Breakfast Pizza (The healthy pizza)

Everyone loves pizza, right? 
What if i told you there was a way to make a crispy, delicious breakfast pizza that the whole family would enjoy? Well, it’s the truth!! Follow this easy recipe to get energized on the go every morning! 
Video by Super Tasty Recipes
Ingredients: 
1 cup oatmeal 
1 cup milk 
1 egg 
1 tbsp vanilla sugar 
1 tbsp baking powder 
1 Banana (i used 2 to thicken)

I baked at 400 ( 220 didn’t do anything for me) 
Add agave nectar or pure Raw honey for a good buzz!! Delicious!!

Cauliflower Crust Pizza, easy and delicious!! 

Ingredients: 

1 Tomato
1 Green Pepper

1 Onion
​1 Head cauliflower
1 egg
Parmesan Cheese
1/2 c shredded mozzarella cheese
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp fennel
1/2 tsp oregano
2 tsp parsley
garlic powder to taste

Directions: 
Steam cauliflower and grate or use food processor to chop up cauliflower heads. In a bowl mix cauliflower, 1/2 c mozzarella cheese and 1 egg together. Spray rectangular metal pan with non stick spray of choice. Spread dough evenly. Sprinkle round shaped dough with basil, fennel, oregano, parsley, and garlic powder. Bake at 450 for 12-15 minutes. Add vegetables and extra cheese. Return to oven for 3-5 minutes and enjoy!! 

*Personal touch– add some extra virgin olive oil**

My Secret Iced Coffee Protein Shake Recipe! Shhhhh!!! 

Happy Monday!
 
Today I’m sharing a new protein shake recipe. I’m really excited about it because it involves coffee and I looooove coffee! I’ve tried putting coffee in my protein shakes before and they’ve always tasted weird, but I think I found the magic formula!
 
First, the coffee needs to be chilled. (Duh, should have realized that sooner!) Second, you need to add chocolate. Haha. Yes, cause, let’s face it: everything is better with chocolate! Third, frozen bananas are a must! I made this with a few ice cubes the first time around and it was good, but when I subbed out the ice for a frozen banana, BAM!!! The perfect coffee protein shake was born! That’s when I figured it was time to share this deliciousness! 🙂
 
Perfect-Coffee-Shake
 
What made me wanna put coffee in my protein shake, you ask? Well, I’ve been trying to incorporate more protein into my diet. I’ve suspected for awhile that I wasn’t getting enough and this past week when I started logging my food, I realized just how much I’m lacking this important building block! (I like this article from Woman’s Health on why protein is important part of diet!)
 
I knew I could easily incorporate a protein shake in the morning when I have access to a blender, but I almost always want coffee in the morning (nothing else), so I googled “coffee protein shakes,” to get ideas. There were a lot of good recipes but mostly everyone used the same formula: cold coffee and either almond or coconut milk. When I finally gave this a try I was so pleased with the outcome! I hope you guys like it, too!
 
Ingredients:
 
Coffee
Protein of your choice
(I use Crave Vanilla Ice Cream of course!) –http://new.bee-xtreme.com/whey-protein-meal-replacement.html
Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
Unsweetened Cocoa
One frozen banana

 
In the evening, I make a single cup of coffee using hot water from my Keurig and Taster’s Choice instant coffee. I make it in a mason jar and store that in the refrigerator overnight. I also make sure I put a banana in a plastic bag in the freezer overnight.
 
In the morning, I dump the cold coffee in my Ninja blender cup over one scoop of vanilla protein and two tablespoons of cocoa, a frozen banana and splash of almond milk. Then I blend it, which only takes seconds!
 
The best part about this smoothie is that you can’t taste the protein! In fact, I think it tastes like a Starbucks mocha frappuccino! I love that fact that this is a healthy swap for my cream-and-sugar-filled coffee in the mornings.
 
With summer in full swing, I’m also happy to have a nice, cool way to start my morning and one that packs more than 20 grams of protein!
 
There’s plenty of ways to change this up, too. You can omit the banana and just use ice cubes or omit the almond milk altogether (if you don’t have it or don’t like it). You can also swap the cocoa for cinnamon, or omit both and make it a caffe frappe

Bee Pollen for Weight Loss?

Is it possible that you can control your weight with bee pollen?

First we must ask – Have you heard of bee pollen for weight loss? Are you fed up with trying all the latest fads in dieting – without success? Have you lost weight and then put it all back again? If  you need to lose weight bee pollen may well be a better, natural solution for you.

Have you heard of bee pollen for weight loss?

Obesity, Weight Loss And Bee Pollen

Bee pollen is fast gaining a reputation as a super food with many benefits, but one of the benefits that is surprising to many is that weight loss and bee pollen can go together. Bee pollen for weight loss has been used for years. It’s one of nature’s super foods and can decrease your appetite naturally! 

