Skinny Baked Mozzarella & Zucchini Sticks

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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.
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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
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Ingredients:
*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)

Directions:
*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.
~Enjoy~


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What Is Skinny Fat

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-

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Avoid the Deadly White Powder or Flour — Including gluten-free flour products. Even whole grain flour acts like sugar in your body.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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

Resources:

http://theintel.barrysbootcamp.com/2013/01/what-is-skinny-fat-and-how-to-avoid-it/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mark-hyman/skinny-fat_b_1799797.html

http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/why-being-skinny-doesn-t-mean-you-re-fit