Health & Fitness

Healthy Pizza Is Possible

New York Smash Magazine  

Healthy Pizza By JZ Fitness


BY JENN ZERLING OF JZFITNESS.COM

Give me a dish that you love and know you can’t have, and I will turn it around to make it JZ FITNESS approved.

As a New Yorker, I love pizza. Don’t get me wrong, I crave it, I love it, and I even eat it. However, if I ate pizza as many times as I thought about it, then I wouldn’t be as lean as I am. Remember, to be optimal, you must cut the processed carbs out. You can treat yourself to them on occasion, but from day to day, eat your food for fuel, and for no other reason.

So, what if you crave pizza and you are looking to reduce your waist, remain optimal and preserve all your energy? You can consider my low-glycemic index pizza (low-glycemic index, or low-GI, is heavily discussed in my book, “Breaking the Chains of Obesity, 107 Tools”) as an alternative option to get you through the week. It isn’t bad for you, but you must be mindful of portions.

Remember, too much of anything isn’t good. So, what can you overindulge in with this pizza? A big crust, which is made from crushed almonds can be too much fat in one serving which translates into too many calories (even though I never count calories). One serving of almonds is 1 fistful. The crust to this pizza is equivalent to 2-3 fists. Just be mindful, that’s all.


Ingredients:

Almond flour (Trader Joes and Whole Foods sell it)

Italian seasoning

Fresh crushed garlic

Egg whites

Light butter

Crushed fire roasted tomatoes

Goat cheese crumbles

Parmesan cheese

Yeast

Baking powder

Wild shrimp

Grapeseed oil

Lemons

Organic broccoli heads


Instructions:

First start with the crust. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Add in the almond flour and mix with approximately 1/2 cup of egg whites, 2 tbsp baking powder, 4 tbsp butter, and Italian seasoning. Blend all that stuff together until the dough feels rubbery a bit. At that point, add the yeast and allow that to sit for a few minutes. In the meanwhile, get that shrimp ready to go. I bought mine frozen, but check for wild shrimp. Heat up the BBQ grill. Marinade the shrimp in olive oil, lemon juice, and crushed garlic for 10 minutes. If you have more than 10 minutes, more power to you. Don’t drench the shrimp in oil, OK? Just enough to coat it and add about 6 squeezed lemons. The crushed garlic can be approximately 4 tbsp. Once the time passes, take the shrimp and put it on the grill. Keep an eye on those things ’cause you do not want to overcook them.

Ok back to the crust. Put it in the oven for 10 minutes. Half bake it and then pull it out. Once the shrimp is done, cut the shrimp into 4 pieces. Put the tomato sauce on top of the crust, along with the shrimp pieces, some broccoli, and 5 crumbles of goat cheese and a tiny sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Put the whole pizza back in the oven for about 10 minutes. Bake it until the cheese melts. Wait until you taste this thing…Yum!

Watch Jenn Zerling explain this recipe in the video below.