Pizza For Breakfast? Yes, Please!

First, I must say (as if you didn’t already know), I LOVE pizza.

You know those frozen pizzas at the grocery store? I used to easily eat a whole pizza by myself.

You know those fast food pizza restaurants? I used to order from them weekly.

You know those frozen breakfast pizzas?

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Yeah, the ones pictured above. I used to eat those for breakfast all the time.

That frozen breakfast pizza came out of my freezer. I was eating those up until the day I started my healthy eating change. That frozen breakfast pizza is in the trash now.

I’ve replaced that unhealthy, processed, and fattening breakfast pizza with my own homemade breakfast pizza.

Just like any other pizza, the toppings for a breakfast pizza are your choice. I’ve made it with a variety of toppings, but today I chose turkey bacon, onion, and red bell pepper along with the typical breakfast pizza toppings.

Here’s how to make my giant breakfast pizza!

Giant Breakfast Pizza

1 Large Sprouted Grain Tortilla
1 Whole Egg + 2 Egg Whites, Scrambled
1/2 Cup Prepared Gravy, (I used the Great Value brand peppered gravy mix)
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, Chopped
1/4 Cup Yellow Onion, Chopped
1/2 Cup Part Skim Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
3 Slices Turkey Bacon, Cooked
Coconut Oil Spray, (Or oil spray of choice)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is preheating, cook turkey bacon, scramble eggs, and sauté onions and peppers. Once oven is hot, use either a sheet pan or large sauté pan to toast the tortilla in the oven. Spray both sides of the tortilla with the coconut oil spray and then put in oven for about 6-9 minutes, or until it gets crispy, but not too crispy.

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Take the tortilla out of the oven and spread the gravy on top.

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Top with half of the cheese.

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Top with the peppers and onions, then the eggs, and then the turkey bacon.

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Top the pizza with the remaining cheese.

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Put back in the oven until cheese is pretty melted and the pizza is hot, maybe 4-5 minutes.

Here’s what the end product should look like!

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This pizza comes in at 637 calories. It could easily serve two people if served with a side of fresh fruit. I personally ate the whole pizza because it was my brunch and I had just gotten home from jazzercise and was hungry. This pizza could easily be adapted and made on a smaller tortilla with less cheese and toppings to be lower in calories.

Some great variations would be to use chicken sausages, or add different veggies such as broccoli, tomatoes, or spinach, or to use only egg whites instead of a whole egg. You could also mix it up and use different cheeses. It’s up to you how you want to make it! The possibilities are endless!

It’s that time again…Foodie Pen-Pal reveal day!

For the month of June, I was lucky enough to get paired with Natalie who lives in Napa, CA!

She sent me a great box filled with delicious goodies!

Unfortunately, I wasn’t specific enough in saying why I preferred low sugar or sugar free items, so she sent me lots of sweet stuff. That’s ok though because I practiced self control (well, kinda…) and didn’t eat ALL the sweets she sent me.

Here’s what I got!

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Starting from the bottom, she sent two different flavored chocolate sticks from Lindt. I tried a couple bites of the caramel brownie one, and it was ok, but not my favorite. I gave the other one away because they just had too much sugar.

The two ziplock baggies are filled with homemade treats! I hadn’t ever gotten anything homemade in my box so I thought it was so great that she made stuff just for me. Natalie made toasted walnut brownies and lemon bars. I ate 3 of the brownies and half of a lemon bar and I had to call my BFF Megan to come get them before I ate them all. Thanks Meg for that! Of course I would have loved to keep eating the rest of the brownies because they were sooooo good but I had to practice self restraint.

Next, I tried the dark chocolate pomegranates. These were delicious, but also full of sugar. I ate some, gave some to Megan’s fiancé, and then gave the rest to my dad who loves pomegranates.

The Pirates Booty aged white cheddar puffs were my favorite! I easily ate these two bags right when I opened my box. I’m so glad Natalie sent these because I had seen them multiple times at Sprouts, but never tried them. Yum!

The last thing is the Israeli Couscous Mushroom Seasoning from Whole Spice in Napa Valley.

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It’s got a recipe on the back to make the couscous using this spice mix.

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I don’t really like mushrooms, but I think they give a good flavor, so I’m actually excited to try this and make the recipe since the mushrooms are chopped up and small. I’ll post about it as soon as I make the recipe!

If this sounds like fun and you want to sign up for Foodie Pen-Pals, click here!