Obesity is becoming a big problem in many countries including the USA with all the accompanying health complications. It is a fact that more than 60% of Americans are classed as overweight today and that obesity is one of the main causes of ill health. Other western countries are not far behind and catching up very fast!

Why is this so? Modern diets are a large part of the problem as first there is very little nutrition in the processed foods which many people eat today. However, even if you are a healthy eater and eat healthy foods, they too can also be low in essential nutrients due to being grown in overworked soils. These soils today are so low in essential nutrients that your body still craves food even when you are full as it is looking for the necessary amount of essential nutrition. You can lose weight with bee pollen – how does it work?First we need to understand how bee pollen is successful at helping people to lose weight.

  • It works by stimulating your metabolism, which in turn speeds up calorie burn. It corrects any chemical imbalances in that metabolism which have also caused people to gain weight. This then regulates your appetite, and at the same time is a natural energizer.

Added to this, the pollen contains all the known essential nutrients needed to maintain life and which you may be missing due to poor nutrition in modern foods.

  • The pollen is bursting with an enormous amount of vitamins B, C and D, most minerals, enzymes and the 22 indispensable amino acids, 14 fatty acids, RNA, DNA lecithin/choline, phenylalanine, carotenes and polysaccharides.

You may remember that lecithin and the amino acid phenylalanine were very popular a few years ago as a weight loss ingredients.

  • It is also nutrient dense meaning that your body receives sufficient nutrients for quite small amounts of bee pollen, as one ounce of bee pollen is only about 90 calories.

As such, it is a powerhouse of all the vital nutrients needed by the body.

  •  Bee pollen for weight loss curbs your appetite and regulates your metabolism, and as a result less fat is absorbed giving you weight control plus an increase in energy levels and vitality.

People have reported that they have lost steadily in a gradual and safe way. Their appetite decreased gradually, but at the same time they were still aware that they were getting all the necessary, vital nutrients.

  • It is also a powerful antioxidant that means it helps to neutralize free radicals and stops premature aging.

A combination of all these benefits, the increased energy and a healthy lifestyle should ensure that your weight loss (or gain) is natural and permanent. No more yo-yo dieting – in fact no dieting at all! There are many other benefits not necessarily related to weight loss, but which are an added bonus to your overall health.

Taking a holistic approach This all sounds great, and coupled with the fact that bee pollen is very much a low calorie food it seems well worth trying as a natural way to lose weight. However, whilst weight loss is achievable it will not happen immediately overnight, but you will find that you will feel more energetic in the first few days and then this is followed by a steady reduction of weight in a natural way. The good news is that the loss of weight is sustainable – no more yo-yo dieting! In fact no dieting at all. However, in order to speed things up it makes sense to take a holistic approach to your overall health and combine the bee pollen with healthy eating and some exercise. This will ensure that you will still get the desired weight loss and at the same time regain that elusive sense of health and well being, and that can’t be bad! To sum up, bee pollen:

  • reduces food cravings
  • balances metabolism
  • speeds up fat burn
  • boosts energy and stamina

plus it has many other health benefits not necessarily linked to weight loss. In fact a true “bee pollen diet pill” and at the same time it is a natural, inexpensive way to lose weight, a way which comes with none of the chemical side effects of many over the counter preparations.

What’s All the Hype about Intermittent Fasting? 

Intermittent fasting has been very trendy in recent years.
It is claimed to cause weight loss, improve metabolic health and perhaps even extend lifespan.
Not surprisingly given the popularity, several different types/methods of intermittent fasting have been devised.
All of them can be effective, but which one fits best will depend on the individual.
Here are 6 popular ways to do intermittent fasting.

1. The 16/8 Method: Fast for 16 hours each day.

The 16/8 Method involves fasting every day for 14-16 hours, and restricting your daily “eating window” to 8-10 hours.
Within the eating window, you can fit in 2, 3 or more meals.
This method is also known as the Leangains protocol, and was popularized by fitness expert Martin Berkhan.Doing this method of fasting can actually be as simple as not eating anything after dinner, and skipping breakfast. For example, if you finish your last meal at 8 pm and then don’t eat until 12 noon the next day, then you are technically fasting for 16 hours between meals.
It is generally recommended that women only fast 14-15 hours, because they seem to do better with slightly shorter fasts.  For people who get hungry in the morning and like to eat breakfast, then this can be hard to get used to at first. However, many breakfast skippers actually instinctively eat this way.
You can drink water, coffee and other non-caloric beverages during the fast, and this can help reduce hunger levels. It is very important to eat mostly healthy foods during your eating window. This won’t work if you eat lots of junk food or excessive amounts of calories.
I personally find this to be the most “natural” way to do intermittent fasting. I eat this way myself and find it to be 100% effortless.
I eat a low-carb diet, so my appetite is blunted somewhat. I simply do not feel hungry until around 1 pm in the afternoon. Then I eat my last meal around 6-9 pm, so I end up fasting for 16-19 hours. 
Bottom Line: The 16/8 method involves daily fasts of 16 hours for men, and 14-15 hours for women. On each day, you restrict your eating to an 8-10 hour “eating window” where you can fit in 2-3 or more meals.

