Category Archives: prevention for obesity

How to Make Pizza A Healthy Option

As we all know, the original form of Pizza is delicious yet quite taxing in the calorie and Nutrient department. Did you know that tomato paste on pizza is approved a serving of veggies for school lunches? (funny, right?) I don’t really want to get started on the politics of pizza in schools however, I do want to provide a healthy option that can be made at home.

The following recipe provides an easy way to make pizza a healthier option while still being able to enjoy the comforting taste.

Zucchini Stuffed Pizza

Honestly don’t worry about measurements on this one. Just choose good ingredients & remember, everything in moderation.. except the veggies!

Ingredients:

2 Large Zucchinis

1/3-1/2 cup Tomato Sauce

Grated Mozzarella or Buffalo Mozzarella

Veggies of your choice

1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning

12 oz. Ground Beef, Chicken or Tofu

Directions:

Step 1 & 2: Turn oven on to 400 degrees. Cover baking tray with tinfoil

Step 3: Cook protein of your choice in a skillet. I use ground beef, my friend Lizzy used Tofu

Step 4: Rinse zucchini, cut in half length wise, then carve out center portion

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Step 5: Mix seasoning into tomato sauce

Step 6, 7, 8 & 9: Add tomato sauce & your choice of cheese then load on the veggies + protein

ImageStep 10: Add a layer of sauce to keep the veggies from getting dry in the oven

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Step 11: Pop them in the oven for 18-20 minutes. Good way to check if they are ready is to poke the lighter green edges of the zucchini with a fork. The fork should slide in easily when your pizza is ready. The crust (aka skin on the zucchini) will be nice and crunchy.

This pizza is gluten-free. It can be made vegetarian or lactose free! It’s a very versatile dish that encompasses the oh-so-comforting flavors of pizza.

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The Truth About Junk Food vs. Healthy Food Costs

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/25/opinion/sunday/is-junk-food-really-cheaper.html?_r=4&pagewanted=1

 

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Ingredients

Ingredients is a documentary that really touches home with food issues in America. Rather than providing facts about Obesity rates and our food system, it discusses a solution. All of the chefs and farmers featured in this film focus on the simplicity, quality and taste of food. The American mentality is that food is supposed to be quick and cheap. Once we take a step back to look at the consequences of buying “quick and cheap,” we can see that the hidden costs outweigh the cost of buying local foods. There really is no comparison when it comes to nutritional value between organic local foods to those that are shipped halfway across the world. This is a fabulous/ heart-warming documentary that shows how much farmers care about their food and the people that they are feeding.

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Food, Inc. – How much do you know about the food you buy at your local supermarket and serve to your family?

I first watched this documentary in September 2010. It gave me extremely valuable information about the foods industry and the foods that I was eating. I strongly recommend that you take some time to watch this documentary because knowing is always better than not knowing. Education is essential in making good choices. You will realize that individual consumers like you make choices everyday that have a strong affect on the food industry.

” Food, Inc. exposes America’s industrialized food system and its effect on our environment, health, economy and worker’s rights.”

You can find this documentary at Blockbuster and on Netflix.

Don’t turn a blind eye to reality.

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