If you’re on the road to a healthier lifestyle or just enjoy trying new recipes here are two tasty recipes. This pineapple pizza will satisfy your cravings for a sweet dessert. And for my kool-aid lovers, here is a healthier alternative with just as much flavor.
This dessert requires only four simple ingredients: pizza crust (check out my previous post for recipe), honey, cinnamon and pineapple chunks. This dessert is very easy to make. All you have to do is combine the honey with cinnamon (the amount is your preference but remember cinnamon is a spice so don’t over do it), put the honey mixture in a pot and add the pineapple chunks and cook until slightly caramelized. Top your pizza crust with the fruit and honey mixture and voila! This recipe would probably be good with apples as well for a healthier alternative to apple pie.
Bissap or “jus de bissap” is a tea or juice made from dried red hibiscus flowers. It is sometimes called the national drink of Senegal, but according to BissapBreeze.com, it is known by many different names around the world. It is usually sweetened with sugar and flavored with different fruit juices or extracts such as pineapple or lemon juice, ginger root or vanilla extract.
We opted to sweeten our bissap with honey and added mango. Steep the flowers as you would any other type of tea. Add honey while hot so it can dissolve easier. What my Aunt Joey did was blended the sweetened tea with mango chunks in her blender and I think strained it. Since I didn’t have a blender at my apartment, I juiced mango chunks in my juicer and added the pulp to my tea since they didn’t juice well. Put it in the fridge to cool. You’ll notice that once the tea is cooled, it is much sweeter than when it was hot. If it’s too sweet, simply add some cold water to cut it.
After sharing this picture on Instagram, I was asked if I had the recipe on my blog (which I hadn’t thought of sharing at the time). All I did was throw some ingredients together that I thought would taste good and voila! No secret recipe, just a little experimentation! But here you go… By the way, this was definitely the best smoothie I’ve made thus far.
Taylor’s Tropical Paradise Smoothie*:
handful of spinach
about 4-5 chunks of frozen pineapple
about 4-5 chunks of frozen strawberry slices
one whole mango
about 1 tbsp. honey
about 2/3 c green alkaline water
a few ice cubes
blend until smooth
*Because I just threw all of these ingredients together, I don’t have exact measurements. Adjust the ingredients to your liking. **Flax seeds are easier to digest when consumed ground instead of whole. When blended with the rest of ingredients, they grind up well but for better results, use already ground flax seeds.
Smoothies are a perfect way to incorporate more greens in your diet. I personally prefer spinach but you can use any leafy green you’d like. Smoothies are also a great way to incorporate a quick breakfast for people who normally skip this meal or don’t have lots of time to eat in the mornings. Just prepare all of the ingredients the night before, throw it in the blender in the morning and off you go!
Hope you guys enjoyed!
This post is long overdue but I finally have time to share one of my favorite recipes with you guys! One day last year I went over to my Aunt Joey and Uncle Bryant’s house. We spent the day in the kitchen making pizza, dessert and a healthy drink to wash everything down.
I think one of the biggest problems I had to overcome when I started eating healthier was what to cook. The recipe I am about to share will definitely satisfy your junk food cravings but it is 100 percent healthy and foolproof.
First things first: make the dough. Recipe as follows:
2 cups spelt flour
½ tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. coconut or olive oil
¾ cups hot water
Mix the dry ingredients.
Add oil and water.
Mix with hands.
Rub dough in oil then knead on a floured surface.
Rub in oil again and place in bowl.
Let rest covered for 5-10 minutes (although you may skip this step)
Divide into golf ball sized balls, roll out, then fry in coconut oil.
After making the dough, it’s time to add the toppings:
For the sauce we used tomato sauce that we seasoned ourselves.
Topping included dried herbs such as parsley, basil, and oregano, fresh herbs, kale, red bell peppers, red onion, mushrooms, jalapenos, cheese, and ground turkey, since I eat meat.
All ingredients were organic. The coconut oil was unrefined. The turkey was cage free, no antibiotics, and all that jazz…
We cooked the ground turkey in coconut oil and seasoned it with sea salt, red pepper and garlic powder. We also sautéed the mushrooms before we put it on the pizza. And basically we just piled the toppings on, put the cheese on top and then baked until the cheese was melted. We put it under the broiler for a few seconds to get crispy and voila! BEST. PIZZA. EVER.
For dessert we had pineapple pizza and we made bissap to drink. I will post recipes and pics in another post. Enjoy!