A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (14)The high protein low carbohydrate diet is going well, and I’m seeing results!  I’ve lost 13 pounds so far and I’m not finished yet.  Most importantly, my blood glucose has been very happy – ranging from 110-120 on average.

I knew I’d experience some cravings – I just didn’t know it would happen so quickly.  This week I have wanted PIZZA so much!  I started bargaining – saying if I had a small or personal size pizza, I could just eat everything off the crust and leave the crust.  I’m not sure I really would have done that (I want to think I would have).  As fate and God’s perfect timing would have it, my friend Deanna happened to post a recipe for a low carb pizza.  I was quick to snag it – and I think if I’m having pizza cravings, chances are others are having them too.  So I’m going to share this recipe with you today – you’re welcome!13592757_10207789953284942_1587270977619589536_n (2)Photo courtesy of Deanna Stalnaker

Low Carbohydrate Pizza

INGREDIENTS:

Crust:

4 oz. cream cheese, softened

4 eggs

1/3 c. heavy cream

1/4 c. grated parmesan cheese

1 tsp. chives

1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp. wet garlic, minced

2 C. mozzarella cheese

Toppings:

1/2 c. low-carb pizza sauce

1 C. mozzarella cheese

Pizza toppings of choice

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Beat together cream cheese and eggs until smooth.  Add cream, parmesan, chives, Italian seasoning and garlic.  Spray 9×13 pan with PAM.  Put 2 C. of mozzarella cheese in bottom of pan.  Pour egg mixture over cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Remove from oven and spread sauce over baked mixture.  Add toppings.  Cover with remaining mozzarella cheese.  Bake until bubbly and brown.  Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

A low carb diet is not difficult, but it does require some creativity at times.  Thankfully, there is positive support all over the internet, and I’m especially thankful for my friends who are there to help me every day with ideas, recipes and inspiration.  🙂

 

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A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL 2-16 A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEARTYOU'RE THE SPRINKLES ON MY LIFEWho are the sprinkles in your life?  Who adds that special something to your everyday life?  Husbands, wives, children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren for some.  Aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins.  What about friends?  If you have a best friend, you are especially blessed!

Are you a sprinkle to anyone?  God sprinkles you with His love and you sprinkle family and friends.  Have you ever thought of it that way before?  Don’t you love how God works???

At a potluck dinner in the fellowship center one Sunday morning after service, my pastor and I were standing in line looking at the desserts.  There was a very happy plate filled with cupcakes – topped with icing and sprinkles.  He laughed and said, “I like SPRINKLES – but not BB’S.”   I knew exactly what he was talking about.  If those cupcakes had been decorated with BB’s, forget it – I wouldn’t have taken one! 

1467492_771456416204141_1783276352_nJust as there are many kinds of toppings or decorations for cupcakes, there are many types of people in the world – and it made me ask myself – “What type of person am I with others?”  Am I a yummy sprinkle, or am I at times a tough little BB???  I so want to be a sprinkle!  I prayed that God make me a sprinkle.  What a prayer to pray, huh?

God allows so many opportunities every day for us to sprinkle, sparkle and shine!  As we receive His character traits, we share those traits with those in our realm of influence – or we should.  While we will never be perfect, with God’s help, we can be better than we were before we knew the Father.

Please Heavenly Father,

Help me to be a sprinkle to those around me.  Even when I’m having less than a good day, may I always remember to be soft, gentle, kind and loving regardless of my personal issues.  Keep all jealousy, envy, hate and negative, unproductive emotions at bay as I forge ahead to be Your child.  I truly am too blessed to be stressed, and I thank You for everything good in my life.  May I never take it for granted and may I never be unwilling to share.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

BB’s (fake friends, haters, negative people) are challenges that are bound to appear once in a while.  We have a choice at that point to be a BB or a sprinkle in return.  I sure hope God helps me to be a sprinkle.  🙂

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I’m always interested in new recipes that may help me along my weight loss journey.  Most people are looking for healthier ways to eat foods that are typically unhealthy.  I was tickled to see this recipe from Raymonde Bourgeois from Swastika, ON in the April / May 2015 issue of Taste of Home magazine.  It’s PIZZA – and it’s perfectly legal – YAY!!!

Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

Prep:  25 minutes

Bake:  20 minutes

Makes 6 servings

Crust:

1 1/2 to 1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/4 tsp. salt

3/4 cup beer or nonalcoholic beer

Toppings:

1 1/2 tsp. olive oil

1 garlic clove, minced

2 cups (8 oz.) shredded Italian cheese blend, divided

2 cups fresh baby spinach

1 can (14 oz.) water-packed quartered artichoke hearts, drained and coarsely chopped

2 medium tomatoes, seeded and coarsely chopped

2 Tbsp. thinly sliced fresh basil

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  In a large bowl, whisk 1 1/2 cups flour, baking powder, salt and dried herbs until blended.  Add beer, stirring mixture just until moistened.
  2. Turn dough onto a well-floured surface; knead gently 6-8 times, adding additional flour if needed.  Press dough to fit a greased 12″ pizza pan.  Pinch edge to form a rim.  Bake 8 minutes or until edges are lightly browned.
  3. Mix oil and garlic; spread over crust.  Sprinkle with 1/2 cup cheese; layer with spinach, artichoke hearts and tomatoes.  Sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Bake 8-10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted.  Sprinkle with fresh basil.

Per serving:  290 calories, 10 g fat (6 g sat fat), 27 mg chol., 654 mg sodium, 32 g carb, 5 g fiber, 14 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges:  2 starch, 1 medium-fat meat, 1 vegetable.

For some diabetics, this may seem like more carbohydrates than you really want.  We all know that most of that is because of the pizza’s crust.  These toppings would make an awesome salad!  It might be a better plan for you to put all of these toppings in a bowl and eat them with a few crackers.

The redeeming quality of this pizza is that it is…  you know – pizza!  Eating a carbohydrate free diet is unsustainable and there are times when you just need pizza crust.  This healthy alternative is for those times.  Enjoy some guilt-free pizza soon!  🙂