I made myself a promise that 2017 is going to be my year. My year to begin a healthier lifestyle. My year to not just lose weight, but to take better care of myself. The number one item at the top of my list for making healthy happen is to eat better. No more fast food, no more sugary soft drinks, no more junk. NO. MORE. The last several months, I had gotten into a bad habit of McDonalds’ sausage & egg burritos for breakfast, my work’s cafeteria for lunch… and dinner? Well, I would eat so much crap during the day that by dinner time, I was sluggish and bloated, and just made whatever could be done quickly.
Those days of eating poorly changed right around January 1st. Yes, I know… those pesky New Years’ Resolutions, right? Does anyone really stick to them? Most of the time, NO. But I decided for myself that this would NOT be a resolution. This, my friends, is a REVOLUTION. Not a diet, but making permanent changes in my life that will hopefully allow me a few extra trips around the sun when I’m old and gray.
Because I needed some way to be kept accountable, I joined Weight Watchers. I’ve started it and stopped it many times before, because I’d always given up before I could get over the fifteen-pound mark for weight loss. What I failed to recognize is that I was always self-sabotaging myself week after week, cheating just a little bit each day and causing the needle on the scale to come to a screeching halt. Of course, then that scale began the inevitable creep upwards because I would give up and start eating Reese’s peanut butter cups again. The KING-SIZED PACK.
Anyway, back to the eating healthy part. While I joined Weight Watchers back in November, I really didn’t take it seriously until after the holidays. My first weigh-in was in mid-November, and I thought I’d be OK coasting through Thanksgiving and Christmas without gaining anything. As long as I cut back, it would be ok right?
My second weigh-in was January 4th. About 7 weeks after the first one. I discovered that my plan of cutting back and coasting through the holidays resulted in a 2.2 pound GAIN. Now normally, I would have driven down the street and drowned my sorrows in a big large order of Tacos de Asada from my favorite Mexican restaurant, with a monstrous pile of chips and salsa as an appetizer.
No. Not this time. Something changed. I left that meeting officially weighing the most I ever have in my entire life, and you know what? I got angry, and I decided to do something about it.
These last 6 weeks I have changed up my whole lifestyle. I have turned into a cook. I’ve made cooking and trying new healthy recipes FUN. I’ve changed up stuff I used to make and substituted healthy ingredients. I’ve bought fun pretty kitchen utensils and gadgets. I’m actually ENJOYING BEING IN MY KITCHEN.
Let me repeat that. ME–the self-proclaimed hater of cooking– now actually ENJOYING BEING IN THE KITCHEN.
So when I saw how much fat, carbs and calories are in a slice of pizza, I decided to create something healthier.
Here you go, my friends. My Pepperoni & Spinach Tortilla Pizza. This whole pizza is EIGHT POINTS– compared to ten points for a one slice of Godfather’s Pepperoni pizza. I paired my pizza with a bowl of red grapes (0 points), a garden salad (0 points), and 2 Tbs of Light Olive Garden Dressing (1 point).A healthy pizza #recipe? YES, and it's only 8 #weightwatchers points! #healthyeating Click To Tweet
- 1 Santa Fe Tortilla Company Homestyle Whole Grain Tortilla Wrap
- 1/2 cup Hy-Vee fat-free marinara sauce
- 15 slices Hy-Vee Turkey Pepperoni
- 1/8 cups Hy-Vee frozen spinach
- 1/4 cup Hy-Vee finely shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
- Optional: diced mushrooms, diced red or green peppers, onion (the sky's the limit!)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Lay tortilla on a baking sheet
- Spread marinara sauce on tortilla, almost to the edge
- Sprinkle the cheese on
- Evenly space out your pepperonis on the tortilla.
- Sprinkle the spinach on next.
- Add in any of your optional ingredients.
- Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes, or until tortilla gets crispy. Remove from oven, and slice into quarters. Enjoy!
- Pair this with a garden salad and some light Italian dressing (I prefer Olive Garden brand), and maybe even a cup of fruit.
What are you doing to change up your eating habits this year? Make sure to check out one of my favorite all-time creations, Shrimp Tacos! I could eat them almost everyday!