Squash for dessert? This is how to eat your veggies! Fast, healthy, easy, low-calorie and gluten-free – perfect to round out holiday eating. Ingredients: 1 medium cooked spaghetti squash, 2 apples chopped or sliced, 3 eggs, 1/2 cup brown sugar (or sweetener of choice), 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp lemon juice, 1 Tbsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/3 cup raisins or dried cranberries. Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray an 8×8” baking dish with cooking spray. Whisk eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, and lemon juice. Chop cold squash into rice-size pieces. Add squash, apples, raisins, cinnamon and nutmeg and mix well. Add mix and distribute evenly in dish. Bake on middle rack for 45-60 minutes. Drizzle with maple syrup, sprinkle with toasted nuts and serve with plain Greek yogurt. Adapted from Cara Lyon’s Sweet Spaghetti Squash Kugel with Apples and Raisins, carascravings.com.
Lisa Kehler, www.offyourplatenutrition.ca
When starting a new exercise program or upping the intensity of your current plan, don’t worry about what the scale says! – As your body adapts to the new demands placed on it, the volume of blood in your body can increase up to 1 1/2 litres — to carry more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. Muscles that are being worked regularly respond by storing more glycogen and water, increasing their work capacity. If you are doing any work with weights, you will likely be adding lean muscle tissue — lean muscle is denser than body fat. Weight loss from decreasing body fat can be offset by these factors. Trust the tape, the mirror, and how your clothes fit. Slow and steady is the best way to get lasting results. Eating a balanced, clean and moderate diet, and exercising regularly (incorporating some form of strength training into your workouts) will yield the best results.
Todd Dennis, www.NorthStrongFitness.com
Did you know that regular use of castor oil might stimulate and increase hair growth, reduce and prevent breakage, and condition and moisturize the hair and scalp? Castor oil is a humectant, meaning it attracts and retains moisture to the skin and hair. The antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties of ricinoleic acid in castor oil protects the scalp against hair loss, while making hair stronger, smoother, and less frizzy. To use, dilute the castor oil with another oil (think argan, coconut, or sweet almond). Castor oil is very thick, which can make it hard to apply. Warm the oils and start with damp, but not wet hair. Massage your head with your fingertips using small, circular motions. Use your fingers to comb your hair; this helps distribute the oil. For best results, treat yourself to castor oil twice a week.