Healthiest Pizza at Dominos


Healthiest Pizza at Dominos

Finding the healthiest pizza at Domino’s takes some work. You would think that with all the nutrition information online that it would be easy.
Unfortunately, because Domino’s pizza has so many options including different crusts and toppings, it can be hard to find a healthy one.
Domino’s, unlike your neighborhood pizza joint, has aDomino’s calorie calculator for its pizza. You can also find a PDF of all the nutrition facts to wade through.
I took a look at the MeatZZa and Pacific Veggie (specialty Domino’s pizzas) as well as creating my own pizza to see if I could create my own healthy Domino’s pizza
This is the MeatZZa and I picked it to have a basis for comparison. Obviously, no one is going to think anything called MeatZZA is going to be the healthiest option.
The nutrition facts for one slice (1/8th of a large pie) of MeatZZa are:370 calories, 17 g fat, 7 gsaturated fat, 37 g carbohydrates, 3 g sugar, 16 g protein, 2 g fiber, 930 mgsodium, 12 SmartPts
Here is what you get for all those calories:
This photo is taken on a 9 inch salad plate (not a bigger dinner plate). I wasn’t surprised about the calorie amount as much as I was surprised by the sodium. When you bite into this slice,all you taste is salt.
It is kinda sad because it would be nice to taste the cheese, meats, and sauce but the amount of salt simply drowns out any other flavor.
BUZZZZZZ! Not healthy (or tasty).
This pizza is called the Pacific Veggie and I chose it because it sounded healthy to me. It has roasted red peppers, onions, tomatoes, black olives and SPINACH. Take that Popeye! When you look at it, do you see all of that? I don’t. I only see a sea of cheese.
I thought this pizza was going to be a big improvement over the MeatZZA but I was not impressed. It seems Domino’s has figured out a way to ruin a pile of vegetables.
The nutrition facts for one slice (1/8 of the pizza) of Pacific Veggie:310 calories, 11 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 37 g carbohydrates, 4 g sugar, 13 g protein, 3 g fiber, 660 mg sodium, 10 SmartPts
This did taste better to me than the MeatZZa (less salty) but all I could really taste this time was the cheese.
BUZZZZ! Better but still not a healthy choice.
Here is a pizza that I created usingDominos calorie calculatorHealthiest Pizza at Dominos
It has a thin crust, light cheese, and mushrooms, onions, green peppers, and roasted red peppers.
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The Definitive Guide to Chocolate


Guide to Chocolate
Ah, chocolate. What a life.
According to the Aztecs, the great feathered serpent god of wisdom and creation known as Quetzalcoatl introduced the cocoa bean to mankind. It’s likelier that it originated in the Amazon rainforest and wound its way north to Mesoamerica, whose inhabitants figured out they could domesticate, ferment, roast, crush, and mix cocoa with water, chilies, and spices to produce a bitter, intoxicating drink. It then took a boat across the Atlantic, learning Spanish along the way. Europe wasn’t sure what to make of the bitterness until someone spilled a little sugar into the drink. Cocoa quickly swept across the continent, giving rise to large corporations that persist to this day, like Cadbury, Nestle, Hershey, and Lindt.
Today, chocolate is everywhere. It’s part of the fabric of human experience.
Why’s it so good?
Let’s start with…

The Health Benefits

Chocolate Contains Healthy Fats

Cocoa butter is mostlymonounsaturated and saturated fat, with very littlepolyunsaturated fat. And because most of that saturated fat is stearic acid, which turns into oleic acid in the body and is well known for havingneutral effects on LDL, even avowed lipophobes can happily and heartily gobble up cocoa fat.
Cocoa butter has been shown in animal studies toprotect the liver against ethanol-induced damage.

Dark Chocolate Contains Lots of Flavanols

Flavanols are an important class of polyphenols, the phytonutrients that have beneficial effects on oxidative stress, inflammation, and help produce beneficialhormetic stress responses. When it comes to polyphenol content and antioxidant capacity, cocoatrounces the ‘superfruits’ acai, pomegranate, cranberry, blueberry and almost everything else. The most studied polyphenol in chocolate is epicatechin, a flavanol.Via marksdailyapple.com


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Why Everyone Could Use a Bit More Flax in Their Diet


health benefits of flax
Flax is a humble but powerful seed as shown through its relatively modest status in the health world, even though it has been heralded as a key component in the Budwig Diet and many other life-saving protocols. It’s a tough job to stand up to the new kids on the block like hemp seed, but flax holds it’s own and can stand up to any of its competitors for practicality and health benefits.
Take heed of this pioneer and what it can do for you and your health.

The nutritional profile of flax

Flax is a bounty of nutrition and the key to unlocking its benefits is to consume it in ground or oil format or to steep it in hot water as a tea. Regardless of which way you choose to use it (there are some ideas below), when you consume flax, you can expect to flood your body with the following nutrients:

  • Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), most notably omega 3s (ALA)
  • Protein (18 percent of total volume)
  • B-vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9)
  • Vitamin E
  • Manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, and selenium
  • Dietary fiber
  • Plant lignans (antioxidants)

So what does the combination of these amazing nutrients do for you? Turns out, it does a lot.