Another Milestone Achieved

So it seems like since the last time I posted my updated weight (11 days ago), my weight has sorta fallen off easily since then!

I hit 299.2 pounds on the 15th. That was a major milestone as its been soooo long since I’ve been under 300 pounds. The next goal after that was to hit 75 pounds lost.

If you remember, I started out at 372 pounds and I’m glad to say that as of this morning, I’m at 293.5!

That’s a total of 78.5 pounds lost!

I did a little calculating and figured out my average weekly weight loss is almost 3 pounds a week. I’ve been dieting and changing my lifestyle since December 18th, 2012, or 27 weeks ago. This is the longest by far that I’ve ever stuck to eating healthy and exercising regularly. It feels amazing!

I guess my next goal is to hit 100 pounds lost, and you know what that means? It means I need to think of a reward for myself! My 50 pound weight loss reward was my bright Skechers tennis shoes. I loved them so much that they turned into my exercise shoes. Those shoes really helped me keep my weight loss going. So I want my 100 pound weight loss reward to be just as great! Any ideas you have are appreciated!

A second milestone I had was last night when I exercised! Megan came over for a walk/run, which usually means walk because I’ve never really been able to run. We started out walking and then power walking and then finally I said, “ok, let’s run to that car.” We ran on and off for most of the workout. And the crazy thing is, it was A LOT easier than times in the past where I tried to run.

We ran/walked about 2 miles in maybe 35 minutes. Here’s our crazy run path!

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It was a great and fun workout and we both decided we wanted to do it again soon! I think we’ll try for Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. And of course, I’ve still got jazzercise both days this weekend so maybe one day, I’ll get a double workout in!

Lindsay’s Favorite Things

I kinda feel like Oprah when I say Lindsay’s Favorite Things, but without the giving away free stuff part. 🙂

Anyways…

I feel like its been a while since I’ve posted about some of my favorite products, so I thought I’d do just that. Most of these products I’m going to mention are staples in my everyday eating.

Ok, here are my top 6 favorite food products right now!

1. Sprouted Grain Tortillas

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I use these for multiple things. I have gone back to eating wraps again for lunch, so I eat one everyday. I also use these tortillas to make my own tortilla chips. I just cut them into about 8 slices and bake them at 325 degrees for 10 minutes or until crispy. They go great with salsa or guacamole. These tortillas are also great as pizza crusts because they get nice and crispy.

2. Trader Joes Tomato And Roasted Red Pepper Soup

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I actually just tried this for the first time today and I loved it. I had a cup for snack along with my zucchini pizza bites and it was the perfect snack because it was warm and filled my belly up. At 100 calories per cup, it’s a great snack and a good way to get in some extra veggies!

3. Wholly Guacamole

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I’ve eaten this stuff pretty regularly since I started my weight loss journey. I love that it’s portioned out so I know I’m getting exactly 100 calories in each pouch. I use this guacamole on my sandwich wraps, or I eat it with my homemade chips, or I even have it for dinner when I make something Mexican. Since guacamole is a little high in fat, I never have more than one pouch a day, even if it is a good fat.

4. Chicken Sausages From Sprouts

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I have always loved chicken sausages, but the ones from Sprouts’ meat counter are my absolute favorite. They have many different flavors such as spicy Parmesan chicken sausage, or green chile chicken sausage, or feta and spinach chicken sausage, or apple chicken sausage, just to name a few. Every one that I’ve tried is delicious, but so far the spicy Parmesan is my favorite. I like getting a few different flavors and cooking one up each night for dinner.

5. Cucina Antica Marinara Sauce

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Ok, so I decided to buy some pre made marinara because I was seriously just not in the mood to simmer my own. This one looked promising so I picked it up at Sprouts and tried it for dinner tonight. It is THE best jarred pasta sauce I’ve ever had. It says homemade flavor on the label and it delivered! Two great things about this sauce is that it has spinach in it (always trying to get in more veggies!) and it has no added sugar. Here’s the nutritional info.

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At just 35 calories for 1/2 cup, it’s the lowest calorie marinara sauce I’ve come across. I eat marinara sauce almost every week. It’s low in calories and full of vegetable. This brand has other flavors of pasta sauce, such as tuscany pumpkin, that I can’t wait to try next! Not all are low in calories, but I’m sure they’ll taste as great as this spinach marinara sauce.

