How would you like to enjoy noodles that are completely guilt free? Considering that traditional noodles are one of the most fattening foods known to man, this concept of guilt-free noodles is pretty sexy! Spaghetti squash is a vegetable that naturally shreds into noodles once cooked. You can serve it up with your favorite spaghetti sauce – just stay away from cream based sauces.

If you are tempted to go out this weekend and consume a huge serving of traditional pasta – STOP! Don’t do it! You’ll be so disappointed with yourself when it’s over and you’ll lose the great progress that you made this week with your workouts. Instead enjoy a delicious heap of spaghetti squash served with spaghetti sauce.

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What You Need
Serves 4

1 spaghetti squash
1 Tablespoon dried basil
½ teaspoon garlic salt


1. Cut squash in half and scoop out the seeds and fibers. With a fork pierce the squash skin a few times.

2. Fill a microwave safe dish with ½ inch of water. Place the squash cut-side down in the dish.

3. Microwave on high for 10-20 minutes or until the skin gives easily under pressure (be sure to use an oven mitt, as the squash get very hot.) Let stand for a few minutes.

4. With a fork, scrape the pasta-like insides into a medium bowl. Mix in basil and garlic salt and serve with your favorite pasta sauce.

One serving equals: 42 calories, 0g fat, 10g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, and 1g protein.