Homemade Pizza With Hearty Ingredients Is Not Just for Kids

Making your own pizza is a great way to make a budget-friendly dinner that’s also simple and easy. It also tends to be healthier and more delicious

 

Pizza usually gets a raw deal when it comes to nutrition. But like so many other high-calorie and fat-laden dishes that have been adapted for a healthier diet, pizza can be reformed. 

 

It’s not a rule that pizza has to have salty meats high in cholesterol and fat. You don’t need to use white flour on the crust, either. A few simple substitutions can make a healthy guilt-free homemade pizza that kids and adults will enjoy.

 

Start With the Crust

Ready-made crusts are fine. But you should choose a crust that uses whole grains, for example Boboli-brand whole wheat pizza crusts. Alternatively, you can also use the following instead of crust:

  • Whole wheat bread
  • Whole wheat (split) English muffins
  • Crust
  • Bread splices
  • Whole wheat (split) bagels, large or mini bagels work fine

 

Some breads are higher in calories, so read the nutrition facts on the wrappers or just pick a personal favorite. The common denominator for high-calorie breads is usually whole grain flour.

 

When you’re ready, place the crust, bread slices, or split breads on a cookie sheet or pizza pan. 

 

No Sauce? No Problem

Jar sauces are not that bad if used sparingly. 1/4 Cup Ragu Pizza Sauce has only 30 calories. But why use sauce at all? For a slight change of taste, try salsa. This sauce alternative comes with about 20 calories per 1/4 cup. Better yet, thinly sliced tomatoes work just fine, especially on individual pizzas made with English muffins. Sprinkle a little oregano on top of the tomato for a great sauce substitute.

 

Add One or More Favorite Vegetable Toppings

Black olives contain a good amount of iron, and 5 large olives equals 25 calories. Don’t stop there, however! You should also try other raw vegetables for a little added crunch and flavor:

  • Mushrooms
  • Banana peppers, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Onion slices
  • Black olives
  • Chopped cauliflower
  • Spinach leaves
  • Chopped broccoli

 

Go Easy on the Meats and Cheese

Meats are not totally off-limits, of course. But instead of piling on the pepperoni, why not use some of the following healthier alternatives:

  • Deli-thin sliced turkey
  • Chicken chunks
  • Steak or beef strips
  • Lean ham

 

You can also usually find grilled chicken and steak strips in the frozen food section of your local grocery store. 

 

If you’re someone who absolutely needs to have pepperoni, then use just a taste. Cut pre-sliced rounds into halves or quarters. Then, use only a fraction of what you would normally use. 

 

Seafood-lovers might like adding cooked shrimp and garlic in place of other meats for a seafood pizza.

 

Finely shredded cheese comes in low-fat choices. But be careful to sprinkle lightly on top of the pizza. Another cheese trick: Don’t buy individual packages of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Instead, buy one package of pizza cheese. Applied to the pizza with a light hand, you can use half the usual amount of cheese just by buying the one package.

 

Baking Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. If you’re using a wood-fired oven, make sure to choose your firewood appropriately
  2. Place the assembled pizza(s) on a baking sheet or pizza pan. Then, place the pan on the  middle rack in the oven.
  3. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbly. This takes about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven.
  5. Enjoy. Serve with a salad for dinner. Alternatively, serve smaller portions as snacks for movie night. 
  6. Refrigerate leftovers.

 

Buying pizza ingredients is a great way to teach kids about grocery shopping and nutrition. Personal-sized pizzas allow children to make their own creations, using toppings they like. Children who help in the kitchen are more apt to eat what they make themselves, even when they’re trying new ingredients such as vegetable toppings.

 

Healthier alternatives result in meals that kids and adults can enjoy without the guilt. As an easy dinner or as a snack on movie night, homemade pizza earns a place at the top of the favorites list.

The Health Benefits of Soy Milk

Health Benefits of Soy Milk
Soy milk, which is an extract of soya beans, is dairy-free and can be used as a substitution for cow’s milk. There has been a surge of soy milk products in the last ten years, with supermarkets now stocking soy milk in a range of varieties and flavours, and most cafes now offer soy milk options. There are many proven health benefits associated with soy milk, and here are some reasons why it is good for you:

Soy Milk Helps to Lower Cholesterol

Not only is soy milk cholesterol free, but it helps to lower blood cholesterol. The New Zealand Vegetarian Society reports that there have been over 25 clinical studies which have demonstrated that by adding soy protein to your diet, you can significantly lower the cholesterol level in your blood.

Soy Milk is Rich in Isoflavones

Isoflavones are naturally found in soy products and they have many health benefits. As well as being rich in antioxidants, they reportedly aid in preventing heart disease and menopause symptoms, and also help to reduce the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and osteoporosis.

Soy Milk is a Good Source of Protein

Soy milk is very high in protein, and this is because almost half of the soy bean is made up of protein. Soy is the only complete plant based protein source, and it is equal to the quality of the protein in meat, milk, and eggs.

soy milk is a good source of protein

Other Benefits of Soy Milk

Fortified soy milk (this includes most supermarket varieties) is also high in vitamin B12, which is essential for those who don’t eat dairy products and eggs. Soy milk is also low in carbohydrates and has a lower proportion of saturated fat compared to cows milk. It contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (known as the “good fats”), which include omega-6 and plant omega-3. Soy milk is also a good source of lecithin, iron, and essential minerals.

soy milk in daily dietHow to Introduce Soy Milk into Your Diet

Introducing soy milk into your everyday diet is easy, as you can substitute it for anything you would normally use cow’s milk in. These days there are many choices when it comes to buying soy milk, as it comes in many different varieties, including high-fibre, organic, light, added calcium – there are even varieties that are enriched with folate. Here are some ways in which you can incorporate soy milk into your everyday diet:

 

  • Pour it over cereal.
  • Use it in everyday cooking.
  • Add it to baked goods.
  • Serve it in tea and coffee.
  • Use it to make smoothies and shakes.