PART ONE: Take Your Hoop From Waist to Overhead Lasso
Today’s challenge is all about moving your hoop from your waist to off the body in overhead lasso.
- Watch the video called “Waist to Lasso”. Practice this at least 15 times today.
- Practice your walking and basic dance combination for at least 20 minutes. Try adding waist hoop to lasso at the end of the combination.
- If you have additional time, include 15 minutes of “free hooping”.
We have a special addition to our challenge today. Melissa Huggins from veganhuggs.com has added an amazing, easy swap that will nourish your body, feed your soul and not add a thing to your waistline.
Waist to Lasso Tutorial
PART TWO: NUTRITION
Most people love pasta dishes, right? I ‘m a big fan myself! Pasta is comforting and delicious! However, pasta adds unnecessary carbs, calories and makes you feel bloated. Not so fun, huh? The consumption of wheat flour increases inflammation in the body and is extremely acidic, too. Also, Wheat flour can disrupt the good intestinal bacteria in your digestive system. So, it makes sense to avoid it as much as possible.
So, for today’s challenge, let’s swap out our regular pasta, for some delicious, nutrient-packed and grain-free zucchini noodles. I know it doesn’t sound fun and delicious, but I promise, you won’t be disappointed. You will feel like you’re eating a plate of regular pasta, but you’ll be leaving behind the carbs, calories and bloat. You’ll feel energized and light, instead of tired and heavy. Sounds, like a fair exchange, huh? Also, you’ll be getting a heaping serving of nutrition. Zucchini contains a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin K, manganese, magnesium, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B6, potassium, copper, and phosphorus. Zucchini also contains a healthy amount of dietary fiber. If you aren’t a zucchini fan at all, then you can use carrots, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, daikon or eggplant for your veggie noodles. They’re all very tasty!
You don’t need to buy a zucchini spiralizer (although I love mine) you can use a mandolin, julienne peeler or regular peeler to make delicious and buttery noodles. If you want to pick up a spiralizer, you can find them at Target, Walmart, Bed Bath & Beyond or other stores alike. You can find a good one for under $15.
I made this recipe using raw zucchini noodles, but if you feel like cooking your noodles a bit, just sauté them in a small amount of oil for a few minutes. You can also place them in boiling water for 1-2 minutes, max. Just remember to drain really well. I paired these noodles with a classic pomodoro sauce, but you can make any type of sauce, that your taste buds are asking for. This also goes well with a pesto sauce. I make a raw one with avocados, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and basil. It’s creamy and delicious!
So, let’s take on this challenge and make this easy swap!
1 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp whole cane sugar
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp sea salt (more to taste)
1/4 tsp fresh ground pepper
1. Use a julienne peeler, spiralizer, peeler or mandoline to slice the zucchini into noodles. Set aside
2. In a blender, blend tomatoes until smooth and set aside.
3. Heat olive oil over medium heat, in a large sauce pan.
4. Add garlic and sauté for 3-5 minutes.
5. Add blended tomatoes, salt, pepper and sugar. Sauté until it thickens up a bit, about 10 minutes.
6. Taste for more salt or pepper, add as needed.
7. Combine the sauce and zucchini and toss until the noodles are well coated.
Red pepper flakes
Fresh oregano sprig
Here is a recipe for my Avocado Pesto Sauce:
2 ripe avocados, pitted
2 1/2 oz fresh basil leaves
3 cloves garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/2 tsp nutritional yeast
Juice of half a lemon
1/2 tsp sea salt, more to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Add all the ingredients into a food processor. Blend until it’s creamy and smooth. Scrape down sides here and there.
Add the pesto sauce to your noodles and combine well.
Top with some fresh cut tomatoes and fresh basil. Enjoy!
Hi peeps, my name is Melissa Huggins, the creator of Vegan Huggs. I started Vegan Huggs to share my love for deliciously nutritious food, natural living, vegan & non-toxic beauty products and cruelty-free fashion. I’m living proof, that you can have a completely healthy & enjoyable life, without causing harm to the earth or animals.
I absolutely love eating healthy and I have learned to make it delicious and fun! I believe in consuming foods that will help your body, mind and soul feel alive. Eating real foods, will give your body the nutrition it needs to thrive. Since changing my diet, my skin is clearer, brighter and healthy looking. Also, I rarely ever get a cold and if I do, it is gone in two days. I feel fantastic!