Pizza recipe trends are constantly evolving, and this carb-free, low-fat Passover version from Emanuelle Lee of London is one that you will want to whip up all year round. If you are a Passover hostess that is trying to escape the post holiday waistline bulge, then this recipe is for you!
1 Cauliflower cut into small pieces (or equivalent amount pre-cut)
2 tsp garlic paste
1 tbsp grated cheese (preferably mozzarella)
2 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper
For the sauce
1 clove of garlic (chopped)
1 can cherry tomatoes
2 Tsp sugar
1/2 chilli flakes
Fresh basil leaves
1/2 teaspoon oregano
Salt and pepper
Low fat mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
Blend the cauliflower in a food processor until it has become a grainy paste. Pour into a mixing bowl and mix in the garlic paste, olive oil, egg and grated cheese. Mix all the ingredients together. Add a pinch of salt and pepper.
Cover a flat baking tray with parchment paper. Grease the paper with a little bit of olive oil. Sprinkle a pinch of polenta mixture on to the tray.
Take about 3 heaps of cauliflower and flatten it out onto the tray with a spatula into the pizza shape of your choice.
You should have enough 'dough' left over for 1 another medium sized pizza. Repeat sequence with the rest of the dough.
Bake for 20-25 or until golden. With a large spatula, carefully turn the pizza crust over and bake the other side for 10 minutes.
(You may put the crusts under the broiler for a few minutes to make them extra crispy but make sure they don't burn!)
While the crusts are baking, make the sauce. In a pan, heat up a tablespoon of olive oil, add the chopped garlic, sauté until softened a little and add the can of tomatoes. Smash the pieces of tomato so the sauce is a little smoother. Add the rest of the ingredients.
Once the pizza 'dough' is golden and hard, smooth a large amount of the sauce on top and leave about a half inch space around the outside to make the crust. Top with (low fat) fresh mozzarella cheese and top with a little olive oil, salt and pepper.
Add your favourite toppings. Bake for 10 minutes. Sprinkle some basil leaves for decoration and enjoy! (guilt-free!)
It’s Thursday morning, and the Seders are behind us, the kids are in school, and all that food is in us! I must be honest, as much as I tried to eat as close to my ideals as possible, the over dose of all the extra food that my body is unaccustomed to, makes my body feel….well, simply… FAT!
One part of brain tells me, “don’t be such as party-pooper!” It’s so much fun to taste everything in sight and share in the fun with friends and family. The other side of my brain says, “get over it Sari, having control over what you eat is a direct line to how you look, and more importantly feel.” For example, I hosted the first seder to 16 family guests. I was so excited to prepare my family’s favorite dishes that I forgot to prepare something acceptable for myself! Being unprepared totally left me vulnerable. As a Jewish mom, I know taking care of others sometimes precede taking care of myself. On the converse, when I ate a lunch at a friends house, it was so easy to stay focused. I was being served, and making choices was easy, knowing that eating lightly will honor my body greatly.
In retrospect, I believe it’s a sign of maturity to enjoy all the wonderful aspects about a family holiday dinner without over doing it and tipping the scale way over to what you are comfortable with. Whew! I thought I lost the ability to “have fun”, and “let loose.” Instead, I’m simply being insightful and in tune to my needs.
Just know, that Jewish women from all over the globe are going through the same thing! We are in it together! We can share in each triumphs and help each other in time of need. Like now! We do our best…. but together we can do better!
20- 30 minutes of walking or jogging
20 -60 second planks-3x
One important tip that’s easy to follow: up your water intake! Aim for 8-10 glasses of water. You will immediately feel less bloated. Matzahs are very dry and can clogg us up, if you know what I mean…
Here’s something to look forward to…..
After 8 days of Passover (Pesach) feasting, I will be introducing my 2nd annual “30 Day Sugar Challenge!” You are going to love this! Tell your friends and family. This challenge is for anyone and everyone who craves eating at a higher ideal.
Starting date: May 1, 2011
Ending date: June 1, 2011
Keep on the lookout for more information on how to join in and get started. But for now, enjoy your family, friends and honor your body. If not YOU…then who??
