Individualized Homemade Pizzas—Fresh Family Fun

Friday, September 18, 2020
Homemade Healthy Pizza on Celebrate Dinner Plate


Individualized pizzas are an easy inspiration at home that is smile-making, delicious and able to be personalized to each person’s eating style. Because it is freshly made it is more tasty and satisfying than a frozen or take out pizza. Also, as it is homemade, you can control the ingredients that go into each pizza so the calories, fat, salt as well as protein can be tailored to your needs. It makes for a fun family DIY dinner when you are ready for a little celebrating or…just because.

It is possible to make your own pizza dough, however, to make it even easier, we buy ready made dough at the grocery store. We have found that Whole Foods has whole-wheat fresh pizza dough in the refrigerator section and King Soopers has regular white flour pizza dough in their refrigerator section. It is possible to freeze the dough so buy two and freeze one in anticipation of another fun pizza night ahead.

Homemade Pizza Ingredients sorted out using Livliga portion control tableware tools


Ingredients

  • Store bought whole wheat pizza dough
  • ¾ cup low-fat store-bought marinara sauce
  • ½ cup torn basil leaves
  • 2 cups cremini mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces turkey sausage, cooked and crumbled
  • 6 whole bottled pepperoncini, stems removed and cut into ¼-inch slices
  • 1½ cups shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • Cooking Spray, olive oil
  • Cornmeal for cookie sheet
  • Flour for rolling out dough
  • Pizza Hot Stone


Rolled out pizza dough on a cookie sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal. Prick the dough in about 8 places with a fork.


Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 500°F or highest setting.
  2. Separate dough into 4 equal parts rolled into a ball.  Place them on a plate or cutting board that has been sprayed with cooking spray and let warm and rise until about double (should take about 45 minutes). Roll out each ball separately into 9 in rounds on a lightly floured surface. Pinch together any tears.
  3. Place the rolled out dough on a cookie sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal. Prick the dough in about 8 places with a fork. Transfer the pizza round to the pizza stone. Cook for 2-3 minutes until underside is browned. Remove from oven. Repeat process with each pizza round.
  4. Flip the cooked dough over to place toppings. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the marinara sauce onto each crust, leaving ½ inch border. Scatter ¼ of the basil, mushrooms, cooked sausage, and pepperoncini evenly over the sauce on each pizza. 
  5. Mix the cheeses together and scatter ¼ of the mixture over the top of each pizza.
  6. One at a time slide the pizzas back on to the pizza stone. Bake until the cheese is bubbling and golden brown and the crust is browned and crispy, 3-4 minutes.
  7. Cut the pizzas into wedges and serve hot.

Finished Homemade Pizza on Celebrate Portion Control Dinner Plate Pattern


Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 pizza. Calories: 320; Fat 10g; Sodium 1013g; Carbohydrates 36g; Fiber 6g; Protein 21g.


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Monday Motivational Meal — MyPlate Glazed Meatloaf

Monday, September 14, 2020
Livliga's Glazed Meatloaf from MyPlate on Halsa Portion Control Dinner Plate

When it comes to eating comfort food we have just the healthy solution! Try this Glazed Meatloaf recipe with roasted radishes & sauteed swiss chard! Sure to be a favorite, with garlic, thyme and coated with a tangy glaze! It is oh-so-good served up on our Halsa Dinner Plate!


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Portion Balance…The New Term in Town

Friday, September 11, 2020
Apples on a scale


Portion Balance is the new term in town. What does it mean? A food ecosystem where at every eating occasion, everyone desires and is able to choose and enjoy balanced food portions in support of a healthy lifestyle. Admittedly this is idealistic but it does describe the perfect food environment we all want and should be supported in achieving.

It is a world of balanced meals of just right portions served up on perfectly sized dishes in a room designed to help you sit down, slow down, and enjoy your meal. Honestly, in order for us to live healthier lives we will need to change our food environment. Nothing else has worked because until we right size the food we eat we will not be able to move the needle on the obesity epidemic.

Since 2000 the overall obesity rate for adults has increased from 30.5% to 42.4% in 2018.

The shocking statistics present us with some grim facts. Since 2000 the overall obesity rate for adults has increased from 30.5% to 42.4% in 2018. For those considered severely obese the rate has more than doubled in the same time frame from 4.7% to 9.2%, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Now with the global pandemic most scientists are predicting even higher increases of obesity for adults and children. Obesity directly affects our health and fuels health issues like diabetes, heart disease, multiple forms of cancer, as well as other diseases, which are all the leading causes of death. It is evident we have to find better ways to help people succeed in living a healthier life. We have to find a better solution than those we have tried and that have clearly failed.

