To finish off this week of health, I thought I would come up with some good ways to get exercise around town.
First of all, staying active doesn’t mean you have to be a marathon runner or crazy athlete. It just means that you have to get out there and DO something. Whether it’s parking further away from the door at the grocery store or taking the stairs instead of the elevator, every little bit helps.
Wichita is a beautiful city with many great sites to see. The artwork around town is beautiful and it makes for great scenery on a walk. Take a walk around the city or in a park. It’s not only good for your health but it’s also proven to help you reduce stress.
Another great way to get exercise is to sign up for a fun run/walk. There are a number to these going on all the time in the Wichita area. They are usually for a great cause and are also a great time to socialize with friends.
Don’t forget about ice skating or roller skating. Roller City has an awesome skating rink that is open to the public on the weekends! Pure entertainment is a large event center with inflatable bounce houses and obstacle courses. It’s open to the public and available for private parties.
Now, here are a couple recipes that taste great but are still good for you!
Pizza, cake —who knew those could be healthy?
This is a pizza recipe from Paula Deen that has a crust made out of cauliflower. It’s low-carb and very nutritious.
2 ½ cups grated cauliflower (about ½ a large head)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 C shredded part skim mozzarella
2 T grated Parmesan cheese
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ C tomato sauce
½ c shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1 cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
2 cloves garlic, sliced
¼ t. crushed red pepper flakes
¼ cup basil leaves, for garnish
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
Grate the cauliflower using a box grater until you have 2 cups of cauliflower crumbles. Place in a large bowl and microwave for 7-8 minutes, or until soften. Remove and let cool. Mix in the egg, mozzarella, Parmesan cheese, and salt and pepper. Once combined, pat into a 10-inch round on the prepared pizza pan. Spray lightly with non-stick spray and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until golden.
Top the pizza with the sauce, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bake in the oven until melted and bubbly, another 10 minutes. Top with basil before serving.
I actually made this the other night and I was VERY impressed. It was a great low-carb alternative and it actually tasted very good.
The next recipe is for a dessert. Carrot Cake II is a low-fat alternative recipe to an all-time favorite.
6 egg whites
1 1/3 c white sugar
1 C applesauce
½ C skim milk
1 ½ t vanilla extract
¼ t ground cloves
½ t ground nutmeg
1 T ground cinnamon
2 t baking soda
1 C whole wheat flour
1 C all-purpose flour
1 (8 ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice
2 C shredded carrots
½ C chopped walnuts
½ C raisins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9X13 inch pan with non-fat cooking spray.
In large mixing bowl, beat egg whites. Slowly beat in sugar, then applesauce, skim milk, and vanilla. Stir in cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, baking soda, and flour. Stir in, one ingredient at a time, pineapple (with juice), carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Pour into the prepared pan.
Bake for 35 - 40 minutes in the preheated oven. It is done when toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
There are plenty of recipes online that are healthy, delicious recipes. Pinterest is also a great place to go to find awesome recipes!