New Flatbread Pizza Idea!

My mom and I created a new flatbread pizza recipe.  I hope you like it!

Veggie Flatbread Pizza

Serves 2.  4 Weight Watchers Points per serving

 

1 Light Original Flatout Flatbread

3 Creamy Swiss Light Laughing Cow wedges

1/4 c Newman’s Own Mushroom Marinara (or your favorite cream-free marinara)

Veggies of your choice (We used mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers)

1/2 c Kraft 2% Mozzarella Shredded Cheese

Papa Murphy’s Herb & Cheese blend (or other garlic/cheese seasoning)

1 tsp. (or less) Olive Oil (or cooking spray)

 

Lightly saute the vegetables, just so that they will be cooked through when you bake the pizza.  Spread three wedges of Laughing Cow cheese over the entire flatbread.  Spread sauce over the entire flatbread.  Add the vegetables, then the cheese.  Lightly sprinkle with the herb and cheese blend (I said LIGHTLY.  Using too much of anything with cheese in it will add another point.  If you don’t want to add something with cheese, you can just use garlic or herbs).  Bake at 375 for 10 minutes on the oven rack for a crunchy crust.  Enjoy!

Let me know if you try your own pizza and what toppings you used!

Laughing Cow is my friend…plus an announcement!

Disclaimer: I do not work for, nor do I have an affiliation with The Laughing Cow, and this is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money, and were not provided by the manufacturer for review.

I know I am not the first to say this, but I have made a discovery that has changed my life. I have discovered Laughing Cow cheese wedges. For months, I have been enjoying the Mini Babybel cheeses for a quick bite of protein, but I have only recently begun to enjoy the Laughing Cow wedges. They are full of creamy deliciousness, and have a variety of uses. I have personally had them in tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta sauce, as a bagel topping, and on pizza. My favorite way to use them is on a flatbread pizza. They are so creamy, you can use them as a sauce and a cheese, which will save you a ton of points/calories/fat grams!

The light varieties come in six flavors. I have personally tasted the Creamy Swiss and Queso Fresco & Chipotle. My personal favorite so far, the Creamy Swiss flavor, has 35 calories and 1.5 grams of fat per wedge. It has one point for 1-2 wedges. It is kind of exciting to figure out new ways to use this, making delicious low-point snacks and meals. In doing a little research for this post, I noticed that you can find recipes on their site as well. I definitely plan to try some of them and will review them here. If you are working on a healthy lifestyle plan, I highly recommend you check these out. Let me know if you do and how you use them!

Now, on to my announcement! I have created a Facebook page for my blog! I hope you will check it out and “like” it. I will be posting blog updates, photos, any other thoughts or links I want to share with you. Please feel free to post any ideas on my wall as well, or just stop by to say hello! https://www.facebook.com/HealthyBeautifulBlessed

Have a great evening everyone! Weigh-in day approaches…dun dun dun! Stay tuned for my weekly update!

Tips for Eating in a Restaurant

A couple of nights ago, I ate dinner with some friends, and I wanted to share a few tips with you. This was a restaurant I used to eat in before I was healthy, and I always ordered all of the wrong things. This time, I made better choices and it felt really good. We were all healthy eaters, which made it fun. It can be hard at first, especially if you are eating with people who don’t eat like you, but it gets easier the more you do it.

1. Research, research, research! If you know ahead of time where you will be eating, go online and try to find the nutritional facts. Many restaurants have them listed on their website. If not, most restaurants at least have their menu available. You can find a few options for the healthiest sounding foods. If you do eat somewhere without nutritional facts, you may still be able to find them on Myfitnesspal.com or Livestrong.com. If you still cannot find them, do your best to find generic descriptions, such as “grilled chicken breast,” or “grilled salmon,” on those same websites or the WW e-tools.

2. When your server arrives at your table, ask them not to bring the bread. If you are with people who are eating bread, there may be nothing you can do. You can either choose to eat a small piece (and track it), or take the opportunity to test your willpower!

3. Add a salad to your meal. This way, you can fill up on fresh veggies, and you won’t want to eat as much when your meal comes (more on that later).

4. When you order your salad, ask for it without croutons, cheese and dressing. No dressing? Am I crazy? Well, yes I am, but that is another story. If possible, bring your own dressing. I like Walden Farms dressing packets. I have also been know to bring a container of homemade ranch dressing into a restaurant. This way, you know exactly what is in it and how much fat/calories/points you are eating. Don’t be ashamed! If this is not an option, ask for the most low fat dressing they have or better yet, some vinegar and olive oil. Always ask for the dressing on the side!

5. Only order meat that is grilled, baked or steamed. If it says it is sautéed, it will be cooked in butter. If you are ordering chicken, make sure it is skinless.

6. Ask your server if there will be any oil or butter on anything you have ordered. I ordered something with mixed vegetables, and it turned out they came with butter on them. I asked for no butter. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about how your food is prepared, and request modifications if necessary.

7. Restaurant meals are often large, and contain enough to feed at least two people. If splitting it with a friend isn’t an option, take some home with you. I usually split everything in half before I start eating. You can even ask for a container at the beginning of the meal, so you aren’t tempted to finish it.

8. Enjoy yourself! Eating out does not have to be a chore. It is a time to enjoy yourself with family and friends. If you do want to have a treat, go ahead! Just make sure you eat a small portion and adjust everything else you are eating to allow for the extra fat/calories/points. You will probably regret going overboard in more ways than one, so just do your best!

These are the only tips I have for now! If you have some I haven’t mentioned here, please let me know! Have a great week!

Over-thinking

As many of you know, the past several weeks were difficult for me. My energy levels were low and I had my first gain in several months. After a lot of thought, reflection, and prayer, I have realized something. I was thinking waaaaaay too much. Yes, we need to be mindful of what we eat. Yes, we need to make sure we have enough protein, whole grains, fruit, and vegetables. However, I think the problem was that I was thinking about it so much and trying to make everything so perfect, I was completely negating what I was trying to accomplish. The goal here is a lifestyle change. It is overall health and well-being. If I am driving myself crazy about every little thing I am doing, it defeats the purpose. I started thinking about what was so successful the last seven months, and what had changed. I used to try my best to eat well and exercise. That was good enough. A few weeks ago, I let old self creep back in a little. Not to the point that I wanted to quit, but I was making this much more stressful than it should be. No more! In the last two weeks, I am back to trying my best and allowing rest days without feeling guilty. I feel better, my weight is coming off again, and I am back to working out regularly.

The next time I feel myself over-thinking, I am going to re-read this and take my own advice. Thank you for taking another trip inside my brain and hanging in there with me! I have some exciting posts with healthy eating tips coming up!