Today I’m going to break with the norm and give you a bit of a practical help with your healthy eating. I try not to be too prescriptive with clients; I think we all have our own likes and dislikes, reasons for eating certain foods etc but I think this may help.
As I’m sure you know by now I’m a big advocate of eating family meals, sitting down together to eat and sending a positive message about healthy eating to your kids. With an increasing number of teens and pre-teens developing obsessive behaviour around food I truly believe that, as mums, we need to present a picture of healthy eating rather than diet after diet as though it’s the norm.
With that in mind I thought that today I’d give you a little idea of how you can incorporate ‘family food’ and a healthy diet and a little bonus recipe. Bearing in mind that I’m a cook who rarely sticks to the recipe please forgive my approximate measures!
Generally I avoid eating pizza, even home-made, because I like to eat whole grain foods and avoid white flour. However, my kids and partner love it and of course in moderation pizza is fine occasionally. So, rather than eat different food and make a big issue I have started to make a wholemeal pizza base and roll it really thin so that I can enjoy the odd pizza with my family.
If your children will entertain it then by all means use this recipe for the whole family. Mine won’t, so I tend to make it with two-thirds white flour and one-third wholemeal for them. I make the dough and then ball it up into individual pizza sized balls so we can all choose our toppings too. It freezes really well.
For 6 individual pizza bases
- 500g wholemeal flour
- 1 sachet easybake yeast
- a drizzle of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- pinch salt
- 250ml tepid water
- Place the flour in a bowl
- Measure out the tepid water
- Add the sugar and dissolve
- Add the sachet of yeast to the sugar-water and swirl
- Add the oil to the water
- Place the salt in the flour and mix up then slowly add the water and begin to mix in by hand. It may be necessary to add more water, depending on your dough.
- Once the dough forms a ball turn onto a floured surface and knead for a good 5 minutes.
- Leave covered by a tea towel in a bowl for one hour.
Once you have done this you can cut into 6 and freeze as many as you like. Roll them out really thin when you want to use them and top as usual. I like to spread with passata and herbs and stick to vegetable toppings and feta cheese and then use about one-third of a ball of buffalo mozzarella to top.
Bake for about 12 minutes at 200 degrees C.