My Favorite Bruschetta, And Losing 3 Pounds This Week

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~My Favorite Bruschetta, And Losing 3 Pounds This Week~


the idea…
I began shopping the outer area of the grocery store a couple weeks ago,

and I have lost 3 pounds. And I have not been hungry,
 otherwise I would never stick with anything. 
Much to my surprise my shaky low blood sugar episodes have disappeared,
and I have more energy.  Did I mention I lost 3 pounds in 7 days?
I know right? And without exercising.
Not that I didn’t want to, but with sick kids, rain, ice, blah blah blah…
Getting out was hard.  But eating clean was not, that I have control over.
As I experiment with changing my diet, of course I want to lose weight. 
 But I want my energy back, I want to feel good again, you remember how that felt?
getting real…
I want to heal my gut issues and not be able to remember the last time
my Fibromyalgia decided to flare again. 
 I want to have the energy to not just keep up with my kids
but be a healthy, fit mom.  
I want to feel good again, and I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel. 
I can see how this will work, and I am excited,
 really excited to take control and say no to a few things that are bad for me. 
And yes to lots of fresh, clean, whole foods that were created for me to eat. 
Experimenting with my tolerance to carbohydrates and
filling my refrigerator with the rainbow. 
Will I ever have chocolate again, of course. 
 Will I consume it and other high-sugar foods in the amounts I have the past few years?
Not if I want to keep feeling this good. 


So that’s my admission, my name is Tanya, and I am addicted to sugar. 
 But I don’t have to feed the addiction, I can make better choices, one day at a time. 
Did I mention I lost three pounds this week? Sorry I am just excited!!
 I missed my Bruschetta that I used to make when I went gluten free last year
So this is the version I came up with.  While I have dramatically reduced my grains recently, I will occasionally treat myself to a few gluten free corn chips to dip in this, and oh how I could eat a whole dish of it.  Cucumber slices are a great alternative to chips too.


Here is how I make My Favorite Bruschetta.  Healthy fats are good for us (more on that later), and actually aid in the digestion and weight loss/weight control process.  That’s good news!!


My Favorite Bruschetta
makes about 8-10 servings
Gently blend together in a medium mixing bowl:
6 good sized Roma tomatoes, diced
3/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes (packed in oil-preferably olive oil) finely chopped
2 T. extra virgin olive oil
4 t. minced garlic
1/2 cup of finely chopped fresh basil
2 T. balsamic vinegar
1/4 t. ground pepper
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat your oven to 400* and spread the mixture in an 8″ x 8″ baking dish and bake for about 10-15 minutes.  Once the edges are bubbling and it smells amazing. 
I like to serve with Juanita’s Gluten Free Corn Chips, or you can serve on any cracker or baguette if you are not avoiding gluten.
Prepare for it to be devoured and have the recipe handy, people will love this.  Your house will smell like the Food Network just came thru and whipped a little something up for you and your family.
As always thank you so much for sharing your ideas, feedback and kind words with me each week. 
There would be no twelveOeight if it weren’t for YOU!
Hugs & Blessings
xoxo, Tanya
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every Monday night at 5pm PST
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  1. congrats on loosing 3lb! glad you feel more energy…next thing you know, you'll be running circles around all of us 🙂

  2. This looks super yummy!

  3. Congratulations! I also have fibromyalgia and after the new year started eating clean and working out everyday. No flare ups! It feels great. Good luck!!!

  4. Way to go, Tanya! 🙂 Your recipe looks delicious too. Megan

  5. Congratulations on your weight loss, Tanya! I have been on sugar overload for weeks, and am feeling pretty yucky because of it. Time to slow down and reverse that runaway train! Your Bruschetta recipe sounds delicious!


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