6. Jessica Chocolate Bar From Dude, Sweet

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Ok, so this one isn’t exactly healthy, but it’s extremely yummy! If you haven’t heard of Dude, Sweet, it’s a local Dallas chocolate shop. They’ve got some fantastic sounding chocolates such as a Szechuan and lime chocolate bar, or dehydrated blue cheese and sea salt fudge, or even olive oil infused with hickory smoked cocoa nibs. I went over the weekend and ended up getting the Jessica Bar for myself. It’s got caramelized rice, carrot, sea salt, and ancho chili in it. It’s spicy and oh so good! I had half of the chocolate bar for my after dinner snack tonight. Seriously, yum! I got the Crack In A Box for my BFF, Megan. They said it was by far their best seller and I’m sure you can’t go wrong with a name like that. I’m thinking I need to go back to Dude, Sweet soon! I wanna try more of their deliciousness!

Well, that’s all for this edition of My Favorite Things! Hope you’ll try one or some of these things for yourself!

Two SUPER Simple “Recipes”

I say “recipes” because these two things I’m about to show you are soooooooo easy. But, they’re also delicious, healthy, and really quick!

The first is my new favorite salad. Let’s call it, Lindsay’s Grilled Chicken Salad. All of my recipes have my name in them for some reason. I guess if I put my name in it, then it’s my way of saying “I, Lindsay, Stroud, invented this.” It kind of makes me feel famous. 🙂

Anyways, back to the recipe!

Lindsay’s Grilled Chicken Salad

2 cups of chopped green leaf lettuce
4 ounces of grilled chicken, sliced
1 hard boiled egg white, sliced
1/8 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of cooked bacon
6 cheery tomatoes
2 stalks of green onion, sliced
1/3 cup of pineapple, sliced

Put the lettuce on the plate or bowl first. Then, add all of the other toppings. I like to arrange mine so it looks pretty.

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I serve this salad with 3 tablespoons of light balsamic vinaigrette. There is seriously something amazing about having the sweet pineapple with the salty balsamic dressing. The second day I had this salad for lunch, I ended up adding more pineapple to my salad because I just loved the pineapple in there so much. And of course, it wouldn’t be a salad without hard boiled eggs. Yum!

The next “recipe” is a ridiculously easy snack. I’ve had it for my afternoon snack every single day this week.

It’s zucchini pizza bites and I got the idea from Gina over at skinnytaste.com.

Here’s the recipe!

Zucchini Pizza Bites

1/3 of a zucchini, sliced into 8 or 9 slices
1/8 cup of marinara sauce
1/4 cup low fat shredded mozzarella cheese
Coconut oil spray (or oil spray of choice)

First, spray a sauté pan with oil spray and turn on to medium-high heat. Add zucchini slices and spray oil again on top of zucchini slices. Sauté a few minutes on each side or until browned to your liking.

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Once browned, take out of pan and place on a microwavable plate. Top each zucchini with a little of the marinara sauce.

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Then, top each zucchini with the shredded mozzarella cheese.

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Heat in the microwave for 10-20 seconds or until cheese is melted.

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Be careful as they will be hot right out of the microwave. Once cooled off, eat and enjoy!

This afternoon snack has quickly become one of my favorites. As far as calories go, the zucchini has 11 calories, the cheese has 80 calories, and the marinara sauce has 18 calories for a total of 109 calories. The way I cut my zucchini, I usually get 8-9 pizza bites. Add some sliced pineapple and some kale chips and it’s the perfect 225 calorie snack!

A Few Things

I’ve got a few things I wanna talk about but first things first….

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I did it! I successfully got under 300 pounds! I couldn’t be more excited about this!

So what’d I do to celebrate? Well, I went to jazzercise class and then, I ate. I ate pretty poorly this weekend. I had pizza on Saturday for lunch and also a dessert after the pizza. Then today for fathers day, I made filet mignon with big baked potatoes and asparagus for lunch.

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Although the steaks and potatoes were delicious, I definitely ate more than I should have.

My dinners both nights over the weekend weren’t too healthy either. :-/

So, I’m hoping I don’t get on the scale in the morning and see a 3– something number, but if I do, I wouldn’t be surprised.

Luckily, I’ve got some delicious, healthy lunches and dinners planned this week to get me back on track so you can expect to see a “what a ate” post later in the week.

The next thing I wanted to tell you about is that I have the bestest BFF in the world and she brought me back a few of my favorite things from Trader Joes this weekend!

