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Hummus Pizza {New Food Friday}

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healthy pizza hummusI am not a big hummus eater. I know a lot of people that just love it. Maybe I just haven’t found a good kind yet. While searching for a recipe for this New Food Friday section I stumbled upon this recipe and thought maybe this is a good way to love hummus.

Hummus Pizza

Ingredients:

1 (10 ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust
dough
1 cup hummus spread
1 1/2 cups sliced bell peppers, any color
1 cup broccoli florets
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Directions:

Preheat the oven to 475 degrees C (220 degrees C).

2.Roll out pizza crust and place on a pizza pan or baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of hummus over the crust. Arrange sliced peppers and broccoli over the hummus, and top with shredded cheese.3.Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crust is golden brown and cheese is melted in the center. Slice and serve.

To add some meat to this pie I would add some Black Label Bacon or some Hormel chicken breast. Both are simple and quick to add.

What is your favorite way to eat hummus? I would love some ideas and if you have a recipe you would like to share just let me know I would love to feature you.

This post is part of the Hormel extended family blogger program

Healthy Foods for Picky Kids

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healthypizzaFinding healthy foods your kids will actually eat can be a challenging task, especially if you have a picky eater. While some kids will put anything in their mouths, finicky eaters tend to want the foods that are low in nutritional value, such as chips, cookies, soda and sugary cereal. While those foods are fine in moderation, it’s important to introduce your children to new foods, particularly those that pack the punch of exceptional nutritious value to keep them healthy. These foods are sure to please both you and your picky eater!

Fruit ice pops

If you’re looking for the perfect, healthy summer snack or dessert, fruit ice pops just might be your answer. Because they are made with fresh fruit, fruit ice pops are packed full of nutrients that your kids need and will actually want to eat! Plus, it’s also a great alternative to the highly processed, sugar-loaded Popsicles you could pick up at the store. Chop up a variety of fruit and mix it all together in a large bowl. You can choose your child’s favorite fruits or introduce them to new options. Fill small plastic cups or molds with the fruit mixture. Top off the treat by filling it to the brim with fresh juice, such as orange or pineapple, and lodge a Popsicle stick in the middle. Freeze the containers for 3-4 hours, or until they are icy perfection. Run the cups under hot water for a few seconds and your fruit ice pop will slide right out.  Now all you have to do is kick back with your kids and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Chicken nuggets

Chicken nuggets are a childhood staple, but if you buy the prepackaged kind at the store, you’re likely filling your little one’s stomach with unhealthy additives. Instead, opt to make your own chicken nuggets. That way you can monitor exactly what goes into every bite and ensure that your kids get the only safest ingredients. Preparing the dish is easy. Just cut chicken breasts into bite-size pieces, coat them in bread crumbs and any spice you like, throw them in the oven and bake to perfection! If you’re a busy mom, consider making a big batch to freeze for all the convenience of the store-bought stuff. That way you can reheat the nuggets when you need a quick meal for the kids.

Oatmeal muffins

For a sneaky way to introduce healthy ingredients to your kids’ diet, think about adding nutritious ingredients to your baked goods. Muffins are a great opportunity to start your kids’ day off right. They are a simple, grab-and-go breakfast option that can be made in advance for the entire week. And by substituting or adding nutritional ingredients to the mix, you can ensure your kids will get the health benefits they need and the taste they want. Oatmeal, for example, is a great base for muffins. It’s full of fiber which will keep your children full and can help prevent a number of diseases, including diabetes. An oatmeal muffin is tasty by itself, but you can also add nutritious ingredients such as applesauce and cinnamon or bananas and peanut butter.  You might even consider throwing some antioxidant-rich blueberries into your favorite oatmeal muffin recipe.

Healthy pizza

If your family is a fan of pizza night, consider ditching anything that comes from the freezer or in a box for a healthier alternative. By making your own pizza, you can monitor what ingredients go into it and avoid the greasy, calorie-dense substances you find in purchased pizzas.  It’s easy to create your own pizza, and can be a fun experience for your kids. Use healthier ingredients such as pita bread or whole grain bagels for the crust and top it with pizza sauce that is loaded with added vegetables.  Let everyone in your family load up their pizza with their favorite toppings and enjoy.

