Healthy and yummy goats cheese ‘pizza’
Crikey, I am really embracing my new healthy lifestyle. I’ve always been relatively healthy ( in moderation!!!! ( more wine anyone?!)) but I’m now really kicking it with natural whole foods unprocessed foods and including ‘super foods’ into my diet and I am starting to feel amazing! Last night I made an incredibly delish, but also fantastically ( that is a real word right?!) healthy pizza – so much better than the cauliflower based pizza I made the week before! This base is made with seeds and hemp with a topping of pesto, goats cheese and tomato. You really have to try it ‘cos it was way more tasty than a traditional pizza, so bloody easy and it comes complete with a virtual halo!!!
1 1/2 cups of seeds that you like ( I used 1/2 cup each of pumpkin, chia and sunflower seeds)
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1 cup of water.
homemade pesto ( recipe to follow)
tomato ( salted)
Heat oven to 375 F. Mix the seeds together and then mix in the water until you make a paste. Place the paste on a tray, lined with silpat or grease proof paper and spread it thin. Bake for 30 minutes. Take it out the oven, turn it over. Spread the pesto over, then spoon on some goats cheese. Bake for 10 minutes and then add the tomatoes and bake for a further 5 minutes.
Eat, enjoy and keep that halo shiny!!!
btw: you can use mozzarella or cheddar cheese instead of goats cheese in you like and for a salty little treat add a little cooked bacon!
Pesto: bunch of basil leaves, handful of pine nuts, garlic clove and olive oil all whizzed together.
SO WHATS GOOD ABOUT IT?
Hemp seeds: One of nature’s perfect foods! A complete protein with a nutritionally perfect balance of essential fats, vitamins and enzymes.
Sunflower seeds: Another nutritional powerhouse. Very high in vitamin E, also magnesium and selenium
Pumpkin seeds:High in magnesium, copper, protein and zinc. It is also a great source of plant based omega 3
Chia seeds: Chia is the Mayan word for strength. Packed with fibre, protein, omega 3 plus manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, zinc, b vitamins
Goats cheese: Not only is goats cheese lower in calories, cholesterol and fat than cows cheese and easier to digest, it also is a good source of calcium, protein, vitamin A and K plus B vitamins and phosphorous.
Tomato: Also a powerful nutrient dense food and possibly one of my fave fruits. Rich in vitamin A and C plus folic acid it also has additional nutrients such as folic acid, choline, beta carotene, lycopene and lutein. Rich in anti-oxidants.
AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU?
Hemp seeds: More of a fruit than a seed these little powerhouses have all the benefits of a complete protein for your body, it is an anti-inflammatory, helps burn fat ( yay!!) helps PMS ( double yay) helps hair, nail and skin ( would it be very shallow of me to give a triple yay here?!) and lowers bad cholesterol.
Sunflower seeds: Anti-inflammatory and beneficial to the heart, it lowers cholesterol , calms your nerves, helps in detoxing the body and also fights cancer. Really a great all rounder ( if only it did the washing up as well! Sigh!)
Pumpkin seeds: Great for the immune system and also for diabetes. It’s a great addition to the diet for heart and liver health. The tryptophan can create serotonin which is a great mood enhancer and also converts to melatonin which can help sleep. It’s a great anti-inflammatory and also is good for the heart
Chia seeds: Chia seeds can really help with losing weight ( result!!!!). But on a less shallow base, it’s nutrients can help lower the risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, they are great for bone health and GET THIS all you sporty people out there, chia seeds can improve exercise performance as much as a sports drink. The protein aspect of chia seeds also do that wonderful build and repair of body tissues and the antioxidants will fight those free radicals and essentially cancer.
Goats cheese: good for growing and maintaining strong bones, heart muscles and nerves, it also helps builds and repairs tissues.
Tomato: the antioxidants make it a great cancer fighting food and with the lycopene and beta carotene it’s especially good for prostate cancer. Tomatoes also can reduce blood pressure and is good for the heart, diabetes, skin and also depression