So… you walk into the grocery store with grand intentions, but as you make your way down the aisles, your confidence dwindles, as you become overwhelmed by a ridiculous amount of low fat ice creams, low-calorie snack packs, chips, popcorn, cereals, mac and cheese, frozen entrees and french fries… and before you know it, you have a cart full of junk, and nothing to actually feed yourself, your family, and those charming kids of yours.
It happened again.
And there is no one to blame but those misleading advertisements that have the infallible talent of making the worst of foods, look so darn, healthy and harmless.
So, before hitting up the grocery, or your local health store, check out these funny videos for some of my favorite healthy alternatives to mainstream family staples.
My fifteen year old sister works a pizza shop.
She never has time for a sit down meal on these nights, as she is generally running from school, to track, to work. Oh… and that sugar ridden, bleached, and refined white flour, with that indigestible greasy cheese, glimmering in the oven… is awfully tempting. One bite, and you might be sucked into eating the whole pie. (Nursing a stomach ache later on…)
Avoid that refined white flour, and opt for a cheese that is more readily digested. Check out this healthier, and quick pizza recipe, for those moments when you, (or your kids) are on the go!
Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
Grate 1/2 cup fresh zucchini on a cheese grater (always try to get a dose of those veggies)
Toss the zucchini on a cookie sheet, or a little piece of tin foil, and heat in the oven with 1/2 tsp of olive oil
While your zucchini is “sauteing,” lightly toast 2 pieces of sprouted* bread (I use Eziekel bread)
Spread 1-2 tbsps of your favorite Marinara (I like Seeds of Change) on your toast
Remove your zucchini and toss it on top of the marinara
Place back in the oven for 5 minutes, or less
Remove from oven and sprinkle 1/4 cup of your favorite goat cheese on the slices* and sprinkle with Italian Seasoning (I used a raw goat cheddar by Shiloh Farms, and a little creamy goat cheese from Whole Foods)
Toss on a paper plate and shoot out the door… in 12 minutes
(This is not a perfectly combined meal, but it is a great alternative to your traditional pizza. It is delicious, and it is a nutritious and simple meal for picky kids).
*Sprouted grains are a LIVE, WHOLE grain product. Sprouted grains have not be processed or refined. What does this mean? That they have not been stripped of their nutrients, and the body will be able to digest them easier than a refined, processed, or “unbleached” grain product.
*Goat cheese is more readily digested by the body than cow cheese products, as it is lacking the slow digesting protein casein. Raw goat cheese is best, but high quaility goat cheeses are fine too. Test out different brands of goat cheeses so that you find one that you and your, family, and kids will enjoy. Not all goat cheeses are “goaty.”
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What is your “go to” food when you are on the go? How do you satisfy your cravings for unhealthy temptations?