My love for Italian Food

If you’re like me, you love all of the food that your body doesn’t love so much. I love any type of pasta, pizza or bread and instead of limiting myself I realize that things are okay in moderation and okay if you use the right ingredients. Lately I have really been wanting pizza but even on my cheat days I hate eating pizza from your local shop or a Dominos/Pizza Hut. I looked on the website that I’ve previously shared http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/pepperoni-onion-olive-pizza and found a relatively healthy pizza recipe. It is very common that people go on diets or cleanses and lose weight then immediately gain it back because they cut out all of the bad foods for a small period of time and went right back to eating it. For this reason I found it to be extremely important to find a way to still enjoy the foods that I love without compromising my commitment to a healthier lifestyle, besides you don’t want to torture yourself and its never good to completely cut out an essential food group.

I went to my local grocery store and found whole wheat dough with only 140 calories, 2.5g of fat, 2g of sugar and 240 mg of sodium. It was a generic brand and was on sale for 1.00. I used Francesco Rinaldi Traditional pasta sauce with no salt added (70 calories, 2.5g of fat, 40mg of sodium and 6g of sugar) and it was 1.50 and you can use this again because the can is so big. I sliced up part of an onion I already had. I bought a small green pepper, it was .69 cents, and used the whole thing. I also bought mozzarella cheese, which was 2.89 and made with skim milk instead of whole. ( 80 calories, 6g fat,170 mg sodium). The total sodium count is higher than I would have liked but I did not use much of either of the cheese or sauce. I also used minimal garlic salt, basil and pepper to season the pizza dough and sauce. And as a side I had a garden salad with balsamic vinegar. It was a very good lunch and there are left overs!!

I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I set the oven to 450 while I prepped the pizza. Then, just spread the dough out , put olive oil on the pan first, and put olive oil on the actual dough. I pushed the middle down to make the crust stick out a little more. Spread the sauce in the middle and added the onions, peppers and cheese. I sprinkled basil, garlic salt and pepper before the peppers and onions. I then stuck it in the oven for 20 min on 450 degrees!

Hope everyone sees that you don’t necessarily have to give up your favorite foods, just eat in moderation…and with that being in said if you don’t believe me check out this article about two twins who each did extreme diets. One twin gave up sugar and the other gave up fat, please read about how these diets effected them and their bodies right here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2546975/One-twin-gave-sugar-gave-fat-Their-experiment-change-YOUR-life.html.

Does anyone have any foods that they absolutely love and found healthier substitutes for?

before cooking

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ingredients

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