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Monday, September 18, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle—Homemade Dressings


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Friday, September 15, 2017

DeeDee’s Family Favorite Cauliflower Crust Pizza with a Livliga Twist

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I had the privilege of meeting an amazing woman, DeeDee, who has lost a lot of weight (over 100 pounds!) and cares deeply for her family. I asked her what her family’s new favorite healthy recipe is that she now makes. She said the number one favorite was her pizza she makes with a cauliflower crust. One of the secrets to her recipe is that she buys the cauliflower already prepared so you don’t have to go through the steps to rice it or drain it of its high water content. This saves a lot of time.  Her family loves this low carb pizza so much she makes it every week so saving time is key! Now her friends are asking her for her recipe.

In honor of National Pepperoni Pizza Day on September 20 I am sharing her recipe with our Livliga twist. Let this recipe become one of your family’s new favorites!

Ingredients~
  • 1 bag (16 oz) cauliflower crumbles 
  • 1 large egg 
  •  ⅔ cup Parmesan cheese, grated and divided 
  • ⅔ cup mozzarella cheese, grated and divided 
  • ½ cup thinly sliced fresh basil, divided 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided 
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, pre-sliced 
  • ½ cup red bell pepper, diced 
  • ½ cup yellow pepper, diced 
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced 
  •  ⅓ cup pesto sauce (bought or homemade) 
  • 2 tablespoons olives, pitted and sliced 
  • ½ cup quartered artichoke hearts, cut in half 
  • ½ cup thinly sliced seeded tomatoes 
  • ⅔ cup fresh baby spinach Parchment paper

Cauliflower Crust Ready to Bake

 Directions~
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. Spread bag of cauliflower onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes.
3. Remove cauliflower from oven. Pick up sides of the parchment paper and pour roasted cauliflower into bowl. Save parchment paper and put back onto baking sheet.
4. Add ⅓ cup Parmesan, ⅓ cup mozzarella, ¼ cup basil and egg, slightly beaten, to cauliflower. Mix well.
5. Place mixture onto parchment paper. Spread evenly with no gaps. Make it an oval shape, that way corners won’t get too browned during baking.
6. Put back in oven and bake for 15 minutes.
7. While crust is baking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms, bell pepper and garlic; sauté 5 minutes or until tender. Set aside.
8. Once crust is baked take it out of the oven. Spread the pesto sauce evenly across the crust. Next add the mushroom mixture, tomatoes, olives, artichoke hearts, spinach, remaining ¼ cup basil and top with remaining cheese.
9. Bake pizza for 15 minutes or until browned.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza with a Livliga Twist Ready to Bake

Hands-on: 25 min. Total: 60 min.
Serves 4.
Serving size: ¼ pizza.
Calories: 350 per serving.

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Want to have fun healthy eating plates to eat you pizza on? Check out our Livliga and Kidliga dishware.

SEPTEMBER KIDLIGA SPECIAL PRICING TO HELP KIDS LIVE HEALTHY During September, all month long, as part of raising awareness for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month we are offering our Kidliga children’s dishware at a significant savings ($29.99 instead of $59.95/comes with an award winning book) and each time you buy a set of Kidliga we are donating a set to a child participating in a healthy lifestyle and nutrition program. This way each time you buy you are doubling the number of kids you are helping live a healthy life.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle—Inspiring Photo of Self




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Friday, September 8, 2017

How we can Help our Kids live Healthier Lives? An Interview with Sheila Kemper Dietrich

Interview with Sheila Kemper Dietrich
"My one piece of advice for parents is to make learning
 about healthy life choices an adventure."

Earlier this year I was interviewed for the Childhood Wellness edition insert for USA Today. I was asked a series of questions about how we can help our kids live healthier lives. I thought during this month of National Childhood Obesity Awareness it was a good time to share my answers to these important questions. I hope this expands the dialog on even more ways we as parents, friends, teachers, a community and a nation can be actively engaged in helping all kids live healthier lives.


