Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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In trying to eat healthy, I try to steer clear of certain foods that may be delicious but are in no way good for you. One of those foods is pizza. I definitely still crave some of those unhealthy foods but know that eating them would make me feel sick so I have tried to find ways to make healthy versions of some of my favorite unhealthy foods.

Today I will be sharing my recipe for a cauliflower crust pizza. In my opinion, it taste just as good as the real thing but leaves me feeling so much  better afterwards. I can eat seconds (or even thirds) without feeling guilty. The recipe is a little time consuming but is definitely worth it, just trust me.

You only need a few ingredients to make the crust and then whatever toppings you want for your pizza. We start off with cauliflower and a food processor. You can use just one head of cauliflower but I typically use two heads of cauliflower to achieve a thicker crust.

cauliflowerpizza1You will need to break down the cauliflower before placing into the processor. I find cutting the cauliflower into fairly small pieces makes it easiest and prevents the food processor from clogging up. Process the cauliflower until it is a rice-like texture.

cauliflowerpizza3Preheat your oven to 375 degress F. Place some parchment paper on a pizza sheet and then pour the cauli-rice onto the prepared sheet. You don’t want to skip the parchment paper because the cauliflower has a tendency to stick and will make it difficult to remove from the pizza sheet in one piece even when using nonstick spray.

cauliflowerpizza4Bake the cauli-rice for 15 minutes and then remove and allow to cool. Place a cheese cloth over a large bowl and pour the cauli-rice into it after it has cooled. You can also use a dish cloth for this step if you do not have any cheesecloth. cauliflowerpizza6

Next you will squeeze the cauliflower until little to no water comes out of the cheese cloth. It is time consuming and a bit of work out but is very important. You want to get as much water out of the cauliflower as possible to insure that the dough sticks together well. When finished the cauliflower should now resemble a ball of dough.

cauliflowerpizza7At this point you mix in the remaining ingredients; the egg, the Italian seasoning, and the parmesan cheese. Once completely mixed, pour back onto the prepared pizza sheet until it is even. Increase oven to 475 degrees F and cook for another 15 minutes.

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Your crust is now complete and time to add all of your favorite toppings. My husband and I try to keep it healthy by not adding tons of cheese but instead loading it up with tons of veggies. On this particular pizza we precooked some chicken and cut it up and placed on the pizza. We chose to use pesto for our pizza sauce instead of the traditional tomato based sauce. We can’t always agree on what toppings we want so on his half you see olives and onions while I went with pepper and onions. We then put some mozzarella cheese on top sparingly.

cauliflowerpizza10Lastly we placed the pizza back in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese. Believe it or not the two of us devoured this entire pizza in one sitting. It is so delicious and leaves you feeling guilt free. What toppings do you plan to add to your pizza?

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower ( I use 2 heads of cauliflower to make a little thicker crust)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup of shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 tsp of Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
  2. Break down cauliflower and place in food processor. Continue to process cauliflower until it has a rice-like texture.
  3. Prepare a pizza sheet with wax paper (make sure you use wax paper because the cauliflower tends to stick)
  4. Pour cauli-rice onto pizza sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove cauli-rice and let cool before moving to next step.
  6. Once cauli-rice has cooled, pour into cheese cloth over a large bowl. (Make sure you fold the cheese cloth over several times to create several layers or you can also use a dishcloth)
  7. Squeeze the cheesecloth until little to no liquid comes out of the cauliflower. You want to make sure to get out as much liquid as possible as it will help the crust to hold together better. It can be time consuming and is quite the workout but is very necessary to get the best results.
  8. The cauli-rice should now resemble a ball of dough. Mix in the other ingredients, egg, parmesan cheese, and the Italian seasoning. Stir until completely mixed.
  9. Next pour dough back onto pizza sheet and smooth out with you hands until it is flat.
  10. Increase the oven to 450 degrees F.
  11. Cook the dough for another 15 minutes.
  12. Now you are ready to add on whatever toppings you wish! Enjoy!
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What’s In My Bag

