Last week marked the launch of my new healthy eating group - The Vibrant Body Vibrant Voice 5- Day Cleanse. This went far beyond the clean eating groups I've hosted before. We had a much more comprehensive meal plan and recipes all contained in an ebook, which I poured hours into creating. Everyone was sent a daily video with tips on eating health and how these choices can affect your voice.
All the guess work was taken out with a grocery list of all the ingredients you would need and daily prep guides so that you could time your preparations and make many things ahead of time. Time management is one of the key elements that keep people from maintaining a healthy diet. This made it all super simple and the recipes were very easy and quick to prepare.
I had people from around the world joining us, as far abroad as Sweden and Australia. This was truly an exciting experience. Many people are just getting their feet wet with eating better, so didn't necessarily use all the recipes in the book during the cleanse and just tried to cut back on processed foods and making healthier choices. But the feedback was great!
One of the participants did it with her husband, who is addicted to spice packets. You know, the ones with tons of salt and flavour enhancers like mono-sodium glutamate, which are not good for your health. His comment was: I didn't know food could taste so good without those packets! High praise indeed. Healthy eating does not mean sacrificing flavour. In fact, it can open up a whole new world of flavours.
Along the way I posted pics of many of the recipes on social media. One of the recipes that elicited the most interested was the Sweet Potato Crust Pizza. Of course it did! We all love our comfort food and if we can make it healthier and guilt free so much the better!!!
The crust will never be the same as a true bread-type crust, but it holds together well and is tasty. So, by popular demand here is the recipe for the Sweet Potato Crust Pizza.
Sweet Potato Crust Pizza:
Sweet Potato Pizza Crust:
5½ cups peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (about 2 large organic sweet potatoes)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
3 tablespoons water
1¼ cup gluten-free oat flour
¼ cup coconut flour
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1¼ teaspoons garlic powder
½ teaspoon fine-grain sea salt
pinch of chili flakes
Organic pizza or tomato sauce
Veggies of choice (I used spinach and cremini mushrooms)
Steam the sweet potato cubes until fork-tender.
Add the chia seeds and water to a small bowl, whisk with a fork, and let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to create a chia egg.
Preheat oven to 400F.
Add the steamed sweet potatoes to a large mixing bowl and mash them.
Add in the chia egg, oat flour, coconut flour, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, basil, oregano, garlic powder, sea salt, and chili flakes. Stir together until combined.
Line a round pizza pan with parchment paper. Scoop the sweet potato mixture onto the parchment paper and use a spatula to spread it into a large circle on the pizza pan. You should have a ½-inch thick pizza crust.
Bake for 25-35 minutes or until the crust is set and the edges are golden brown.
Remove the crust from the oven and let cool.
Add desired toppings, return the pan to the oven and broil for 5 minutes.
Slice, serve, and refrigerate leftovers.
*Note: I had some leftover homemade cheez sauce, which I used. You can use other nut-based cheez as a topping as well. I would avoid Daiya or other processed vegan cheez.
If you would like to get your free ebook, the next Vibrant Body Vibrant Voice 5 Day Cleanse will take place July 18 - 22, 2016 after I return from presenting at the 53rd National Conference of the National Association of Teachers of Singing in Chicago, July 7-12th. My session is Good Morning Kick Start where I will be sharing PiYo and Zumba workouts and connecting with over 1,000 of my singing colleagues.
If you would like to join the next cleanse click here.