 

Keith Patterson is a freelance writer and designer for all things green and sustainable. His work promotes the technological advancements for the benefit of our environment and the constant balance between man, gadget, and world. His work was recently featured on TexasEnergyCompanies.net.

 

Healthy Summer Foods + Recipe {New Food Friday}

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summer food ideasWhen the weather’s sweltering hot and your stomach’s grumbling, the last thing you probably want to do is preheat your oven to 350° or stand over a hot stove. Before you spend all summer glued to the super market freezer aisle or holed up in your local ice cream store, consider the following summer dinner ideas. They’ll fill you up and cool you down at the same time, but are much better for you than an ice cream dinner!

Watermelon

There’s nothing better than biting into a juicy slice of fresh watermelon on a hot summer day, and beyond being absolutely delicious, it’s the perfect way to cool off. Watermelon has a high water content, allowing you to hydrate yourself while enjoying something sweet.

Fruit Smoothies

It’s completely fine to give into your ice cream craving every so often, but eating a waffle cone every night isn’t going to do great things for your health—or waistline! For a healthier, refreshing alternative, make yourself a fruit smoothie. Yogurt and fruit provide great nutritional benefits and will still satisfy your sweet tooth.

Chilled Soups

Soup may sound like a cold-weather food, but chilled soups are a nice way to cool yourself off on a hot day. Gazpacho is one of the more popular chilled soup recipes, but you can make a chilled soup from everything from cucumbers and avocados to fruits like blueberries.

Wraps

If you need a break from burgers and other hot grilled sandwiches, wraps are the way to go. Spread a spinach or whole wheat tortilla with creamy cheese, salsa and sliced deli meat for a light but satisfying lunch or dinner. Pack your wrap with water-heavy veggies like cucumbers for even more refreshment.

Pasta Salad

Easy pasta salad recipes are some of the best to have on hand during the summer; they’re simple to throw together in a few minutes, can include tons of vegetables and are a hearty way to cool off. Stay away from mayonnaise or sour cream bases and choose olive oil, pesto or a light salad dressing if you’re trying to stay healthier.

 

Try this yummy antipasto pasta salad from ReadySetEat the next time you need a quick summer meal. Made with Italian dressing and fresh veggies, it’s a delicious, lighter way to cool down this summer.

Antipasto Pasta Salad

Total Time: 25 min

Serves: 6

  • 8 oz. dry bow-tie pasta, uncooked
  • 1 14.5 oz. can Hunt’s® Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes with Garlic, drained
  • ¼ cup fat free Italian dressing
  • 2 cups small fresh cauliflower florets
  • ½ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 30 slices pepperoni, cut into quarters (about ½ cup)
  • ¾ cup cubed part-skim mozzarella cheese

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse under cold water until cool. Meanwhile, stir together drained tomatoes and dressing in a large bowl. Add pasta and all remaining ingredients; toss to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate until cold.

 

Author Bio: This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of ReadySetEat.  For easy grilling recipes and more, visit www.readyseteat.com.

Citizen Chef Review: A Sauce for Any Cook

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stirfryI love trying new food, so long as I don’t have to cook it. I am such a horrible cook. I think it’s because I don’t have the patience to wait on it. I was thrilled to get the chance to try Citizen Chef’s sauces. These things make new foods super easy. How hard is it to marinate meat or throw a sauce in to make a stir fry? Yeah even I did it!

About Citizen Chef

Citizen Chef is all about fresh ingredients, real cooking, and eating together. They are a small group of parents, kids and busy professionals who know first hand how difficult it is to make healthy choices amid the daily hustle and bustle. They thrive on bringing fresh healthy foods to your home that can still be quick and easy to make.

My Review

I have the pleasure for trying 3 of their fantastic sauces. I received the Hawaiian Pineapple BBQ, Limone Garlic, and Pan Asian Glaze. All of these were out of this world! With the Hawaiian Pineapple BBQ and the Limone Garlic we marinated the pork and chicken in the sauces for a couple hours prior to cooking. We grilled them and took some of the sauce we didn’t use and basted them while grilling. Holy cow were these ever flavorful! I love the strong flavor they have.

The picture is of a stir fry I made with the Pan Asian Orange (not the most attractive dish but hey I said I wasn’t a cook). I simply added some chicken and a bag of frozen stir fry veggies. When they got close to be cooked I then added the sauce. I didn’t want to add it to early and cook the flavor out of it or with my luck burn it.