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Starting from the left, the coconut oil spray is awesome! I use it all the time instead of using olive oil. I had her bring me back 3 cans of it because I love it so much.

The second item is mango voodoo hot sauce. It’s not from Trader Joes, but Megan actually got it for me while she was in Louisiana. I’m excited to try this hot sauce because it has no sugar, no fat, and no calories. Woohoo! I’m a huge fan of mango and spicy stuff so Megan knows me well. I think I’ll use it on some griddle grilled chicken this week. Yummy!

Next is the Trader Joes enchilada sauce. I used this to make my chicken and green enchiladas. Loved the sauce so I had to get more of it.

I got the marinara sauce because I just didn’t feel like making my own this week. I wanted to be able to just open up a jar and pour it on my spaghetti squash. Call it lazy. Call it convenience. But hey, it’s what’s working for me.

Next thing is the edamame hummus. This stuff is weird (but in a good way) because it definitely tastes like hummus. It uses all the flavorings of hummus such as tahini, lemon juice, and garlic but it’s puréed edamame instead of garbanzo beans. The only bad thing about it is that it has 90 calories for 2 tablespoons. So as long as I eat it with a vegetable and not chips, it should be an ok snack.

The voodoo kettle chips are also something Megan picked up for me in Louisiana. I ate these last night and they were great! They had a nice spicy kick to them with just a hint of sweet. Yum!

The Thai lime and chili cashews from Trader Joes are sooooooo good! They’re a little spicy and nutty and just downright addicting. If you haven’t tried these and you like Thai flavors, you should definitely go out and get yourself some. You won’t be dissapointed!

The last thing is the PB&J chocolate bar.

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It’s a chocolate bar filled with peanut butter and jelly. Does it get any more delicious than that? I can easily portion this out to get 4 servings out of it. One bite of something sweet usually hits the spot for me. Even though it’s about 200 calories for the whole bar (or 50 calories for a square of it) it’s worth it to me. 🙂

Thanks again Megan for picking up all of these great things for me! You’re the best!

The third thing I wanted to talk about is my new kitchen table I got. I haven’t had a dining table since I moved into my current apartment which was about 2 years ago. So, it’s nice to finally have one again! I can actually eat dinner at the table, not that I do, but I could! 🙂

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Isn’t it pretty? And I’ve got my painting from Pinot’s Palette hanging on the wall in the background. My apartment just looks so homey now with the dining table and the art work hung. Love it!

Just Checking In

I was waiting to give a weight update because I was really hoping I’d be under 300 pounds this week. But…..I’m not………yet.

Before I tell you my latest weight, first I wanna tell you about the exercise I’ve been doing. As you know, I joined jazzercise a couple weeks ago. I didn’t think I’d go to class more than once a week, but I love it so much that I made time to go. I went to jazzercise class Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Tuesday morning the past 2 weeks.

I’m really proud of myself for getting up early and going to workout on Tuesdays, which is the only day that I could sleep in because I don’t have to work until 10:15. But, I enjoy the exercise so I make myself get up early anyways.

Ok now back to my weight. My latest weight is 300.4. A half of a freaking pound is all I need to lose to hit my goal of being under 300! I have been stuck on 300.4 since Saturday (5 days). So when Tuesday came around, I was pumped to go to jazzercise because I thought it would for sure get me under 300. Unfortunately we had a substitute instructor who needed to be somewhere so we had a short class. But she also changed it up and we did toning and sculpting. NO cardio. I was totally bummed!

Needless to say, the next morning I weighed myself and I was at 303.6. Muscles may be nice and all, but I’ve got a goal to hit, so that toning and sculpting class annoyed me a little.

Today, I weighed in at 301.6. I guess the muscle mass is going down so we’ll see if I can get under 300 pounds this week.

One thing I learned about myself this week in relation to exercise is that if I don’t get up early and exercise in the morning, I’m probably not going to do it. Also I learned that I really need that push of going to a class and having someone show me or tell me what to do. If left alone to exercise, I never burn nearly as many calories as I do when I’m being instructed. The final thing I learned about myself in relation to exercise is that I enjoy it. I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, I LOVE jazzercise.

Well, I better go ahead and get to bed. I didn’t make the best choices today food-wise so I’m attempting to get up and go to the 5:30 AM jazzercise class tomorrow morning. Goodnight!