Using Social Media to Reach Your Goals

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The FFK got some blog love today on FSU’s Campus Recreation blog today! Look for my awesome name!

Originally posted on FSU Campus Rec:

[written by Angela M.]

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Social media provides great resources for getting motivated (case and point: you’re reading about motivation on social media right now).  With access to so many apps and websites, it is important to properly utilize social media to further your health and fitness goals.

A few months ago, I searched hashtags like “fitness” and “healthy” on Facebook & Instagram and followed pages that are health-and fitness-themed. Now, in the mornings, when I am still in bed scrolling down my Instagram feed (I can’t be the only person who does this), the first images I see every day are new reasons to work hard!

My Fitness Pal is a handy app used for tracking caloric and macro-nutrient intake each day. Before using that app, I had no idea that I ate a lot more calories than my body burned each day, causing me to store the excess as…

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All the Zoodles: An Unsolicited Review of the Kitchen Basics Spiral Vegetable Slicer

I guess I should start this post with the statement that I am not a vegetarian (If the moon was made of spare ribs, I would eat it), I am not vegan (diary is delicious bliss in any form…except cottage form), nor am I a paleo (I am not a Flinstone), but I am a guy trying to lose weight who loves to try different kinds of food. That’s why after almost everyone I knew became obsessed with spaghetti squash and zucchini (colloquially known as zoodles) (fun fact: I actually can’t pronounce “colloquially.” It’s really weird.) I had to give them a shot!

A while back, Megan and I made this killer baked spaghetti squash and cheese recipe from SkinnyTaste so we knew that we liked the taste and the texture which wasn’t as big of a jump for your palate as you might expect. Last week, it felt like my Twitter feed was clogged up with zoodle recipes and Tweets about how easy and delicious it was to make. Even the Huffington Post wrote an article about it! So, I took to the interwebs on the hunt to find the right spiral slicer. After reading a few reviews and avoiding the As Seen on TV model, I went with the Kitchen Basics Spiral Vegetable Slicer. It had the best reviews and it was on sale when I bought it.

How do I like it, you ask? WELL KEEP READING, SON!

First of all, it’s essentially a pencil sharpener.
Spiral Veggie SlicerThere is a cap that goes on the end of your vegetable of choice, but I found it easier just to grab it and turn. It’s in an hourglass shape so as your turn the veggie, it cores on the other side. You don’t have to apply a lot of pressure either! Even the skin of the veggie is easy to get through. I would also make sure to cut off the ends and cut off any blemishes if needed.
IMG_2751This is all I got from one squash…
IMG_2752and this is what I got from a pretty big zucchini!
IMG_2753This time, we only did two veggies which ended up being more than enough for the two of us. Since most of it was just a giant strand of vegetable deliciousness, I gave it a rough chop to before I put it in the pan.
IMG_2755I had seen a couple of different ways to cook up the veggies if you want them to be like spaghetti. While I think about of people boil them, I just added a little olive oil and sliced garlic into the pan on medium to high heat. Pretty soon, they started to sweat and pretty much saute.
IMG_2758It took them about 4-5 minutes to get soft. A LOT of water came out so it would be smart to drain them before serving.
IMG_2760AND HERE’S THE FINISHED PRODUCT!
When it was cooking, I whipped (opened) up a simple spaghetti sauce for a topping and we dug in.
The result? Delciousness!
Megan said it best though; “pasta” made this way is not really a substitute for your typical grain/carbtastic pasta. It’s really a dish of its own. Now that we have this nifty gadget, I can’t wait to put it to good use! The possibilities are endless…and delicious!

Do you have a veggie slicer?
How do you like it?
Any good recipes to pass along?