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You already know The Skinny Truth that White Bread is Your Bad Ex-Boyfriend… You Can Have a One Night Stand When You Need To, But You Are NOT Getting Back Together with Him!

What’s great about The Skinny–as a way of life and not a diet–is that you don’t have to give up your favorite taste sensations, you just have to learn to make them in a smarter, skinner way!

Take Skinny Crostini, for example…

Crostini (which means “little toasts” in Italian), are built upon small slices of bread which are toasted…. and then topped with any combination of vegetables, meats and cheeses.  The bread is really not the main event. It’s just a vehicle for the good stuff that goes on top.

Since our home in L.A. is just around the corner from the famed La Brea Bakery, when I’d make crostini at home–for dinner parties, or just for the family–I always toasted up 2 to 3 little slices of of La Brea Bakery bread for each person…not realizing those little slices have 130-150 calories each!

But Skinny Crostini is made with Wasa Bread! It’s just as perfect as a vehicle to deliver the goods as real bread but, with just 40 calories a slice and 12 grams of whole grains, it  immediately cuts the calories by two-thirds!

When I first started losing weight and was breaking up with my bed ex-boyfriend of daily bread, I had one or two (okay, sometimes 3) of these delicious snacks every single day.  As it turns out, it wasn’t just a re-bound relationship. I actually prefer this guy!

In addition to being so much skinnier and better for you,  he’s incredibly versatile and never leaves you feeling unsatisfied or bored! (Honestly, how many boyfriends can you say that about..?)

Since it’s all about the delivery anyway, look at how many ways this new guy can help you break up with that bad white-dough-boy while becoming a skinnier, happier, healthier YOU!

SKINNY CROSTINIS  (these are just a few of the endless variations…)


Take 2 pieces of Wasa Bread (Any variety you prefer, they all have only 30-45 calories each), and top with generous slices of fresh tomatoes (in season) that you sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add a handful of chopped basil, a few chopped black olives, a few capers if you like, and a sprinkle of feta cheese.


Take 2 pieces of Wasa, and pile a heap of leftover Oven Roasted Caponata on each.

It’s so skinny, you can add a pinch of feta to each as well.


Take the Grilled Salmon you made on Saturday night, turn it into Skinny Salmon Salad on Sunday, and then make Crostini on Monday. Top Wasa with sliced tomatoes, add a handful of chopped basil or arugula and 2 T of Salmon Salad to each…YUM…..!!!!


Sometimes, I tend to debate what I really want. Heels or Flats? White or Red? Sweet or Savory?  Frank Sinatra or Stephen Tyler? When I’m in that mood,  I make one crostini with sliced fresh tomatoes sprinkled with Romano cheese and one with Magic Mushrooms that I top with a pieces of Mozzarella Veggie Slices. Pop both under the broiler for 30 seconds and you’re done.


And, if you find yourself out of Wasa, or want something more chewy, pull half of a multi-grain Bagel Thin (not a whole, or it becomes a sandwich, which is only for emergencies) out of the freezer and toast it up well  and top it with a load of grilled or roasted vegetables…

And then add fresh tomatoes on top of that! (By adding a full load of vegetables, you’re going to mitigate the blood sugar spike that a real bread product will cause..)

The point is, you can have the crostini you’ve always loved but, by must changing the vehicle, change your pant size, too!


About Lisa McRee

After 25 years as a local and network anchor, Lisa was just another American mother struggling, and failing, to lose weight. Finally, she cracked the code, and lost 30 pounds, quickly and for good, by doing what she loves: reporting, cooking and eating! The Skinny is the inside story on how she did it, and how you can, too!
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