There is a group that has been created called the Portion Balance Coalition that is made up of large corporations and organizations producing our foods and beverages as well as monitoring them for the public good. It is a group that is broad and diverse that has come together to tackle the issue of obesity through portion control. It includes Nestlé, PepsiCo, the American Beverage Association, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), the American Heart Association, and several others. These businesses have the power to move the needle for better health.

Livliga's 7-inch plates that are right-sized for portion control


We as individuals also have an important role to play. We can work on creating a healthier food environment in our own home using the tools and information available to help us. We can also reach out to corporations and organizations to ask them to help change the quality of food and obscene quantities of food that are marketed to us through ads, packaged goods, restaurants and schools. Until we demand a change we will be faced with battling obesity and its health consequences in our lives and the lives of the ones we care about.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, September 7, 2020
Livliga's Monday Motivational Meal is the State of Slim Pumpkin Chili in the Vivente Portion Control Bowl

Host a virtual dinner party with this crowd-pleasing State of Slim Pumpkin Chili! Easy and festive for anyone joining, this recipe is high in fiber and low in carbs! Grab your friend and get cooking! Don't forget to savor this healthy meal using Livliga's Vivente portion control bowl!

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Friday, September 4, 2020
Livliga Labor Day Sale!

Take the time to celebrate the end of summer with our Labor Day sale! This weekend is all about taking a rest while recognizing your hard work. Treat yourself to 20% Off regularly priced items and free shipping! Take advantage of these savings now through Monday, September 7th. After all, taking a rest and pampering yourself is good for your health. Make sure to shop and save on all of our science-based and elegantly-designed mindful eating dinnerware, glassware and serveware! 

 

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 31, 2020
Livliga healthy stir-fry recipe with peanut sauce on Vivente

Looking for a healthy recipe that will save you time, money, and calories? Here is a Cooking Light Chicken Stir Fry with Peanut Sauce recipe that checks all the boxes. This meal tastes as good as it looks served up on a Livliga Vivente dinner plate! Enjoy!

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Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Friday, August 28, 2020
Earlier this year we shared a new cookbook with you, Half the Stomach, Twice the Taste: Cooking for a Bariatric Lifestyle authored by Hilary Cutler, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD and Emily Tieu, MS, RD, CSOWM, CD. We are still loving the recipes that are coming out of this wonderfully created bariatric resource.

The authors and the University of Utah Health graciously allowed us to share the recipe and photo below from the cookbook. It is a snack recipe. There are also recipes for lunch, dinner, breakfast and protein shakes.

Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe in Livliga Just Right Set bariatric bowl

It is wonderful to note that this recipes was taken using Livliga’s Just Right Set® bariatric. It is a beautiful 2-piece dish set in the Aveq pattern. This unique ensemble has been specifically designed for those who need bariatric portion dishes.

Bariatrc-friendly Greek Yogurt Tzatziki Sauce Recipe

Interested in finding out more? This cookbook is currently available through the Comprehensive Weight Management Program at the University of Utah Health. To get your copy of Half the Stomach, Twice the Taste, visit weightmanagement.uofuhealth.org and ask to talk to a University of Utah Health expert.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 24, 2020
Livliga Homemade Black Bean Burger on Halsa Dinner Plate

It's meatless Monday! We are sharing our most recent vegetarian burger recipe this week! We served ours up on a happy-making Halsa dinner plate! Enjoy this perfect summer meal!

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Why Livliga Works—It’s the Best Value for Our Money and Our Health

Friday, August 21, 2020
MMcDonalds Supersize Fry Big vs. Small  Package


We all know it and struggle with it. Overeating is an everyday reality. We live in a super-sized world. Even worse, we have been programmed over our lifetime to believe that more is better and that the better deal is getting more for the money we pay, especially when it comes to food. “What makes those larger sizes even more troublesome is that they’re marketed and sold as bargains. When people learn to equate massive amounts of food with a good deal, it becomes an even more Herculean task to change their behavior,” says Diane Ty, Portion Balance Coalition Project Director from Georgetown University Business School in a recent Quartz article. Another problem is that the value we get for our money is equated with quantity, not quality…and it is killing us. More is not better when it comes to the consumption of food.