They now have 2 salad kits that look super yummy and healthy. Great for someone like me that likes pre-made meals.

citizenchef Where to Buy

If you have a Costco and are in California please head over there to see if they have it on their shelves. If you don’t  then check out these other locations that just might have them, such as Sprout’s Farmers Market and some select Safeway stores. Get to cooking something new. If you do, please come back and let me know what you tried.

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5 Tips to Fight Your Daily Hunger

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The urge to snack repeatedly throughout the day is strong. Repeatedly consuming foods with empty calories and foods that are high in fat can lead to hypertension, high blood pressure, and weight gain. Unfortunately, people are often too busy to prepare a healthy snack, and hunger can negatively impact the ability to focus at work or school. Fortunately, there are simple ways to prevent hunger that do not involve health problems and weight gain.

Drink Water

Drinking water has numerous benefits. A stomach full of water helps keep the stomach feeling full. It also helps dilute stomach acids that can worsen stomach pain. Drinking water can also help keep one's digestive system operating smoothly. Water can also help an individual feel slightly rejuvenated and less focused on his or her hunger.

Avoid Simple Carbohydrates

Humans quickly digest simple carbohydrates. Sugary foods cause blood sugar levels to increase, thus stimulating insulin production. This stimulates hunger. One or two snacks can lead to further snacking, which does nothing for hunger and causes the individual to intake additional fat. Carbohydrates that are more complex do not have this problem.

Consume Meals High in Fiber

Foods high in fiber take longer to break down than most carbohydrates. Foods with a high fiber content can sit in one's stomach and provide a feeling of being full. High-fiber foods include foods like uncooked vegetables and whole grains. Eating breakfast is important for this reason; most breakfasts involve cereal. Whole-grain cereal can provide enough fiber to keep away any sensations of hunger until lunch.

Increase Your Protein Intake

Increasing your protein intake can help make an individual less hungry. Protein stays in the body much longer than sugar. Eggs and meat are rich in protein and can stay in your system, but these foods often have high cholesterol and fat. Some of the best protein shakes can offer high protein content without the cholesterol issues.

Eat Regularly

Eating regularly includes eating meals at around the same time, not skipping meals, and eating roughly the same quantities per meal. Individuals who eat irregularly or skip meals often find that they will experience inconsistent hunger levels throughout the day. They will be hungry for some of the day and stuffed during other parts of the day, as they attempt to compensate for the missed meal. By eating foods high in protein and fiber regularly, individuals will possess a more level quantity of food in their stomachs that is neither excessive nor hunger inducing. This will prevent sporadic hunger pains that often arise from missed meals.

Using these tips, you can help fight your hunger and eliminate your need to snack. If all else fails and the urge to snack becomes overwhelming, snack on a food that will have no negative health effects. Eating a stalk of celery can actually burn more calories than it provides. Avoid dip, salad dressing, croutons, and other extraneous foods.

 

Anthony Joseph writes on different health subjects, and is a contributing author for getprograde.com. If you're looking for the best protein money can buy, look no further. Prograde Nutrition offers high grade products to assist you in living a healthier life!

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Enjoy Life Foods Plentils Review- It’s The Healthy Chip

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enjoy life gluten free chipsMy name is Karla and I love snack foods. I have a real problem with snack food especially chips and dip. I love when a new type of chip comes out I get giddy like a school girl. When I was contacted by Enjoy Life Foods to try their new Plentil chips I jumped at the chance. A healthier chip was about to enter my world.

First I want to say sorry to Alaina at Enjoy Life Foods for this review taking so long. I knew I was having Easter at my house so I saved some of the chips for the party to get other point of views.

Enjoy Life Foods Who?

Well Enjoy Life Foods brings heathly good tasting foods into your life. Started in 2001 their mission was to make tasty gluten free and allergy friendly foods. Scott Mandell went from banker to baker and stated his first bakery in Chicago, IL. The company took the unusual approach of investing in a special facility so that people with food intolerances and celiac disease would know that all Enjoy Life products were made in the safest environment possible. In 5 years they grew so much they moved to a building twice as big as the bakery. Today they on the Forbes list of one of the fastest growing private companies in the Untied States. 

