Hey guys!  How’s your weekend going? It’s 114 degrees in Arizona *again*, so we are mostly stuck indoors. After several years of living here someone finally explained to me that “it has to be hot enough for long enough” before the monsoon season starts.  All the heat helps moisture evaporate from the ground and build up in the air eventually returning as rain (please correct me on this one if it isn’t accurate). So now I look at the heat as a necessary evil.  The reward is coming soon 🙂

The other day a few clouds finally broke into rain but it never reached the ground, evaporating right in the middle of the sky into a fog.  I told my husband about it and he didn’t even blink an eye “It’s called virga”. That man can name every cloud and weather event. Not sure if you see a cumulonimbus or stratocumulus in the sky? He’s your guy.

Now that we’ve had a proper conversation about weather, lets talk about something a little more exciting – GIVEAWAY!

If you read my blog or follow my Facebook page Fit in Progress, you’ve probably hear me rave about spiralizers. It took me a long time to warm up to the idea of buying one.  I just didn’t see the value and didn’t think I’d use it often enough.  To be honest, I didn’t even know how to use it or what kind of meals to make with it! So happy to report that this Paderno spiralizer has changed my life. It is one of my favorite kitchen tools. I use it ALL.THE.TIME. Spiralizing zucchini is the best.  It’s so easy!

 

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There are two big reasons why I love to make zucchini noddles.

First it’s the convenience. It takes me less than 3 minutes to spiralize a zucchini into noodles and rinse the tools. BOOM. So come lunch time, I started weighing in making spaghetti (waiting on the water to boil, waiting on spaghetti to cook, drain, wash the pot etc) vs. slicing a zucchini. As you may have guessed, I almost always went with zucchini noodles.

Second, it’s the nutrients.  By switching to zucchini noodles I reduced my carb intake and loaded my plate with nutrients! Did you know that raw zucchini contains vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, and phosphorus ? This summer squash also has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, and protein. Moreover, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, and calcium in zucchini assure optimal health. Studies show that zucchini has the potential to wash away the cancer-causing toxins from cells and improve cardio-vascular health (Source: HERE). Sounds amazing for a cute little squash, right?

Recipes

One of my favorite ways to use a spiralizer is to make zucchini noodles in place of regular noodles. If your family is not on board, you can still serve them regular spaghetti with the same meat sauce 🙂

Here is one of my all time favorite recipes: Easy Turkey over Zucchini Noodles. This plate is a perfect combo of lean protein and vegetables! If you are looking to clean up your diet and avoid carbs in the evening, this will be your Go To!

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The other day I was short on time and hungry around lunch time. So I quickly sliced a zucchini and sauteed a salmon patty (Costco sells them in a frozen section).  The entire lunch prep took under 10 minutes!  AND it was delicious.  As you can tell I avoid carbs for lunch and dinner and save them for a little treat later with my tea.

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Giveaway

Hope I convinced you how amazing this Paderno spiralizer is 🙂  You can buy it on Amazon or enter your email in the box below for a chance to win it for free. Entries will be accepted through Monday June 26th 10pm PST and one lucky winner will be announced on Tuesday.

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Have you used a spiralizer before?  What other vegetables do you use it with? Any favorite recipes? I’d love to try something new!
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Hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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Cheers,
Katrina

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