With Gratitude to All, Sari Dana
GROUP FITNESS MOVEMENT SPECIALIST LIFE STYLE COACH
Have you heard? The whole world is going vegan! Well, not quite. But more and more, people are turning to veganism as a healthy way of life.
Veganism in a nutshell, is a diet without any animal products or bi-products– no meats, no dairy, no eggs. Some “black belt vegans” don’t even consume honey or wear leather, wool, or silk.
This might sound limiting, but if you’re a foodie, you can really get creative and put together delicious, satisfying and health-boosting meals. In fact, your repertoire might actually grow!
The video above is great snack for a beginner -Easy Roasted Chickpeas!
Nowadays we are lucky to live in an age where there is a tasty substitute for every animal based product. Now, some people love fake meats (me!), while others despise them with a fiery passion and stick with the basics — making the most of grains, fruits and vegetables. That, of course, is okay too.
The benefits of giving up animal products are many. Veganism has been proven to help combat high cholesterol and high blood pressure, diabetes and various cancers!
Vegan foods are, by nature, cholesterol free, and a diet based on grains, roots, fruits, vegetables, nuts and beans make you smarter, more attractive and immortal. Okay maybe that last part was a bit of hyperbole, but if you do it right you will feel noticeable better (if a bit gassy at first. Be forewarned, this can be a side effect of changes in diet.), Get enough protein from tofu, seitan and other meat substitutes, and animals everywhere will be extra nice to you (They can smell it, I swear).
I’m usually a day behind in sending my Newsletter. Today is actally Day 7!
Wow, already a week! if you had some bumps in road- don’t worry! Everyday is a learning experience. I try hard to send out the answers to your questions as fast as I can. Though I like to fully research the issues properly to give the most accurate answer.
To me, a sugar detox means no white flour, rice or pasta. No artificial sweatners. Extremely limited processed foods such as muffins, bread and pasta. Natural sweeteners used VERY sparingly.
The focus is on whole foods. Foods that are usually in the first isle and last isle at the supermarket.
You may be starting to feel your sugar withdrawals now. This is when you will be needing your “Detox Buddies” the most!
Let’s talk about these withdrawals. How and why do they happen? Knowledge is power. This knowledge will help you through your most difficult days.
Here’s the science of it-
(A response to another detoxer who noticed she was getting severe headaches…)
Sugar is highly addictive, just like any other addictive substance, like cocaine, marijuana, caffeine, and tobacco. Your brain is comprised of nerves (neurons) and at the end of those neurons are tiny bulbs called receptors. These receptors take in the chemicals that you intake and that the brain makes. The brain creates appropriate responses to those chemicals. For example, exercising produces endorphins in the brain. As a result, these chemicals cause the person to be more relaxed, happier, and with a lower risk of depression. Different chemicals cause different changes in the mental and physical state. Here’s a sugar example-
You eat sugar and the brain recognizes that. Its receptors wake up to receive the sugar. And if there is too much sugar (and too little receptors) the brain won’t let it go to waste! It actually creates new receptors to accommodate all the sugar. Tiny receptors spring up where needed to absorb all the sugar chemicals floating around the brain. So right now, our brains have been accommodating all the sugar that we intake by building all these new receptors.
Here is where headaches and other withdrawal symptoms (like tiredness, nausea, and irritability) come in–
Its a withdrawal symptom. Those receptors in ur brain are used to getting its daily does of sugar. So when you reduce your intake of sugar, after a certain amt of time, the receptors die out. And that’s the pain you are feeling. Its a withdrawal symptom, just like any other addictive substance has. You have built up tolerance to sugar and your brain has become so used to it. So you perceive pain when its not available for the receptors in your brain.
Now that you understand where its coming from- you might need to pop a few advils for a few days to numb the pain but remember—- you only have to go thru this once. Let those receptors die out and never give them enough sugar to rebuild!
