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Healthy Pizza Recipe


 

For those parents who are forever seeking ways to feed their children healthy food, this will be a great solution you can add to your secret bag of tricks.  Every kid loves pizza and there is no reason they have to know just how healthy our pizza recipe is.  You know and that’s all that matters.  Besides being scrumptious, the whole family can build individual pizzas to their own liking, adding fun to health.  The more you can create associations of "tasty" and "fun" to healthy eating, the better.  Here is how you do it.

Crust
Putting the word "healthy" into pizza starts with the crust.  Most standard pizzas your kids are eating is full of nutritionally useless white  gluey flour.  Did you know that white flour spikes blood sugar faster than white sugar?  That makes white flour very addictive.  The fast alternative is using whole grain pita shells.  All grocery stores should carry them in the bread area.  They are a perfect size for making individual pizza masterpieces. Look for the thin ones, they have half the calories than the thick ones, 70 calories compared to about 150 calories. 

Now you may have to take some searching and reading the ingredients time to find better food for your family to eat.  But before you know it you will familiarize yourself with a whole new part of the grocery store.  It’s worth the effort.  If you cannot find the thin type of whole grain pita shells, don’t panic, the more common thicker ones will work just fine.  Just make sure they are whole grain. 

Pizza Sauce
Canned pizza sauce can be found on the shelf beside the spaghetti sauce.  Again, read the ingredients.  Try to find a brand that is not full of unpronounceable chemicals and oil, unless it is olive oil, preferably, extra virgin olive oil. 

If your really ambitious, you can always make your own pizza sauce.  Blend five Roma tomatoes with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and season with salt, garlic and Italian Spice, to taste.    To be honest, we just use the canned stuff.

Cheese
May I introduce you to goats cheese.  A goat’s digestive system is much closer to ours than a cow’s, therefore their milk is more digestible for humans.  And yes, you can buy mozzarella goats cheese.  If you don’t tell them nether will I.  The stuff tastes great!  There is also soy cheese, but again read the ingredients.  Just because it’s soy doesn’t mean it’s healthy. 

If you absolutely must use regular cheese, go easy on it.  Buy stronger tasting cheese, like cheddar so you can use less.  Parmesan is great too because a little goes a long way.

Toppings
Now we get to the fun stuff.  I am going to give you a list of great pizza toppings but I am sure you can think of many more.  You can put just about anything on pizza, creating a mélange of unique flavors and bright color.  You can dice your toppings large or small.  The rule of thumb is strong flavored toppings like onion, garlic and hot pepper should be diced finely, were tomato or mushroom can be sliced.

Here is our top ten list:
tomatoes
onions
black & green olives
mushrooms
pineapple
all types of peppers
soy pepperoni
broccoli
spinach
feta cheese

Building and Baking
Prepare all the toppings ahead of time .  Preheat oven to 450 Fahrenheit. Have the pitas laid out on cookie sheets, two will fit per sheet.  You can fit two sheets in your oven.  Allow the family to build their own pizza’s, ladies before gentlemen.  Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until cheese is melted.  Expect demands for seconds!
Suggestions: I like a little cheese under and on top of my toppings, it helps hold the mountain together.

For more healthy recipes grab this cookbook  “Whole Foods & Healing Recipes – by:Ron Lagerquist”  from http://www.freedomyou.com/o.aspx

Cooking Oils, Which are more Heart Healthy?


The cooking oils below are low in saturated fats and trans fats. Some have high concentration of monounsaturated fats such as olive oil. Use corn oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soy oil or canola oil if you wish to fry foods as these oils have higher smoke point. It is best not to fry with olive oil as its has a low smoke point.

canola oil
flax seed oil
peanut oil
Olive Oil
safflower oil
corn oil
sunflower oil
soy oil

Heart Healthy Foods


Flax (Oil, Seed & Flour)
Fish
Nuts
Blueberries
Carrots
Oranges (Fruit & Juice)
Apples
Nuts
Olives (Both the Olive & The Oil)
Barley
Oats
Niacin (Not a food but a good Cholesterol Lowering Vitamin)
Grapes (Dark Red or Concord)(Fruit or Juice)

These are just a few of heart beneficial foods. Eating a diet rich in these foods can help lower cholesterol and enhance blood flow. Combine a good diet along with exercising 3 times a week for 30 minutes a day and you could reverse some of the effects of heart disease and lower your blood pressure along with cholesterol.

Red Wine or Grape Juice


A new study has shown that red or concord grapes and grape juice is just as beneficial to your heart as red wine.  Grape juice helps your heart by relaxing your blood vessels, allowing your blood to more easily flow. This benefit is most likely due to substances called antioxidants found in the skin and seeds of grapes  especially dark red and purple grapes. you can read more about this topic at The Mayo Clinic just click the link below.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/food-and-nutrition/an00576

Foods That Contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids


omega-3 Fatty Acids are a good way to help control cholesterol levels
Below is a list of some foods that contain the omega-3 Fatty Acids

Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts, scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves, mustard seeds, halibut, shrimp, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

The Benefits of Flaxseed


Borrowed From Webmd So to Spread The News

Read The Full Article at: http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/benefits-of-flaxseed

The Benefits of Flaxseed

Is flaxseed the new wonder food? Preliminary studies show that flaxseed may help fight everything from heart disease and diabetes to breast cancer.
By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
WebMD Feature
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Some call it one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. There’s some evidence it can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. That’s quite a tall order for a tiny seed that’s been around for centuries: flaxseed.

Flaxseed was cultivated in Babylon as early as 3000 BC, according to the Flax Council of Canada. By the 8th century, King Charlemagne believed so strongly in the health benefits of flaxseed that he passed laws requiring his subjects to consume it. Fast-forward 13 centuries, and some experts would say we have preliminary research to back up what Charlemagne suspected all those years ago.

These days, flaxseed is found in all kinds of foods, from crackers to frozen waffles to oatmeal. In the first 11 months of 2006, 75 new products were launched that listed flax or flaxseed as an ingredient. Not only has consumer demand for flaxseed gone up, agricultural use has also increased — to feed all those chickens laying eggs that are higher in omega-3 fatty acids.

Although flaxseed contains all sorts of healthy components, it owes its healthy reputation primarily to three ingredients:

  • Omega-3 essential fatty acids, "good" fats that have been shown to have heart-healthy effects. Each tablespoon of ground flaxseed contains about 1.8 grams of plant omega-3s.
  • Lignans, which have both plant estrogen and antioxidant qualities. Flaxseed contains 75- 800 times more lignans than other plant foods
  • Fiber. Flaxseed contains both the soluble and insoluble types.

 

Hope This Helps Others Out There 🙂

Until Next Time: Raymond Barbier – RJBRADIO.COM