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Pizza Bites

Active Time: 15 minutes / Cook Time: 2-3 minutes / Total Time: 17-18 minutes

Makes 12 bites, 6 servings

Nutrition Corner: Fueling with Fat
Fueling up with fat instead of carbs helps our body transition into fat-burning mode. Does this sound counterintuitive? Fat, unlike carbohydrates, does not impact insulin levels, and does not covert into fat in the body. Carbohydrates on the other hand, cause insulin to rise, which depending on how often and how fast it rises, can have dramatic negative effects on hunger control and hormone regulation. Carbs break down to sugar in the body, which gets stored as fat if not used up for energy. Fueling with fat keeps our carbohydrates low so that we can experience sustained focus without a sugar crash, and our body can dive into our fat stores for energy when needed. Our body can either be storing fat (excess consumption of carbs) or burning fat (fueling with fat and protein instead), but not both at the same time.

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup tomato sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Pinch sea salt
  • 1 package of salami or pepperoni (one brand we like is Applegate Organics)*
  • 4 tablespoons shredded raw cheddar cheese
  • 6 pitted green olives (optional), sliced in half

*Package should contain at least 12 pieces. If your package contains more than 12, freeze any extra in a zip lock bag to use in the future.

Directions:

On prep day:

  1. Make pizza sauce by mixing together tomato sauce and seasonings in a small bowl. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until needed. Shred cheese and slice olives and store in the fridge so that you can make up servings of this snack in minutes.
  2. If you would like to make all 6 servings of this snack on prep day and store in the fridge to enjoy throughout the week, continue with the recipe, making all 12 bites instead of 4 as indicated below. If you would like to make bites fresh each time, wait until the day of to continue with the recipe.

To prepare fresh pizza bites

  1. To make 2 servings, line up 4 salami or pepperoni on either a microwave safe plate, or parchment paper (preheat the oven to 400 degrees F).
  2. Top each piece of meat with 1 teaspoon cheese, ½ an olive if using, and 1 teaspoon homemade sauce.
  3. Microwave for 10 seconds or transfer parchment paper to a small baking tray and bake for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!