Is ANYTHING better than pasta?!.. not much. And I would literally do anything most days for a creamy alfredo and some Olive Garden breadsticks. That being said, I try to make my at-home pasta as healthy as possible!
I buy my pasta from Trader Joes, and I love to get their pre-made tortellini. In this post, I’m sharing the mini cheese tortellini, which rings up to right around 200 calories for 1/2 cup – not too shabby. They also have lobster, spinach and cheese, and mushroom and truffle (my personal fave). But if you add a huge jar of pre-made sauce, it makes these options not so “healthy” anymore. And I put healthy in quotations because it’s still pasta.. but you still gotta live even if you want to eat better!
My favorite way to healthily eat these pastas is to toss the whole thing (which has about 3 servings) in 2 tbsp garlic olive oil, a little bit of parmesan, fresh garlic, and crushed red pepper. Olive oil does add quite a few calories, but you’ll get HEALTHY fats and it’ll keep you full so you avoid those late night snacks.
If you want to make your pasta even healthier… try some zoodles! A lot of stores sell them pre-made, or just buy a super cheap 2 or 3 dollar spiralizer off Amazon. You’re welcome!
What are your favorite ways to make your italian night healthier? Let us know in the comments.
Y’all, we’re officially in February! So if you’re still sticking to your New Years Resolutions which most likely includes exercising more.. (yes, I’m a mind reader), bravo! One of my resolutions has been to workout 4 times a week, but I’ll be totally honest that I haven’t totally stuck to it. IN MY DEFENSE, I had a toe injury and then got a bad cold.. so, those are valid excuses, right?
But if you’re looking for a way to keep the motivation going, I would 10/10 recommend trying out some group fitness classes. I’ve tried a few options – I’ve done classpass, bought one off classes at boutique studios, and most recently signed up for Equinox.
I CANNOT say enough good things about Equinox gyms. I’ve been to both of the Dallas locations and the classes are uh-may-zing. The locations are prestine, the amentities are to die for, and the group classes are incredibly motivating while being a great workout.
If you’re intimidated by group fitness classes, here are my top tips to get over the hump and get into the routine!
Don’t be shy! One of the most awkward things for me is going into a new workout class where everyone knows each other and the instructor is familiar with the attendees. EVERYONE was new to the class at some point.
Ask questions! If you’re unsure what equipment you need, how to click in your cycle shoes, etc.. ask! Again, everyone was new at some point and they’ll be happy to answer questions. And you have to be prepared in order to get the best possible workout out of the class.
Do research on new classes! I’ve gotten to try out some press classes for Equinox, and always share my thoughts after I go to make sure possible attendees have a source of information. If you do a quick google search on the class you’re trying, I guarantee you’ll find tips and tricks from other people who have tried it out! And let us know if you want for us to share class specific posts!
So hopefully this helps you feel more comfortable walking into your next group fitness class! Let us know in the comments if you want info about specific classes. I’ve tried different cycle classes, barre, hot yoga, jazzercise.. a ton of variety! Don’t be shy 🙂
Y’all – if you’re not using avocado for literally EVERY use in your life.. you’re missing out! I won’t take total credit for these “recipes” (Chantal is the resident beauty expert here), but I got to be the guinea pig and L-O-V-E-D all of this.
In case you didn’t know, you can use avocado in your meals (duh), for your face, and for your hair. Avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, and can be extremely moisturizing externally. It also has potassium, letithin, and more minerals that nourish your body inside and out.
If you have a sweet tooth just like I do, you are going to love this healthier, lower calorie dessert.
Your favorite apples Finely chopped nuts (I chose almonds, pecans, and pine nuts) Raisins Red or white wine Cinnamon Honey or agave nectar
Preheat the oven at 350°. Slice apples in half and cut out a hole in the center to use it as a pocket. Stuff the center of each apple with a mix of nuts and raisins. Place the apples on a cookie sheet. Fill the center of the apples with the wine. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of the apple. Drizzle them with the honey or agave nectar. Cover the apples with aluminum foil and bake them for about 25 minutes or until soft. Enjoy them while warm. Yum!
Add your own spin to the dessert and share your master piece with us!
If you’re like me and sometimes the idea of being inside a flourescent-lit gym with a bunch of people grunting and throwing weights around makes you want to NEVER workout… try out a hike! And why hike, might you ask?..
There are SO MANY benefits to working up a sweat outdoors! You’ll get your vitamin D in, get some beautiful scenery, and have fun.
Chantal and I decided to go on a hike with her two pups recently at Arbor Hills Nature Preserve in Plano. Side note: if you have dogs, they absolutely love it, too.
We hiked up to an outlook point that gives you a gorgeous view. Hiking is a great way to get some sweating in and have some quality time with a girlfriend or your SO.. or just go on your own and have some quality time with yourself!
In addition to having a peaceful workout, I find that being with nature is so important for mental health! Being outdoors has been shown to decrease anxiety/sadness.. and everyone needs that now and then. Having a clear mind also helps you be so much more productive during the day; which is why I LOVE a good early morning hike!
Even if you don’t live in an area with a ton of hiking spots (I’m jealous of you, California!), you can still find a nice park to go on a walk in, or even just take a stroll around your neighborhood. I’m also definitely NOT a runner for the record, but hiking is still fun for me since it feels like a leisurely morning! So don’t knock it til you try it!