Healthy Homemade Pizza Crust

Every Friday night since I can remember has been pizza night, but we never ordered from some pizza joint such as Papa John’s, Cici’s Pizza, or Little Caeser’s. We always used fresh, homemade crust, shredded our own mozzarella, cut the veggies, fired up the baking stone, and watched a movie together. Tradition, as some might say. Don’t get me wrong—pizza isn’t all too healthy for you, especially if you’re buying it from a pizza shop because who knows whats in the crust, or the cheese, or the GMO veggies. But we use mozzarella cheese and vegetables from Whole Foods or EarthFare, and we make our dough using a recipe we can trust.

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Soft Hamburger Buns

bun1What do you think about when you hear the word hamburger? Sliced dill pickles, melted cheese, juicy tomato, crunchy onions, crispy lettuce, savory ketchup and the soft, light buns with toasted sesame seeds sprinkles over the top. Well let me just tell you…I’m addicted to bread. Like eat it for every meal addicted, whether it’s in roll form, sliced form, or soaked in butter form.


Well, I hope that you are not in the same boat as I am. Yes, that’s right…I’m a vegetarian. And you know what that means.

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Cinnamon-Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

If you’ve never heard of chia seeds, fear not: I shall fill you in. Chia seeds are the star of chia pets. You know: Ch-ch-ch-chia! Basically, the seeds sprout and give pottery a bit of hair. It’s really weird and a definite waste…unless you’re eating the sprouts.

Chia Seed Pudding

You know what, now I gotta try that. It may not be the most appetizing, but I can only imagine how healthy that would be. Back to the point, chia seeds are very healthy for you. Disclaimer: If after a few days of eating this you experience some extreme bowel movements, don’t worry: that’s normal. Odds are you have a lot of things in your system that shouldn’t be there such as swallowed gum, teeth you accidently swallowed in your sleep, foods that don’t decompose (McDonalds), and tons of green plastic.

Don’t ask…

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Spiced Carrot Muffins


There’s nothing better than biting into a delicious, healthy muffin that tastes like fall. Nothing better. The sweetness of the carrot put together with the bold spices of autumn are something that will satisfy any sweet tooth, health nut, or hungry teen.

I think fall is my favorite season. The cool breeze that blows by, tossing around orange, red, and yellow leaves, creating a scene that is, in a way, magical. Almost every recipe including carrot, sweet potato, pumpkin, or apple. The pears on the pear tree clunking their way down to the ground without any beckoning, other than the duties given to it by mother nature. The sweet spices such as nutmeg, cloves, allspice, ginger, and cinnamon give taste buds something to look forward to. Not to mention the blissful carrot muffins you can enjoy all season long.

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20 Delicious Ways to Prepare Lentils

lentil postLentils may not seem like the most appetizing thing to eat, but let’s face it: sometimes we don’t have the means to make a super expensive meal for our glorious families. Sometimes we don’t have the time to make something fancy. But I can guarantee that you can afford to buy lentils and still prepare a delicious and intriguing dinner for your family. Not only are lentils one of the cheapest things to get in the grocery store their also pretty healthy. Lentils have the following health benefits:

1) Lower Cholesterol: Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber. Lowering your cholesterol levels reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke by keeping your arteries clean.

2) Heart Health: Several studies have shown that eating high fiber foods like lentils reduces your risk of heart disease. Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, which are big contributors to heart health. Folate lowers your homocysteine levels, a serious risk factor for heart disease. Magnesium improves blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Low levels of magnesium have been directly associated with heart disease, so eating lentils will keep your heart happy!

3) Stabilized Blood SugarAdding to the many benefits of fiber, soluble fiber traps carbohydrates, slowing down digestion and stabilizing blood sugar levels. This can be especially helpful for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.

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