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By Larry

*Happy New Year!!

*Happiest of Birthdays to Jeff L., Georgia F., Grace D. and Tarol W. in San Diego!!!

*Get a good night's sleep. Sleep deprivation increases the hormone ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and decreases leptin, which lets you know when you're full. So, getting 7.5 hours of sleep/night is yet another way of preventing weight gain.

*Add cucumbers to the water glass you keep bedside. The vegetable is a natural diuretic, so it can help eliminate bloat overnight.

Chicken and Goat Cheese Pizza

Yield: 4 servings (Serving size: 2 slices)

*vegetable cooking spray
*1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough
*1/2 cup (1/2" thick slices) portobello mushrooms
*1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
*1/4 cup bottled pesto
*1/4 teaspoon black pepper
*3/4 cup skinless, boneless shredded rotisserie chicken (you can find rotisserie chicken at Jewel)
*1/2 cup sweet corn kernels
*1 1/2 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
*2 tablespoons chopped basil

1) Preheat oven to 425.
2) Lightly coat a round perforated pan with vegetable cooking spray, or put a pizza stone in the oven while it preheats. Place pizza dough on a lightly floured surface and roll it into a 12" circle. Place dough on pizza pan or stone and bake for 5 minutes.
3) While the crust is baking, coat a small nonstick skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and salt, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes or until softened and lightly browned; set aside.
4) Spread the pesto over warm crust, leaving a 1/2" edge. Sprinkle pepper evenly over crust, and top with chicken, corn, mushrooms and goat cheese. Bake 12-15 minutes or until crust is cooked through and cheese is golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with basil.
5) Cut into 8 wedges.

Nutrition Information:
Calories per serving: 394
Carbohydrate: 55 grams
Protein: 20 grams
Fat: 10 grams
Fiber: 6 grams

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