Plentil Chips

These chips are make from lentils. Which is a proven to be the best plant based protein out there. Enjoy Life Foods took advantage of this all nature protein, put it in chip form, and then punched it with tons of flavor.  There are four flavors to choose from, light Sea Salt, Dill & Sour Cream, Garlic & Parmesan, and Margherita Pizza. 

My Thoughts

I have been honored to try many of the products from Enjoy Life Foods and none of them have disappointed me. These were no different.  I can see these chips being a sold staple in my pantry. 

The first bag I tried was the margherita pizza flavor. These were full of the pizza flavor without the guilt. These were my son's favorite chips. Which was fantastic because they are healthier for him.

Light Sea Salt was next and I have to say was my least favorite. They were still great to eat and had flavor I just would have liked more salt but again, the bag did say light! With that being said, remember I salt my HAM, so what may be too light for me might be just right for you.

At my Easter party I saved the dill & sour cream and the garlic and parmesan for my family to try. Now my family is very picky and anything unusual and with the words "gluten free" on it they will turn their nose and run. So I just left the bags on the counter and before long my Mom was asking what they were. So I told her to just try it. She first tried the dill & sour cream and was amazed at how good they were. Of course my brother wanted nothing to do with this odd looking food item. HA  My sister in law tried them and thought they were great too. Then my husband must have liked them because later that night he ate the rest of the bag. So I guess he liked them.

The next day my Mom was over again, we did our Easter on Saturday, and asked where the chips were. I told her hubby ate them but the garlic and parmesan was out there and ever do yummy. Garlic doesn't really agree with her so she was hesitant but tried one. The garlic was not overpowering but just enough to taste it. These were by far my favorite chip.

Keep in mind healthy chips do NOT have to taste bad. Enjoy Life Foods has by far proven that point and keeps on going.

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Enjoy Life Food Chewy Bars Review

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Have I told you how much I love what products Enjoy Life Foods produces? They just have so many good tasting products and I don’t even need to eat gluten free. One thing I like is that my son loves their products which make me happy to know he is eating healthier foods.

I was thrilled to received Enjoy Life Foods Chewy Bars to review. I was super excited to try all four flavors, caramel apple, very berry, coco loco and sunbetter crunch.  Since my family go crazy for Enjoy Life foods, when I got the package the first thing I did was open each box and take one out. I had to hide it to keep them from eating it so I would be able to actually eat one of each.

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Hint Water Review and Giveaway

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Anyone who knows me knows I hate drinking my water. To get myself to drink water I am the type of person that uses those powder packets to give it some flavor. I am tyring to shy away from those and drink more plain water. Then I discovered Hint.

The idea behind Hint is simple: pure water, nature’s original refreshment, accented with a hint of natural flavor. No sugar, no artificial sweeteners: Hint is a refreshing alternative to sodas, juice and other sweetened drinks and it tastes great.

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Lenny and Larry Review and Giveaway

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Who would have thought cookies and browines could be healthy? Well Larry and Lenny did. Lenny & Larry’s began in 1993. One day while having coffee after a morning workout at Gold’s Gym in Venice, California, two friends had the crazy idea of putting protein in muffins. Combining a fitness background with an interest in nutritional baked goods and promotional fun, former American Gladiator (“CYCLONE”)and good friend, decided to create and market high protein muffins, cookies and other all natural baked goods. After months of planning we came up with some great tasting, healthy products and ‘our guaranteed to make you smile logo.’ Guess What? Everyone loved it and away we went!

After 15 years, they continue to make the best tasting, healthy snacks on the market. They believe the product should taste better than the package it comes in. They were spot on!

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Van’s Natural Foods Review and Giveaway

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Van’s Natural Foods has been caring about what you eat for breakfast for a half a centruy.  It all started back in the 1970s when the Van Dam family opened a swinging waffle joint in Southern California. By the late 1980s, our groovy little beachside favorite had outgrown itself.
Since then, Van’s has evolved from a single waffle restaurant to one of the country’s most beloved frozen waffle and breakfast companies—but our philosophy hasn’t changed a bit. We value artisanal quality, cooking our products in small, minimally processed batches with always-fresh ingredients. And, since we want everyone to be able to enjoy our waffles, we offer wheat/gluten free waffles along with organic, mini and our signature 8 Whole Grain varieties.

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