• Michelle Pitcher

Eating Healthy This Winter

During the winter it is super nourishing to have hearty foods that warm up our body. We don't need to eat things like salads or smoothies because these typically cool down our body even more. When we choose to eat something earthy, nutritious and warm, our body doesn't have to spend so much energy heating the food up itself. We can more easily digest our food and use our inner energy to instead heat up our own body for warmth. There are also plenty of warming and healthy teas which we can sip on during the winter months in order to keep our body warm and healthy.

For those of you who like to eat low carb or who are gluten free, spaghetti squash is a great winter vegetable which you can use to replace your traditional pasta which can often make us feel too full and more tired. By using spaghetti squash which is often harvested right before winter, it is a fresh alternative to pasta and you can top it with all of your favorite vegetables, herbs, oils and cheeses.

Here is a fun recipe for Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccoli:

You will need about 40 minutes to make it and it should serve 4 people.

Here are the ingredients:

A 2 1/2 to 3 lb spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded

A tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil

1 bunch of broccoli, chopped

4 cloves of minced garlic

2 tablespoons water

1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese, divided

1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese, divided

3/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

Step 1:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F

Step 2:

To prepare the squash ahead of time, place squash halves cut-side down on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a 400 degrees F oven until the squash is tender, 40 to 50 minutes. This is the prep ahead of time and if you do not have enough time to do this you can always put it in the microwave with a little water in the bowl and microwave for 10 minutes.

Step 3:

Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add broccoli and garlic. Cook for two minutes while stirring frequently. Add water and cook while stirring, until the broccoli is tender for 3 to 5 more minutes. Then transfer to a large bowl.

Step 4:

Use a fork to scrape the squash from the shells into the bowl. Place the shells in a broiler-safe baking pan or on a baking sheet. Stir 3/4 cup mozzarella, 2 tablespoons Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper into the squash mixture. Divide it between the shells and put it back into them so that we can eat from a natural bowl :) Then, top with the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella and 2 tablespoons Parmesan.

Step 5:

Bake on the lower rack for 10 minutes. Move to the upper rack, turn the broiler to high and broil, watching carefully, until the cheese starts to brown, about 2 minutes.

And bon appetite! Now you have a deliciously warm and hearty meal which you can enjoy during the cold days of winter. This meal is gluten free and high in calcium. Broccoli is very high in protein plus with everything combined this is an incredibly tasty dish.

So as you are planning to book your yoga retreat and retreat yourself, make sure to take advantage of this yummy recipe! And while you do your research, feel free to sip on some soothing ginger, lemon, honey tea to keep your immunity strong and free from colds and flus.





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