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A recipe for health: Summer Spaghetti

A recipe for health: Summer Spaghetti

I thought it would be different to share a healthy recipe today.  I am a huge pasta fan so I thought my simple Summer Spaghetti recipe would be a great one to share.  You can vary it however you want and feel good about eating it because it is much lighter than a typical “red sauce spaghetti.”

Summer Spaghetti

-whole wheat pasta of your choice (I have used several different types, but I think classic spaghetti noodles work best)

– 1 TBS pasta water


-Parmesan Garlic shredded cheese (yellow bottle next to plain Parmesan cheese)

-Asiago and Parmesan cheese (I use about 1/4 cup of each)

-half lemon squeezed (or less depending how much acidity you like)

-1-2 TBS pesto

-1 cup chopped broccoli (you can substitute yellow or green zucchini or any veggie you prefer)

-Pepper, red pepper flakes (optional)

Cook the pasta to your desired tenderness. Cook broccoli in microwave or on stove. Combine pasta, broccoli, lemon, EVOO, pasta water, and pepper in saucepan or skillet and stir together over low heat.  I mix in the cheese last and leave it on a few more seconds to allow to combine with all ingredients. Now, enjoy!

That’s an easy and light summer recipe that can be thrown together very quickly!  Remember, exercise is great, but leading a healthy lifestyle is a balance of nutrition and exercise.  You should try to exercise and eat for success (and in moderation, too)!


Simplicity might just be key!

Simplicity might just be key!

One constant for most people is that their schedule is always filled, life is always busy, and there never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything on the “to do” list.  People often want short, simple, and easy workouts and quick, healthy meals that keep us on track to maintain or reach our fitness goals.  Why?  Because spending time with family and friends is what most, if not all, of us want.  We basically want the cake and to eat it too!  Shocking, right?  Well, obviously, not really.  That is the majority, not the minority, so if you feel this way, you can rest assured that you are not alone.  So, what can you do to still make the most of your day, save time, and not feel like your entire day is dedicated to health and wellness?  Let’s face it, we are often so busy we don’t necessarily think about all the choices (or lack of) that we are making that impact our health.

My solution (and challenge to you) is to find several small and simple (key word is SIMPLE!) health oriented things that you can do that will help change the big picture over time, then incorporate those into your schedule.  I will give you an example of some fitness and health choices that will assist you in creating a more simple, less overwhelming lifestyle.

First off, start with steps and walking.  Grab a fitness tracker, a very basic one that counts steps is all you need.  If you prefer a more fancier fitness watch/tracker, by all means, get what suits you best.  It used to be that 10k a day was the fad and maybe it still is, but don’t stick with fad diets and exercises.  Strive for what works, so get your count to 14k a day!  Yes, that seems like a lot of steps, but think of walking to the bathroom, in the kitchen, at work, etc.  And just in case you aren’t convinced that getting steps are great for you, walking helps with digestion, is great for your bones, and can improve your mood!  You can do it and it really isn’t difficult.  You may be surprised by how many you get!

Next, the fabulous 5: basic weights, lunges, crunches, squats, and push-ups.  This will help build strength and tone your body.  Do sets that work best for you.  I suggest 3-5 sets of 10-15 reps depending on your lifestyle and fitness level.  You can do these in the morning when you wake up, in the evening to de-stress, while you are outside, while you are watching television, etc and it takes a total of 15 to 20 minutes, if that.

The next one may be somewhat difficult for many, but it is important and will make the biggest difference on your waistline and energy level.  Avoid baked goods.  These are salty, sugary foods that provide little to no energy.  While you avoid cookies, brownies, and cakes, turn to water.  Drink at least a gallon of water a day to stay full, focused, and alert, aiding in keeping your energy level high.  Also, turn to fruit and veggie smoothies that you make at home.  Buy frozen fruits if you are rushed for time or buy fresh fruit and have it pre-cut and in containers so it is ready to be thrown in the blender in the morning or evening.  (This doesn’t mean you can’t have ice cream, this specifically eliminates baked goods, BUT like I continually say, everything in moderation, so don’t go overboard with the ice cream!) 😉

That’s it…simple as that!  5 small and simple tips to incorporate into your busy schedule so that healthy choices are being made without even thinking about them! 1) 14k a day 2) Fabulous 5 exercises 3) No baked goods 4) Smoothies 5) 1 gallon of water per day.  That’s it, an easy exercise and nutrition guide to fit into each day without a workout or a special diet.


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