Love pizza? Trying to eat healthy? No problem, I’ve got you covered!
Before you call for a $5 Domino’s pizza tonight. You know the one’s, the one’s where you need a microscope to literally find the so-called ingredients on top.
Yep, well not this pizza baby!
Check out this awesome, healthy, but insanely yummy pitta bread pizza (pizza pretender) recipe instead. You can thank me later!
Friday night dinners are usually take-away of some description. As a kid we used to get fish and chips every Friday night, these days i’m pretty keen for a nice pizza and a glass of red.
These healthy alternatives will let you eat pizza to your heart’s content, without any guilt or indigestion. You can treat yourself knowing you’re having a nutritious meal, and everyone will be impressed by your creative alternatives. While striving to eat healthy all the time is a good goal, it’s important to remember you’re allowed to indulge your cravings in moderation.
If moderation and pizza don’t go hand-in-hand for you,
a) I totally get it! and
b) instead you can make these insanely quick and easy pitta bread pizzas as a healthier alternative. These could totally be eaten every Friday night if you liked.
I’ve made these with both friends and little one’s before, and trust me, they went down a treat!
This makes for one hungry adult.
1 large wholemeal pitta bread
1 tbsp sugar-free tomato purée
1 tsp mixed herbs
6 cherry tomatoes sliced in half
half a small capsicum
1 handful spinach or any greens
8 slices salami, torn into small pieces
6 black olives cut in half
50g cheddar, grated
Heat the grill. Spread each pitta bread with 1 tbsp tomato purée, sprinkle over the mixed herbs and lay on the spinach. Lay the salami over spinach, pop olives and tomatoes on top of salami, sprinkle over the cheese and grill until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
You can literally add any ingredients you like.
Different types of cheese.
Meat or no meat.
Lots of veg.
Get creative and enjoy!
What are you having for dinner tonight?
You are going to LOVE my bliss ball recipe!
There are so many reasons to love bliss balls: first of all, they taste great. Kid’s love them just as much as adults. Furthermore, they’re healthy and finally, they are very easy and quick to make.
They are generally gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy and egg free. If you use seeds instead of nuts, they can be made nut free for school lunch boxes. They are vegan and paleo, therefore they suit almost everyone’s taste buds and dietary requirements.
Traditional bliss balls use Medjool dates, which taste unbelievably good, but geez they’re expensive! Dried dates are much less expensive and work fine in this recipe although you may need to add a little extra moisture to the mix.
I generally use a mixture of raw almonds and hazel nuts, but you can use any nuts you like. I sometimes add sunflower seeds to make these bliss balls too as they are inexpensive, therefore reducing the costs. If you use chia seeds, soak them in a little water first for five minutes to let them soften and gel up. This way they are more easily digested. You can also use nut meal instead of whole nuts, if you have left over nut meal from making your own nut milk.
If the mixture isn’t quite coming together, I’ll often add in a tablespoon of coconut oil, but this is optional. You could also use a little pure maple syrup, raw honey or a tablespoon of water if the mixture is crumbly and won’t form a ball. Mostly, the dates will be moist enough and you won’t need to add anything extra. I add the coconut oil because it’s good for you in moderation.
Let’s get stuck in!
Prep time: 15
- 2 cups medjool dates, pip removed
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw hazelnuts
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1 cup sugar-free desiccated coconut
- Add dates and nuts into a food processor, blitz on high speed for 20 seconds.
- Scrape down sides of bowl and add in cacao and coconut, blitz on full speed for 40-60 seconds or until mixture combines well.
- Roll into golf ball sized balls.
- Refrigerate for 3+ hours & then enjoy!
- Stores in the fridge for up to 1 week.
- You can make ahead of time and freeze too
WARNING: The deliciousness of these balls makes them highly addictive!!! You may want to portion them out into snack bags and write the days of the week on them, to ensure you don’t gobble them all up and wish you had some for later in the week. Two a day is fine as a healthier alternative to slice, cake or muesli bars.