The health benefits of flax

Flax has a multitude of health benefits. Some of the most significant improvements you may notice include:

  • Supports good digestive and colon health (including healthy elimination)
  • Supports healthy cholesterol levels
  • Promotes healthy skin and hair
  • Supports weight management
  • Supports healthy immune system function


Bottom line, using flax on a daily basis beautifies you, inside and out.Read more at naturalnews.com
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How Eating Healthy Now Affects Your Body in the Future


Eating Healthy
Think of your health as the amount of money in your bank account. Just as you’d like to have more money and keep growing, it’s also wise to have more health in your body and keep that growing as well.
And while maintaining a balanced diet may not always be convenient or cheap, it’ll definitely pay off both in the short and long-term health plan you intend to have for your body.A healthy diet means you’re doing the following on a daily, or in some cases weekly, basis:

  • Eating a healthy breakfast
  • Eating foods rich in folate, as dark leafy greens, carrots, tomatoes, and bell peppers
  • Balancing your intake of lean protein and whole-grain carbohydrates
  • Cut back on sugar, salt, fats, and alcohol
  • Eat fish 2 or 3 times a week
  • 4 to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
  • Drink caffeine in moderation

‘I would say that the most important thing is a well-rounded diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables and whole grains and fiber,’ says Sally Barclay, a registered dietician at the Nutrition Clinic for Employee Wellness at Iowa State.
A good trick is to divide your plate. Mentally visualize your plate divided into 4 quarters. One quarter should be lean protein the size of your palm is ideal; one quarter should be complex carbohydrates, as brown rice or pasta; the last 2 quarters should be fruits and/or vegetables. Also, a good point to keep in mind is the more colorful your plate, the healthier it is for you.

Enhancing your emotional state:

For a quick pick-me-up, the first thing we crave is pastries or some French fries. But the truth is those foods contain refined carbs which even though they may help the brain produce serotonin, they also cause a quick crash. Serotonin is also known as the ‘feel good’ hormone which your brain secretes when you feel pride after hitting a milestone or reaching a goal. On the healthy side of the spectrum, whole-grain carbohydrates produce a more lasting effect on your mood and sustain the levels of serotonin in your body.

Maintaining a healthy weight:Maintaining a healthy weight:

Staying within your recommended daily caloric intake and eating moderately sized meals are two ways you can be in control of your weight. Having a healthy weight means you’re reducing your risk of chronic diseases, like heart disease and diabetes just to name a couple.

Boosting your energy levels:

Eating foods high in iron sustains your energy levels throughout the day since the mineral iron helps carry oxygen throughout the body. Examples of food sources rich in iron are spinach, Swiss chard, almonds, and quinoa. Also, snacking on nuts and fruits, and drinking water helps maintain your energy levels.This is what happens to your body when you start eating a healthy, nutritious diet:

After 1 day:

Fewer hunger pangs
Boost in metabolism
Increased focus and clarity

After 1 week:

Increased energy levels
Better sleep
Decreased bloating
Emotional stability

After 1 month:

Youthful skin
Eating healthy becomes a lifestyle choice
You save money on soft drinks, fatty junk food, and snacks

After 6 months:

Boost in self-confidence
Better sex
Lower blood pressure
Stronger bones

After 1 year:

You’ve reached your goal weight
You’re smarter about your food choices
You feel stronger and more alive
You get sick less often
Your concentration and memory have increased
In their bookPerspectives in Nutrition (1990) by Gordon M. Wardlaw and Paul M. Insel, they state that ‘…nutrients are the nourishing substances in food that are essential for the growth, development, and maintenance of body functions. The essential meaning is that if a nutrient is not present, aspects of function and therefore human health decline. When nutrient intake does not regularly meet the nutrient needs dictated by the cell activity, the metabolic processes slow down or even stop.’
If you think about it in that perspective, you’ll realize that food is much more than just counting calories or reading food labels. It makes us look at food as the sustenance we need to keep going strong for many years to come.

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5 Healthy Drinks To Add To Your Diet


