about this recipe is that there is no clean-up involved – you can eat it right out of the squash “bowl”!

Leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite spaghetti squash dishes are!

 

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3 Things No One Tells You About Weight Loss

Last night I was listening to a podcast and the topic strayed from a TV news recap into health and wellness habits. The host of the podcast was talking about how he wishes he were healthier and struggles with finding the time and energy to cook and head to the gym periodically – and for those reasons, he doesn’t feel it’s worth it to do anything at all. If it weren’t nighttime I would have ran to the nearest post office and overnighted a copy of “The Small Change Solution” to him! I felt so bad listening to him talk like that, and it got me thinking about all of the misconceptions that come with living a healthy lifestyle.

You can do it, even if you’re busy. Think of it this way: You have to eat, and you have to get from Point A to Point B. Regardless of how packed your schedule is. It’s about making the best decisions throughout your day. Instead of hitting the drive-thru for a breakfast sandwich, make it at home. Use a whole wheat English muffin, organic eggs, and avocado. Sounds yummy, right? It takes as much time to make as it does to drive to the fast food place, and it’s ten times healthier. Once you get used to making your own meals you can add in and swap out different healthy whole foods. Likewise, instead of driving down the street for your afternoon coffee, walk! See how easy it is to make healthy choices without adding to your schedule?

You can do it, even if you’re broke! First and foremost, a healthy lifestyle is born in the kitchen. You don’t need an expensive gym membership or fancy workout clothes. Have you heard about the “Squat Your Dog” challenge going around on social media right now? It’s genius (not to mention super cute!). Grab your pooch and do your squats! Even if you don’t have a furry friend at home, you get the idea. You don’t need special equipment to do pushups or go for a run. You can get five bananas for the price of any item on the dollar menu. Beans, grains, fruits and vegetables are less expensive than packaged, processed foods any day of the week – and they’re definitely cheaper than eating out. It’s actually more cost effect to be healthy than not!

Sometimes, you just have to power through. The toughest advice I ever had to give someone early in my days of health coaching was “you just have to”. I can give you all of the tips, tricks and recipes in my arsenal – and so can any other health coach or personal trainer – but in the end, it’s up to you to do the work. I’m here to cheer you on, but I can’t burn those calories for you! Sometimes you just have to suck it up on those days when you’re exhausted and JUST GO. Cook for yourself, hit the gym, whatever your block is, just overcome it. All I can really say is, you’ll feel so much better after it’s done.

Take it from me – I lost weight, cleared my skin, stabilized my mood swings and started living my full, happy, healthy life without making dramatic changes to my routine. You DON’T have to throw out everything in your kitchen, you DON’T have to go to the gym for an hour every day, you DON’T have to drink green juice for every meal. You CAN do this – once you stop listening to societal demands and trends, and start listening to your body.

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Friday Five // Simple Vegetarian Food Swaps

I’ve officially been vegetarian/vegetarian-adjacent for six years now! I say “vegetarian-adjacent” because while I can pinpoint the exact moment I decided “hmm, maybe I should be a vegetarian”, I didn’t quit chicken cold-turkey (haha).

I was sitting in the backseat of my parent’s car, Atlantic-city bound and I was flipping through an issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. There was a little sidebar-article in there suggesting simple swaps to help you live a meat-free existence. I was at a point in my life where I felt heavy and quite unhappy and uncomfortable in my own body, so I was pretty open to making a change in my diet. The only problem was, with ALL of the information available out there and my inability at that point to understand my body and know what it needed, I was confused and I didn’t know the difference between dieting and being healthy. My early days of vegetarianism consisted primarily of pasta and PB&J’s, and I simply swapped out meat for its soy alternative (which in all fairness is fine when you’re starting out, but soy meat is a highly processed food and it’s not exactly healthy).

So if you’re thinking about making the jump into the plant-based life or even just looking to cut back on your animal-intake, here are my five super healthy vegetarian swaps:

Almond milk – It’s clean, it didn’t come from a cow (seriously, yuck) and it’s rich in protein and healthy fats. I’m not a big fan of straight up eating almonds, so incorporating almond milk into my diet actually gives me those nutrients I’d otherwise miss out on. Score!

Quinoa – Quinoa is the only grain that’s a complete protein, and it’s my main source of protein. It’s very clean, it’s INCREDIBLY healthy, and you guys – it’s delicious. I even eat it in place of pasta, adding whatever sauce I’m in the mood for.

Lentils – This would be my second-biggest source of protein. I LOVE adding cayenne pepper and chili powder to cook up some seriously smokin’ hot lentils! Beat that, barbecued wings.

Fruit – In place of breakfast meat. Whenever I go out for brunch and I say “no meat” on the side, many places are super-nice enough to give me fruit on the side inside. It might not be as protein-packed but it’s refreshing enough that it wakes me up just the same.

Veggie broth – In my opinion, there’s no reason not to swap out chicken/beef broth for veggie broth at every turn. It’s so flavorful – just, yum.

 

Tell me in the comments – what are some of your favorite vegetarian food swaps? Whether you’re a full-on herbivore or not, we’ve all got our little tricks. I want to hear from you!

 

 

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5 Small Changes For Successful ‘Adulting’

As an early 30-something, I often find myself comparing my current life status to that of my mom when she was my age. She already had a house, a husband and two kids. Me? Not so much.

The fact of the matter is, we are in a MUCH different day in age than our parents, and we should NOT be comparing ourselves. They may have been “ahead” of us in certain aspects of life, but we have plenty of advantages at our disposal that did not exist thirty years ago.

That said, some days when life has you down you simply don’t want to “adult”. Keep these tips in your pocket for when those times hit:

1. Keep a journal. Write down your goals, from the big ones to the little ones. This will help you remain focused on what’s important to you as you transition into the ‘real world’.

2. For every negative thought that crosses your mind, make a conscious effort to think of a positive one. It may be overwhelming to be faced with leaving college and entering the working world, but there is much to be celebrated, too!

3. Keep in mind that healthy eating can actually SAVE you money. Fresh, whole foods are much less expensive than eating out. Isn’t it great to know that you can save money and be healthy at the same time?

4. Skip the fancy gym membership for now; hit the pavement instead. Or watch free workout videos on YouTube. You’ll save a lot that way while you work on building up a financial foundation, and stay fit while doing it!

5. Remember there is absolutely no shame in going home to mom when you need to for a home cooked meal or a shoulder to cry on. A good support system is necessary for ANY transition in life.

 

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