In reality, more is often given to us at the cost of quality. And of even greater concern is that we are programmed to eat what is in front of us. Huge portions amount to huge meals that add on pounds that ultimately affects our health. As New York University nutrition science professor Marion Nestle has put it, “larger portions encourage people not just to eat more, but to underestimate how much they’re eating. It’s as much a mental game as it is a mathematical one.”

Large Portion of an over sized greasy burger versus a normal serving size of a burger on Livliga's tableware


As is becoming apparent, in order to change our behavior we will need to change our culture. More is not better when it comes to food. Amounts do matter. A portion is not the same as a serving size. Food corporations, restaurants, grocery stores convenience outlets and even our homes will need to right size their offerings so all of us can become aware of right sized amounts. Currently we have no idea what right-sized servings look like. Our only frame of reference is super-sized portions.

How do we get started? Where we have the most control…our homes. And there is no better time than today to begin. When you listen to the successful weight loss stories on TV or read them in a magazine what do all those individuals say? Every single one has changed their food environment. They swapped out healthier foods for the less healthy ones, they planned ahead, they measured what they ate and they changed how they spend their time, fitting in exercise and healthier activities. 

As most will agree, losing weight and living a healthy lifestyle long term is more a mental game than a physical one. We have to permanently change behaviors and live in an environment that supports us in that healthy lifestyle. We need to invest in ourselves and the tools we need to succeed long term. Livliga was created for just that purpose. 


Map showing the portion sizes of each of  Livliga's Right sized tableware

Livliga created a system of right-sized tableware with psychology and measurement built in to help all of us serve up healthy meals in just right serving sizes. Not only have the dishes been right-sized but when you put the right amount of food in or on our dishes it appears plentiful so you can be satisfied at the end of the meal. This is important because we don’t want to feel deprived our denied because if we do we will end up eating more, right? So the psychology of the dishes is key. That is also why they are artist designed and use colors that calm us and make us feel better rather than the opposite, which is what a lot of restaurants do. That is why Livliga now has 3 patents and 3 national awards. We truly are unique and can make a difference in helping people live a healthy life long term. As we think about it, what is the best value we can receive in our lives? Our good health.  With good health we can pursue our dreams, live up to our responsibilities, and have the energy to give to those we love and care about, including ourselves.  Livliga is a means to help you achieve that best value of all…your good health. 

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 17, 2020
Livliga Arugula and Shredded Cheddar Quesadillas recipe on Vivente

For a quick lunch with a sophisticated taste, this quesadilla can’t be beat and you will be surprised at how others in the family will like it. Check out our Arugula and Shredded Cheddar Quesadillas recipe! Yum! It is healthy and delightful on our Vivente portion control dinner plate.


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Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burger

Friday, August 14, 2020
Homemade Black Bean Burger on Livliga Halsa Dinner Plate


We are committed to adding more variety and vegetarian meals to our diet. My family loves burgers. We have used store bought frozen veggie burgers to offer the vegetarian alternative. They tend to be expensive, a little tasteless, and not as healthy in ingredients. I have always wanted to come up with a fresh vegetarian burger that my family will like.

It is harder than it seems to make a homemade veggie burger that is tasty and holds up when cooking.  It is an ongoing challenge to keep these healthier burgers from crumbling when cooking and serving.  This current version has a great taste and holds up better than most. Read my tips below to increase your success in keeping your burgers from crumbling…they really do work.  These are also easy to assemble.


Livliga recipe for Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burger


Ingredients


  • 1 slice bread, torn into pieces to make into bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (15.25 ounce) low salt black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 portabella cap, finely chopped
  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped 
  • 1 lime, rind grated
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Ancho chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten

Directions


  1. Place slice of bread in a food processor; process lightly, about 4 times or until crumbs measure around 1 cup. Transfer to a small bowl.
  2. In a medium bowl place the beans, 1 tablespoon of oil and garlic. Use a potato masher to coarsely smash up the beans.
  3. Next add the bread crumbs, lime rind, and remaining ingredients.
  4. Form the ingredients into 4 patties, compressing them as you do. Place them in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes prior to cooking.
  5. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet, cast iron is preferred. Add all 4 patties at the same time. Start on high and then reduce to medium heat to allow a nice crust to form on the bottom of the patty, which should take about 4-5 minutes. Only turn once and make sure to have a spatula that is wide enough for the whole patty to avoid crumbling when turning it over. Cook another 4-5 minutes until the patty has formed a nice crust. Serve immediately. 

