You know it's coming. You know you've recently made a commitment to yourself to nourish your body with healthy foods. Foods that serve you well. Yet, you know it's coming. The parties. The offerings. The friends. The family. The temptations. The explanations. The choices. How will you navigate through this so that when you reflect on the memories the focus is on the actual holidays and not the shame of over-indulgence?
Zucchini Pizza Boats
These are simple to make, tasty, and filling. All-in-one meal too! Here's what I did:
7-9 small Zucchini
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Basil
4 cups Mozzarella
Small Pkg. of Pepperoni
Preheat oven to 425*F.
Slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Place on lined baking sheet. (I used a silicone liner.)
With spoon, slightly scrape out some of the zucchini to create a well for the cream cheese mixture.
Mix cream cheese and spices to spread on slightly hallowed out zucchini halves.
Top with marinara, shredded mozzarella and pepperoni. Bake at 425* for 18 min. Serves 8
Varieties of Protein
It is well established that protein is an essential macronutrient that we need and it is even argued that it is the most essential nutrient because we can’t make it on our own. We need to eat protein. While it is nice to keep things simple, I want to expand a little on the benefit of eating a variety of protein sources.
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