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Kathy is talking about pizza this week and making it healthy.

I am a firm believer that making your own food is the best way to insure what you are eating is healthy.  So many recipes can be adjusted to make it healthier.  Even your favorite foods.

One of our family favorites is pizza!  You just need to modify it a bit.  First I start of with the pizza crust. One of my favorite appliances in my kitchen is my bread maker.  I use it at least once a week.  I make my own dough with the pizza dough setting.  With just  few simple ingredients, you can make your own dough for just cents.  I always try to use wheat flour with bread flour.  I do blend the two, I haven’t found an all wheat flour dough that I really like.  I keep trying though.  I like to add a little oregano to my dough before it begins mixing for a little extra flavor.

Your toppings are what makes your pizza.  I have totally changed what I put on it.  I must say though, I am having a tough time trying to convince my husband that pizza can be delicious without pepperoni.  What I did though was to buy turkey pepperoni.  Honestly, I didn’t realize that there was such a thing.  It only has 4 grams of fat in something like 15 slices.  Not too bad.  If you have a family that must have pepperoni, you may want to give it a try.  My husband told me that he didn’t notice the difference.

I love veggies on mine.  I continue to try new ones as well.  I like to use red peppers, some onions, black olives, pepper rings, grilled chicken, pineapple.  You can use mushrooms as well, I am just not a fan of those.  I switch off from using the standard pizza sauce with a can of diced tomatoes, drained.  I just spread then tomatoes on the dough and add my toppings.  The list of toppings is endless!  I like to experiment.  If you don’t like them, you can take them off.  The last pizza that I made had grilled chicken, sliced black olives, a little garlic, red pepper flakes and raw broccoli.    Yes, I tried broccoli!  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but I had it in the fridge so I thought I would give it a shot.  I use very little mozzarella cheese, just enough to hold everything together.  I have to say, the broccoli was very good!  I have had cauliflower on pizza before and thought that was delicious so I gave the broccoli a try.

When I know that I am making pizza for dinner, I don’t have any bread throughout the day.  I also roll my dough very thin to have a thin crust.  That way I can have a couple of pieces if I choose.  Everything else on the pizza is healthy so the extra piece isn’t too bad.  Once again, I would watch the amount of cheese that I put on and I try to use the mozzarella made with skim milk.

When you are making changes to your diet, you don’t want to cut out things that you truly enjoy.  You just want to make some changes.  Small changes can give you big results.  Enjoyable food, feeling better and weight loss, what could be better than that!

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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