Healthy alternative for Pizza lovers – “Piz-za-my-heart!”

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Non-gluten, Non-dairy Vegan Pizza

 

“Non-gluten,” “Non-dairy” and “Vegan” have become the new buzz words! For me, it’s nothing new. I was raised on a vegetarian diet before it became “Hip.” When I was growing-up, a good meal was a plate full of meat and potatoes but not for me and my eight siblings.

It’s easy for me to embrace a cauliflower crusted pizza with dairy-less cheese but I do have high standards. It better taste good too! Of course, when it’s made with love by someone you love, that’s the best with a “Piz-za my heart!”

My daughter, Marianna, made me the delicious pizza pictured above. It is low in carbohydrates, which means low in sugar. So, if you are prone to Diabetes, this is the pizza for you! This amazing pizza is made with all plant-based ingredients.

For us, the crisper the cauliflower crust, the better. It was topped with a cashew based Alfredo sauce, fresh vegetables and Burata style buffalo mozzarella vegan cheese made mostly of coconuts.

 

A trip to our local Farmer’s Market

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Mother and daughter selfie! Marianna Riccio and Maria Lauren

We found most of the produce for our pizza, including three kinds of basal, at our local Farmer’s Market!

Grazing through the Farmer’s Market is always a fun mother/daughter expedition for us.

It’s an adventure to explore the variety of fruits and vegetables that are on display. If the vendors offer us free samples, we are eager to reply, ‘Yes, please!’ 🙂

It’s fun to support your local farmers. Try being creative in your food preparations and enjoy healthy, delicious alternatives in eating.

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EXTRA! EXTRA! EAT ALL THE PIZZA!

NO GUILT Non-Dairy, Non-Gluten RECIPE …

~ Start with Trader Joe’s Pizza Crust (Check link for cooking instructions).

Take the Cauliflower Crust out of the oven and put your favorite ingredients on top. 

First, my daughter, Marianna used a dollop of Victoria’s Vegan Alfredo Sauce in the middle of the pizza and lightly brushed it around the pizza in a circular motion.

Then, she added sautéed portabella mushrooms and white onions on top of the sauce and placed raw sliced heirloom tomatoes with purple, green and lemon basil, a colorful display! Sparingly, she scattered bite-size pieces of Miyoka’s Mozzarella Cheese on top with just a few sprays of Spectrums Olive Oil Spray. Broil for a few minutes more until the edges of the pizza begins to turn brown. Buon Appetito!

Thanks to my daughter, Marianna for this healthy and tasty treat!

Healthfully yours,

Maria Lauren, AKA Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

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Hula Hoop – Exercise fun!

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Exercising with a Hula Hoop is fun for everyone!

Want a slim waist? A weighted hoop can rev-up your cardiovascular system so you lose inches around your waist and tone your tummy, even your hips, buttock and thighs.

As a child, I had lots of fun playing with a hula hoop. It was a hip thing to do! My parents encouraged all my siblings (eight brothers and sisters) to master the technique as it was economical and got us to exercise. This is a little different than today’s constricted physical activity of using a cell phone and a computer. Don’t you think we need to find the fun in moving our bodies more? 

Decades have passed since I first used a hula hoop but during the last decade, I have graduated to the fitness benefits of a weighted hoop. Aging usually brings with it a loss bone and muscle density but weight-bearing exercises increase muscle and bone strength. I find the best time to use my weighted “Sports Hoop” is in the morning before breakfast. It gets my body going, my heart and lungs working aerobically and my digestion ready for my first meal of the day.

The repetitive and rhythmic motion of the hoop along with deep breathing is meditative to me. Especially when I exercise outside in the fresh air in the midst of natures splendor. This is an inspirational setting  for me to hum or sing praise songs to the Lord. My sister Linda also enjoys using the “Sports Hoop” when she watches television, a good break from sitting. I am grateful to share my passion for being fit with my sister and my daughter, Marianna. Exercise is more fun when you share it with a special someone.

I do a variety of exercise movements using the “Sports Hoop” and I share some on my YouTube…  

Fitness can be fun!

When I first used the weighted Hula Hoop, I took cautionary measures. I wore heavy clothing around my mid-section, where the “Sports Hoop” moves in momentum, because I bruise easily. This protected me, so no bruising only fitness benefits!

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In the past, health and fitness has been a big part of my life.

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The world of entertainment has been a big part of my life too and I consider myself lucky to have been raised with healthy living habits.

Healthy values saw me through the rigors of showbiz as I performed with celebrities like Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. I even co-authored a book about it called, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams.

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In the present, health and fitness is a big part of my life.

thrive_kaiser_permanenteThese days, you may see me on-site at Kaiser Permanente teaching fitness classes to activate lifestyle changes for our members. I am delighted to be a part of the Health Education Team’s Mission to “Inspire People, Inform Choices and Improve Health.” Some of the classes that I instruct are Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi or Dance Exercise at our Panorama City, Santa Clarita or Mission Hills locations. 

On occasion, my fellow employees and I have enjoyed exercising with hula hoops during our lunch break as a part of “Move It Monday!”

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For more tips about exercise and nutrition, I invite you to view my other posts in the categories of “Fitness” and “Healthy Living.”

You Got The Power!

Maria Lauren, aka Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

My Website

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Motivational Host – Maria Lauren

This blog is about LIFE: Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment.

Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. This information is not meant to take the place of a physician. I have not been paid or compensated in any way to endorse any products mentioned in this blog. All content is copyrighted.