Why pasta on leg day?
Well, I try not to eat too much carbs at night and focus on eating protein and veggies. Sometimes, I’ll have a piece of fruit or a little serving of quinoa or beans but pasta/ rice/ bread are exceptionnal treats. Having more carbs earlier in the day and mostly protein in the evening helps me keep my energy level high and maintain my weight better. But leg training requires huge amounts of energy, and since the quadriceps/ hamstring and glutes are pretty big muscles, it makes a lot of sense to eat more carbs on leg day to assure better glycogen stores replenishment post workout! And it is also a huge motivation to kick my butt in the gym!
First off, here are the details of my leg training:
- Squats: 4 sets of 15 “butt to the ground” with bar only followed by 4 sets of 10 BTTG with bar + 10kg
- Leg press: 5 sets of 10
- Leg extensions: 4 sets of 10
- Lying leg curls (vicious): 4 sets of 10
- Standing calf raises: 4 sets of 20.
I also did a few sets of waist twists. That was fun!
Well let me tell you, my whole body is sore today. Especially my back and chest because of thursday’s workout and I’m expecting my legs to be even more sore tomorrow… I might be masochistic but it feels nice to be sore again. I like the feeling I get from a good training.
But let’s move on to pasta night. Probably far more interesting to yall than my shenanigans at the gym!
Broccoli and Spanish ham spaghetti with vodka cream sauce
The guy who owns the little grocery shop accross the street is spanish and he recently started selling little spanish hams and sausages. I thought the mini hams looked so cute and would perfectly replace bacon in this recipe.
- 3/4 cup diced ham (I first removed all the fat)
- 2-3 cups broccoli, steamed
- 200g whole wheat spaghetti
- 1/2 cup low fat cream
- 1/4 cup vodka
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- Salt and Pepper
Cook the pasta then drain. Replace in pot. Add the olive oil, vodka, broccoli and ham and cook for 2-3min. Stir in the low fat cream, salt and pepper to taste.
I thought of having a Kir with my pasta to celebrate… A kir is made of dry white wine with a bit of currant liquor. It is a pretty awesome french drink. Unfortunately, I ended up feeling pretty dehydrated and needing more water than wine. So I only had a few sips…..
T’was a good night….
And today is the first saturday I can spend at home (and not at work) in a while. The hubby and I enjoyed some banana nut pancakes this morning and I spent the past couple hours preparing tonight’s meal. The family is coming over and it is going to be a feast!