Tips


  1. It is best to hand mash and hand chop all ingredients other than the slice of bread. The rougher texture will taste better and will hold up better. It is easy to over process the ingredients in a food processor which then makes them too liquidy and they will not hold together well.
  2. Make sure to compress the burgers when making them into patties to help them from crumbling.
  3. Put the patties in the refrigerator for at least 20-30 minutes before cooking to help them solidify.
  4. When cooking make sure you have enough oil in the pan to make it easy to slide them on the spatula for turning.
  5. Start with a high heat in the skillet, then turn to medium heat to allow the patty to form a crust on the bottom before turning it to cook the other side.
  6. Turn the patty over only once. Patience is a virtue when cooking veggie burgers.

Healthy black bean burger meal plated on Halsa Portion Control Dinner Plate


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Nutritional Information-
Serving size: 1 patty. Calories: 178; Fat 12.4g; Sodium 336mg; Carbohydrate 13.8g; Fiber 4.2g; Protein 5.3.

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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 10, 2020
Livliga's Best Hiking Cookies Recipe on Halsa side plate

These Oatmeal Cranberry Chocolate Chip Cookies are designed with hiking in mind! Try this hardy cookie recipe that is filled with tastes and texture for your next outdoor adventure, picnics included. Make sure to right-size your portions with the help of Livliga! We served this treat up on our our Halsa side plate to keep us mindful!

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🎉Introducing Livliga's New Healthy Cooking Bundle🎉

Friday, August 7, 2020

Create Delicious Food in a Healthy Environment 

Livliga's Seasonal Healthy Cooking Bundle

Measure, prepare and serve balanced meals while staying mindful of eating healthy. This special bundle of products includes everything you need to start creating delicious food in a healthy food environment. These tools help make prepping, cooking and eating healthier easier than ever. Use and enjoy at every meal.

This seasonal Healthy Cooking Bundle offers unique pricing that we know can be the perfect nudge to embrace the healthy lifestyle you seek or provide the incentive for a timely gift to friends and family to encourage and support the many ways we can enjoy living a healthy lifestyle with Livliga.


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, August 3, 2020
Livliga Sheet Pan Salmon Celebrate Dinner Plate

We tried this simple and layered recipe from Weight Watchers! Sheet Pan Salmon with Crispy Kale and Potatoes is the perfect meal you can create in under an hour right in your oven. Enjoy this healthy dinner served up right-sized on you favorite Livliga pattern!

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10 Tips for Cutting Carbs

Friday, July 31, 2020
10 Tips for Cutting Carbs by Livliga
The seasonal changes in our lives are always a good time to check up on our carb consumption. We can all benefit from limiting our highly processed and packaged carbs. Instead planning meals with high quality carbs that come from whole foods is much healthier for us, and honestly, more satisfying. Healthy eating is the best gift we can give to ourselves as well as the ones who we love.

Swap your food choices to healthier alternative


Here are 10 tips for cutting carbs as we focus on living life as our healthiest selves:

  1. Cook and prepare most of your meals
  2. Read the labels on the canned and packaged foods you buy and choose the healthiest option
  3. Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time
  4. Track what you eat with a food journal or a convenient online app like Fitbit
  5. Include whole grains for the carbs you plan for your meals
  6. Choose high protein snacks like unadulterated yogurt, eggs or homemade smoothies 
  7. When eating fruit choose whole fruits or canned fruit with no added sugar
  8. Be aware of quantities, measuring your food, especially your carbs, and serve up right-sized standard servings
  9. Swap out refined sugar with other natural sweeteners like apple sauce, honey, or maple syrup when cooking or baking
  10. Drink flavored waters instead of sugar packed sodas


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, July 27, 2020
Monday Motivational Meal in Halsa Portion Control Bowl

You will experience childhood nostalgia of summertime family gatherings with this bariatric-friendly recipe! Be sure to incorporate this healthier version of roasted cauliflower "faux potato" salad in your next backyard bbq! It's super tasty served up in the Halsa bowl!


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Book Review: Release Your Regain

Friday, July 24, 2020
Release Your Regin Book Review by Livliga

Dr. Kristin Lloyd, PhD, LPC, CCH does it again! Her new book, “Release Your Regain” goes to the heart of the chronic challenge of post-bariatric surgery regain. She shares the specific ways we can stop the shame, embrace our ability to make positive change, and gives us the steps we need to take to make the changes we want in order to live life as our healthiest selves. She makes it clear that only we have the power to make the change. It may not be easy but it is possible.

