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Healthy and Yummy Pizza

Feeding your children healthy meals becomes harder and harder in today’s society.  It’s all about convenience and already prepared foods.  Those fast, convenient options are often not healthy.

In fact, unhealthy influences are all around us. 

Check it out for yourself. The next time you are out grocery shopping, take your time to actually look at all the products geared towards children on the shelves.   Take a look at all the beautiful packaging, the animations and then read the ingredients. 

Why do so many companies make unhealthy products for children? 

Then there’s the challenge of what other children eat.  Your kid isn’t likely to want a healthy meal when their friends are eating the latest fad foods.  It’s true every parent deserves to parent as they choose, but as a parent making healthier choices for their child, it makes things that much more difficult. 

Carrying extra snacks is a great option, that way you always have a healthy option that is easy and convenient.  The usual fruits and vegetables are always good.  Mary’s crackers are great with Hummus (read ingredients first), just one example.

Creativity is the key.

Let’s not forget the good old daycare that promotes “healthy” meal plans.  Unless ingredients are altered, pizza, chicken fingers and fries are NOT part of a healthy meal. 

People may argue that pizza is healthy.  I disagree.  I agree, it should be, but it’s not. 

The dough is absolutely horrible for the digestive system.  Did you know that most of us already have overgrown yeast in our bodies? We definitely don’t need more.  Did you know that most people add sugar to their pizza sauce?  What grade of mozzarella are they using?  All of those take what could be an OK option and make it unhealthy.

Finding a daycare where you can bring your child’s meals is the best option.  You can request their menu and then make healthier versions of the same foods, which may help your child not feel left out.

For those of you that are in need of a healthy pizza recipe, here you go:

Dough:

1 cups Spelt Flour (if your child needs glutton free, try rice flour)

2 tablespoons baking powder

1 dash of salt

cup water

1 tablespoon Olive Oil

In a bowel, add flour, baking powder and salt.  Mix well.

Create a well in the middle and add water and Olive Oil.  Slowly mix in the dry ingredients into the water.  Add more water if too dry.

Once everything is mixed, put dough on a floured surface, like a clean counter.  Kneed for about 5 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic.  Then use a rolling pin to flatten out the dough, thin crust works best.

This recipe would feed 2 adults.

For your sauce, create your favourite pasta sauce or search for a prepared pizza sauce at your local grocery store…remember to read the ingredients first!

Then top your pizza with whatever you wish.  Usually a great time to get in those nutritious greens.

Feeding your child healthy meals can be difficult in today’s society.  By adding a dash of knowledge, a pinch of creativity and a whole lotta lovin’, it’s really easy!

 

 

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