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I have several items that I always keep in my purse and hate to do without. Do you have items that you make sure you always keep with you? Today I will be discussing the four items that I always keep in my handbag.

whatsinbag5The first item that I can not live without is a pair of sunglasses. There is nothing worse than being stuck out in the sun without sunglasses and having to squint the whole time. It also provides added protection for your eyes which is a plus. One of my favorite pair of sunglasses (pictured above) is the Costa KC sunglasses. I own them in the blue mirror lens with a silver frame and the green mirror with rose gold frame. I have always had trouble finding sunglasses that fit and look right on my narrow face. These are a smaller fit which is a great option for those of you with a narrow face like me. As much as I adore the big lens sunglasses that I see others pull off so effortlessly, I simply can not pull them off and tend to look more like an insect.

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The second item that I always carry with me is my Tory Burch coin purse. A big wallet tends to take up too much space in smaller bags so I typically store my drivers license and debit/credit cards in there. It makes it much quicker and easier to switch purses, especially when I’m switching to a small crossbody that my wallet does not fit well into.

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The next item is probably the most important item that I never leave home without. I always make sure I have some type of chapstick with me at all times. I have a slight obsession with chapsticks and become anxious when I know I don’t have any with me. It’s like the day I leave it at home is gonna be the day that I seem to need it most. My current obsession is the Vaseline Lip Therapy in the rosy lips flavor. It’s available in a few other flavors as well.

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The last item that I always keep in my purse is some type of lotion. Being a nurse, I have a habit of constantly washing my hands which is not a bad habit but it causes my hands to dry out. I currently use the Eos hand lotion. I like this product for it’s sleek design, which makes it easy to carry in even a small handbag. It also has only a mild scent and works well to moisturize with just a minimal amount of lotion.

 

 

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Beat The Heat With a Cool Treat

Living in the South, we experience some pretty hot summers. We have high temperatures but that’s not even the worst part. The humidity can make those temperatures feel 10x worse. If you’ve never traveled to the south and experienced a humid summer day, you are truly missing out (Not Really). Besides having your clothes stick to your sweaty body, that hair that you spent forever perfecting will fall flat so fast it will make your head spin.

One of the best ways to beat that summer heat is by enjoying a sweet treat. I have a major sweet tooth and I’m always looking for ways to create healthier options to help curb my sweet cravings. One easy way is by creating popsicles from a variety of different fruits. Popsicles remind me of summer days spent at the pool or lake as a kid.

One of my main criteria for making sweet treats healthy is that it still needs to taste good. Nothing is worse than trying a “healthy treat” that tastes like cardboard. One way to ensure that the end result is tasty is to include healthy ingredients that I already enjoy. Today we are going to be making Strawberry-Mango Yogurt Pops. Strawberries and mangoes just happen to be two of my favorite fruits so I knew it would be a winning combination. This recipe is quick and easy (perfect for those of you that don’t consider yourself proficient in the kitchen).

 

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Strawberry-Mango Yogurt Pops

Yields 6 popsicles

Ingredients:

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3/4 cup of cubed mango

2 tablespoons of vanilla Greek yogurt

2 teaspoons of chia seeds

2 teaspoons of artificial sweetener (I used Splenda)

1/2 cup of almond milk

 

Directions:

  1. Blend strawberries, 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of Splenda (or artificial sweetener of your choice), and 1/4 cup of almond milk.
  2. Set strawberry mixture aside and  stir in 1 teaspoon of chia seeds to mixture
  3. Blend mangoes, 1 tablespoon of Greek yogurt, 1 teaspoon of Splenda ( or artificial sweetener of your choice), and 1/4 cup of almond milk.
  4. Set this mixture aside and stir in 1 teaspoon of chia seeds to mixture.
  5. Next pour a portion of the strawberry mixture into the popsicle mold ( I use the Zoku Quick Pop Maker). I only fill each mold 1/4th of the way with the strawberry mixture. Let the strawberry mixture freeze before going to the next step.
  6. Once the strawberry mixture has frozen, pour the mango mixture into the molds until they are half full. Letting the mango layer freeze before continuing.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 until the mold is full. you should have two strawberry layers and two mango layers.
  8. Let popsicle molds completely freeze (with the Zoku mold the sticks are placed in the molds before any liquid is added, if you aren’t using these molds you can insert sticks in step 6).
  9. Once the popsicles are completely frozen, pop them out and enjoy!

