Spaghetti Squash Bake

Hi friends! Hope your week is going well. I’ve been super run-down this week and woke up with a scratchy throat this morning. I’ve been hittin’ the tea with honey and ice cream….hard. Hoping to get to bed early and then be good as new tomorrow. Fingers crossed!

Today I’m super excited to share a healthy, easy, and delicious recipe with you guys! It is gluten free for all you gluten-free peeps out there. I made a large batch to keep in the fridge and eat for lunches this week. Try it out! Let me know what you think!

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Ingredients:

2 medium spaghetti squashes

1 package of mild italian chicken sausages

1 bag of baby spinach

1 jar of alfredo sauce

1 package of gluten-free crackers

1 bag of shredded mozzarella cheese

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 450*. Halve both spaghetti squash and place inside up on a baking sheet. Drizzle olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place in the oven for ~45 minutes or until you can drag a fork through the squash and “spaghetti” forms.
  2. While to spaghetti squash is in the oven, cut the chicken sausage into small discs and cook to your preference. Most chicken sausage come already cooked but I like to brown them in a frying pan.
  3. In a separate frying pan, sauté baby spinach with some garlic.
  4. Once the spaghetti squash is done, run a fork through it from all sides and place the spaaghetti in a large baking dish. Add the spinach, chicken sausage and alfredo sauce, mix well.
  5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top
  6. Crush up the gluten-free crackers and place those on top
  7. Place in a 350* oven for 20 minues

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Count ’em!

Happy almost weekend! I’m at the ice cream store today and then an overnight at the hospital tomorrow night. Thankfully I don’t have much going on on Saturday so I’ll be able to rest and keep it low-key.

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Anyways, today on ScoopinRN, we’re gonna talk counting calories. Mostly because this week I had a conversation with Christina about how “we would have abs if we didn’t eat crap.” And I constantly struggle with this. Life is all about balance, and I believe in the mentality of 80% healthy, 20% what I want in terms of diet. However, some weeks I am really, really off. (Last week being one of them.) I told Christina we should try and start logging what we eat to which she replied “I hate that.” I laughed at first and then asked her why it annoyed her so much. She was saying she has some coworkers who do it and it is tedious and down to how much ketchup they use. She had a good point. You’re supposed to eat to live, not live to eat and obsess about it.

However, I thought I would give it a go so I would pay more attention to what I was putting in my body this week. I downloaded My Fitness Pal on my phone and started entering my meals. My favorite thing about this app is the barcode feature which allows you to scan the barcode of a food and it will show up opposed to having to enter it and search for it.

The app does a nice job of breaking down calories for people who don’t understand how food and exercise correlate. It also has a featuring showing how nutrients play out in your daily eating.

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I’ve only started this new “logging” system on Tuesday and I already don’t think it’s a good match for me. I plan on deleting the app and resorting to good old pen and paper. Why? I never count calories. I liked having a format to document what I was eating but didn’t like all the “+” “-” and green and red.

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I like choosing certain foods because it’s what my body needs and doing certain exercises because it’s what feels right. I don’t like red numbers making me feel fat bad about myself. I want to eat that scoop of ice cream, or drink that latte, and not feel guilty. I don’t want to worry about not having burned enough calories at yoga, I want to appreciate that I stretched my body and focused on my breath. I also realized that even though I “did a good job” and stayed below my “calorie max” I didn’t eat very well. I didn’t eat enough fruit or veggies. I didn’t focus on drinking enough water.

Being concerned about calorie intake definitely has it’s place. And definitely helps monitor what and how much much we are putting in our bodies. But it is also an easy trap to fall into to obsess and become restrictive. We have to remember to listen to our bodies and do what’s right for us.

Winter Sangria

Happy two and half weeks until Christmas!!!

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I bought that ridiculous elf hat/beard at CVS the other day to wear at the ice cream store for a holiday parade. I went to my parents house after for dinner and decided to wear it while walking in the house to surprise my niece, Kathryn. When I walked in everyone BUT Kathryn was sitting at the dinner table and all looked at me funny. Two minutes later Kathryn comes out of the bathroom decked out in a princess outfit. When she saw me, she stopped dead in her tracks are said “What the heck are you doing? You’re so silly” She’s too much.

