Hot Yoga & Zesty Pesto Summer Pasta

So, the cold is aaaaalmost gone. I think I gave it one final kick in the bootay Tuesday night with a hot yoga class from ZenSpot. One thing I love (and hate) about hot yoga is how much I sweat.

Can we talk about sweat for a moment? I am not an uber sweaty runner.
But when I enter the hot yoga studio, every ounce of H2O in me seems to pour out. I am not one of those zen like girls who bends and twists along without dripping much. Maybe it's because I'm not a regular hot yogi?

Either way, I saw this as an advantage Tuesday night as I urged this cold out of my pores. Sixty minutes in a 90+ degree room doing strength and lengthening leaves me feeling totally disgusting at one moment and completely cleansed the next. Any hot yoga newbies out there experiencing this?

And now a cold summer pasta recipe to fuel your appetite!

Zesty Pesto Summer Pasta

One of my college roommates showed me the glory that is a cold pasta salad. At first, I was a bit horrified. But a few bites of cold rotini with the hint of salt, olive oil and a lot of balsamic and I was SOLD.

Zesty Pesto Summer Pasta

Boil 4-8 servings of rainbow rotini pasta. I was out, but trust me rainbow makes it fun.
diced olives
cherry tomatoes (halved if you prefer)
chopped red onions
green pepper
diced Tillamook white cheddar cheese
1/4 cup kidney beans (for protein & fiber boost)
1/4 cup Trader Joe's pesto

*After cooking pasta, drain and rinse with cool water.

Seasoning: salt, cracked pepper, garlic salt, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and pesto. Mix well to incorporate the flavors. I don't usually add pesto, but I had some and it went brilliantly in this salad.

other brilliant additions to add:
artichoke hearts
sundried tomatoes
sliced pepperoni (if you roll meaty style)

Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Do you have a summer specific menu item you like to make? The other summer specialty I'm looking forward to is making strawberry shortcake! Mmm...

Okay, time to do a little yoga podcast! I couldn't sleep this morning so around 5 am I finally gave up and went for a run. These legs need a little streeeetch.

Comments

Leigh said…
I love pasta salads in the summer! So easy to make and so delicious. Might have to give this one a try :)
I actually really love cold pasta's in the summer!!! CaitlinHTP had an amazing recipe the other day that was sooo good.

I will have to make this :)

Oh and I am a SWEATER! I sweat during yoga, during running, during my bike ride to work, if it's an especially hot day... ya... Ha!
COld pasta is deeelicious! That makes me want to do the same with our stash of noodles that have been sitting in the pantry for a while :)

Glad to hear this cold is almost packing its bags! I sweat SO MUCH during hot yoga (or even regular yoga when the room is packed), its a little alarming. I usually feel cleansed, but also a little annoyed b/c it makes it hard to hold certain poses.
I, too, am a sweater. It's disgusting. My friend who is a nurse practioner told me it's a good thing as she said that means my body is efficient and good at cooling itself off... I miss the days of barely sweating!

I have never tried hot yoga. I don't do well in really really warm spaces so I think the discomfort might outweight the positive impacts of yoga!!
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