Eating To Be Happy?

Everyone knows that eating fruits and vegetables is good for you, but did you know that the latest research reveled some surprising results? Apparently, the more of them you eat actually increases your level of happiness over time. This newly released study, from the University of Warwick, had 12,000 people who kept food diaries as they had their psychological well being measured throughout the study. Personally I’m not surprised that what they found is: People got increasingly happier with every daily serving of fruits and vegetables they ate. Now they’re not exactly sure why that is but one possible theory is that the abundance of antioxidants from the fruits and vegetables leads to higher levels of carotenoids in the blood. Higher levels of carotenoids has been linked to optimism.

Maybe I’m just old fashioned in how I think but it just might have to do with feeling healthy. All those antioxidants working in their bodies doing what antioxidants are meant to do. Fighting free radical damage and helping them get healthy. When you feel healthy, you feel good. When you feel good, you’re happy.

Anyway, knowing every serving of fruits and vegetables counts towards being as happy as you can be. I think we need to replace as much of the bad stuff as we can with the good stuff. What about the all time favorite PIZZA? Get rid of that white flour crust and make a good for you Delicious Pizza with a Cauliflower Pizza Crust. That’s one more serving of vegetables towards being Happy!

Cauliflower-Pizza-CrustCauliflower Pizza Crust     Yield: 1 pizza crust

1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a baking sheet or pizza pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. Making sure to get all the moisture out, then Let cool.

In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet or pizza pan and spread into a circle to form your pizza crust. Bake for 20 minutes.

Add desired toppings on your pizza and bake an additional 10 minutes.

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