Whip these up the next time you need a break from the heat. They won’t disappoint.

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Current Make-Up Routine

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I am such a creature of habit when it comes to beauty products. I always hate to branch out from what I’m familiar with. The thought of spending tons of money on products I may or may not like after I get home stresses me out. In the past I have typically stuck to drug store make up and never really invested much money or time into my beauty routine. I figured that if I didn’t spend much money on the products I was buying that I wouldn’t feel as bad if I didn’t like it. It wasn’t until recently that I really started to invest more money into my beauty products and I have to say that it definitely has made a difference. There are still some drugstore products that I like and will still probably continue to buy and use but I do think some things are important to invest in to get better quality products.

makeuproutine1Today I will be sharing my current make-up routine and explaining which products I love and believe are worth the investment. If you are anything like me, it helps to hear other people’s reviews of different products to decide if its worth to take the plunge in buying that product you’ve been eyeing.

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Pur 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Make-up (Light Tan):I am obsessed with this foundation and highly recommend it for those that prefer a powdered foundation. This product acts as a foundation, concealer, powder, and sun protectant (spf15). It is incredibly light weight but also provides plenty of coverage. My biggest complaint about other powdered foundations I have tried in the past was lack of coverage. You simply apply more of this product for more coverage depending on your preference but it does not feel heavy at all. I find that the Pur Cosmetics Chisel Brush is the best brush for applying this product.

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Becca Luminous Blush (Snapdragon)- In the past I typically used a Covergirl blush and never really strayed. This Becca luminous blush has me hooked though. It comes in about 6 different shades so there is one for all skin tones. This blush provides just the right amount of color to the cheekbones without looking over done. I tend to prefer powder blushes to liquid or stick options, and while I don’t typically layer different blush products this one is supposed to layer great.

 

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Pur Au Naturel Glowing Days and Smoldering Nights Eye Shadow Palette: It has only been recently that I have makeuproutine6started wearing eye shadow. I really had no clue what I was doing when it came to eye shadow so I simply steered clear of it. The thing I like the most about this palette is that it has an option for day wear as well as an option for night. I feel this palette works great with my brown eyes but could also compliment green eyes as well. For my everyday wear, I use the brown shade from the glowing days collection on the crease of my eye lid and then use the lightest shade (True) from my crease to my brow. I then blend the two together. I then use that same light shade on my lid and mix with the Radiant shade from the smoldering nights section. This adds just enough shimmer to be noticed but not come off as too much.

 

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Revlon Colorstay Eyeliner: This is one of my drugstore products that I just can’t quit. I have used this eyeliner for years and absolutely love it. I use the shade Black Brown. The reason that this eyeliner is my favorite is because it is the one eyeliner I have used that does not smudge or fade throughout the day. I have a bad habit of rubbing my eyes and forgetting I have make-up on them. This is the only eyeliner I have found that can hold up against my bad habit.

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Pur Big Look Mascara: I used to only wear mascara for special occasions, such as weddings. I already have fairly thick and long eyelashes so I just never really felt it necessary. I tried this certain mascara because it is infused with argan oil and is supposed to help nourish you lashes and lengthen them as well. I find that mascara tends to have such a detrimental effect on my eyelashes, cause my lashes to fall out or break when removing the mascara. This mascara also has a wand that was developed to help prevent clumping. I am sort of on the fence with this product. I do like the way it makes my lashes appear even thicker and longer but I have noticed that the wand is not clump resistant as I would like.

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Pur Lip Gloss Stick (Honey Pie): There are so many options when it comes to lip products that it can be overwhelming. I went with a neautral colored lip gloss stick and love it. The natural color makes it easy to pair with anything and looks great for day or night. The gloss stick makes the application easy and keeps it mess free.

