Oh looky what we've got here. Yet another healthy-twist-on-pizza. Its no secret that Lucali's Pizza in Brooklyn is the true love of my life. And its no secret that I could literally eat pizza every single day for all of eternity and never tire of it.
But, alas, pizza does not make me feel my best. And I like feeling my very best, thank you very much.
Plus, I wanted another easy peasy, sugar-less recipe to share with my Sugar Detox Group this October.
Ya guys, I am so pumped up about this Sugar Detox. The opportunity to work with an incredible gym, BYKlyn, with the owner, Amy, feels a little bit like a dream come true. Having met her only a handful of times, I can already tell she's going to be a role model of mine. Ya know when you listen to a podcast and you automatically KNOW that podcast is your cup o' tea? That's how I felt when I met BYKlyn's owner. She's passionate about health & fitness, passionate about supporting local business and charities. I just feel really honored to work with her and her clients.
I was thinking about this at the gym yesterday... I want to share more of my "entrepeneurial" journey with you. I think I am at an interesting crossroads. I would not consider myself "just starting out." I've been helping people via nutrition counseling for years and I've helped a lot of people. I'm not bragging. I'm just saying: I know I am good at what I do and that's partially because I care SO damn much. But I obviously have a lot more to learn on this journey of entrepreneurship and have bigger dreams for my business.
Also, caring so much has its setbacks. The idea of taking on new projects or new clients often scares the bejesus out of me. I don't want to let anyone down. I want to help people see that nutrition is not confusing, or about starvation, or only for the wealthy. Nutritious food is for everyone. Finding your healthiest you - its attainable for EVERYONE.
I've been lucky enough to launch online versions of the Sugar Detox over the last few years that I know I've worked "the kinks" out (plus, even with the "kinks" all participants felt better/lost weight/formed new healthy habits). But its still scary. Its just the unknown at this point. And the unknown is scary.
But the chance to meet my sugar-slaying-detoxers IN PERSON. To cycle with them at BYKlyn and form real relationships with them.... that's worth all the butterflies and nerves. I can't wait to watch them transform after the two week program.
These mini pizza rounds are on the meal plan. We will be slayin' sugar but stay properly drooling over our food!
mini pizza rounds
1 large, plump eggplant
1/2 c olive oil
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup egg whites
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
optional: 1/4 cup marinara sauce, pepperoni slices, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes
Preheat oven to 400*F.
Choose a plump eggplant!
Slice the top and bottom off the eggplant. Discard.
Slice the eggplant into circular rounds about 1 1/2 “ thick.
In a small bowl, combine 1/2 cup olive oil, 1 tablespoon oregano, 1/2 tablespoon basil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Alternatively, you can just spray the rounds with oil.
Brush the rounds with the olive oil mixture.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven and flip.
In a small bowl, combine egg whites & grated cheese. Brush the rounds with the cheese mixture.
Optional: top with a teaspoon of marinara sauce (be sure to check there’s no sugar in the ingredients!), fresh cherry tomatoes, pepperoni or mozzarella.
Bake for 13 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes (15 minutes total)