Time of the Month Indulgence without the Guilt-Zucchini Nachos

Zuchini Nachos

Will power is something that must be consciously maintained. I’d like to think when I’m serious and focused I can say no to fatty foods, sweet treats, and other things that will ruin my diet. Usually the hardest times for me are during that dreaded week of my period. My will power is usually out the door as all I want to do is sleep, let my bloated belly hang out, and just be comfortable. One thing that I really struggle with is my diet during that week. My body craves fatty foods and all I want to do is EAT!! One of my favorite comfort foods to eat during that time of the month are nachos, they’re seriously like my kryptonite. I like them stacked high with toppings and smothered in gooey cheese.  As I’ve mentioned in previous post I’m on a mission to whittle my waist and get back in shape so, when that time of the month came around last month I had to make a decision, completely jump off the wagon and indulge in my favorite “time of the month comfort” or stay on track.  After fighting a serious internal battle I decided I would stay on track and I would still have my Comfort Nachos, but instead of using chips with all the carbs and salt I would use Zucchini, and thus Zucchini Nachos were born!

One of the things I’m most proud of is my garden. I think I inherited an awesome green thumb from my grandmother. To make Zucchini Nachos I decided to pick one the largest zucchinis I could find from my garden. The remainder of the ingredients I picked up from the grocery store and I promise I didn’t stop anywhere near the cookie or candy aisles.

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To prep for the Zucchini Nachos start by slicing your zucchini into rounds. You want to make sure that they are a little on the thicker side since they are going to be used as your “chips”. Toss you Z “chips” in some olive oil and prep your grill.

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Grill your Zucchini Chips over medium heat, about 10 minutes on each side. Now, these zucchini aren’t going to be crisp like chips, for that you’ll need an oven. I decided to have my husband use the grill because, I mean, why not??

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While the Zucchini Chips are grilling prep your ground beef and black beans. Once everything is ready, prep your nachos as normal with layers and layers of goodness. Zucchini Nachos.jpg  

That time of the month is all about staying comfortable even if it means giving into your cravings. Substituting out tortilla chips for zucchini allowed me to indulge without completely ruining my hard work. How do you stay comfortable during that time of the month?

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  1. livivua
    September 4, 2014 / 3:38 pm

    I pamper myself by taking long bubble bath and long walks plus the usual lady beauty spoils like manicure and pedicure

  2. Mami2jcn
    September 4, 2014 / 5:51 pm

    I ask my husband for a massage.

  3. Mami2jcn
    September 4, 2014 / 5:52 pm


  4. Nicole
    September 4, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    I like to pamper myself by laying out by the beach and just enjoy the weather. It relaxes me.

  5. latanya
    September 4, 2014 / 9:01 pm

    I like to take a long hot bath while reading a good book

  6. Elena
    September 4, 2014 / 9:13 pm

    I like to take hot bubble bath

  7. Kelly D
    September 4, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    I pamper myself by eating chocolate and wearing my favorite pajamas.

  8. Gina M
    September 4, 2014 / 10:23 pm

    I pamper myself by lighting candles and taking a bubble bath!

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  9. Gina M
    September 4, 2014 / 10:26 pm


  10. heather
    September 4, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    I take hot bubble bath with music and wine.

  11. Lisa Brown
    September 5, 2014 / 11:40 am

    I pamper myself by taking a long hot bath at least once a week.

  12. steven weber
    September 5, 2014 / 11:43 am

    I like to get a full body massage.

  13. September 5, 2014 / 1:04 pm

    that looks SOOOO good. I like to take a long hot bath with bubbles and a really good book.

  14. Cynthia C
    September 5, 2014 / 2:29 pm

    I pamper myself by putting my pj’s on and binge watching Netflix.

  15. Susan Smith
    September 5, 2014 / 9:30 pm

    I pamper myself by taking a nice warm bubble bath and reading a good book.

  16. Natalie
    September 6, 2014 / 8:09 pm

    I try to pamper myself by going for long walks or runs and by taking lots of hot showers. Listening to music is also pampering.

  17. Maureen
    September 7, 2014 / 2:35 pm

    I will take a few minutes to have a nice hot epsom salts bath with some candles and magazines.
    I will try and have a few minutes to myself to knit as well. for me this is very calming.

  18. September 8, 2014 / 9:48 am

    What a fabulous idea! I always crave cheese and salt too. UGH. This looks like a much better option!

  19. September 8, 2014 / 9:51 am

    I get a weekly massage or do an at home facial. This recipe is amazing by the way.

  20. September 8, 2014 / 10:09 am

    What a delicious and healthier idea that I will definitely try! I’m jealous about your garden. This is the first year that I didn’t have a vegetable garden. Darn those rabbits and deer…and my neighbor’s diseased birch trees that drop their leaves over my garden, boo!

  21. September 8, 2014 / 10:53 am

    I don’t know that I do anything differently to relax that time of the month! I do indulge in a chocolate treat. These nachos look amazing. I don’t like zucchini, squash or eggplant, but there’s got to be a veggie I could substitute with, because this is so much healthier!

