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- 1 pound shrimp
- ½ spaghetti squash
- 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
- 1½ Tbsp. olive oil
- ¼ cup chopped parsley
- ½ tsp. sea salt
- Fresh lemon/lime juice
- Microwave whole squash for 3 minutes to soften. Cut in half, remove seeds and bake in the oven at 350˚F degrees for 25 minutes. Second option is to cover half in plastic wrap and microwave for additional 4 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 15 minutes. With a fork, start shredding the squash noodles.
- Heat a large non-stick pan to medium heat and add oil. Add garlic, shrimp, salt and pepper. Cook for 5-6 minutes or until shrimp is fully cooked and top with parsley and lime juice.
- Serve over spaghetti squash noodles.
Some people get the misconception that since I cook healthy dishes, I never gain weight. I can assure you that is not true because in the past year, I’ve gained 10 pounds. Because of that, I realized it’s time to refresh my approach to a healthy lifestyle and try something new. Over the past few weeks, I’ve focused on a combination of a daily exercise routine, an accountability group and a healthy meal plan, and I have already lost eight pounds! Because of the low carb focus of the meal plan, using the Atkins balanced approach of high-fiber carbohydrates, optimal protein and healthy fats, has really helped.
What I love about Atkins is that it’sabout more than a low-carb approach– it’s an eating approach focused on foods that are rich in fiber, that contain healthy fats and optimal protein, and for carbohydrates, those thatare nutrient-dense and have reduced levels of refined carbs and added sugars. This proves that it’s ok to eat carbs…just be conscious of what kind and the amount you consume. And with three out of four adults actively monitoring their carb intake, you won’t feel out of place with this new way of eating. It’s not about eating less…it’s about eating right! If you’re trying to adopt a ketogenic way of eating, Atkins is a better, more flexible keto-friendly way of eating because there are more food choices and a balance of macronutrients. I’m all about more food choices!
To accommodate this Atkins lifestyle, I’m going through some of my favorite recipes and revamping them to be low carb. One of my favorite recipes is Shrimp Scampi, a dish typically served with pasta. I simply switched out the pasta with spaghetti squash. Some people may be intimidated by preparing spaghetti squash, but it can actually be easier than making pasta because you can prepare the squash in the microwave if you’re in a time-crunch. But what’s even more beneficial than saving time is that spaghetti squash provides more fiber and protein than pasta, which is really important when adopting the Atkins lifestyle.