2. The 5:2 Diet: Fast for 2 days per week.

The 5:2 diet involves eating normally 5 days of the week, while restricting calories to 500-600 on two days of the week.
This diet is also called the Fast diet, and was popularized by British journalist and doctor Michael Mosley.
On the fasting days, it is recommended that women eat 500 calories, and men 600 calories.
For example, you might eat normally on all days except Mondays and Thursdays, where you eat two small meals (250 calories per meal for women, and 300 for men).
As critics correctly point out, there are no studies testing the 5:2 diet itself, but there are plenty of studies on the benefits of intermittent fasting.
Bottom Line: The 5:2 diet, or the Fast diet, involves eating 500-600 calories for two days of the week, but eating normally the other 5 days.

​3. Eat-Stop-Eat: Do a 24-hour fast, once or twice a week.
Eat-Stop-Eat involves a 24-hour fast, either once or twice per week.
This method was popularized by fitness expert Brad Pilon, and has been quite popular for a few years.
By fasting from dinner one day, to dinner the next, this amounts to a 24-hour fast.
For example, if you finish dinner on Monday at 7 pm, and don’t eat until dinner the next day at 7 pm, then you’ve just done a full 24-hour fast.
You can also fast from breakfast to breakfast, or lunch to lunch. The end result is the same.
Water, coffee and other non-caloric beverages are allowed during the fast, but no solid food.
If you are doing this to lose weight, then it is very important that you eat normally during the eating periods. As in, eat the same amount of food as if you hadn’t been fasting at all.
The problem with this method is that a full 24-hour fast can be fairly difficult for many people.
However, you don’t need to go all-in right away, starting with 14-16 hours and then moving upwards from there is fine.
I’ve personally done this a few times. I found the first part of the fast very easy, but in the last few hours I did become ravenously hungry.
I needed to apply some serious self-discipline to finish the full 24-hours and often found myself giving up and eating dinner a bit earlier.

Bottom Line:
 Eat-Stop-Eat is an intermittent fasting program with one or two 24-hour fasts per week.

4. Alternate-Day Fasting: Fast every other day.

Alternate-Day fasting means fasting every other day.
There are several different versions of this. Some of them allow about 500 calories during the fasting days.
Many of the lab studies showing health benefits of intermittent fasting used some version of this.
A full fast every other day seems rather extreme, so I do not recommend this for beginners.
With this method, you will be going to bed very hungry several times per week, which is not very pleasant and probably unsustainable in the long-term.
Bottom Line: Alternate-day fasting means fasting every other day, either by not eating anything or only eating a few hundred calories.

5. The Warrior Diet: Fast during the day, eat a huge meal at night.
The Warrior Diet was popularized by fitness expert Ori Hofmekler.
It involves eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables during the day, then eating one huge meal at night.Basically, you “fast” all day and “feast” at night within a 4 hour eating window.
The Warrior Diet was one of the first popular “diets” to include a form of intermittent fasting.
This diet also emphasizes food choices that are quite similar to a paleo diet – whole, unprocessed foods that resemble what they looked like in nature.
Bottom Line: The Warrior Diet is about eating only small amounts of vegetables and fruits during the day, then eating one huge meal at night.
6. Spontaneous Meal Skipping: Skip meals when convenient.
You don’t actually need to follow a structured intermittent fasting plan to reap some of the benefits.
Another option is to simply skip meals from time to time, when you don’t feel hungry or are too busy to cook and eat.
It is a myth that people need to eat every few hours or they will hit “starvation mode” or lose muscle.
The human body is well equipped to handle long periods of famine, let alone missing one or two meals from time to time.
So if you’re really not hungry one day, skip breakfast and just eat a healthy lunch and dinner. Or if you’re travelling somewhere and can’t find anything you want to eat, do a short fast.
Skipping 1 or 2 meals when you feel so inclined is basically a spontaneous intermittent fast.
Just make sure to eat healthy foods at the other meals.
Bottom Line: Another more “natural” way to do intermittent fasting is to simply skip 1 or 2 meals when you don’t feel hungry or don’t have time to eat.

There are a lot of people getting great results with some of these methods.
That being said, if you’re already happy with your health and don’t see much room for improvement, then feel free to safely ignore all of this.
Intermittent fasting is not for everyone. It is not something that anyone needs to do, it is just another tool in the toolbox that can be useful for some people.
Some also believe that it may not be as beneficial for women as men, and it may also be a poor choice for people who are prone to eating disorders.
If you decide to try this out, then keep in mind that you need to eat healthy as well.
It is not possible to binge on junk foods during the eating periods and expect to lose weight and improve health.
Calories still count, and food quality is still absolutely crucial.