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zucchini pasta

Today was a “use-up-everything-we can-in-our-fridge” kind of day, since our fruits and veggies are on their last legs!

I started my morning with a big juice!  In my mix were the following:

  • 1 green apple
  • 1 small pear
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 orange
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 4 stalks kale

I love the addition of the orange and lemon in my juice!

I love drinking my juice while I am getting ready in the morning.  It tastes great, is a healthy way to start the day, holds me over after my workouts until breakfast, and gives the fruit ample digestion time before filling my belly with real food!  On my way out the door, I also enjoyed some oatmeal in an almost empty almond butter jar, but I guess I didn’t take a photo! 🙂

My workout today was a 7 mile run and my Jillian Michaels DVDNo More Trouble Zones!  As I have said before, I don’t love workout videos, but this is broken into 10 minute circuits and it is hard!  You can make it easier or harder by increasing or decreasing the weights that you use.  It works your entire body in 40 minutes, which is awesome!

On my lunch break, I took a quick trip to my favorite workout gear store, Lululemon!  I got there and the entire window was plastered with Operation Beautiful stickies!

I loved it!  Operation Beautiful is so great.  Caitlin came up with this wonderful idea to make girls and women feel confident in themselves and their bodies.  She suggests that women post messages anywhere they can with words of advice and confidence for other women to see!  For example, on a mannequin in Lululemon it said, “Love your thighs!”.  There is so much pressure today for girls to be thin, so much so that it makes us crazy!  It is so important to be healthy and comfortable with who you are!  You can read all about Caitlin’s ideas behind Operation Beautiful here!  I love that Lululemon is being a part of this.  They had post-it notes at the front desk and told you to write something down.  There were notes everywhere, on mannequins, in the fitting rooms, on shirts – awesome!

This note was in my dressing room!

Of course it instantly made me feel great about myself!  I mean, how could it not?!  I should have bought that shirt I was trying on. 🙂

My day got even better when I got home because I had an exciting package waiting for me – my spiral slicer that I bought on Amazon.com.  It was so cheap, I just had to get it! 🙂  It was perfect because I have had a few zucchini’s in my fridge just waiting to be used.

I immediately tore open the package and started spiraling!

How cool is that?!

We decided on a zucchini pasta dish loaded with veggies, tomato sauce and pesto – yum!

Three zucchini’s looked like enough.  You could definitely make this dish without this slicer, as well.  Just chop up the zucchini or grate it.  I guess it would be more of a penne than a spaghetti!

Carrots, yellow peppers, grape tomatoes and snow peas.

We heated the veggies on the stove-top, just long enough to heat them through and stir in the tomato sauce and pesto.

It was great!  The zucchini did not taste exactly like actual pasta, of course!  But, in a way it did.  It was think and chewy, just like spaghetti and the flavors pared perfectly with each other.  We served out zucchini pasta with some sliced bread.