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10 Things You Need To Do To Welcome The Spring In Style

10 Things You Need To Do To Welcome The Spring In Style

Spring is a wonderful season! In spring, you can go out and enjoy a long walk, hear the birds singing, and see the seedlings emerging from the soil! Spring is the time of love, a time to celebrate, a time of rebirth.

If the allergies and mood changes make it difficult for you to love the springtime, you can pamper yourself for the new season – this is the easiest way to enhance your spring and come to love it!

1. Discover a new travel destination

Spring is the best season to travel: it’s warm enough for a walk, yet not in full season, so the prices are decent and the number of tourists is low. Here’s another major factor to convince you to travel in the spring: there are lots of festivals and parties which celebrate the new season!

You can plan your next big escape in a foreign country or simply put on the most comfortable pair of shoes and grab your backpack as you towards a new city or area in your home country. There is always something to see and somewhere to go, so browse the internet and find somewhere tp enjoy the rebirth of nature next weekend. This is also the perfect opportunity to establish a new family tradition: traveling to a new place each spring and having fun with your loved ones.

2. Pamper your body

Just like animals come out of their warm dens, you are going to come out of your cozy home in spring, which means you need to look your best. During winter months you may overlook some self-grooming tasks, such as waxing your legs – spring is the best time to update your look and pamper your body to get ready for the summer days.

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Whether you book a day at the spa using a voucher or you choose to turn your own home into a spa, you should include a full body massage, a relaxation session with Epsom salts, and a look update.

3. Try a new hairstyle

Welcome the spring in style with a new hairstyle. A new hairstyle can make you feel better about yourself and can definitely make you feel the spring groove. Go bold and try something new, like a bun, pigtails, high pony, or curls. Of course, a new hairstyle is not complete without a color change – go from blonde to brunette or redhead, or try a new trend! Take a risk and experiment with a new color. I guarantee you will feel revived!

4. New makeup, new nails

After a new hairstyle, you need new makeup and a new manicure style. Nothing says spring louder than a new manicure and pedicure. Choose pastels, which are the best for this new season. Mint, turquoise, pink, blue, or lavender are all great options when it comes to your nails. Before you start painting, don’t forget to give some loving care to your feet and hands — a hot milk and honey bath is going to leave your skin soft and glowing.

You also deserve new makeup for spring — ditch the old makeup look and embrace a new one. You can choose to follow the current trends or just find a new way to highlight your natural beauty.

If you look at designers, you will see lots of spring colors, such as blue and green for the eye makeup; orange, pink, deep reds, and wine for the lips. Keep your skin glowing by using scrubs and hydrating lotions or creams.

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5. New clothes

New hair, new makeup, new nails — you’ll need new clothes to complete your new look! Time to dive into the wardrobe and really spring clean! Welcome the spring in style with some staples: jeans, slip-on shoes, flower patterns, simple shirts, leggings, and an all-weather blazer and trench. Don’t forget a trendy and highly useful crossbody bag which can be converted to a simple small backpack.

A scarf is always handy in spring, as it helps you stay trendy and warm as the weather changes from hour to hour. None of these items are restricted to just one season. Pick versatile outfits which can be worn in multiple seasons – you just have to add new statement, trendy accessories each time.

6. Detox your entire being

To be able to welcome the spring in style, you need to give a boost to the natural detox processes which go on in your body. There are many ways to do this, yet the most effective and easy method is to stick with infused waters, detox smoothies, and whole foods.

Your first step towards detox is hydration. Because it can be hard to drink enough water during the day, you can use a simple trick: make infused water. Infused water can be made simply by adding herbs, fruits, and vegetables to your water. The added flavor of the water will make you want to drink more than usual, and the added ingredients will speed up your metabolism and increase your fat burning rate. Experiment with different ingredients until you find the one you like best.

Smoothies can support the infused water and act as your meals for the day, as long as you add enough protein to them. Base your smoothies on leafy greens, which have fibre and support proper bowel movements. Dandelion greens, spinach, kale, and parsley are among the best greens for your detox smoothies.

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Switch to whole foods and local produce — ditching the processed foods is a great way to boost your health and cleanse your body. Aim to eliminate sugars, alcohol, and gluten from your diet, relying on vegetables and fresh products.

During your 7-10 days of detox, you have to pay attention to your spirit and mind as well. Aim to meditate for 5 minutes a day, or simply disconnect from the electronics and unplug all the devices, spending some time in complete silence, breathing deeply. You will notice the benefits of this practice after the first session and you will never want to give it up!

7. Embrace a new exercise routine

Spring is the best time to take up a new sport, so take advantage of it! Take a bike ride and enjoy the great outdoors! Biking is easy to fit it into your lifestyle, as you can just ditch the car and ride your bike while running errands. You’ll gradually get fitter, all while enjoying a new activity that puts you in a positive mood.

