Several months ago, I started this whole Intermittent Fasting (IF) and carb cycling thing. I’m not even going to attempt to get technical. The bottom line is this: on two non-consecutive days I Intermittent Fast for 16 hours and cycle through low and high carb days throughout the week.
Really, it isn’t as bad as it sounds. I loathe dieting. Need proof? Check out my Advo Adventures category. The day before I am set to fast, I make sure we eat dinner early, then nothing but water and black coffee from 6:00pm – 10:00am. Most of the time I can distract myself with home projects at night and I hit the ground running at work the next morning. Add a couple of cups of coffee first thing in the morning on a fasted stomach? I am pretty sure that is exactly what a coffee enema would feel like. Not that I would know… Or do I?
As far as my carb cycling, I usually will do a low-low-high-low-high type of schedule, but I will alter based on high intensity workouts and, well, life. I refuse to pass up on popcorn at the movies, birthday cake, and dinner dates with friends/family. And fuck all that “healthy options” shit while eating out. What’s the point?
I am not a medical professional, nor have I sought out professional advice on the subject. All I know is that this lifestyle works for me.
I know, I know… the number on the scale is nothing but a number. My weight does not define me. Beauty isn’t measured in pounds. Enough positive affirmations for you yet? I get it. I really do. I have learned to love my body despite my weight. But when I can easily slip into that favorite pair of jeans instead of pouting like a damn three year old when nothing fits right, when I can school my kids in a dance-off without being winded, when I feel strong, not frumpy… those are the things I can get behind. And Intermittent Fasting and carb cycling both help me to achieve all of that.
So what the fuck does that little rant have to do with ‘Zucchini Tots: An Experiment’? Well, finding low carb side dishes to serve with dinner on the low carb days is a freaking nightmare.
I am a meal planner. Busy couple of weeks ahead? I plan quick meals that are so easy, even a caveman, er-, my husband can do it. 😉 The main dishes for low carb days are easy. Spinach Artichoke Chicken, Philly Cheesesteak Stuffed Green Peppers, Prosciutto-Wrapped Cod, to name a few. But there are only so many days my family can handle broccoli and cauliflower (in all its glorious forms).
Enter zucchini tots. I had about eight cups of shredded zucchini in the freezer from this past summer’s harvest and the hubby just gifted me a snazzy new Air Fryer for Christmas, so I thought I would give them a whirl.
Working in two batches, I squeezed out as much water as I could from the zucchini, added a healthy sprinkling of garlic salt, some almond flour (low-ish carb), minced garlic, egg, and parmesan cheese. (If you are trying to follow a recipe, that is 4 cups of zucchini, 1/2 tablespoon-ish of garlic salt, 1/2 cup of almond flour, 6 minced garlic cloves, 2 eggs, and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese.) I formed about 20 tots from this mixture and air fried them until a beautiful golden brown.
These things are fucking nasty. They taste like I took a cardboard box, blended it with a bottle of Elmer’s glue, and tossed in a handful of sawdust for good measure. Seriously. With the amount of garlic, garlic salt, and parmesan cheese, I figured there would be some sort of a taste to them. But alas, there is not. The measurements listed above so you too can make your own delicious zucchini tots? Disregard.
So what to do with 40ish zucchini-cardboard-sawdust tots? I could feed them to the chickens. But what would be the fun in that? You better believe I am going to serve these nasty little suckers to my family. For nothing more than the sheer joy of watching them squirm while I put on my whole “but I worked so hard on these” face. Muwhahaha!!