Healthy DrinksWhen people get tired of drinking water, they often choose to drink sodas or other types of unhealthy drinks filled with overwhelming amounts of sugar. Although it’s completely normal to get sick of water from time to time, you should be more careful when you choose to use as a substitute for it.
However, you should be aware that nothing can replace water. It’s without a doubt the healthiest option and is needed by your body in order to function properly.
Nevertheless, if you’re looking to add some variety and spice up your waterlogged palette, then you should consider adding these five healthy drinks to your diet.Orange Juice
Drinking a glass of fresh squeezed orange juice in the morning is the perfect way to start your day. Some people don’t want to put in the effort to prepare orange juice on a regular basis. If you don’t have enough motivation to do so, then at least try to make it when it will be most useful. For example, making it during allergy season is always a good idea, since this drink is known for soothing season allergies, thanks to its quercetin and vitamin C content.
It’s also worth mentioning that because this drink is an excellent source of vitamin C, it can strengthen your immune system and make you less vulnerable to different diseases. If you’re buying orange juice instead of making it yourself, make sure to buy the calcium-fortified version, as that will provide you with more health benefits, such as improved bone health.Green Tea
The next time you feel like drinking a cup of coffee, try to prepare a cup of green tea. Not only will this provide you with the energy boost that you would seek in a cup of coffee, but it will also provide you with some great health benefits.
Green tea represents a great source of polyphenols and flavonoids, which are natural antioxidants that help protect your cells from various harmful substances. Due to its high antioxidant content, green tea can reduce the risk of serious health problems, such as heart disease and cancer.
Due to the fact that green tea contains fluoride, it can have a positive impact on the health of your teeth. Additionally, the flavonoid content of this drink can improve your bone health.Pomegranate Juicehealthy pomegranate juicePomegranate juice has become increasingly popular during the last several years. Not only is this drink very tasty and refreshing, but it also offers a lot of different health benefits. Some of the most notable health benefits of pomegranate juice include improved heart health, strengthened immune system, and lower risk of cancer. Consuming this drink on a regular basis can also help you maintain normal blood sugar levels, as well as normal blood pressure levels. If you’re not making your own pomegranate juice, then you should be careful when buying it. Some manufacturers dilute the drink with other liquids or add excess sugar.Low-Fat Milk
As a child, you were encouraged to drink milk because of its vitamin D and calcium content. However, low-fat milk can be a great drink for grown-ups as well. The low-fat varieties of this drink will provide you with many essential micronutrients.
It will also provide you with all the macronutrients you need (protein, carbohydrates, and fat). Another great thing about low-fat milk is that it will help you feel full for an extended time period, which will surely prevent you from overeating.Beet Juice
Beet juice is without a doubt one of the healthiest drinks you can consume. However, it often isn’t found in grocery stores, so you will have to make it at home. Some of the most notable health benefits of beet juice include increased stamina, lower blood pressure, and increased blood flow to the brain.

Junk Food is NOT Food, It is Junk


Junk Food
Marketing can be a powerful tool. How so? Well, just think about it. Because of marketing, the masses can be fooled into believing things are good for you that are really not, setting the stage for pharmaceutical companies to come in.
This is how the processed/ junk food industry operates. By using persuasive marketing strategies, they can convince millions to purchase their goods, which are far from being good for you.
At their core, they are anti-nature- being so highly processed that the ingredients they originally come from are no more.
The fact is, Junk food is NOT FOOD, it is just junk.
Here are more reasons why junk and processed foods should be considered anti-nature:They Are Loaded With Sodium
Much of the sodium we consume on a daily basis does not come from real whole food, but rather the processed foods that we consume every day. There are so many foods that contain excessive sodium that you are unlikely to realize it. For example, maybe you don’t have a natural taste liking for such ‘salty foods’, but love sweet. That soda you are consuming is also loaded with a sodium derivative, even though you can’t taste it. Such are the hidden dangers of processed food.They Are Made Heavily Of Simple Sugars
If you rely on processed foods for ‘nourishment’, you aren’t really getting that. You may notice that while using junk for sustenance, you are more frequently constipated, which is due to lack of complex carbs and fiber. Simple carbohydrates just enter the blood stream and are speedily absorbed, disrupting blood sugar levels in the process. Natural foods consist of more complex, low GI carbs, and have fiber to help promote digestive health and regularity.Processed Foods Contain Artificial Fats
If you think all fats are bad, you are dead wrong. In fact, natural fats are ALL good for us, and even essential. The ones that have given all the bad rap are mainlyTrans fats, a modified variety of an oil that allows it to remain solid at room temperature. Oils are usually liquid at room temperature. This kind of fat is highly pro-inflammatory, meaning that is promotes scenarios leading to increased inflammatory processes once consumed.
Inflammation speeds up aging, and contributes to many of our chronic disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.Many Processed Foods Contain Anti-Nutrients
Did you know that white potato is considered an anti-nutrient? Yes, white potato is known as an anti-nutrient, in the sense that it prevents absorption of other nutrients, bringing down the nutritional value of the entire meal. And guess what? White potatoes are a favorite inclusion in processed food. White potato is cheap, and arguably tastier than sweet potatoes, making them perfect for to increase profits of big brand junk food companies.Preservatives And Additives Found In Junk/ Fast Food Is Killing You
No food is meant to be kept for months without spoilage, or rancidity occurring, so why can processed foods be kept? You can thank additives and preservatives, which are basically chemicals that artificially extend the life of foods. Are they helpful? Sometimes, definitely. But more often than not, they are a hazard to your health.
Even though many are ‘safe’ in very, very low concentrations and approved for human consumption by the FDA, they are frequently used in amounts far exceeding their safe limit, and consumed much more often than occasionally.
Therefore, while we can’t fully blame the FDA for approving these chemicals, they should use common sense and realize people do not consume these processed foods once in a while.Conclusion
Processed foods are the furthest thing from natural- regardless of what they claim. Let’s not forget many are GMO produced, which raise another set of ethical questions when it comes to consumption. The verdict is clear- eat whole foods, closest to its original source.