[center]Gluten-Free Pizza Crust [/center]
Pizza is one of the main foods that makes kids fat. And probably adults too.
This from a new study that lists the six foods that are responsible for a biggest chunk of the obesity epidemic, at least among kiddos. Besides pizza, here are the primary “empty-calorie” culprits: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, and whole milk.
I agree. Mostly. Two minor points: First, I think all milk sucks, even skim. How on earth did drinking the sugary infant formula from another specie’s teats become a “staple food” in the human diet? It’s just kinda weird if you think about it. (Kinda like how a smoker is reforming healthcare… but I digress.)
Second, I think pizza can help you build a lean, healthy, muscular body… if you make it the way I do. With tons of vegetables, low-carb/sugar and high-protein toppings, plus a little volumizing, you can eat decadent-tasting pizza, get full, and not get fat.
The problem of course has always been the crust. I’ve come up with two alternatives so far: a low-carb <a href="http://velocity.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_bodybuilding_velocity_recipe/lowcarb_flatbread_pizza_crust"target=“new”>almond flour crust and a <a href="http://velocity.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_bodybuilding_velocity_recipe/flourless_pizza_finally"target=“new”>cauliflower crust, which is my favorite.
And now here’s one more: a low carb, gluten free, high fiber crust made mostly from flax meal, coconut flour, and reduced-calorie cheeses. It rocks. And with the right toppings it’s far from “empty.”
Let’s make one.
2 cups of shredded cheese (part skim or low-fat to reduce calories)
3 omega-3 eggs such as Egglands Best (or 3/4 cup Egg Beaters)
2 tablespoons of coconut flour
2 tablespoons of milled flax seed (flax meal)
1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
Putting It All Together
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all the ingredients together until “dough” forms.
Form into a ball and plop it onto some parchment paper. Flatten into pizza shape and move to pizza pan (parchment paper and all.)
Bake for 15 minutes or so, flip, then bake for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until it’s as golden brown as you like it.
Add pizza toppings, set oven to broil, and put it back in for a couple of minutes just to melt everything together.
Once you get the base recipe down, start playing around with it by adding various herbs. My favorite is a combo of rosemary, garlic powder, and mustard powder.
I originally made this just as a pizza foundation, but I now make it for “breadsticks” as well. Great for healthy dips like my <a href="http://velocity.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/diet_performance_nutrition_bodybuilding_velocity_recipe/zucchini_hummus"target=“new”>zuchinni hummus.
Enjoy. – Chris
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