I have no idea how I didn't think of this sooner, but I just figured out my favorite way to make spaghetti squash.. in the crockpot! Shocker, another crockpot recipe.
You can make full on recipes with it in the crockpot, or just cook it by itself. Here is a super easy spaghetti squash with sauce and meatballs that I made in the crocpot.
Oh and I apologize for the horrific photo quality. I was showing the series of steps on my snapchat (clv18 - add me!) and ended up just saving those photos to use here.
First, cut the spaghetti squash in half:
Next, scoop out all the seeds and insides:
Place the spaghetti squash halves face down in the crockpot:
Add your favorite sauce to the crockpot:
Place your meatballs throughout the sauce:
Cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 5 hours. Use tongs to remove the spaghetti squash halves. Use a fork to get spaghetti squash out of the shell. Add sauce and meatballs to your "noodles" and enjoy!
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I have found that there are quite a few runners who frequent, work, and instruct spinning classes. In fact, indoor cycling actually can benefit and improve your running. Here are the top 10 reasons runners should give cycling a spin (see what I did there)...
1. Less Pounding
This is the most obvious benefit of cycling. You get a great cardio workout without the pounding of the pavement. I don’t know about you, but when I go over a certain weekly mileage total, my body just feels kinda creaky when I get out of bed in the morning. Generally, I try to replace one weekly run with a ride, and my knees, back, and hips thank me.
2. Moving to the Music
I’ve been running with music for as long as I can remember, but it wasn’t until I started regularly riding that I realized how much keeping beat with the music can help you push through a tough workout. Now I find that I’ll adjust my stride-length and cadence on the road to sync with a song when I’m struggling through a particularly tough patch of pavement.
3. Give Your Toes a Rest
After most long weekend runs, my toes are pretty beat up. Add rain, new shoes, or bad socks to the equation, and my feet are out of running commission for a day or two. On those days, a ride is just what the foot doctor ordered.
4. Faster Leg Turnover
Speed workouts are an important tool for any runner to increase endurance and strengthen the lungs and legs. You get all of these same benefits when you do speed on the bike—with a more concentrated effort on improving leg turnover and developing fast-twitch muscle fibers.
5. Whether the Weather
When the weather gets wintery, you have two choices as a runner. You can either slog it out slowly on the snow and ice, or suck it up and hit the treadmill. And the same thing goes for sweltering summer temps. But now, you have a third option: indoor cycling! No
matter how un-runnable the elements get, the conditions in the studio are always perfect.
6. Segmented Efforts
Usually, a spinning class workout is comprised of a series of smaller challenges that add up to one great workout. Most of the time, you’re doing things in 10-, 20-, and 30-second spurts. This helps condition your brain to break efforts down into segmented portions. I find this to be very helpful when I’m running, and I need to push through a challenging segment. Once you know you can push hard for a short spurt, it makes an extended effort feel more manageable.
Still not convinced? Go take a spin for yourself and see how it impacts your running!
Those who are devoted to the practice say hot yoga has all kinds of benefits. The one that’s touted most often is detoxification. Heavy sweating is said to help flush toxins from the skin. It is said that the heat also allows you to go a little more deeply and safely into the postures. According to several expert yogis, working in a heated room also elevates the heart rate, which makes the body work harder. Thinking about trying out a hot yoga class, maybe these 7 benefits will help you sign up.
1. Flexibility: No, you won't be forced into contortionist positions. The heat will allow you to safely reach new levels of personal flexibility in beginner’s postures, which is therapeutic for your body.
2. Strength: Your own body is your gym. This form of yoga is low impact and uses muscles you didn’t know you had. Also, a prime focus is on spine strength, which is key to a long healthy life!
3. Breath: The definition of Hatha Yoga asana is: stillness in a posture while breathing normally. With the added element of the heat, you won’t make it far if you don’t breathe deeply. If there is no breathing, there is no yoga. This is something I still continue to struggle with each class.
4. Cardio: Your heart can work the same way doing yoga postures in a heated room as it does when running a mile, and you never even leave your mat. Particularly in postures when you are balancing and contracting your muscles at the same time. A 90-minute class can burn up to 1,000 calories. The way you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands also stimulates metabolism so you are burning calories quicker outside the room as well.
5. Detox: The heated room helps you to stretch more and get your cardio, but it also helps you sweat. The postures themselves are detoxifying for your muscles, organs, and glands and sweating furthers that.
6. Focus: Most hot yoga classes consist of the same 26 postures and 2 breathing exercises—and if not, there is almost always a dialed routine. The routine helps you to advance your practice through repetition. As you advance, you gain tremendous focus and determination. The ability to focus carries over to your daily life. When you can focus on the task at hand, you'll excel and you can enjoy it more.
7. Healing: The primary purpose of this yoga is therapy. With a regular practice, these postures can help to heal old injuries and also prevent them in the future. This is especially true for, but not limited to, back pain. Don't skip the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Hot yoga is also known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, high blood pressure, depression, arthritis and obesity.
Go ahead, give it a try!
The heart rate monitoring component makes the Fitbit Charge HR my new favorite tracker.
At this point, no matter what your style or athletic ability, there's probably a fitness tracker for you. Many have similar features and prices, so many times it just boils down to which tracker looks best on your wrist and does everything you want. But, after testing out the Fitbit Charge HR ($150) off and on for about three months, I think I've found a winner.
The Charge HR features continuous heart rate measuring via an LED light on the back of the tracker that tracks your pulse all day, in five-minute increments for normal activity and one-minute increments if you're logging a workout.
The fact that the Charge HR measures resting heart rate tracking and heart rate monitoring during a workout was one of the main reasons I was so excited to test out the Charge HR. Having a convenient way to measure my heart rate during a workout without having to strap on a chest heart rate monitor was an easy sell for me.
Recording a workout is incredibly easy with the Charge HR; just press and hold the button to start an exercise session, then press and hold to stop. During your workout, pressing the button cycles through time elapsed, steps taken, calories burned, distance, floors climbed, and heart rate for just your workout session.
Besides the heart rate-specific capabilities, the Fitbit Charge HR works much like other trackers: the display shows steps, distance walked, floors climbed, and calories burned (as well as heart rate), and you simply fire up your smartphone's Fitbit app if you want more detailed stats. Wireless syncing via Bluetooth makes looking at your stats a breeze.
The app is easy to navigate and intuitive; I found the dashboard stats and graphs about my activity and sleep habits to be useful and simple to understand. It also syncs with many popular health apps like MyFitnessPal and Run Keeper if you need to keep close track of your calorie intake and burn.
The only other major complaint I have with the Fitbit Charge HR is the fact that it's not waterproof, just rain-, sweat-, and splash-proof. This means you have to remember to take it off every time you take a shower; there have been a few days where I forgot to put it back on afterward as I rushed through my morning routine as a result. It's a minor inconvenience for me since I'm not a swimmer, but if you log a lot of laps at the pool you may want to look elsewhere for a tracker that can measure your stats in the water. On the whole, though, I'm definitely a fan of the Charge HR: it's heart rate-measuring capabilities — both during a workout and when I'm doing nothing at all — are useful, the app is simple and informative, and its design is subtle enough to wear with almost anything.