Today I went for a run with Christina. Running with her is the best because she totally kicks my butt and pushes me harder than if I were to work out alone.

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Felt good to start my day with a run and spending time with my friend!

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(Holy crazy eyes….yikes!)

Anyways, let’s get to the good stuff. Last weekend Monica and I made a batch of Sangria. And it was so dang good that I’m gonna share our recipe with you guys!

 

Holiday Sangria

Ingredients:

1 grapefruit

1 apple

2 limes

2 handfuls of frozen cranberries

1 bottle of sparkling cider

1 1.5L bottle of Sauvignon blanc

Serves ~4 people who like to be tipsy have a good time. Calories don’t count. And fruit is healthy. 

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Step 1: Wash and cut up fruit and place in pitcher

Step 2: Add wine

Step 3: Let sit for about 30min-1hour so fruit and wine can mingle. (We were um….thirsty…….so we skipped this step.)

Step 4: Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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What’s your favorite holiday drink?

I love red wine with dinner and spiked egg nog with dessert!

 

FTWF #14

Happy Friday! This post is coming to you from the ice cream store! Tough day of scooping and testing ice cream 😉 This morning I slept in a little and then did 3 sweaty miles on the treadmill. Good stuff! I know I missed last weeks FTWF but let’s get back on track!

Taco Salad

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I was craving tacos Chipotle this week but was trying to get back on track with healthy eating and also trying to be better about money with Christmas coming up. I subbed for this taco salad that was soooo easy to make! I seasoned browned meat with taco seasoning and then topped some greens with it and added cheese and salsa. Yum!

Gingerbread House Day

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Every year on the Friday after Thanksgiving we decorate gingerbread houses. Believe it or not my mom actually makes those houses from scratch….she’s unreal. It’s such a fun tradition that kicks off the Christmas season.

Baby selfies

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Me and Maddie on Thanksgiving 🙂 she was being saucy…..

Christmas decorations

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I tried to start decorating the store for Christmas! It’s a little overwhelming but starting with baby steps. My dad put some lights up at my parent’s house and it looks awesome!

This Library

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DREAM HOUSE ALERT. I need to start watching the new season of Fixer Uppers !

Hilarious squirrel

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A week late but…..Me. Every year.

 

Hope you all have a good weekend!

 

Pizza, ice cream, beer, couch

All good things…….in moderation.

I know I’ve been absent. I’m sorry. But I’m gonna tell you the truth….when I’m not writing here and chatting with you guys, I’m eating pizza and other crap while sitting on my couch and not going to the gym. After Thanksgiving I got a little cold, and worked an overnight, so I was in a bad spot.

But I’m back! I was having a tough time writing this post because I felt guilty. I was thinking “Court, you failed. This is supposed to be a health and fitness blog….what the eff are you doing?” But then I reminded myself that we are human and we make mistakes. And then I reminded myself that this blog is to document my journey to establishing a healthy and balanced life and I never expected it to just go smoothly.

So today I kick started by getting some zzz’s and then going to the gym to do a strength training circuit by myself. I was anxious because Christina came with me last time and helped me get through it. Today I had to rely on myself.

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This is the workout I did:

Each exercise 8-12 times depending

Warm up: 1 mile jog

Circuit 1:

lunge twists

bicep/hammer curls

suitcase carrier

burpees

 

Circuit 2:

chest press

squats

15 bicycles

20 sec of mountain climbers

 

Circuit 3:

rows

20 toe touches

20 jumping jacks

 

I was planning on doing sprints at the end but was pretty wiped and also pretty hungry so I went home and made a smoothie. (My hunger was triggered by a man I saw eating a bar WHILE biking. What a power move…)

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Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

3/4 cups of frozen mixed berries

1 vanilla chobani

enough OJ to get everything going

 

It hit the spot! I was so happy to get back to working out and am already looking forward to hitting the treadmill tomorrow and then scoop some ice cream 🙂