People love to ask me what my favorite ‘cheat food’ or ‘cheat meal’ is and I always shrug and say I don’t know. Then, they look at me suspiciously and one of two things always happens: Either 1. they tell me I’m lying because there HAS to be something unhealthy I like eating, or 2. they think I’m nuts for not craving any junk food or traditional dessert. Honestly though, I never do. I mean… maybe if you start describing the feel, touch, and taste of a Parisian dark chocolate eclairs, then sure, I’ll succumb to the idea and lust after it for a while. But you know what I’ll do if the craving gets too intense to handle? I’ll make a protein eclair. So yeah, I don’t have a favorite ‘cheat’ food. I don’t because I make nutrition-dense and high-protein versions of stuff like pizza, cake, brownies, ice cream, bread, pancakes, and donuts all the time. And I always feel great about it. I paying homage to my food, enjoying every bite – until I get to lick the plate!
And it’s funny. You know, back in April, when I ran an event with a famous fitness model, we were talking about this – about how when you cook your own food and satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy-yet-delicious versions of your favorite foods, the allure to ‘jump off the bandwagon’ of a healthy diet completely disappears. To give an example, he spoke about someone else. He spoke about how one of the reasons she stays in shape year-round is because she cooks her own food and makes a wide array of healthy sweet foods too – like protein cakes and bars.
Which brings me right back to this post about pizza – protein pizza. I love it. It’s so easy and quick to make! And I eat it a lot, something with protein powder, sometimes without – and every time I nommmmm like a crazy person because Zeus! It’s fantastic! And you can do so much with protein pizza too – you can flavor it however you want, tweak its macros to fit your goals, top it with all sorts of meats and veg and in a matter of minutes… BOOM! Pizza!
1/2 cup Liquid Egg Whites
1 tbsp Coconut Flour
1/2 cup Rolled Oats (Gluten Free)
1. Blend everything together.
2. Add some coconut oil, PAM, or low calorie spray to a nonstick pan and get it HOT HOT HOT.
3. Add your batter to the pan, and spread it around the pan with a spatula or spoon. If you like your crusts really thin, spread the batter thinly, if you like your crusts thicker, fry the whole thing up as a thicker pancake. As soon as you add the batter to the pan though, turn it down to medium/low.
1. If you want to substitute the oats, you can use quinoa or buckwheat flakes! You can also just use some flour – e.g. quinoa flour, oat flour, etc but, to account for the volume difference, use 1/4 cup of flour instead of 1/2 cup. 2. If you want to add protein powder – to up the protein content of the base further, you can use pea protein powder or unflavored whey. If you do though, add a couple more tablespoons of egg whites or a splash of (almond?) milk to make sure the batter doesn’t end up TOO dense.