Who doesn’t love pizza? About 1 in 8 Americans over the age of 2 consumes pizza on any given day. Kids tend to eat pizza for lunch or dinner, while adults typically eat pizza only for dinner. (1) Eating fast food or ordering take out may be more convenient then cooking at home, but the benefits of cooking at home with family can improve your diet and eating habits—not to mention, you can spend more time with the kids!
A great way to get the kids to enjoy their meal is by having them join you in the kitchen. One of my favorite and healthier take on pizza includes this pesto-based pizza. Usually pizzas are high calorie and high in saturated fat due to an overload of marinara and cheese but a great substitute for the sauce is pesto (homemade or store bought) and less cheese. Pesto has great flavor and is a lighter way to enjoy one of your favorite meals…and the kids will love it too!
- 2 ready-to-eat pizza crust (I used Boboli Mini Pizza Crust, comes with 2 crusts)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- ¾ cup pesto
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 large sweet pepper, seeded and sliced
- ¼ cup sunflower seed kernals
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
- On a clean surface, remove crust from package and brush both sides with olive oil.
- Pour ½ cup pesto on each crust, fully covering the crust.
- Sprinkle ½ cup mozzarella on each pizza. Add a few sweet pepper slices and sprinkle with sunflower seeds (or make a smiley face!)
- Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes, or until crust edges are golden brown. Let cool and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts per serving (without dipping sauce):
340 calories, 29 g CHO, 19 g FAT, 13 g PRO, 2 g Fiber, 3 g Sugar
Kids love their dipping sauce! Try a healthier version with this lighter pizza:
- 1 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 ranch dip seasoning package (season to your taste)
The Halloween countdown is on!
With only a few days left until Halloween, why not get into the spirit by treating yourself and your family with healthy ‘treats’ that are more fun to eat than any candy! It’s amazing how much nutrition you can pack into your family when their food becomes artwork. And don’t worry, I have very limited artistic abilities, so if I can pull this off, you can too! All of these ‘food art’ ideas took less than five minutes to create and were a major hit. Please make sure to share your favorite ways of having fun with your food too 🙂
Banana Ghost, Cheesy Pumpkin, and Peanut Butter & Apple Witch
High Protein Ghosts with Antioxidant Packed Pumpkins
Stuffed Pepper Jack-o-Latern
Peanut Butter Ghostly Graveyard
Yes, it’s a little but of work. But it’s also a lot of fun! And just look at the reaction it gets 🙂
What food art creations do you and your family love?
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Have you ever woken up one morning after getting way too little sleep only to look into the mirror and wonder how the heck you aged so fast over night? This happened to me about a month ago. Thanks to my crazy work schedule, a toddler who doesn’t always sleep, and third trimester heartburn keeping me up all night, I have definitely been sleep deprived. Honestly, since Joey was born I have been very, very sleep deprived (what infant only sleeps for 20 minute stretches at a time for over a year?!). I think the lack of sleep has started to add up and I have been seeing the unpleasant results in my skin.
So one morning, I wake up and notice lines and dark circles that were not there the day before. Now normally, I would head to the store to find some kind of anti-aging skin products that would nip this whole aging process in the bud. Before kids and pregnancies, I would just grab a few products off the shelf that sounded promising and give them a try. I never really gave much thought about what I put on my body – funny since I spend so much time carefully paying attention to what I put in my body through diet right?
I never used to research (or even read) every ingredient in every skin care product I used. But when I became pregnant the first time with Joey, I started to research every ingredient, chemical, and additive that was in my beauty products. I started to look at what was in everything from cleansers, to moisturizer, to shampoo. I was horrified to find out many of the products in my skincare cabinet could be potentially harmful to my body (as well as my unborn child). I found my products were packed full of phthalates, parabens, and sulphates- all additives that are absorbed into the body through the skin and may have potentially negative health effects. So what did I do? I threw everything out and started from scratch. The only problem was it was almost impossible to find skincare products that were free from harmful additives that either didn’t cost a fortune or that actually worked.
Throughout my pregnancy with Joey I just accepted the fact that my skin wouldn’t look to great and would be more prone to dryness and aging. I decided to just avoid everything all together if I couldn’t find something that worked within my budget (or worked at all!). When I became pregnant this time, I had the same dilemma. I would have to just accept 9 months of bad skin in order to make sure both my baby and myself were healthy. And that’s what I was doing until I recently learned about Kerri Johanning’s story and the Brightside Skincare line she had developed.
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Her skincare line, Brightside Skincare, contains everything from cleansers to toners, moisturizers, to eye cream, and even lip balm. What I found amazing was that all of the products in this line are free from fragrance, parabens, sulfates, lanolins, phthalates, and carcinogens while being gluten and cruelty free. I was even more excited to learn that the products are made in a FDA approved Certified Organic Lab, which doesn’t always happen in the unregulated skincare market. The line sounded great and I wanted to try it out, but I figured it would probably break the bank based on all of the features it offered. But then I went on Amazon.com and was shocked to see that this natural skincare line is actually more affordable than some drug store lines!
I now have found a skincare line I absolutely love that actually works and that I can afford without going broke. Because I was so excited to learn about the Brightside Skincare line, I reached out to the company to see if we could partner together to spread the word. I was thrilled when they agreed to sponsor this post and allow me to giveaway a full gift basket of the product line ($100 value) to one of my amazing readers! If you want to try out the Brightside Skincare product line, now is your chance!
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