My name is Lauren and I am currently a senior nutrition/dietetics major hoping to one day become a register dietitian.

My love for nutrition began my sophomore year of high school when I signed up to take a nutrition and food science class.  The only reason I signed up for the class was that I heard we got to cook.  I had no interest in learning about nutrition.  As the school year went on, I became fascinated with how the food we ate affected the body.  I began taking note on how what I ate affected my daily performance, whether it was spending an hour at band practice or spending an hour studying.  I found that when I ate healthier, more natural foods, I had more energy to perform these tasks.  That’s when the importance of healthy eating really clicked for me.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect.  I’ve been known to scarf down a burger and fries with ice cream for dessert every now and then.  But you see, those are the key words: every now and then.  Allowing myself to indulge once in a while helps me to stick to my lifestyle change.  I don’t believe in depriving myself.  There are people out there who are able to completely eliminate certain foods like burgers and fries from their diet, but I am just not one of those people.

I always see online that I need to eliminate this and to never eat that again if I want to lose weight and be healthy.  Sure it works for a little while but then I start feeling deprived and when, not if, I finally cave I spiral out of control.  Everyone is different, so in order for me to stick to my lifestyle change, I had to figure out what I could and couldn’t live without.  I love chicken, so obviously going vegetarian would not be a reasonable diet change for me because I wouldn’t be able to go very long before I wanted grilled chicken.  I did actually try the whole vegetarian thing once and I lasted about five months before I caved and had that tasty grilled chicken sandwich.  One of my friends has been a vegetarian for four years.  It works for her because she’s never really been a fan of meat, and she has a strong passion for that lifestyle.  That life wasn’t for me, but I am glad that I tried it out.

If you haven’t already guessed, this blog is going to be about food.  More specifically, healthy food.  I want to share with you some of my favorite healthy recipes, different kitchen supplies that make life so much easier, and some of my grocery shopping habits.

I plan on posting something on here every Monday.  I hope that you all enjoy my blog!

Healthier Semi-Homemade Pizza:

I made this recipe this past weekend.  It took about the same amount of time to put together as it would have taken me to go out and pick up a pizza.  The total cost of this homemade pizza was cheaper than going out to get one and it’s a lot healthier too!

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(All of the ingredients except for the chicken)

Ingredients:

1 Whole wheat pizza crust (from a can, precooked in a bag, or even make your own!)

1 8oz can tomato sauce

1 Tbs Italian seasoning

16oz bag of mozzarella cheese

2 cups of spinach (or 2 handfuls)

1 medium tomato

1 cooked chicken breast (I marinated mine for about 4-5 hours in Italian dressing and then steamed it in my rice cooker for about 10 minutes)

Directions:

1.) Preheat oven according to package directions.  While oven is preheating, place pizza crust on a baking sheet (I lined mine with aluminum foil).  Open tomato sauce and pour into a bowl and add 1Tbs of Italian seasoning; stir together blog 599

2.) Spread tomato sauce on pizza crust (I personally don’t care for a lot of sauce on my pizza).  Sprinkle about 2-3 handfuls of the mozzarella cheese onto the crust.

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3.) Spread about 2 handfuls of spinach onto the pizza.  Cut the cooked chicken breast into about one inch cubes and sprinkle onto pizza.

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4.) Slice the tomato into thin slices and layer on top of the pizza (I added a little extra cheese  on top of the tomatoes.)

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5.) Once the oven had preheated, bake the pizza for the amount of time stated on the  package and wait for delicious perfection!

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Enjoy!!! 🙂