Happy Tuesday! I hope your week is off to a great start.

I took a 60-minute cycle class yesterday. The instructor incorporated interval training for each song. He had a mix of 20-second speed intervals, 30-second resistance intervals, jumps, & climbs. It didn’t feel like an extremely challenging class, but by the end I was drenched and ended up burning a ton of calories. I guess it was more challenging than I thought.

I was thinking yesterday that I’m really going to miss being able to go to the gym in the middle of the day. My gym offers a lot of great classes throughout the day. They do offer a wide variety of evening classes, but I don’t want to go to the gym at 7:00 pm (I like to get my workouts done right when I leave work).

Last night, I made a new side dish (I have fallen into a rut with dinner side dishes). Lately, we’ve been eating a ton of steamed broccoli with dinner. While I love broccoli, I am getting quite bored with it. I found a bunch of asparagus recipes on Pinterest, but most were a little too time consuming. I decided to combine a bunch of different ideas and came up with a quick and easy creation.

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Parmesan Roasted Asparagus

Servings: 2
Serving Size: about 10 spears each
Calories: 136
Fat: 9.5 g
Carbs: 9.3 g
Fiber: 3.8 g
Protein: 7.2 g

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for 2 servings:

  • Fresh asparagus (I used about 20 stalks)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder
  • 6 tsp. grated parmesan cheese
  • salt & pepper to taste

Tip: To determine what part of the asparagus is best to use, gently bend the asparagus stalk until it breaks. The most tender part will be left for you to use.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a cookie sheet with foil & spray with cooking spray.

Without overlapping asparagus, place the stalks on the cookie sheet.

Brush each stalk with olive oil. Evenly sprinkle garlic powder, parmesan cheese, salt, & pepper over the asparagus.

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Bake for approximately 8-10 minutes. Cooking time may vary due to the thickness of the asparagus. Remove from the oven when asparagus is tender. Enjoy!

Other great nutrition stats for this recipe:

  • Low in cholesterol
  • High in dietary fiber
  • High in iron
  • High in thiamin
  • High in vitamin A
  • High in vitamin C

What are some of your favorite side dishes?

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