Supreme Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash – the perfect comfort food recipe only 193 calories per serving and loaded with flavor!
Supreme Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash – the perfect comfort food recipe only 194 calories per serving and loaded with flavor! Pizza never tasted so good AND guilt free!
Can I tell you a secret? The last time I was pregnant I only gained 13 pounds. I think part of the reason was I was very active and walking almost every day. But then again my “cravings” during pregnancy were for things like soup, salad, and the occasional chocolate banana milkshake.
Baby #2. Um.. way different. I have been craving carbs (and not the good kind), cheese and all the things you probably shouldn’t eat in excess. Pizza has been my jam this pregnancy. But it’s not so friendly on the waist line. It’s also not part of our normal diet so my body is probably going into shock with all the things I’m eating now that I don’t normally eat! Sshheesh!!
Recently I found out that H-E-B now offers dietician/nutrition services. They’ve actually been offering it for about 4 years now but apparently I’ve been in a cave and haven’t heard of it till just now.
Luckily, I know about it now so I booked an appointment to try and figure out how to handle these cravings as well as understand how many grams of protein, carbohydrates, etc I should be eating per day.
The appointment itself was handled with such professionalism. They basically treat you like you’re at a medical appointment, in fact depending on your insurance the appointment itself could be covered/paid for by your insurance!! How cool is that!
I met with the RD in a privacy room, just like you would with a doctor who is doing a checkup. She asked me a bunch of health questions, family history, medical history, what my routine was, what my physical/workout regime looks like, what I typically eat during the day, what I ate the last 24 hours, and then what my goals were.
After that she uses a computation to find out your BMI (Body Mass Index). I had a BMI of 19%, which is great, especially going into pregnancy! She mentioned that 25% is consider overweight and 30% is considered obese. Then once she has all the information she gives you a recommendation based on the information given while also keeping your goals in mind. Then she moves into the “teaching” portion of the appointment. A grocery store tour, what she recommends based on what she sees and why, and then helpful tips you can use at home after your consultation! (including a sweet H-E-B app that I totally downloaded during the appointment) I learned that as a pregnant woman I should be eating around 75 grams of protein and 200 grams of carbohydrates per day. I’ve got some work to do!
Overall the appointment was very informative and helpful. I left feeling like I had a plan moving forward… increase my protein and watch the carbs!
I would totally recommend it to a friend, in fact I would even go back for a follow up consultation!
H-E-B actually offer a couple of healthy living services beyond just the Registered Dietitian Consultation, which is $85 per person. (again it could be covered by your insurance) They also offer a grocery shopping tour with an RD so you can learn how to read labels and make better choices for you and your family, that is $20. You can even do a tour for specific diets like Whole30, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, etc. They offer a Lunch & Learn option which is an hour long nutrition class with an RD including lunch, and a Metabolic Testing service which includes a caloric needs assessment.
I was blown away by all of this and found it to be super helpful but also convenient. No need to book an appointment at your doctors office or travel to a hospital to meet with a doctor or dietitian. You can book it right at your local H-E-B store! So basically it’s a no brainer!
Now, remember what I said about me craving pizza. After that dietitian consultation, my pizza problems are solved! This Supreme Pizza Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is the perfect remedy to my pregnancy cravings and it’s healthy! Whooping in at only 193 calories a serving with 9 grams of carbohydrates and 9 grams of protein.
And honestly you won’t even miss the crust. When the spaghetti squash is roasted it gives off a sweet caramelized taste that is irresistible. I devoured this recipe and totally didn’t share!
This Stuffed Spaghetti Squash is also super flexible, you can adapt the toppings to whatever you’d like!
Bon Appetit friends and happy cooking!
*** This recipe was sponsored by H-E-B. However, like always all opinions are 100% mine! Thank you for supporting the brands that support Joyful Healthy Eats. ***
- Serves: 4
- Serving size: ½ squash
- Calories: 193
- Fat: 14 g
- Saturated fat: 5 g
- Carbohydrates: 9 g
- Sugar: 5 g
- Sodium: 530 mg
- Fiber: 2 g
- Protein: 9 g
- Cholesterol: 26 mg
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup tomato basil pasta sauce
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 10-15 pepperoni
- 1-2 mushrooms, sliced
- ¼ cup sliced green pepper
- ¼ cup sliced red onion
- optional: garnish with fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut spaghetti squash in half. Scoop on the seeds. Drizzle with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and rub into the squash. Place squash cut side down on a baking sheet.
- Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until the squash is tender when poked with a fork.
- Remove from oven. Using a fork gently scrap the squash into spaghetti strands.
- Preheat oven to HIGH broiler.
- Top each spaghetti squash half with ½ cup of tomato basil pasta sauce, ½ shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sliced mushrooms, sliced green pepper, and sliced red onion.
- Place in broiler for 5-6 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and pepperoni are crispy.
- Garnish with sliced fresh basil and serve.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of H-E-B. The opinions and text are all mine.