 

I would love to hear what some of your make up favorites are and what brands you swear by and can’t live without. Any mascara recommendations? What are some of your favorite brush brands to use?

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SheInside Review- Are Those Prices Too Good To Be True?

Have you seen bloggers post the cutest clothes that they bought from an overseas website for an unbelievably low price? If you are anything like me, you probably think it’s too good to be true. Or you think they are only saying those good things about the clothing because they are sponsored to say so. Well that’s how I felt.  I mean a super cute top for only $9 that is actually decent quality?

I decided to order a few things to see if it was really worth all the hype.(This post is not sponsored. I paid for the items and am not receiving any compensation from SheInside) I decided to shop on SheInside because they had several items I liked and had read bloggers who had good experience with the website. SheInside also offered an additional percentage off for first time customers. A percentage off the already low prices was just too good to pass up.

I ordered two off the shoulder tops (because I just can’t get enough of that trend) and a maxi skirt. Below I will discuss each item and give you my thoughts on the quality of each product.

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Royal Blue Ruffle Off the Shoulder Blouse: I was incredibly impressed with this item. I ordered an X-small and that is my typical size. I found this top to be TTS. One thing that bothers me about off the shoulder tops is when the sleeves keep sliding up and over your shoulders. That is not an issue with this top. I have worn the top multiple times and have not had any trouble with the sleeves sliding up. For only $14.99, this top can not be beat. It is totally on trend and super cute. The top looks great with blue jeans or white skinnies.

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Red Off The Shoulder Long Sleeve Blouse: This top is the second off the shoulder top that I ordered. I also ordered this top in an X-Small and found that it ran TTS. The color is actually more of a coral than a red though. It is super lightweight so even though it may be long-sleeved it can still be worn during the summer. These sleeves actually stay in one place as well. This top cost less than $10.

sheinsidereview4Green High Waisted Pleated Maxi Skirt: This was my favorite purchase of the three. It is absolutely GORGEOUS in person. I recently wore it to a wedding with a white ruffled top. I ordered the X-small and found it to be TTS as well. It fit perfectly in the waist and was the perfect length after I added some wedge heels. It hit just above the floor, so I didn’t have to worry about it dragging the ground. (I’m 5’4″, if that helps at all). I can’t believe that I snagged this beautiful skirt for only $22.99.

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Some final advice when ordering from these websites: I highly recommend reading the measurements for each item before purchasing to make sure it will work for you. I have read comments of people who bought a dress that fit more like a top in length and vice versa. I also highly recommend reading the customer reviews. This helps to give you an idea of the quality and fit of the different items. Some customers will even post a picture with their review so it gives you a good idea what the item will look like on.

Have any of you ordered from SheInside or other oversea websites? What are your experiences?  Which are your favorite?

 

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Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

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As I’ve mentioned before, I have a bit of a sweet tooth. I strive to eat healthy so giving in to that sweet tooth only happens occasionally. I had been seeing a lot of people claiming that chia seed pudding helped them to satisfy their sweet tooth. I figured why not give it a try. I opted to experiment with a strawberry chia seed pudding.

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Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 8 oz of fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of Agave ( or other sweetener of choice)

Instructions

  1. Blend the almond milk, vanilla extract, and strawberries together until smooth
  2. Pour into cup and add chia seeds and Agave. Stir until completelymixed.
  3. Cover cup with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about 4 hours to allow pudding to set.
  4. Remove from fridge and enjoy!
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Overall, I really enjoyed my first attempt at a chia seed pudding. Before placing in the fridge, I was slightly concerned about the consistency. However, it did set up to a pudding consistency after being in the fridge several hours. It does help to fight sweet cravings and is definitely a healthier option. I am excited to experiment further and create other options. The possibilities are endless. I’m thinking that my next creation will be a chocolate chia seed pudding.

Do any of you have some favorite chia seed pudding recipes you would like to share? I would love to see your favorites.

