Loaded pizza

Hello friends! We’re back after a crazy spring and summer! Hopefully you all are enjoying this beautiful weather we’ve been graced with… for 2 months 🙂

I’ve started a new nursing job involving shift work and with that comes a bit more freedom with days off during the week. Today, I’ve decided to make a well rounded meal for me and my hubster… (not a word, you say? I’ll add it to Wikipedia.)

This pizza is inspired by one of my great friends and her love of vegetables on anything and everything! I think it would’ve been even better if I cooked it on the BBQ to give it a bit of a smokey flavor (and to avoid making the house hotter than it already is). Ah well, next time.

To make the crust:

2 1/2 cups warm water
2 Tbsp oil
2 Tbsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
2 Tbsp quick-rising yeast
6 cups flour (I used 5 cups whole wheat and 1 cup white flour)

Mix sugar, salt, dry yeast and flour. Add water and oil. Knead well, adding more flour if needed. Cover with a wet tea towel and let rest for 10-15 minutes.

Divide the dough into two and roll out onto a large cookie sheet or pizza pan. Let rise 5 minutes. Prick entire crust. Bake crust at 425 F (or on the BBQ) for 7 minutes. Remove from oven to cool. You can use immediately or freeze for later use.

Once your dough is ready…

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Throw on your pizza sauce of choice. I like to make my own using tomato sauce and tomato paste, and add my own spices like garlic, oregano, thyme, basil, pepper, and a dash of salt.

Next, slice up the veggies you are craving for the pizza!
I used mushrooms, leftover asparagus from our supper the night before, spinach, and red onion. I also added sliced pork tenderloin from the night before. We occasionally struggle with using up our leftovers so this was a great way to make sure nothing went to waste!

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Voila!

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A beautiful pizza! I just added a bit of cheese and baked it at 425 F for about 10 minutes. I always like to broil it for a couple minutes at the very end to crisp up the cheese a bit. Yumm!

I feel like pizza has created a bad rap for itself because of all of the (delicious) processed junk that often gets added. But you can make it (deliciously) healthy, too!

What are your favorite things to add to a pizza?

Until next time,

Bree

Making the change

Recently I have had many discussions with different people about weight, dieting, how to eat healthy, and exercise. It was truly amazing to see how many people want to look good and feel good, but don’t want to put in the work. In my own personal experience, eating healthy and not exercising did nothing for my body, my health, or my confidence. Exercise releases endorphins in your body that help you feel better about yourself, giving you the motivation to continue to work hard, and the confidence in yourself to think positively. Eating healthy gives you energy to exercise. It provides you with a clear mind to focus your energy on the workouts and in the end boosts your confidence.

Here are a few ideas to keep in mind if you’re planning on making a change in your lifestyle to feel good and be proud of your body:

#1. If you are dieting for the sole purpose of having a “great” body, you need to change your mindset. The only way any “diet” is going to work is to accept the body you have and to understand that in order to have a truly healthy body you must change your entire lifestyle. Everyone’s body type is so different. You cannot change your body type, so embrace it now! I promise you, it will only help you feel more motivated. Remind yourself every day that you are beautiful just the way you are! No diet will ever change what’s beneath.

#2. Being and staying healthy takes work. It includes both healthy eating AND exercise. Not one or the other. Find something active you enjoy doing (i.e. going for a walk, hiking, or get involved in something new like a sport you’ve always wanted to try) and really give it an honest go! 

#3. Partner up with a friend or schedule it in your calendar.  This way you have someone or something to hold you accountable to your goals. I have started writing in my calendar exactly what I want to do each day so that I can hold myself accountable. At the end of the day I can check it off. I love checking things off my to-do lists.

#4. Absolutely do not get down on yourself. Of course some days I happen to “forget” to do my exercises or eat my vegetables, but I don’t think negatively. I have to stay positive and continue to be kind to myself. Cutting myself down is only going to make me want to delay exercising further. Trust me… it’ll do the same to you, too! It’s like your inner teenager comes out and slams the door in your face. Stay positive and be kind to your mind and your body. 

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(thegreatist.com– check out this website for some fitness and health motivation and tips!)

Have you tried any diets or fitness programs in the past? What have been your experiences and what did you do in the end that helped you feel most confident and healthy?

My cousin recently went through a great deal to change his lifestyle, eating habits, and exercise routines. He is allowing the world to see what he did to make these changes on his blog. Check it out and be inspired!

Be strong and know you’re worth it! 

Bree