In Shape this Spring is Simple!

In Shape this Spring is Simple!
 
What does everyone have in common?  one thing jumps out at me, we all consume sugar. This Spring Season can be the healthiest ever with a new attitude!
 
 
Simply Curb those Crazy Sugar Cravings!
 
I’m convinced, sugar is like a drug, the more we consume the more we rely on it.  It’s always offered at social events, like parties, meetings, lunches, and especially when on the road.  It is like poison, so beware of the skull and crossbones you consume.  To much is bad for you, it’s hidden in all kinds of food. Sugar spikes blood sugar levels , for short periods of time.  It’s like fuel, our engines want premium, which to us means foods that are low in glycemic index, slow releasing in our bodies, like fiber, protein, and complex carbs. 
 
Once you know what to do and where to look, it’s easy to moderate and get back in balance and battle bloating in the belly. Just by removing food items that have hidden sugar helps you slim down, especially in areas that  cause chaos.
 
Some examples to Jump Start being In Shape this Spring or better yet work on your Beach Body:
 
Avoid theses No No’s
* ketchup and sauces
* sugar loaded cereals, and white bread
* beverages; i.e. juice, energy drinks, lattes
 
Instead Go with:
* Seasoning foods with low sodium spices and herbs
* Oatmeal and whole grain products
* Stay hydrated with water, unsweetened tea, and sparkling waters
 
Mantra for the foodie in you: Healthy isn’t a number it’s a lifestyle.
 
Some quick healthy ideas for your next Spaghetti Dinner at home.
 
Recipe: Viva Italia Spaghetti   Mantra: Keeping it fresh today
  
 Bolognese Sauce
 
Ingredients: Avoiding processed products
1 medium onion
2 cloves garlic
3 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons oregano
3 tablespoons basil
1 teaspoon thyme
3 carrots
1 celery stalk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
28 ounces organic tomato sauce
6 ounce can of tomato paste
1 cup reduced-fat low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
Fresh parmesan Cheese optional
Fresh Parsley optional
1 package whole wheat organic spaghetti or can be replaced with Spaghetti Squash (low calorie option)
Fresh Ground Italian Sausage; Chicken, or Turkey preferably.
 
Put onion and garlic in a food processor and chop.
Put olive oil in a skillet and add the onion and garlic, cook until
mix softens, 2- 3 minutes.Meanwhile, put carrots and celery in the food
processor and finely chop; add to the skillet and cook 3-4 minutes longer.  Then add the oregano, basil, thyme, salt and pepper.  Set the Herb and Vegetable Mix to the side in a separate dish.
 
Increase the heat to high, add ground meats and begin to brown, 3 – 8 minutes.  Add the tomato sauce, paste and broth.  Reduce the heat to low and add the Herb and Vegetable Mix, cover and simmer, stirring
occasionally, for 20 minutes.  This gives it a kick. Optional sprinkle with fresh parmesan cheese and parsley.
 
Cook pasta in a large pot of water according to  package directions until al dente. Drain in a colander, then return the pasta to the pot, add a few spoonfuls of sauce to keep texture nice. When ready to eat pour sauce over pasta and serve.
 
For Spaghetti Squash low calorie option
Preheat oven to 375
Place the Squash in a glass pan and fill with 1/4 inch of tap water.
Poke a few holes in it. Bake 1 and 15 minutes.  Cut the squash in half and
clean the center, then scoop the strands of spaghetti squash back into baking
dish, roast 3 – 6  minutes for best results. When ready to eat pure Bolognese
Sauce over spaghetti squash.