Month: November 2015

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

I avoided cauliflower at all costs until a few years ago…broccoli? I loved it! Raw, steamed, whatever. But cauliflower was just blah to me. Then an acquaintance told me her daughter loved roasted cauliflower, so I tried it in the hopes that my daughter would love roasted cauliflower. And guess what…I loved roasted cauliflower!

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So we eat it pretty regularly around here. I can’t get enough of the stuff! And then I started seeing all these pins and posts about cauliflower breadsticks, and cauliflower pizza crust. What?! I’ve watched from afar for a long time; I had to find out what it was really like.

Now, keep in mind this is the first and only time I’ve ever eaten cauliflower crust pizza. I have nothing to compare it to…I do have a friend who made it and her advice was to make sure you squeeze all the water out of the cauliflower before you bake it, so that was my focus. I also did not have a trusted recipe to try- I just googled it and went with one I saw on allrecipes.com because I like that site.

Basically, I put half of a giant head of cauliflower in my blender/food processor piece by piece (and learned that for food processing stuff it’s not very good) and then steamed it with a little water in the microwave. Then I let it cool for a little while in the refrigerator. Next came the getting rid of the water fun. I wrapped it in a thin white cloth and squeezed…and wringed…and squeezed…and smooshed…and squeezed…and wringed…and so on until my hands hurt.

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After it was as dry as I cared to get it, I mixed it up with a parmesan cheese blend, an egg, and spices. Then onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet it went. There I flattened it as best I could. It did feel like working with flour. Then it baked for 15 minutes, I checked it and put it in for another five. When it was done I topped with sauce and mozzarella cheese and put it back in until the cheese melted and it looked like this…

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It came out really good! My husband and sister loved it; the only child who tried it, did not like it, but I think it could grow on him. It definitely felt like a crust, and the flavor was nice. It folded up like a piece of pizza might, but could be held in your hands. We did not need a fork and knife for this cauliflower crust pizza.

You can find the recipe I used here…http://allrecipes.com/recipe/232930/cauliflower-pizza-crust/

It was a little more work than I’d like for a regular night. If my food processor was better, that would help. And the second time around is always a little faster, and a little smoother, so that would help too. I’ve also heard you can make them ahead and freeze them. I would like to try that!

Overall, it was a huge success! And I will make it again..I just might rope someone else in to squeeze all the water out 🙂

Have you tried cauliflower crust pizza or breadsticks? I’d love to hear what you’ve tried!

My Review of the 3 Day Refresh

I just tried the 3 Day Refresh for the first time in September. Before I began, I googled it to get an idea of what I was in for…and I was terrified by what I saw. Well, maybe terrified is a slight exaggeration. But I was nervous- it seemed terrible!

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I LOVE the 3 Day Refresh!!! It was difficult, yes, but not terribly difficult. I never felt woozy or light-headed or sick. I didn’t cramp up or have trouble sleeping. And when it was over…I felt AMAZING! I was elated, full of energy, and had zero cravings for anything other than healthy food. The feelings lasted a while, too.

I did not lose a ton of weight. I had seen stories of people losing 8 or 9 pounds, or at least 5 or 6. I lost about 3 pounds, but I’m not a drop-weight kind of person. I am pretty near my goal weight (if I had to pick a number- I know it’s not all about that number, but I do have one in my head). I was happy though. It did nudge me past a number I’ve been stuck at for a while. And while I felt a little deflated on the third morning when I looked at the scale, the way I felt the next day more than compensated for it- I felt so good.

So I’ll give you a run-through of what the 3 days look like…each day is pretty much the same. I kept my foods pretty much the same too, but you are given some choices in the guide book.

My box arrived and everything is very clearly spelled out for you…

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Basically, you have Shakeology for breakfast, along with a serving of fruit. So I had strawberry Shakeology blended with ice and water, and half a banana each day for breakfast. Mid-morning I had a cup of green tea. Coffee is allowed, but this was my first time doing it and I wanted to do it by the book to get the best results. In the late morning you drink a fiber drink. It was not tasty, but it was not awful either. I just chugged it down. It reminded me of Metamucil.

For lunch, you have a shake, a fruit option, a veggie option, and a healthy fat. I loved lunch! So I would have the shake (I did not like the shake- I ended up chugging the shake down, too) and half a grapefruit, and celery with sun butter. It felt so satisfying.

You can also have an afternoon snack, and I loved this too. I had celery and almond butter every afternoon. I had never had almond butter before because of nut allergies in the house. But I was very careful and cleaned up well after eating it…and it was soooo good! Very satisfying snack.

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Dinner consists of a shake and an option from a list of recipes. I had the same thing each day- a big old salad. It seemed like the most food to me! And it was tasty- a little olive oil and sunflower seeds. Yum!

The 3-Day Refresh guide offers you a list of options for the fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and dinners you get each day. You can also have vegetable broth with dinner. I had it the first two nights, but not the third. There is no animal protein included in the three days, which is why I chose the package where the vegan Shakeology is included. Plant protein is easier to digest.

I felt pretty good the 3 days. I was definitely hungry, but like I said earlier, it was not terrible. I exercised the first and third days (a short workout) and went for a walk with my husband and children on the second day. So I wasn’t languishing on a coach somewhere. I did have a slight, dull headache the whole three days. I’m guessing that was from no coffee!

I’ve always had mixed feelings about cleanses…I believe our bodies are pretty efficient at doing what they need to do, so we don’t really need cleanses. But then I feel like our bodies are up against so much- so many toxins come into them from the food we eat and the air we breathe. They work hard all the time, maybe a cleanse is a good way to help the body out. A cleanse is a good way to reset the body and help you get your eating on the right track. I also think cleanses can be useful when you’re feeling stuck. Sometimes you can break through a barrier with a cleanse and your body is revved up for better weight loss.

The 3-Day Refresh definitely helped me with my cravings. When I finished, all I craved was good, healthy, natural food. I felt fantastic. My energy was also through the roof. I felt truly elated- happy, strong, positive, refreshed. It was wonderful! And I will definitely do it again and again, periodically to give my body a break, or after a vacation or holiday, to get back into good habits. And (ugh- my first time sharing pictures like this anywhere!) I was happy with my results!! Excuse the mess behind me 🙂

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My tips for the 3-Day Refresh:

  • Plan Ahead. Definitely make sure you have everything you need for each day ahead of time. You don’t want to get caught hungry!
  • Time it Right. Don’t plan to do it when you have a special occasion or a big event. The added stress won’t help! Try to do it when you don’t have much going on. I also found the first day the hardest, so maybe plan around a weekend.
  • Drink your Water. Drink, drink, drink. It will help you to feel more full.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by my experience. Yes, I’m a Beachbody coach, but I truly loved the way I felt when it was all over. And I did not gain the weight back on day 4. In fact, I’ve since lost a few more pounds! It helped me break through a plateau. That’s a big success for me.

Have you ever tried the 3-Day Refresh?