  22. September 8, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    OMG these look so good. I am such a nacho and Mexican food fan. Totally making this. My time of the month weakness is diet coke. Like TON of it!!! Lol

  23. Jess Scull
    September 8, 2014 / 2:06 pm

    This is the most delicious looking thing I have seen all day -wow

  24. September 8, 2014 / 3:10 pm

    I love to take a hot bubble bath or curl up with a good book.

  25. Elle
    September 8, 2014 / 3:26 pm

    I pamper myself by taking a nice, hot bath with a good book.

  26. September 8, 2014 / 5:40 pm

    Very interesting recipe! I have to try it!

  27. September 8, 2014 / 7:52 pm

    My mouth is watering!!!!!

  28. September 8, 2014 / 10:15 pm

    I love zucchini…. I love nachos…. Not sure about them together tho!

  29. September 8, 2014 / 10:37 pm

    yeah….this is why I’m fat. There’s no way zucchini ‘nachos’ are going to do it for me! lol. I pamper myself with the standards – chocolate, heating pads, and pain relievers. Massage from the hubby, too.

  30. September 8, 2014 / 11:03 pm

    This looks so incredibly yummy. I love it and I could easily veganise it with some vegan sour cream.

  31. September 9, 2014 / 12:08 am

    Omg yes yes yes! I’ve never thought of replacing chips with veggies but this is so smart and looks tasty!!

    • September 10, 2014 / 8:10 pm

      You’ll be surprised at how good it is, trust me even my husband eats it now.

  32. September 9, 2014 / 3:00 pm

    Wow, that looks really good!

  33. Jessie C.
    September 9, 2014 / 11:11 pm

    I pamper myself with at home spa.
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    September 9, 2014 / 11:11 pm


  35. September 10, 2014 / 2:16 am

    That’s so smart to swap out tortilla chips (super carb-y) for zucchini!

  36. Ashley H
    September 10, 2014 / 9:02 am

    A hot bubble bath.

  37. September 10, 2014 / 12:28 pm

    This looks relish! And a healthy alternative. I must try this.

  38. Tina M
    September 13, 2014 / 10:22 pm

    i take a hot bath.

  39. D Schmidt
    September 14, 2014 / 9:44 pm

    I pamper myself by taking 15 minutes to myself to drink a cup of tea, paint my nails and catch up online.

  40. Kimmy+Ripley
    September 16, 2014 / 4:25 pm

    I like to pamper myself with a small box of chocolates and a glass of wine.

  41. Erika
    September 16, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    The rare moments I get a chance to sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy some silence is great pampering!


  42. Cindy
    September 17, 2014 / 2:37 am

    I sleep in on weekends.

  43. maria cantu
    September 19, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    I take a warm bath.

  44. tara pittman
    September 23, 2014 / 4:09 pm

    I pamper myself with fancy chocolates and a cup of coffee. I also like me time.

  45. Erica Best
    September 24, 2014 / 5:10 pm

    i love sweet treats

  46. Kristen
    September 24, 2014 / 10:50 pm

    I curl up on the sofa in comfy PJs.

  47. Bonnie C.
    September 26, 2014 / 2:20 am

    I pamper myself by taking care of my nails – I am usually taking on the phone or watching TV at the time, and I take off any polish that is on them, and then I groom my cuticles, file and shape my nails, and then if I want to put on a new color I do that (base coat, 2 coats of color, top coat, and drying drops). It’s a necessary task, but also relaxing. 🙂

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  48. Rebecca
    September 26, 2014 / 8:07 pm

    I like to take a nice hot bath with lots of chocolate.

  49. Kerry
    September 27, 2014 / 8:17 am

    A nice hot bath and glass of wine is my favorite pampering.

  50. Amy S
    September 28, 2014 / 10:06 am

    I love a nice bubble bath!

  51. Betty C
    September 28, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    I like to take a long hot bath. I like doing it late at night so there are no interruptions

  52. Tabathia B
    September 29, 2014 / 10:54 am

    I curl up on the couch with some popcorn and a good book

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  53. Sonya Morris
    September 29, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    Great idea with the zucchini! I love pampering myself by getting my hair colored. While it doesn’t coincide with that time of the month, I look forward to a little me time and adult conversation.

  54. Laura J
    September 29, 2014 / 2:59 pm

    Oh food is such a huge comfort to me! I love your idea of the Zucchini Nachos! Those look amazing!! I would say also a hot bubble bath!!!

  55. Wanda McHenry
    September 30, 2014 / 2:36 am

    I pamper myself with relaxing music, a bubble bath and a glass of wine.

  56. Amanda Sakovitz
    September 30, 2014 / 12:18 pm

    i get manicures when I can

  57. Lisa Garner
    September 30, 2014 / 12:49 pm

    I pamper myself with a new nail polish and a comforting and distracting home pedicure.

  58. September 30, 2014 / 4:10 pm

    I love to pamper myself with organic and natural foods whenever possible. They cost a lot more, but I think that my health and the earth are definitely worth it whenever I am able to afford it!

  59. Thomas Murphy
    September 30, 2014 / 4:29 pm

    I like to go out to a nice dinner to pamper myself.

  60. Janice Cooper
    September 30, 2014 / 7:05 pm

    A nice manicure and pedicure

  61. Debbie B
    September 30, 2014 / 8:15 pm

    i like to pamper myself by relaxing and reading a good book

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