1. What do you feel is the largest obstacle hindering the wellness of our younger generations?
The biggest obstacle hindering wellness of our children today is that we live in a super-sized world which has conditioned all of us to eating super-sized meals and snacks which has contributed to an escalating obesity epidemic. This has become a serious health issue for our children. We need to right size the world our children and all of us live in. It is so important that children live in an environment that supports a healthy lifestyle. Children need to live in a community where they have the tools and ability to practice healthy habits. So much of learning is a hands-on experience.
2. Why is it so important that families and communities work together to improve wellness?
Research shows that children will be far more successful in living a healthy lifestyle if everyone around them is also engaged in this same endeavor. Having everyone involved provides support, it allows children to mirror positive healthy behavior and most importantly, it creates an environment where good habits can be formed, repeated and sustained. If one person in the family has a weight issue it is not just their issue, it is really everyone's issue. Helping your children live a healthy lifestyle is worth the investment and effort you make.
3. If you had one piece of advice for parents who want to expose their children to healthy life choices what would it be?
My one piece of advice for parents is to make learning about healthy life choices an adventure. Engage in healthy lifestyle activities with your kids. Read age appropriate books together that teach kids about balanced meals, nutritious foods and cooking. Let them pick foods they want to try and recipes they can help prepare. Go to a farmers market, apple orchard or volunteer at a community garden so they can see first hand where the food they eat comes from. Consider signing up for a parent and child cooking class to share in the fun and learning of home cooking. Above all, enjoy! And live vibrant!

SEPTEMBER KIDLIGA SPECIAL PRICING TO HELP KIDS LIVE HEALTHY During September, all month long, as part of raising awareness for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month we are offering our Kidliga children’s dishware at a significant savings ($29.99 instead of $59.95/comes with an award winning book) and each time you buy a set of Kidliga we are donating a set to a child participating in a healthy lifestyle and nutrition program. This way each time you buy  you are doubling the number of kids you are helping live a healthy life.
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Monday, September 4, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle—List of Goals


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Livliga Special Kids’ Initiative in September—Let’s Double Our Impact


Livliga has something big to share. Let's double our impact this September to help kids live healthier lives!

September is National Childhood Obesity Month. Obesity is affecting our children’s lives and future health in significant ways. Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese. Obesity in children has more than tripled from 1971 to 2011. Childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the United States, topping drug abuse and smoking.

The scary reality is that obesity is causing a broad range of health problems for children that until now weren’t seen until adulthood. These include high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated blood cholesterol levels. And as many of us understand who have struggled with weight throughout our lives, there are a host of psychological effects children can face as a result of living with obesity including low self-esteem, negative body image, and depression.

Excess weight in children is associated with earlier risk of obesity-related disease and death in adulthood. Not only are children more prone to develop health issues in childhood as the result of being overweight or obese but they also increase their likelihood of coping with obesity-related diseases in adulthood too. They face a lifetime of managing disease. Perhaps one of the most sobering statements regarding the severity of the childhood obesity epidemic came from former Surgeon General Richard Carmona, who characterized the threat as follows:

“Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents."

These are the sobering facts. Livliga strongly believes we can all make a difference in helping our kids live healthier lives. That is why Livliga developed Kidliga—to help kids live healthier lives—and participates in raising awareness about the significance of the obesity epidemic in our children’s lives. It is never too late to improve children’s health and change the tide of this potentially devastating disease. It is important to know the facts and have those facts motivate us to make a difference in each child’s life.

During September, all month long, as part of raising awareness for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, Livliga is offering our Kidliga children’s dishware at a significant savings ($29.99 instead of $59.95/includes our award winning book) AND each time you buy a set of Kidliga we are donating a set to a child participating in a healthy lifestyle and nutrition program including initiatives at the Center for Children’s Healthy Lifestyles & Nutrition in Missouri and The Children’s Hospital Colorado Weight Management program. This way each time you buy you are doubling the number of kids you are helping live a healthy life.

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Monday, August 28, 2017

Sign of a Healthy Lifestyle—A Grocery List


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