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100% Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust

Posted Dec 03 2009 12:00am

One of my theories when it comes to eating and living a healthy life, is that one should never really feel completely deprived of eating and enjoying yummy foods. I mean, life is to be enjoyed right? I’m not one of those people who can stick to a diet full of egg whites and cabbage… and personally, I don’t think there is a reason to. I believe that there is a way to make most “unhealthy” foods a little more “healthy” – so you can still enjoy deliciously, divine favorites, while still sticking to your health goals and keeping your body in tip-top shape!

 

Take pizza for example. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE pizza! But when you buy it from a popular fast food chain and it’s literally dripping with grease from too much cheese and crap your body does NOT need, let’s be honest… that’s not really doing yourself a favor! On occasion, it’s not going to kill you… but eaten often enough, it’s definitely not going to make for happy hips, thighs and butts. On the bright side however, {there’s always a bright side – so don’t worry!}, we can take the typical pizza recipe make it WAY healthier by simply making it at home! {I know, I know… you’re thinking, ‘but the whole point of ordering pizza is so you don’t have to make dinner yourself’ right?} I get it. I totally do. But this homemade pizza recipe is SO simple, that I promise… it’s easier than ordering out and living with the guilt later on that you didn’t make a wiser choice! HA!

 

So first of all, you’ve got to make your crust. Obviously, using white flour is NOT the healthy way to go. White flour is what is left over after food manufacturers strip the whole wheat from all of it’s nutrients. So be SURE to use 100% whole wheat flour for your crust. I like to go the cheapest route and grind my own wheat into flour right before I make my crust, but you can also just buy already ground flour as well. It’s totally up to you. :)

 

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100% Whole-Wheat Pizza Crust

 

2 cups whole-wheat flour

1 tablespoon active dry yeast

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon honey

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup water

 


Combine flour, yeast and salt in large bowl. Add warm water, oil and honey; mix well. Cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm spot for 10 minutes to rise. Punch down and press into a creased 13″ pizza pan. Spread your favorite sauce and toppings on crust and bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Crust should be golden brown and cheese melted.

 

The key to making this pizza an extra healthy menu item for you and your family lies in what you put on TOP of the crust. You’ve done well by making your crust with 100% whole-wheat flour… but if you pile on the cheese and pepperoni’s to obscene amounts, you’ve kind of missed the whole point! YOU are in charge here – not some teenage kid who could care less about your arteries – so take good care of yourself! Put some cheese on the pizza, but be sparing! If you like pepperoni, add some… but just one layer! There is no need to overlap! And then go HEAVY on the veggies! If you’ll notice on our pizza, I divided it in half. The “kid” half and the “parent” half. My kids wanted pepperoni’s and olives and I wanted loads of veggies with canadian bacon as the protein.

 

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The final key point, that allows you to enjoy the “healthy yummies” of life – while still sticking to your health goals – involves the famous phrase that we’ve all heard a zillion times… and that is, “PORTION CONTROL!” Just like everything else in life, we need to have moderation in all things. If you’re going out to eat and you DO order the greasy laden, pepperoni plastered piece of pizza, just use self control! That’s life and there’s no getting around it sometimes! We’ve got to LIVE a little right?

 

But if you DO have the option to stay at home and make some 100% whole-wheat pizza instead of ordering it, then why not? It will save you some calories, some guilt and even some cash! Plus… you might find that you like it even better than the store bought version! That’s what I discovered at least! :)

 

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Doesn’t this just look tasty? {Mmmmm….} I can guarantee that it is! Enjoy!

 

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