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Low Glycemic Basil Pesto Pizza
Hey we all love pizza right? I know I do. But the worst thing about pizza is that it is usually bad for you. This low glycemic Basil Pesto Pizza will please your taste buds and it will help with your fat loss goal…
The problem with most pizzas is the crust which is bread that causes an insulin spike and the sauce which also causes an insulin spike. Just in case you didn’t know insulin spikes result in added fat… Plain and simple, eat quickly digesting food, get more fat…
It is also true that if you eat foods that have a low to moderate glycemic index… you will lose weight.
How To Make A Low Glycemic Basil Pesto Pizza
This fat loss recipe needs just a couple of base ingredients and then you can ad whatever you like… Just don’t over do the cheese and processed meats.
- 1 Burrito Shell
- Basil Pesto Sauce…
- A little Mozzarella Cheese
- Black or Green Olives or Both
- Jalapeno Pepper Slices
- Sliced Mushrooms. I prefer Baby Bellas myself
- 1 Can of Chicken.
That is pretty much it… You can ad any other veggie you want without any guilt of over doing the calorie thing. You can eat till you nearly burst but still lose fat if you follow a simple dietary plan.
Simply place the burrito shell on a oiled baking sheet.
Then add your Basil Pesto Sauce and cover that with the spinach.
Just ad the other toppings of your choice and place the Basil Pesto Pizza in a preheated oven for about 15 mins on 350 degrees. Be sure to check periodically to make certain that you don’t over cook it.
Tomato Pesto Pizza
To make this recipe you will need:
- Burrito Shells. I use the 8 or 10 inch shells
- One jar of Tomato Pesto
- 1 can of chicken
- Black olives
- Top with your favorite cheese.
You can also substitute grilled, rotisserie or smoked chicken as these each add a different taste and of course that is what makes pizzas so great. They are very easy to make and you can make them to please anyone.
The important thing to remember when it comes to losing weight is to avoid those processed foods as much as possible. Sure you can’t avoid them all the time. Not even the Amish do that, they eat bread and pancakes just like everyone else.
One of the biggest problems with processed food is particle size. Those ground grains break down fast in the digestive track and cause an insulin response which lead directly to weight gain.
Of Course you can’t have a pizza without some form of crust. If you don’t have a crust, you only have the makings of a salad… That is why I prefer to use burrito shells.
A 10 inch extra large burrito shell has:
- 6g of protein
- 2g of saturated fat
- 5g of dietary fiber
- 35g of carbohydrates
- Only 180 calories.
The protein and the fiber help offset the carbs and the rest is mostly vegetables. If the sauce that you use has no added sugar you are eating a pretty healthy meal. 2 tbs of tomato pesto, enough to cover a 10 inch shell only has 130 calories. Traditional pizza sauces are loaded with sugar to make them sweet.
Pop this tomato pesto pizza into a oven that has been preheated to 375 degrees and in about 15 mins you have a low glycemic pizza that is excellent for “dieters”
Traditional Style Diet Pizza
Pizza sauce usually has sugar or high fructose corn syrup in it and as well all know that is one reason why traditional pizza is not good for you.
Healthy weight loss depends greatly on eating foods that are known as low or moderately glycemic. Tradition pizza sauce and crust would not fall into this category. I am saying that based on the fact that I know people who are diabetic and when they eat pizza… they have to take more insulin than normal to keep their blood sugar down to acceptable levels.
For added flavor I sauteed some fresh garlic and onion in some REAL butter you can use extra virgin olive oil as that will add a nice flavor as well. Then add the can of sauce to the sauteed veggies and stir in some Italian seasoning i added about 3 tbs to about 1/2 can of tomato sauce. You can add more or less depending on your personal preference. Let this simmer and thicken for about 30 minutes. This will make your sauce into more of a paste.
For your crust use a burrito shell. Just cover the shell with your homemade traditional style pizza sauce and top with your favorite veggies or meat.
For this fat loss recipe I used:
- 1/2 15 ounce can of Clover Vally Tomato Sauce
- 3 tbs of Italian Seasoning
- Pineapple chunks
- Baby Bella Mushrooms
- Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Just pop your pizza into a 350 degree preheated oven and wait 15-20 mins and you have yourself a low glycemic pizza that has a traditional taste but wont hinder your fat loss efforts.