Superfoods

What’s a Superfood?

These are foods that have 3 key qualifications:

1. Readily available to the public;

2. Contain nutrients that are known to enhance longevity; and

3. Health benefits have to be backed by peer-reviewed, scientific studies.

I like to think of Superfoods as colorful, fresh, delicious, good-for-you foods!

Chances are, if you eat a relatively healthy diet, you’re eating Superfoods. Here are just a few from the long list:

1. Apples (hooray!)–high in fiber and antioxidants–and only 47 calories

2. Blueberries–berries are full of antioxidants and known to boost immunity; a 2012 Harvard study found that at least one serving of blueberries or 2 of strawberries reduced the risk of cognitive decline in older adults

3. Tomatoes–lycopene in tomatoes fights cancer by increasing the amount of carcinogen-fighting carotenoids your body is able to absorb

To learn more about the benefits of Superfoods (and see the full list), visit http://www.superfoodsrx.com and www.health.com.

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Hot & Fresh–Calzones

What do you make when you have all the fixings for pizza but want something other than a standard pizza?

Calzones!  Fast, fresh, and easy.  Possibilities are endless.

Calzones

Ingredients
Refrigerated pizza crust (I used Trader Joe’s whole wheat)
Sauce of your choice (pizza, pesto, salsa, etc.)
Fixings (meat, veggies, cheese)
Fresh herbs (basil, oregano)
Olive oil

Process
1.  Preheat oven to 450 degrees; spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
2.  Roll out dough into 4 thin ovals/circles.
3.  Spread sauce, sprinkle herbs, add ingredients.
4.  Fold together ends to make a pocket; pinch ends together.
5.  Place on the cookie sheet.
6.  Cut a few slits/air vents in the calzone.
7.  Lightly brush the top of each calzone with olive oil.
8.  Bake for 15 minutes.

Sauce, basil, pepperoni, spinach, mushrooms, cheese

A little trick to add extra protein–I mixed a small amount of cottage cheese into the pizza sauce.

 

Hot out of the oven. Sauce, turkey, mushrooms, basil, spinach, cheese.

My dad makes tasty home-made pizza and focaccia bread and uses the Dei Fratelli pizza sauce.  I found it at my local grocery store, stocked up, and used it in the calzones.  Wow – this is fresh and flavorful sauce!  I’m going to be on the hunt for more of their products.

Best sauce!

And this cooking post wouldn’t be complete without a cameo from my favorite kitchen helper who was on high alert in front of the oven.

Kitchen helper

I hope you’ll try making calzones–these are certainly going to be added to my regular kitchen repertoire!