Because Dr. Lloyd is a post–bariatric patient herself she brings personal understanding and insight as well as empathy into the realm of the tough subject of regain. An important insight she shares is that we can’t tackle the regain until we are ready to or, as many of us already know, we will not succeed. She walks us through the steps necessary to be ready for change.

Livliga "Allow Room For Change" Celebrate Portion Control Bowl

As a psychotherapist, Kristin is able to outline the issues and stages we can take to get control of our regain by addressing the emotional, psychological, and behavioral reasons for weight regain after weight loss surgery. As she points out, “…you can release your regain at any time or stage of your journey.” She further explains, “…the majority of regain comes from poor lifestyle choices and a lack of behavior modification after surgery.” And additionally, she points out “Post-op issues are life skills issues and largely emotional regulation issues.” Often these are the issues that are glossed over or neglected. That is why this book is such a great resource for the WLS community.

Every chapter has “Reflection Questions” at the end of it. These help you understand what your challenges are and to personalize the process to make it work for you. Kristin makes clear, “Lasting lifestyle change occurs over time. It is not a light switch. It doesn’t just happen. It’s intentional, gradual, and requires a practice of new behaviors.”

Finally there is a book to help us let go of the shame and our regain, allowing us to better understand ourselves emotionally and embrace the healthy lifestyle we seek.


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Monday Motivational Meal

Monday, July 20, 2020
Livliga Healthy Broccoli Apple Slaw in Aveq Serving Bowl and LivSpoon

You can create so many dishes to include in a Picnic/Tailgate Menu. We want to highlight one of our favorite family summer salads, Broccoli and Sweet Apple Slaw with Dried Tart Cherries. This recipe is super easy to make and easy to measure up in right sized portions with our LivSpoons. We put our salad in the Aveq serving bowl which works perfectly with our Livspoons!


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3 Dips—Perfect for healthy summertime munching

Friday, July 17, 2020
In the summer we want fresh and easy recipes we can enjoy in our own backyard, or that are ready in our refrigerator for a healthy, satisfying snack. Here are three of my favorite dips that make munching on veggies a delicious treat. They are dips with different flavors to suit your mood…and, of course…all easy to make!

Why these dips? They are easy to make ahead of time and are ready when you need them. Making your own ensures there are no extra ingredients…you control what goes in it and because it is fresh there are no needed additives or preservatives you find in store bought versions.

Dip #1


Livliga Wasabi Dipping Sauce


Wasabi Dipping Sauce

Why this dip? It’s unusual. A dip that is great to serve with blanched green beans for a different take on the predictable crudité. The flavor is spicy but not hot with heat.  It is super easy to make and can be stored in the refrigerator for at least a week. Did I mention it is a snap to make all in one bowl and only has 5 ingredients?!

Dip #2


Livliga Healthy Carrot Hummus with Turmeric


Carrot Hummus with Turmeric

Why this dip? It is a great way to fit in more veggies! Turmeric is the “hot” new spice that is considered to have a number of health benefits…especially anti-inflammatory. You use a food processor for easy prepping and don’t forget the garnish of fresh mint or other herb from your garden.

Dip #3


Livliga Cream Cheese Dip in Halsa Bowl


Yummy “Cream Cheese” Dip 

Why this dip? It’s luscious and creamy. The yogurt “cream cheese” you make in the first step is a great base for a variety of dips. And for those needing to focus on higher protein foods this dip is loaded with it. It is so satisfying especially because of the high protein content.

What to serve these dips with? Think about fun and different vegetables you find fresh in the summer months. Think about blanching asparagus or green beans (our favorite with the Wasabi dip). Then there are these tasty and crisp veggies like jicama, Hakurei turnips, radishes, cucumber, zucchini or cherry tomatoes and all colors of sweet peppers. Celery makes for a great dipping veggie…keep the leaves on for extra visual flair. If you have a vegetable garden its great to see what you have a ton of and use it for your crudité!

Want some chips? Make homemade tortilla chips with tortillas you buy at the grocery store. Spray them with olive oil spray on both sides and baking them at 350 for about 15 minutes until they brown and become crisp. Voilá! You now have fresh chips to go with your fresh dip and veggies!

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Enjoy! And Live vibrant!


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