Spagetti & Strength Training

Yesterday was such a busy day for me, I unfortunately didn’t have enough time to post an entry, so here’s it is: Despite the fact I hate mondays, this one was quite productive. I came home to studying for my bio and chem test (which is today), cooking a blog-worthy dinner for my parents and, on top of that, having enough time for a workout.  Last night I completely wung it and made a spagetti squash primavera. It was quite delish to my surprise, here’s the recipe :

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Ingredients:

1 Spagetti Squash

1 tsp olive oil

1/2  small onion, chopped

2 cloves of garlic

10 oz  stewed tomatoes

1/2 cup of fresh tomato (any kind) roughly chopped

1/2 cup  carrot, shredded with a vegetable peeler

1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms

1/2 cup chopped broccoli florets

1 tsp  each oregano, basil & parsley flakes

1/2 tsp pepper

Pine nuts or parmesan cheese to garnish

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut squash in half, lengthwise  fill each half with a little bit of water. Let bake in dish for about 30 – 45 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a skillet to medium heat and toss in the olive oil with onions and garlic. Let cook for about 5 min or until onion is transparent. Stir in the tomatoes and the carrot. Wait until tomatoes reach a boil and turn down heat to let simmer for about 5 minutes. Add in spices, mushrooms and broccoli florets. Stir and let simmer for another 10 to 15 minutes.

Once Spagetti squash is done in the oven, drain out the excess water. Fluff  squash with a fork so it resembles spagetti. Remove the spagetti out of it’s shell and spoon sauce on top. Garnish with a sprinkle of pine nuts or parmesan and Bon-Apetit. Serves 4 :)

Calories: 205 cal; Fat: 12.3 grams (saturated: 1.1 grams, No trans fats); Carbohydrates: 21.8 grams; Fibre: 4.3 grams; Sugars: 0.6 grams; Sodium: 150 mg; Protein: 5.3 grams 

Always make sure you stretch for at least five minutes before you workout. It really sucks to have a pulled muscle or be stiff for a couple of days. Here’s last night’s workout; the perfect combination of upper & lower body and core.

Circuit 1:

Repeat circuit 3 times

Curl ups on stability-ball with dumbell 15 reps 

Bar pull 12 reps 

Bench lunges with dumbbells  10 reps/ per leg

Circuit 2:

Repeat circuit 4 times

 Dead lifts 10 reps 

Reverse crunches 15 reps 

Rows with restistance band 

 Circuit 3:

Repeat circuit 5 times

Tricep raises with dumbbell 10 reps/ per arm 

Bridge raise with stability ball 10 reps 

 Bench Dips 15 reps 

 

 

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