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A Small Victory

A Small Victory
Lauren Delaney
Written by Lauren Delaney

Are you aware that by replacing your processed grains with greens you can enjoy a lot of variety and improve your health? Did you know that you can enjoy spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative? Author Lauren Delaney shares some great nutrition alternatives in “A Small Victory.”

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Are you aware that by replacing your processed grains with greens you can enjoy a lot of variety and improve your health? Did you know that you can enjoy spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative? Author Lauren Delaney shares some great nutrition alternatives in “A Small Victory.


Written by Lauren Delaney

I recently stumbled upon a bit of trivia that I found to be quite interesting. As I have become more interested in nutrition I have gradually become more creative and expanded my horizons when buying food. Trips to the grocery store become a little adventure in and of themselves! Spaghetti squash has become one of my favorite dinner foods as a substitute for Italian noodles or spaghetti. This veggie was apparently pretty much unknown in America until World War II. Food shortages left many households in short supply and “Victory Gardens” popped up all over the place. As a result this vegetable grew in popularity.

A Small VictoryAs we are all becoming more aware of the benefits of reducing processed carbohydrates in our diet we are seeking out alternatives to these foods. Vegetables are really a great resource and offer tremendous health benefits as well. By replacing your processed grains with greens you can enjoy a lot of variety and improve your health. This is a win-win situation if you ask me. Spaghetti squash is a personal favorite of mine. It’s certainly okay to still enjoy pasta on occasion, but I really enjoy spaghetti squash as a pasta alternative.

There are so many great recipes online and in magazines that choosing to be healthy does not have to be boring. It’s easy to get stuck in a food rut especially on week nights when you cannot imagine having the energy to whip up a big dinner after a long day at work. I also love spaghetti squash because it is so easy to make – simply slice it in half and put it in the oven. I sometimes have to put mine in the microwave for a minute or two to soften it a little bit before cutting.

Place the squash on a cookie sheet with some oil, salt and pepper and cook for 45 minutes to an hour at 400 degrees. You then use a fork to pull out the pasta-like strands. Serve with your choice of meat, veggies and sauce. This quick and easy meal is naturally gluten free, suitable for those following the popular Paleo diet and waistline friendly.


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About the author

Lauren Delaney

Lauren Delaney

Lauren has a bachelor's degree in English Literature from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is currently employed at Century 21 Real Estate as a Marketing Manager. Lauren "discovered" working out about two years ago after she was injured in a car accident. After seeking medical care, she was told she would never feel better until she started exercising and strengthening her body. Not exactly the athletic type,
Lauren started with some baby steps, and found she truly enjoyed getting stronger and "feeling the burn" as they mention in those gym commercials. A love of exercise led to better eating, lots of learning about nutrition, and the rest as they say is history. Hardly! It has only been two years and there is still a lot out there to absorb. So much so that Lauren started a blog to share her thoughts and adventures. The Bikini Experiment is dedicated to the journey of enjoying the fit life...because, yes, it can be fun. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys movies, shopping, celebrity gossip, reading and traveling.

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