Everyone loves a warm slice of pizza. Statistics show that 94 percent of Americans do. In our home we are always creating new lean and clean meal ideas, so I thought I would share a household fave that has the essence of the pizza flavor and smell with the same calories,
2 1/2 times the protein (the protein in eggs provides steady and sustained energy, which does not cause a surge in blood sugar or insulin), 75 percent fewer carbs and lower fat (but containing monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that help protect your heart).
The average slice of pizza has 300 calories, 12 grams of fat, 34 grams of carb and 13 grams of protein. The “cheatzza” contains 300 calories, nine grams of fat, six grams of carb and 32 grams of protein.
What you need: 1 full egg, 1 cup egg whites, 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms, fat-free cooking spray, dry Parmesan cheese, black pepper, ketchup and a sauté or omelet pan.
What to do: Spray the pan with fat-free cooking spray. Toss in the mushrooms and sauté on medium heat for a few minutes or until they start to turn darker. Crack the full egg into the pan then add the egg whites. Stir gently so the yolk stays intact. Sprinkle a medium coat of Parmesan cheese over the entire surface of the eggs base, then stir gently to break the yoke and disperse it through the egg whites. Add a dash of pepper. Squeeze a line of ketchup on one half, and then fold the other side over creating a half moon. Cook until the outside turns golden brown, creating a crispness.
As a finishing touch you can sprinkle more Parmesan on the top and add another line of ketchup. If you’re not cutting calories, use a teaspoon of olive oil instead of the fat-free spray. It adds 60 calories and an extra seven grams of good fat, along with a delicious flavor to the dish. Bon appétit. Your cheatzza is ready to eatzza!
Editor’s note: Ninette Terhart is an award-winning bodybuilder and fitness and wellness coach based in Los Angeles.