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Sunless Tanners- Comparing Two Budget Friendly Options

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As I have gotten older, taking better care of my skin has become more of a priority. I’m sure I have done plenty of damage between laying out in the sun for hours with no sunscreen and laying in the tanning bed in years past. I no longer lay in the tanning bed and I always apply sunscreen when I am out in the sun. I am probably overly cautious when it comes to the sun now. I try to stay more covered up, wear sunglasses (another thing I used to not do), and I literally reapply a layer of sunscreen every hour (obsessive much). I want to keep my skin looking young as well as do everything I can to limit my chances of getting skin cancer.

While I try to stay out of the sun as much as possible, I still want to have nice tan skin. There are lots of sunless tanner options out there and it can be difficult to know which to try. I was unsure of how I would like sunless tanners so I opted to try some of the more affordable options first. Today I will be comparing the pros and cons of my experience with two of the budget friendly brands. I will look at two varieties of the Jergens sunless tanners and two varieties of the L’oreal sunless tanners.

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Jergens:

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer (Medium to Tan): This was the first sunless tanner I tried. Overall I wassunlesstanner3 pleased with the product. It definitely worked to give me tanner skin over a period of 5-7 days. You do have to be careful around creases such as your elbows, knees, and ankles. I always apply a moisturizing lotion to these areas before applying the self tanner to help prevent any discoloration. You also want to make sure to wash your hands after applying so that it does not stain your hands. It does have a slight sunscreen-like odor but is not that bothersome. I really recommend this product if you want a gradual tan but if you are looking to get color fast, I think there are better options.

 

sunlesstanner2Jergens Natural Glow 3 Days to Glow (Medium to Tan): I first tried this product when I was a couple of days out from attending a wedding and wanted to have some color. I didn’t have 5-7 days to use the above option and needed something that could provide that color in a lot quicker time. The product gives a noticeable difference in color after only a couple of uses. You can achieve a darker color with this product than with the Daily Moisturizer discussed above. I prefer this option over the daily moisturizer. Again you have to be careful around creases and make sure to wash your hands after applying. The smell with this product is the same as the daily moisturizer. I have heard some fairer skinned users claim that they felt it made them turn orange. I tend to have more of an  olive skin tone and did not feel that I appeared orange. They offer different options based on your skin tone and I always use the Medium to Tan option. I tend to use this product in conjunction with the Daily moisturizer. I will utilize the 3 Days to Glow lotion until I achieve my desired level of tan and then I use the Daily moisturizer as kind of a maintenance tan for several days. I only reapply the 3 Days to Glow lotion after I start to see the tan fading some.

L’Oréal:

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L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Tinted Self-Tanning Lotion (Medium Natural Tan): I had heard good things about the L’Oreal sunless tannersunlesstanner5 line and decided to give it a try. For me, this product took 4-5 days to see a noticeable difference in color but it does produce a nice color tan. I felt that it comes out more bronze than the Jergens products. Once again with this product you want to make sure you are careful around any creases and that you wash your hands after applying. While I liked the color I achieved with this product, I didn’t like the glitter that is in the product and leaves your skin shimmering like a disco ball. The glitter tends to stay on your skin until you shower again. I felt that the glitter is very noticeable. I also had more trouble with streaking with this lotion than I did either of the Jergen’s options (that could just be operator error though). Once again, the product does achieve a beautiful tan but I would pass on this product simply because of the glitter residue it leaves on your skin.

sunlesstanner6L’Oréal Sublime Bronze Self-Tanning Towelettes (Medium Natural Tan): I have to say these are by far my favorite self-tanning product that I have tried. Mainly because of the ease of application compared to the lotions. With the lotions I feel that it is hard to sometimes know if you have evenly covered every area but that is not an issue with the towelette. The towelettes produce just as good a color tan as any of the lotions. I noticed a significant change in my skin color after 3-4 days. I still recommend being careful around creases and making sure you wash your hands after application. I usually only use the towelettes for 5 days and then only use again as I start to see the tan fading. There is no residual smell with the towelletes unlike the lotions. If you are looking to try one affordable sunless tanner option, I would highly recommend starting with this one.

What are some of y’alls favorite sunless tanners? Budget friendly options? More expensive brands?

 

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