I admit, sticking to Nutrisystem has been hard for me. Not because of the plan though. I have been going through many life changing events in the past six months and emotionally its just tough for me to handle all of it. I am an emotional eater and when I feel bad I reward myself with food. Comfort food, snacks, chocolate - all things that are fine in moderation but when I am depressed I go on overload.
This whole health scare with my brother-in-law has put things in a new perspective not only for me but for my husband as well. For Mother's Day the gift I asked for was for him to find a way to get our treadmill out of the garage and into our bedroom so that we can both start using it. Not that I had a problem using it in my garage but since we moved the garage has been on our to-do list to get organized - and it doesn't look like its gonna happen any time soon. I didn't want to wait for him to find the treadmill one day so bringing into my room was the only solution. So now its ready to go and I can't wait to get started with it.
Nutrisystem Friendly Recipes
One thing that I love about the Nutrisystem community is the alternative recipes that they offer. I like to make my food fresh from scratch and not always stick to what is offered in the boxes. For me, my favorite food is pizza. I could eat it all day everyday. I like to find new and interesting ways to eat it and if I can cut the calories while indulging I'm all for it. I was so happy when I discovered a recipe for Portabello Mushroom Pizzas in the Nutrisystem Discussion Forum!
Recipe by SusieQ1982
Scoop out the centres of the mushrooms and place them on a baking tray. Top with pizza sauce, turkey pepperoni, your favourite veggies (I wouldn't add more mushroom though!) and shredded cheese. Bake them for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is all melty and gooey. Be careful when you scoop them up with a spatula because the mushrooms get very soft and the toppings will really slide around if you're not careful!
If you use 1/2 oz cheese and 1/2 serving of pepperoni, this counts as veggies, a free food, and a dairy/protein serving which means you could actually have this for an afternoon snack if you wanted (one fruit can be subbed for two veggie servings). How can you beat pizza for a snack? If you do want it as an entree though (it's rather filling), remember to add a carb elsewhere to your day as well as a fat serving.
I love this recipe! It is a great way to add more veggies and turkey pepperoni is so good, it tastes just like regular pepperoni.
The only contribution to this recipe that I would make is that I would bake the mushroom by itself for a few minutes, then take it out and add all the sauce and the toppings. If you skip this step the mushrooms can be a bit watery, which is noticeable when you take a bite. Other than that though this is a recipe that I could eat as a SNACK! Believe me, one is very filling - two would be a complete meal and you would be totally full.
My best friend makes a variation of this recipe by using sliced baby tomatoes instead of pizza sauce. She also uses feta cheese instead of mozzarella. She loves this particular combo. The great thing about these pizzas is that they could be made to order in several different ways and still be a totally healthy snack or dinner. Gotta love the versatility!
Kale Chips and Salsa
I could eat chips and salsa day and night, next to pizza it is my next biggest vice. Now the salsa is good for you, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos are all great veggies. It's the tortilla chips that kill you. For a very long time I have been looking for a tortilla chip substitute.
I had heard of using kale chips from my best friend but to be honest it sounded kind of gross. So I searched the Nutrisystem forum to get more info and sure enough there were several members that had tried it and liked it! They are super easy to make and ready in minutes.
2 cups fresh kale leaves
Olive oil nonstick spray
Dash salt, or more to taste
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Place kale leaves on a baking sheet sprayed with olive oil nonstick spray. Spritz leaves with the nonstick spray and sprinkle with salt.
Bake in the oven until crispy, 5 - 8 minutes, for a potato-chip-like snack.
If you like, season to taste with additional salt. Eat up!
MAKES 1 SERVING
Pair it with your favorite salsa or pico de gallo and you have an all veggie delicious snack!
I tried it with both and it was really good. Obviously it's not as tasty as chips but its a great substitute that you don't have to feel guilty about. The only advice I have is that you need a spoon to lay on the salsa because the kale chips are very thin and could break in the actual dipping process. It really just depends on how chunky or thin you like your salsa to be.
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