8. Create a new playlist

To get into the mood and welcome the spring in style, you need to have some appropriate tunes ready. Music has a beneficial effect on your mood and studies have proven that music therapy can reduce depression and depressive syndrome. This can be common during the spring, as the body is affected by the climatic changes, like temperature and pressure. Apart from the scientific side of music, it can make you relive past memories, like that song that was playing during your first kiss.

Music awakens emotions, so you can use it to pump up your mood in preparation for spring. Create a spring playlist and unleash your creativity and happiness. Add songs which remind you of your favorite spring moments.

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9. Read a new book

Rediscover the library and boost your creativity this spring. Reading enhances your brain power — that’s a proven fact. Go for physical books rather than ebook — the experience of reading is not complete without the act of turning the pages.

10. Start a DIY project

Spring is the perfect time to start a DIY project. When the allergies hit you hard or the spring storms are not allowing any walks in the park, just take the DIY path. Make a cute purse, necklace, enhance your hangers, or give an old item a new life — spring is the right time to tackle those projects you’ve been procrastinating for the last year.

Spring is a lovely season, so embrace it! Ditch the seasonal funk by grabbing your infused water and crafting a new item while listening to your power playlist!

Featured photo credit: Albumarium via albumarium.com

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Last Updated on May 25, 2019

20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

20 Spaghetti Squash Recipes For Anyone Who Is Looking For Delicious, Healthy Comfort Food

Spaghetti squash is similar to cucumber. It has a shell which is difficult to pierce and this hard flesh surrounds a hollow cavity filled with seeds. When you cook this vegetable, the squash flesh falls away from the inner cavity and only the reminiscent of spaghetti remains. You can get surprised and delighted to see how this vegetable transforms with cooking.

It can act as a great substitute to pasta. It tastes as delicious as the traditional pasta and is equally satisfying but healthier. It is gluten free and contains many nutrients like vitamin A, potassium and folic acid.

This incredible vegetable can be boiled, baked or steamed. And, a lot of recipes can be prepared with spaghetti squash as the chief ingredient. I’m sure the following recipes will make your mouth water.

Breakfast

1. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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    This unconventional porridge, prepared for breakfast, is a perfect dish to start your day. The ingredients include spaghetti squash, organic coconut milk, ginger, coconut flour, maple syrup, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract. It has a comforting and creamy texture and is best served with fresh fruit topping. (Click here for recipe)

    2. Egg and Avocado Spaghetti Squash Boats

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      If you’re looking for a light, healthy, gluten free, vegetarian breakfast then avocado spaghetti squash boats is the best option. Besides chopping the squash, breaking the egg and slicing the avocado, this recipe doesn’t require much effort in its preparation. It tastes amazing with egg yolk and salsa and has a rich decadent texture. (Click here for recipe)

      3. Spaghetti Squash Frittata for One

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        This frittata, if prepared perfectly, can be an excellent choice for a healthy meal. It is a combination of lots of spaghetti squash, a few white eggs, some red pepper for color and texture, few onions and garlic for flavor, and some fresh herbs for brightness. This dish is usually served large in size and tastes great with tomato sauce and bean balls. (Click here for recipe)

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        4. Ingredient Spaghetti Squash Brunch

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          It’s a fast and easy breakfast that contains a poached egg and feta on a pre-roasted pile of spaghetti squash bed. The yolk from the egg floods through the scraps of squash underneath. It almost tastes like an Italian pasta and the light crumble of feta adds more calcium and protein. (Click here for recipe)

          5. Spaghetti Squash Hash Browns

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            A very healthy take on hash browns in which spaghetti squash is used in place of potatoes and coconut oil in place of butter. This reduces stress, inflammation and starch, making it healthier than traditional hash browns. It helps lose water weight as well which is helpful for weight loss. The final product is fluffy on the inside but crispy on the outside. It is best served alongside some dippy eggs. (Click here for recipe and image source)

            Lunch

            6. Spaghetti Squash Chow Mein

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              Spaghetti squash can not only replace Italian pasta but it can also replace the Chinese noodles. They are a delicious, satisfying dish, prepared by stirring and frying spaghetti squash with a rainbow of other vegetables along with a sweet smelling mixture of fish sauce, rice vinegar and soy. They are gluten free and grease free which makes them healthier. (Click here for recipe)

              7. Parmesan Zucchini and Spaghetti Squash with Pine Nuts

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                This dish is a marvelous combination of garlic, spaghetti squash, parmesan, toasted pine and zucchini nuts. It’s super healthy, gluten free, full of vegetables and delicious. Tossed with olive oil, this dish meets all the dietary needs and is perfect for light lunch. You can also add some chicken to increase protein.  (Click here for recipe)

