Healthy Kid Friendly Recipes #1 – Pizza
Discovering the many major differences between store bought or fast food kids’ meals and homemade meals can be quite enlightening. Your children’s favorite processed foods such as pizza, hamburgers, chicken fingers, and mac and cheese contain ingredients that lack the nutritional value crucial for your child’s proper physical and mental development. Some of these inexpensive and harmful ingredients include: preservatives, artificial colors, sugar, salt, unhealthy fats and genetically modified corn and soy. Reading not only the nutrition facts but also more importantly, the ingredient list, is a great way to examine exactly what’s in the product you are buying. Eliminating processed foods from your children’s diets is not only a healthier option, but not as daunting as it may seem. Cooking together can also be a fun activity for the entire family.
Eliminating processed foods from your children’s diets is not only a healthier option, but not as daunting as it may seem.
Here is the first of many healthy food recipes for kids and meal ideas for toddlers:
Making homemade crust is not as difficult or as time consuming as you might think. Double the recipe and put half in the freezer the next time you want a quick and healthy meal.
- Pizza Dough Recipe
- 1 cup spelt flour
- 1 cup oat flour
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 0.5 cup unbleached white flour
- 1.5 tbsp. oil
- 1.5 tsp. salt
- 2 tsp. yeast (any kind)
- 1.5 cups lukewarm water
- Mix yeast with water and let it sit for 5 minutes (to activate) while you mix flours, oil and salt.
- Mix all ingredients together and roll out. This will make 2 pizza crusts or more depending on how big you want your pizza, and how thick you want your crust.
Premade organic tomato sauce in a glass jar is preferred to canned tomato sauce, as most cans contain BPA (Bisphenol A), in the plastic lining, which can interfere with normal hormone activity in the body. Since tomatoes are highly acidic, they draw out more of the BPA into the food from the lining of the can.
Use your favorite vegetables to top your pizza, but if your kids are going to complain about eating them, you can always blend red peppers, spinach leaves, onions, and grated carrots with your red tomato sauce. You can even get some Superfoods into this sauce. I like to add chia seeds and hemp seeds into the blender for a boost of omega 3, fiber, and protein! If you are adding cheese, as most kids love, organic cheese is best as it is free of antibiotics and hormones.
Try it tonight for a healthier pizza I’m sure you’re kids will love!!
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