After the last couple days of rain & cold, I’m ready to get outdoors and soak in the sun. Because I plan on being outdoors more than indoors, my lunch needs to be simple, light, quick, & low carb, since I’m limiting my carb intake again. The perfect thing to make today would be my healthy (a.k.a. skinny) baked mozzarella & zucchini sticks.
These are great as an side dish, snack, or light lunch. Kids and adults alike, love these at my house. FYI-If your having this as your lunch, make sure to include something with protein. For me, I drink a protein shake with my meal. We all know how important protein is to our body and getting the proper amount is vital to our health & well being.
This recipe is different because I cut out the breadcrumbs and replaced it with flaxseed meal. Have you heard of it before? For those that haven’t it is quite a handy multi purpose ingredient that is used as a low carb alternative to bread. Depending where you live, depends on who carries it. But most grocery stores & a few discounts store do. For me, our local Job Lots, MB, or Shaw’s carries it. You can purchase an 16oz. bag for roughly $2.99, which isn’t bad since it’ll last you awhile. Enough talking, now unto the recipe.
Skinny Baked Mozzarella & Zucchini Sticks
*2 small zucchini
*10 string cheese
*1/3c flaxseed meal
*2-3 egg whites
1-2 TBSP parm cheese
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
pinch of salt
spray oil (grease pan)
*Preheat oven to 350.
*Cut zucchini into sticks size, as thick or thin as you desire.
*In a bowl combine all dry ingredients & mix well. Set aside.
*In a smaller bowl, place egg whites in it.
*Dip the sticks into the egg whites 1st, then dip them in the dry mixture to coat. Continuing on till your last stick is done. Tip-If your hands are getting too messy, use a fork instead.
*Place the sticks on a greased cookie sheet & bake for 15 mins.
*While cooling, if you’re having a shake make one.
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I always thought that just because I was thin, that I was healthy. I didn’t need to work out or eat right because I was thin, that’s all that mattered. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I was the perfect example of the term “Skinny Fat.” Have you heard this term before? It is defined as ” that a person may be skinny in appearance, however their BODY FATpercentage (24% to 39% seems to be the general range) is very high by medical and health standards. You may fit into a size two but do you still jiggle without Spanx?”
This misconception is one that I wished I addressed before I got sick. It’s sad that it took me getting sick to get set on the correct path. But it is what it is. All I can do now is educate my family, hoping they don’t follow my unhealthy path to sickness.
Below are 10 Tips to Help Cure Your Skinny Fat-
- Eat a Low-Glycemic Load DIET — Lean animal protein (chicken, fish, and eggs), nuts, seeds, beans, vegetables, fruit, and small amounts of non-gluten grains.
- Power Up with Protein — Start the day with protein and at each meal. This makes your metabolism run hotter and cuts hunger. Incorporate eggs, PROTEIN SHAKES, nuts, seeds, chicken, or fish.
- Don’t Drink Your Calories — No sodas, juices, sweetened drinks and no more than 3-4 glasses of wine or alcohol a week with meals.
- Avoid the Deadly White Powder or Flour — Including gluten-free flour products. Even whole grain flour acts like sugar in your body.
- Beware of Frankenfood — Factory-made foods are often science projects with fake ingredients including MSG (which causes ravenous hunger and is hidden as “natural flavoring”), high fructose corn syrup, artificial colors, preservatives, and chemicals.
- Eat From the Right Plant — If it was made in a plant stay away, if it was grown on a plant it is probably okay.
- Get an OIL CHANGE — Eat omega-3 fat-rich foods including sardines and wild salmon and avoid REFINED and processed vegetable oils except olive oil.
- Get Going and Get Strong — Both cardio and strength training are key. Cardio builds fitness and IMPROVES metabolism, and strength training BUILDS MUSCLE so you won’t be a skinny fat person.
- Take Supplements — They grease the wheels of your metabolism and help BURN CALORIES and balance blood sugar. A good multivitamin, fish oil (EPA/DHA,) and vitamin D do the trick for 95 percent of people.
- Protect Sleep Time — Sleep deprivation alters metabolism and increases cravings for carbs and sugar. Sleep is sacred. Make your bedroom a sleeping temple and stay there for 7 to 8 hours a night
taken from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/skinny-fat_b_1799797.html