Looking healthy is feeling healthy and living healthy! But if we want to live healthy and I never tire of saying it, daily exercise is needed! We also need to avoid excesses and finally, and no less important, we need to always eat healthy!

There are lots of myths surrounding healthy foods. It may seem the only healthy things we can eat are salads and fruits! But this is not true! The body needs various nutrients, which we can get from fruits and vegetables. Other nutrients come from grains, seeds and of course proteins! What about carbohydrates?

 

The main function of carbohydrates is to provide energy to the body, especially the brain and nervous system. This is why it is so important to add to our diet!

Simple carbohydrates that contain vitamins and minerals are found naturally in fruits, dairy products and vegetables. But it can also be found in refined sugars! The latter provides calories, but lack vitamins, minerals and fibers. These simple sugars are often called “empty calories” and can lead to weight gain.

Similarly, refined flours, sugars and white rice, lack B-complex vitamins and other important nutrients. This is why the healthiest option to get carbohydrates into the body comes from vegetables, fruits and dairy products.

That said, they best way to eat healthy is by watching what you eat! This does not mean you cannot eat foods with refined flours. But if you want to take care of your health and especially if you plan to fit into your favorite swimsuit in the next few days, there are delicious options to replace refined flours with vegetables, even in your favorite dishes!

Don’t believe me? Let me show you how!

The classic nachos with cheese are delicious, but another option is to make with grilled chicken! This is a healthier and equally delicious choice!

A hamburger every now and then is a great choice, especially when it is homemade! What about replacing the bread with lettuce leaves? You can eat much more without a trace of guilt!

I would live eating “tacos” or “empanadas”, but it is too much flour to include in your daily diet! This other option combines the nutrients of the peppers plus delicious and protein rich filled tacos! You can also choose to make them with zucchini or eggplant for a healthier taste!

My lunch sandwich was never so light and delicious! Replace the bread with two grilled Portobello mushrooms!

If I say cauliflower pizza you might call me crazy! Well, guess what? I’m not! This pizza is healthy, low in calories and very tasty! And what is even better is the recipe I will give you to make it!

Pizza with Cauliflower Dough

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cauliflower head – 2 – 3 processed cups
  • ¼ cups of parmesan cheese
  • ¼ cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon of basil or minced Rosemary (or dry).
  • ½ teaspoon of minced oregano (or dry)
  • 1 cup of marinara sauce
  • 1-2 cups of mozzarella cheese

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Remover cauliflower stems and cut into pieces. Place in food processor until the texture has the consistency of rice.

Cook the processed cauliflower in the microwave uncovered for approximately 4-5 minutes maximum. Remove and let cool. Once the temperature lowers, place on a clean kitchen towel and squeeze out any remaining liquid.

In a bowl, mix well squeezed cauliflower with egg, cheese and seasonings. Knead well to form a dough ball. Stretch the dough in a pizza pan (greased) and bake for approximately 10 minutes until Golden Brown and crispy!

Add marinara (tomato) sauce and mozzarella cheese. You can include as many extras as you like! Bake until the cheese is melted and enjoy!!!

So? What do you think of these healthy food ideas?