Sunday, March 16, 2008

No its not delivery

Micah and I love pizza!! Its such a great nutritious food when you choose great nutritious toppings. Since becoming friends with the amazing Pizza artist Harry (who sells his pizza every Saturday morning at the Moncton Market) we have stepped away from our old classic standard pizza ingredients of all meat and little veggies and have learned to be come creative when inventing pizza.




I found this great recipe for homemade pizza dough and thought I should share since its soooo yummy. This pizza crust will make a big pizza that can be cut into 12 pieces. Once slice of this crust gives you 127 kcal and 2.7 grams of fat. It also provides you with 2.3 g of fiber!!

Ingredients

1 cup water
1/2 tsp sugar
2 1/4 tsp yeast
2 Tbsp Vegetable oil
1 Tbsp Honey
1 1/2 cup Flour
1 cup Whole wheat flour
1 tbsp Basil
1 tbsp Oregano







1. Dissolve sugar in water and add yeast. Let stand 5-10 minutes
2. Add oil, honey, flour, basil and oregano. (sometimes I throw in some natural bran and flax seeds).
3. Mix all together and then kneed for 5 minutes or until dough is a nice elastic constancy.
4. Let stand covered for 10-15 minutes
5. Roll dough out. I have found that its easier to roll out the dough with a rolling pin...it makes a bigger pizza.
6. Bake dough for about 10 minutes first before adding an ingredients.

Once the dough is cooked a little bit add your sauce and toppings. and cook for 10 to 12 minutes!

The sky is the limit with pizza here are some toppings to try:

Chicken, salsa (instead of tomato sauce) lots of veggies
Chicken, BBQ sauce (instead of tomato sauce)
Ground Pork
Tomatoes, basil and feta cheese
Ham chunks with pineapple
Black beans with coconut
Steak and BBQ sauce
Spinach, tomatoes and feta cheese
Everything pizza....
























Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Nutrtion Month is here!!

Happy Nutrition month!! This year the theme is

Spotlight on Food and Nutrition Dietitians Top 10 list what you need to know...


You can find out these top 10 by checking out The Dietitians of Canada website. I really enjoy how this years theme focuses on healthy food choices as a life style (and not just a quick fix) and physical activity. My favorite focus on the top 10 is making meal time a family affair. I think that in order for our children to become healthy eaters and physically active we as parents are the ones who need to be setting the standard. As a stay at home mom I find it very rewarding to have the privilege to serve my family with healthy foods. Now don't get me wrong what kind of Dietitian would I be if I didn't believe in moderation!!! Of course there is a place for foods with less nutrition to enter our home once in a while. However our convenience culture where everything is pre-made and packaged is harming our children more then we know it. Our children are the ones who are suffering from our fast past society where meal time and meal preparation is not of importance anymore. I am happy to be part of a profession that knows when we get back to work by planing out meals and doing a little bit of prep work we will begin to see a positive effect in not only our children's weight but also their over all well being. One thing that helps me to be a better meal planner is by printing off these monthly menus so I can make up a meal plan for our family. Its also great as we are trying to eat more lentils and beans instead of always having to have meat...when the meat free nights are written on the menu it allows Micah to prepare himself through out the day! hehe...


The website also has lots of fun things that you can check out while you are there. My new favorite addition to the site is their recipe analyzer. Its a great new feature that allows you to enter in your favorite recipes to see how healthy (or not) they are. I have been using it a lot for recipes that I change around to see if I am improving their nutritional value.

So this month why not make your own list of goals that you and your family can do to eat better and get active this year!! If you have some I would love to hear them!!
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