I see a lot of people/fitness experts encouraging eating small meals every 2-3 hours which is fine I suppose if you like that and it works for you. Me? No thanks. I went that route my whole life and all it did most of the time was leave me even hungrier than when I first started eating. Or if I did find myself satisfied after a baby meal of 100-300 calories, I was guaranteed to be starving within an hour or so. This does not make for a happy me throughout the day. I HATE that feeling of eating, wanting more, and never truly feeling satiety throughout the day. I HATE feeling like I’m an animal thats ready to rip someones head off if I don’t get something into my stomach. My family can vouch for falling victim to my “snaps” on occasion.
My remedy? BIGGER and less frequent meals. I also consider myself an expert VOLUME eater now which basically means that I always try and maximize the amount of food I’m eating at each sitting using ingredients that produce the most bang for my buck so to speak. Now I eat 2-3 bigger meals a day (maybe 400-600 calories each) and then graze here and there on snacks like popcorn, chips, baked treats I’ve made, nuts, fruit, yogurt, cereal, etc. This just suits me better and I don’t have to ever worry about still feeling hungry when I take my last bite of food. I’m always absolutely full and satisfied after every meal AND can easily last 4-5 hours without feeling overly hungry or wanting to kill someone. My family likes me much better this way as well.
Of course vegetables are my #1 go to food for providing you with tons of food (volume) for not a lot of calories, I still try and find products and substitutions anytime I can for variety. That’s what volume eaters do! A couple of months ago, when I discovered the Thin Slim Foods company, I was absolutely intrigued with their line of products. I found great variety with what the company offered, everything from muffins to brownies to breads & buns, bagels, and even PIZZA dough! What? A low carb pizza dough? Wait huh? No way. As soon as I saw it on their site, I knew it would soon be mine. Unfortunately for me, it was all sold out when I placed my original order so I had to wait a few weeks for it to be restocked. No problem though, the sampler pack I got held me over with goodies until I was able to place another order right when the pizza dough was restocked!!!
** FYI… Buns, onion pockets, and bread are HIGHLY recommended! I’ve actually replaced any and all buns I would normally eat with Thin Slim Foods at this point. Instead of one regular bun I would be using for a meal, I can now have TWO if I wanted OR fill my macros with other food if I wanted. There is a link in the sidebar here on my blog for you to get 50% OFF your first sampler pack as well!!! Definitely take advantage of that… if you are dieting right now and need some bread in your life but don’t have a lot of macros to spare, do yourself this favor!!! **
Anyways, while hamburgers will always & forever have my heart, I’ve been known to put away a few slices of pizza here and there as well. BBQ chicken is probably my favorite with a Hawaiian pizza very close behind. I’ve also never been steered wrong with a good old Margherita style pie. So, as soon as my second Thin Slim Foods order arrived with my highly anticipated pizza dough, I had already decided what flavors I would be going with. I could have gone with one of my classic favorites, but with macros like the ones on this crust?
Yeah, get a load of this…
CRAZY right? Yup, this is certainly a VOLUME food and I am more than happy to keep all of it to myself which means I can get a little more exotic with my meal without having to worry if a husband or kid won’t like something. Mine all mine!!!! I decided on a pesto, marinara, chicken combination! Again, because I had to wait a few weeks for the dough to be restocked and shipped anyways, I was able to plan ahead and prep most of my toppings a few days before my order even arrived! Because everything was prepped, I was literally eating my pizza within 1/2 an hour of the post man leaving my door.
This is what you will need for my “Red White & Green Striped Pizza”
** recipes for my sauces are at the bottom of this post **
2. Pesto sauce (GREAT sauce for meal/food prep that can be used on pizza, pasta, sandwiches, etc.)
3. 3/4 cup marinara sauce (GREAT meal/food prep sauce. I double or triple my batches, use a portion for a family meal/dinner, then store a jar in the fridge and/or one in the freezer.)
4. Chicken breast (I prep 4-6 chicken breasts either on the grill or in the crockpot every Sunday and then again on Wednesday for a quick and easy protein option I can use in meals, sandwiches, salads, etc. during the week.)
5. Medium tomato (thinly sliced)
6. 1/2 cup fat free shredded mozzarella cheese
7. 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
8. A few pieces of greens of choice for garnish and extra burst of flavor (arugula or basil would be best)
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F and place a pizza stone in the center of your oven if you have/want to use one
- Spoon marinara sauce over crust leaving a 1″ border on the edges
- Add chicken
- Add mozzarella cheese
- Add sliced tomatoes
- Drizzle with pesto sauce
- Sprinkle with parmesan cheese
- Bake for 10-15 minutes depending on how toasted and crisp you want the edges
- Garnish with greens
And this is was my finished product… so much good all over the place AND it was ALL mine!