Sprouted Wheat Pizza Made on the Grill!

A few days ago I was really craving some pizza. It was about 90 degrees out. My kitchen does not have air conditioning. But, I do have a really nice ceramic charcoal grill, and some organic sprouted wheat flour to test out… Pizza time!

Now, I have recently discovered that I have a sensitivity to gluten. I find that I have more energy, less allergies and less brain fog without the gluten. Sprouted grain products do not seem to have the same effect on me. Sprouted grain products can be easier to digest, as the sprouting breaks down starches in grains to simple sugars so your body can digest them easily. So I stick with Ezekial bread for my sandwiches, because vegan gluten-free bread is expensive, hard to find, and usually tastes horrible.

Ok, back to the pizza.

First, I made the dough – here is the recipe:

Sprouted Flour Pizza Dough
2 1/4 cups lukewarm water
6 TBSP olive oil
3 cups organic sprouted flour
2 1/2 tsp Celtic sea salt
2 1/2 tsp raw honey
3 tsp dry active yeast
Optional: rosemary, thyme, basil or your herbs of choice

1. Place ingredients in a bowl (or stand mixer with dough attachment) and mix well.
3. Remove dough from bowl onto a floured surface and knead.
4. Coat the bowl with olive oil, place the dough back in the bowl and turn over once to coat with oil.
5. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it stand for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
This makes enough for six personal size pizzas (about 12” diameter). If you have leftovers, form each portion in a dough ball, plop into a sandwich bag with a little olive oil, and freeze.

At this point you should light your grill and get it heated as high a temp as you can. You’ll want a pizza stone on the grill, heated and ready.

To make a veggie pizza, you’ll need to chop some veggies up and marinate in some balsamic vinegar and olive oil. I used portabella mushrooms, red bells and onions.

Cook your veggies on the grill first, I used a grillin’ wok & it took me about 10 minutes.
Once your dough is ready, form your pizzas and add toppings. I did mine with olive oil, garlic, olives and grilled veggies. My husband goes for the traditional crushed tomatoes and cheese.

Put each pizza on piece of parchment paper. Put the pizza with the parchment paper directly onto the heated baking stone on your grill. Once the crust is set, remove the parchment paper while trying not to burn your fingers! Cook until the pizza is done. Yummy – if you do this on a charcoal grill it will have an awesome smoky taste.

How to Exercise Outdoors When It’s Super Hot Out

I am not a gym person. I’m a “get out in nature” person. I love my morning runs and walks in the outdoors. But, this can get really challenging during Pennsylvania summers – think hot and sticky humid! Here are some of my strategies for getting outdoors for exercise during the summer.

1 – Exercise as early in the morning as you can. This is really the most important advice I can give you. Mornings are usually cool and tolerable. Plus, then you can go throughout your day knowing you’ve gotten your workout in already. If you can’t do early morning, then evenings are best – after 6 pm.

2 – Dress appropriately. For a morning run I usually wear running shorts, running socks (not cotton), and a technical t-shirt or tank top. Under Armour makes a line of HeatGear shirts especially for hot days that I really like. If its sunny out, wear a hat. They make lightweight hats just for running – I have one from REI I like to use.

3 – Hydrate! Drink lots of water the day before your run/walk, the morning of, and after. If its really hot and its a longer workout I carry my water with me. Nathan makes a line of handheld water bottles that also have a little zip pouch for keys, etc. I have these in 2 sizes for shorter/longer workouts. The one shown in the photo is the smaller size. If in doubt – take water- you will never regret it.

4 – Refuel appropriately. And reconsider drinking that Gatorade. It’s got loads of sugar and other stuff I can’t pronounce in it. Coconut water is a natural way to get your electrolytes. Drink coconut water during or after your work outs. Try it in your post workout smoothies!

5 – Be smart about it. If it’s seriously hot and uncomfortable out there, maybe scale back. Take a walk or walk/run instead of an intense run. Or do something indoors like weight training or yoga. If you do go outdoors, check in with yourself. If you feel weak, dizzy, get a headache or stomach cramp – slow down or stop and hydrate. Take care of yourself!

It’s Almost Summer Mango Green Smoothie

 Though it’s not summer yet, its hot and sticky outside! Here is my new fav recipe for yummy cold smoothie – packed with greens – that I’ve been enjoying. Its a great breakfast substitute or post-workout smoothie. And, its a pretty bright green!

1 cup frozen mango
1/2 frozen banana
1 tablespoon chia seeds
10 brazil nuts (or 10 almonds)
1 teaspoon maca powder
Heaping handful of spinach
4 Collard leaves (stripped off the stems)
1 cup almond milk
(I added about another cup of water too)


Inspiring Documentaries you can watch on Netflix

Here are my top picks for inspiring documentaries for better health. They are all available on Netflix on demand, the titles are all linked to Netflix. If you don’t have a Netflix account, many of these documentaries are available to watch for free online, a quick Google search will hook you up. Enjoy!

The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods.

100 pounds overweight, loaded up on steroids and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe Cross is at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead is an inspiring film that chronicles Joe’s personal mission to regain his health.

For most Americans, the ideal meal is fast, cheap, and tasty. Food, Inc. examines the costs of putting value and convenience over nutrition and environmental impact. 

Forks Over Knives Presents: The Engine 2 Kitchen RescueRip Esselstyn, author of The Engine 2 Diet, as he guides the White and Wally families and teaches them how to take control of their health.

This documentary follows three meat- and cheese-loving New Yorkers who agree to adopt a vegan diet for six weeks in an effort to get healthier.

This documentary exposes shocking secrets the diet, weight loss and food industries use to keep consumers coming back for more.

Happy takes viewers on a journey from the swamps of Louisiana to the slums of Kolkata in search of what really makes people happy.

Filmmaker John Dunham follows six runners from as they train for the Chicago Marathon, exploring the appeal of such an arduous challenge.