Healthy versions of all junk food classics Pt.I

When trying to eat healthy, you often face a lot of false assumptions and prejudices. Some of them being how healthy organic food is expensive. It takes a lot of time and kitchen skills to prepare it properly. And worst of all, that it doesn’t even taste good! Well, I’m here to tell you a completely different story! You don’t have to be a loaded master chef guru to make the best out of nature’s finest foods. In fact, you can even indulge in some fast food on the side. But why not try to put a healthy twist on it? You just might like it!

1.Pizza

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Have you ever met someone who doesn’t like pizza? ….. I certainly haven’t. Pizza is awesome. Still, it can provide you with a very saturated fat and calorie intake. Luckily, you can tweak the recipe a bit and it still tastes good. The key is in the cauliflower base crust.

Ingredients

Crust :cauliflower-2 pounds (little less than 1 kg), 1 egg, half a cup of goat cheese, salt, pepper, oregano

slice the cauliflower into tiny pieces, blend it in a food processor until you get a rice-like texture; cook the mashed cauliflower in boiling water for 5 minutes; strain in, put it into a clean dishtowel, twist it up and squeeze all the water from it

-put that cauliflower in a large bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and mix them all up; voila, you have your pizza dough!!! just press it onto your mold with parchment paper

-bake it for 30-40 minutes at 400 F (200 C); when you see the crust gaining a brownish tone, you can take it out

-now it’s time for toppings! You can go with whatever you like, but here are some suggestions –  grated mozzarella cheese, olives, champignon mushrooms, oregano, tomatoes, even some ham if you like that… (just note that many store bough ketchups have high sugar amounts and instead you could make your own sauce just by boiling the tomatoes in water with a pinch of salt)

Return your fully made pizza back to the 400 F oven and bake it for additional 10 minutes or so! Bon apetit!

I am a big pizza fan and have tried out this recipe many times. I absolutely love it.The cauliflower has a mild taste that perfectly suits all the toppings flavors. If you like your pizza spicy, don’t be afraid to add some kind of hot sauce or seasoning into the crust mix.

2.Bread

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If you’re really hungry or always on the go, you just might reach for some ready-made sandwiches or bagels. That’s fine too. Grains are a great source of fiber, many vitamins and minerals. But store-bought breads are filled with sugar, salt and additives. And it is so easy to make your own. Take a look.

Ingredients

-around 500g of flour, 2 eggs, a spoon of baking soda, a spoon of honey,  some salt, a tablespoon of olive oil,  5 dl of warm water

This is my base recipe for bread. You can use any type of flour you want. I like to make my own mix of whole wheats, oats, buckwheat and spelt. Sometimes I add dry fruit to the mix, sometimes nuts or seeds. Eggs are optional. Also, you can use mineral water.

-put the mixture into a bread form and put it in the oven, let it bake for an hour at 320 F (160 C), take it out, let it cool down and there you have it

3.Sandwich

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With your new home-made bread come many possibilities and ideas. Why not a sandwich? This is one of my favorites.

Ingredients: 2 slices of bread, cheese, butter, lettuce leafs, tomato slices, cucumber slices, mayonnaise

-spread some butter on bread, add a piece of cheese on it (i like to use smoked cheese in this recipe but any kind will do), add some lettuce leafs and tomato slices, cucumber slices and add a sauce you like (i often use a mayonnaise with more lemon than sugar)

-sometimes I also put some egg slices in it

4.Hamburger

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Hamburgers are my spirit food. I know some people don’t like to mix meat with bread, but if your digestion is fine with it, just go for it! And by making a few simple alterations you will get a healthier alternative with much lower calorie count.

-use whole wheat/integral buns; or just make them with the bread recipe from above

-slim down your patty

-you can use brisket, flat cut, even some other lean meat

-when making your own ground beef patties, use 10% of lean beef, add garlic, onions, pepper, sea salt, rosemary and oregano herbs, or some other seasoning

-manage your toppings; use plenty of vegetables instead of artificial sauces, or make your own; you just saved more than 500 calories

So, here you go. I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe, it will inspire you to eat healthier, feel better and keep exploring your options. Next time, I’ll be covering more sugary treats like muffins, pancakes, candy bars, ice-cream and jam. And later on, some drinks. Follow me! 🙂

 

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