                 8. Spaghetti Squash with Mushrooms Parmesan

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                  Though spaghetti squash provides low calories, you can add meaty mushroom and a good amount of parmesan cheese to increase the amount of calories. It’s a healthy, full of flavor, vegetarian dish, and has cheap and easy ingredients which you can find in market. The final product is yummy and satisfying and can make your lunch, perfect.  (Click here for recipe)

                   9. Spaghetti Squash with Vegan Fire-Roasted Tomato Cream Sauce

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                    A pile of roasted squash is flavored with a sauce made from five ingredients. The vegan fire-roasted tomato cream sauce is made from the mixture of tomatoes, cashews, basil, salt and water. This spicy sauce makes it more delicious and some small amount of basil adds fresh green color and flavor. (Click here for recipe)

                     10. Thai Peanut Spaghetti Squash

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                      Most of the dishes listed here are either Mexican or Italian. This recipe however will give you a fresh Asian feeling. To prepare this, all you need are spaghetti squash and peanut sauce, then by adding some ginger, lime and vinegar you’ll get one of the most delicious recipes. The texture of this dish reminds you of heavenly beaches in Thailand. (Click here for the recipe)

                      Dinner

                      11. Spaghetti Squash Comfort Bowl

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                        This is the perfect kind of bowl that you want to have on a cold evening, sitting on a couch and watching TV. You’ll enjoy its lightly steamed veggies, allspice beans, and the strands of squash as well. It feels creamy but doesn’t seem too heavy. It’s a great dish with intense indulgence, with our best spaghetti squash, the warm beans, and the comforting steamed veggies. (Click here for the recipe)

                        12. Spaghetti Squash Crust Pizza

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                          As you already know, spaghetti squash is a great substitute for pasta, but this dish here shows how these chewy shreds can make a great stand-in for pizza. You can add anything like meat or veggies to the base which is bound with egg whites and flour. The end product is a great gluten free dish. (Click here for the recipe)

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                          13. Spaghetti Squash Fried Rice

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                            Spaghetti squash works as a good substitute to the cauliflower as the base of a fried rice. This recipe includes almost all of the usual ingredients of a fried rice. With green onions, eggs, peanut oil, and some garlic, this dish gives a unique texture that you can never find in your local restaurants. (Click here for the recipe)

                             14. Roasted Garlic Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Boats

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                              If you’re looking for something delicious for the winter evenings, you’ll get fond of these cheesy spaghetti squash boats. To lighten it up, it is filled with tomato sauce, cheese, chicken sausage, parmesan and ricotta. You can easily complete its arrangement ahead of time and bake it before dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                              15. Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

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                                This Mexican inspired dish has spaghetti squash as a serving bowl and inside it goes enchilada sauce, chicken, cheese, black beans and other veggies wrapped inside a corn tortilla blanket. You can also use spinach in place of the corn and black beans. Topped with sauce galore, this dish can be served as a family fun meal.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                Dessert

                                16. Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins

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                                  If you can afford spaghetti squash, coconut sugar, some eggs and few other ingredients, then this dish must be your cheapest choice. This noodle is a delight in all seasons. The addition of some apples and raisins results in its fruity freshness. (Click here for the recipe)

                                  17. Spaghetti Squash Coconut Custard Pie

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                                    With the fine sweetness from vanilla extract and coconut, this dessert can be a great hit among guests. The spaghetti squash drowns in an egg batter to make it lighter than a cream pie. You can play and experiment with the ingredients and see surprising results.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                     18. Spaghetti Squash Cake With Cream Cheese Glaze

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                                      This desert will be a delicious treat to those who are a fan of carrot cake. Spaghetti squash is a vegetable with pleasant taste, lending fiber, potassium and vitamins. So, if you drape it in cream cheese frosting, you will end with this mouth- watering cake. This dessert has so many health benefits and is also great for a Thanksgiving dinner. (Click here for the recipe)

                                       19. Spaghetti Squash Kheer

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                                        Kheer is a rice pudding made by boiling rice with cow milk and sugar. But this type of kheer replaces boiling rice with noodles swapped out of spaghetti squash and cow milk with coconut milk. By pouring some ghee, you can add necessary richness in it. It is healthier than traditional kheer and can act as a great dessert for your evenings. (Click here for the recipe)

                                         20. Cinnamon Spice Spaghetti Squash Cake

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                                          By now, you must be surprised by the versatility of spaghetti squash. But your best surprise will probably come after you finish preparing this cake. This cake is a game changer. You’ll have the taste of lots of veggies like cinnamon, allspice maple syrup and ginger, all inside a single cake.  It’s a perfect treat for picky eaters. (Click here for the recipe)

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