During the last nearly six years, I said farewell to the typical diet mentality that called for the denial of several foods. Weight Watchers (WW) encourages us to find workable solutions Ė to learn to work any food into our plan (within moderation, of course).
Some foods are hard to give up . . . and pizza is one of those foods. While I refuse to allow myself to return to the insane madness that I once called my norm, I do have a hungry-girl appetite for eating healthier, yet filling foods. This might be a good time to throw in another of my many before and after photos to remind myself of my incredible journey and I have no intention of ever going back:
Pizza is now one of several foods that Iíve learned how to work in my mealplan whether eating out or at home. While the sodium content is still a bit high, I have learned to 1) use cheese as a garnish on pizza and 2) enjoy my freggies more than the processed meats. These are two tips that have become true healthy habits (aka Living the Good Life Challenges) that I want to continue for the long haul. Itís part of my greater scheme to achieve balance.
In my earlier weight-loss days, before the onset of so many new and great flatbreads, I toasted two (high grain, low calorie) English muffins, which later became Arnold sandwich thins, topped with marinara sauce, red onion, red peppers, mushrooms, water chestnuts, and a dash of cheese and broiled for a few minutes until heated and crispy. Each slice was one old WW point while eating all four slices were only six points, a very filling supper when accompanied by a light salad or cup of soup.
I more recently have used these three favorites:
1 Ė Two low carb, high-fiber 71-calorie tortilla veggie pizzas enjoyed Oct 15, 2011 one for breakfast and one for lunch (Total: 308 calories, 12 gr fat, 26 gr carbs, 26 gr prot, 32 gr calcium, 920 salt, 28 gr fiber)
2 Ė Two 90-100 calorie Flat Out bread pizzas enjoyed Jan 6 for dinner (Total: 576 Cal, 23 fat, 59 carbs, 51 prot, 74 calcium, 2479 sodium, 24 fiber)
3 Ė The 100-calorie sheets of Josephís Flax Oat Bran and Whole Wheat Lavash Bread enjoyed for supper on March 16 (397 calories, 16 gr fat, 38 carbs, 34 gr prot, 51 calcium, 2044 sodium, 9 gr fiber.)
Ingredients in the above grouping include: 1 sheet (2 servings) Lavash bread, 1/2cup Huntís Zesty & Spicy Pasta Sauce, 1 oz Hormel Turkey Pepperoni, 2 cups fresh mushrooms, 70 gr onions, 3/4tsp crushed red pepper, 1/2tsp garlic powder, 1/4cup 2% Mexican 4-cheese blend, and 5 gr (2 tsp) Parmesan cheese. Layer ingredients, as listed. on flat bread. Bake on a pre-heated pizza pan or stone for 15 minutes at 425F. Slice and enjoy!
I've added a version of Lavish Bread Pizza to my food groupings as well as my recipe box. The recipe can be found with the following link. People looking for low-carb might go heavier on the meat and cheese.
When on holiday, I can regularly patronize my favorite Cici's Pizza Buffet and found delight when I went online to find where my best choice was: I gave up spinach alfredo/cheesy pizza for the thin crust Italiano (two slices for 190 calories). I can enjoy a veritable feast of 5 or 6 slices of pizza with tossed salad, a little chicken soup (primarily broth), and a sugar-free beverage for about 600-800 calories! WooHoo! This exceeds my sodium levels, so itís not an every-day way to eat. Iíve even learned some acceptable picks at Hungry Howies Pizza Buffet.
I no longer make a ten-freggie pizza with loads of red, yellow, and orange peppers as it makes my pizzas a little too juicy to eat with my fingers. Iím happy with meatless! Although turkey pepperoni has much fewer calories than regular pepperoni, Iím not crazy about the disadvantages that come with highly processed meats. Anything that you really cannot live without, just remember to use as a garnish (make sure your eyes can see it as your eyes are truly the window to your soul when it comes telling your tummy and brain that youíre quite satisfied)!
Now a happy, happy hungry-girl!
Whether you respond here or in a future blog, I look forward to hearing about some of your secrets to successful eating.