If you are having headaches, and other withdrawal symptoms,
eat sugar stabilising foods (like almonds and oatmeal)
To my “Detox Buddies,”
Day 6 and 7 were super. I’m lucky that I’m not going thru these withdrawal symponts this year because I’ve been off high doses of sugar for a while. I did go thru them last April when I did the Detox.
My mind is relaxed, a natural way of eating is setting over me.
Passovers’ meals are behind us- now to get them off my behind! Body is feeling real good, especially since I instructed a Smartbell class. That always does the trick!
I ate this banana bread by a friend’s house and loved it!. I have made it so many times since and always get rave reviews. You can try making them in cupcakes instead of a loaf.
Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe
Whole Wheat and Honey Breakfast Banana Loaf Recipe:
1/2 cup applesauce
1 cup brown rice syrup (or 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, firmly packed)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large bananas, cut into chunks
1/4 cup honey
2 large eggs
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1) Preheat your oven to 350°F. Lightly grease an 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ or 9″ x 5″ loaf pan.
2) In a large bowl, beat together the applesauce and brown rice syrup until smooth. Add the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and bananas, beating until well combined. The mixture will be fairly smooth, with some scattered small chunks of banana.
3) Beat in the honey and eggs.
4) Add the flour, then the walnuts, stirring until smooth.
5) Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top. Let it rest at room temperature for 10 minutes.
6) Bake the bread for 50 minutes, then gently lay a piece of aluminum foil across the top, to prevent over-browning. Bake for an additional 10 to 15 minutes, then remove the bread from the oven; a long toothpick or cake tester inserted into the center should come out clean.
*All ovens vary in temperatures so please use your discretion with baking times!
7) Allow the loaf to cool for 10 minutes; then remove it from the pan, and set it on a rack to cool completely.
How are YOU doing so far? Eliminating sugar from our diet can be very rewarding. I find that one of the greatest benefits is that you wind up choosing healthier food choices because your not filling up on foods that have simple sugars in its ingredients, also known as “empty calories.” I must confess that I am finding this experience to be an extremely satisfying one. The emails and comments that I receive motivate me to keep on writting! Women are sharing with me either their challenges or questions about details in their diet which clue me in to the fact that everyone wants to adhere to the strictest letter of our law!
Some expressed that even though they are not joining in the challenge, they are reading the e-mails and are motivated to possibly try it at another time of their life.
Others revealed that their kids are getting involved and trying to eliminate sugar from their diets. While other woman feel “like fabulous roll models to their children and husbands by taking good heath care of themselves.” Where ever YOU are in our Detox Challenge its ALL GOOD!
Thank you for reading, participating and sharing. I love the questions-though please be patient with the answers as I’m getting lots of them!
Q: Can we eat dairy products such as low fat mozzarella cheese or cottage cheese.
A. Yes! Low fat or fat free dairy products are fine. We are aiming for a healthy diet that promotes all food groups. A recent study showed that the more servings of dairy foods that adults consumed, the greater the percentage of their total calories that came from saturated fat (definitely not a good thing). But the other side to the story is that their intake of many key nutrients — like protein, calcium, magnesium , folate, B1, B2, B6, B12, and vitamins A, D, and E — also increased along with the number of dairy servings. So how do you get all those great nutrients from dairy without the drawbacks?
Low-fat dairy is the answer! As you decrease the fat in dairy products, you cut calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol , while protein, calcium, and most other vitamins and minerals remain high. Low-fat milk, yogurt, cottage cheese, and reduced-fat cheese pack a protein and calcium punch in every serving. Just a cup of lite nonfat yogurt, for example, gives you a third of your daily recommended calcium intake, along with 17% of your estimated daily protein intake. I realise that many people don’t eat dairy. To those I simply recommend obtaining those same nutritious vitamins from other sources. Such as; dark leafy greens for calcium, beans for protein and spinach for folate.
To my “Sugar Detox Buddies” – I was successful on day 2, 3 and 4. (Friday, Saturday and Sunday!) My mind feels strong and determined. My body is starting to feel lighter. I am so ready for the days ahead!
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