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Quick And Easy Way To Make Spaghetti Squash

Quick And Easy Way To Make Spaghetti Squash

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    It’s time to give spaghetti squash the attention it deserves.  Healthy eaters walk right past squash bins in search of more colorful, and more common vegetables.  A second look at the winter gourd- more aptly named spaghetti squash, can make your life better, really better.  Spaghetti squash is sturdy, and easy to store, just tuck them into a cool, dry place until you’re ready to give them your attention.  You can pop the squash in the microwave for about 15 minutes, which helps cut down on preparation time.  No oven time, or steaming kettles because the microwave does all the heavy lifting here.  Dani Spies does a quick demonstration on how spaghetti squash is easy to cook and is a great alternative to pastas.

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    Why Spaghetti Squash Rocks

    Spaghetti squash brings its Vitamin A game, and is rich in potassium, beta carotene and folic acid.  Whole 30 dieters love this squash and commonly regard the spaghetti imitating texture a perfect substitute for carb heavy pastas.  Spaghetti squash works brilliantly as a bed to top with proteins or other veggie medleys.

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    Kitchen Utensils

    • 1 1/2-quart casserole or glass baking dish
    • large knife
    • fork
    • cutting board
    • oven mitts

    Spaghetti Squash Quick Time Preparation

    Dani lays out the keys to the quick preparation and you will appreciate her no nonsense approach to the versatility of spaghetti squash.  Here are the preparation steps Dani covers in the short video:

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    1. Place squash on cutting board and pierce the squash 8-10 times with fairly deep cuts to allow steam to escape
    2. Place squash in microwave safe dish and set  timer 4-5 minutes per pound. Rotate squash at half-way point
    3. Remove from microwave when squash is soft. Add cook time if not soft
    4. Remove from dish and place on cooking board and let stand a few minutes to handle safely
    5. Cut spaghetti squash in half and remove seeds and use fork to scrape squash onto serving dish
    6. Season to taste, optionally sprinkle parmesan cheese onto squash

    Spaghetti squash is versatile, easy to store, and simple to prepare.  Give the gourd its due- and make your kitchen time a lot less hectic with the healthy choice of squash.

    Featured photo credit: Brent Hofacker via shutterstock.com

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    Last Updated on January 26, 2021

    Science Says A Glass Of Red Wine Can Replace 1 Hour Exercising

    Science Says A Glass Of Red Wine Can Replace 1 Hour Exercising

    Are you a red wine drinker? What if I tell you sipping in a glass of wine can equate to an hour of exercise? Yup, it’s tried and tested. A new scientific study has just confirmed this wonderful news. So next time you hold a glass of Merlot, you can brag about one hour of hard workout. Rejoice, drinkers!

    What the study found out

    “I think resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol could mimic exercise for the more improve the benefits of the modest amount of exercise that they can do.”

    (applauds)

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    I’m not saying this, but the study’s principal investigator Jason Dyck who got it published in the Journal of Physiology in May.

    In a statement to ScienceDaily, Dyck pointed out that resveratrol is your magic “natural compound” which lavishes you with the same benefits as you would earn from working out in the gym.

    And where do you find it? Fruits, nuts and of course, red wine!

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    Did I forget to mention Dyck also researched resveratrol can “enhance exercise training and performance”?

    There are limits, of course

    But, all is not gold as they say. If you’re a lady who likes to flaunt holding a glass of white wine in the club or simply a Chardonnay-lover,you have a bad (sad) news. The “one hour workout” formula only works with red wine, not non red wines. And don’t be mistaken and think you’ve managed 4 to 6 hours of workout sessions if you happen to gulp down a bottle of red wine.

    And what can replace the golden lifetime benefits of exercise?Exercise is just as important as you age. Period! But hey, don’t be discouraged; look at the bigger picture here. A glass of red wine is not a bad deal after all!

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    The health benefits of red wine

    But just how beneficial is the red alcoholic beverage to your body? As we all know red wine is a healthier choice youc an make when boozing.

    Let’s hear it from a registered dietitian. Leah Kaufman lists red wine as the “most calorie friendly” alcoholic beverage. Sure, you won’t mind adding up to a mere 100 calories per 5-ounce glass of red wine after you realize it contains antioxidants, lowers risk of heart disease and stroke, reduces risk of diabetes-related diseases, helps avoid formation of blood clots and lowers bad cholesterol level.

    Wantmore? Wine could also replace your mouthwash because the flavan-3-ols in red wines can control the “bad bacteria” in your mouth.To add to that list of benefits, moderate wine drinking may be beneficial for your eyes too – a recent study mentions.

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    Be aware of the risks, too

    Having mentioned all the ‘goods’ about red wine, you cannot underplay the fact that it is still an alcohol, which isn’t the best stuff to pour into your body. What is excessive drinking going to do to your body? Know the risks and you should be a good drinker at the end of the day.

    However, you don’t want to discard the red vino from your “right eating”regimen just because it stains your teeth blue. M-o-d-e-r-a-t-i-o-n. Did you read that? That’s the operative word when it comes to booze.

    By the way, when chocolate is paired with wine, particularly red, they can bring you some exceptional benefits towards your health.But again, if you tend to go overboard and booze down bottles after bottles, you are up for the negative side of alcohol, and we all know what too much of sweetness (sugar) can do to our body (open invitation to diabetes and heart diseases if you aren’t aware).

    Folks, the red grape beverage is certainly a good buy to have a good hour’s worth of cardio, provided you keep the ‘M’ word in mind. Cheers!

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