Fluffy Low Sodium Pizza Crust

Introduction
This recipe I got the idea from a couple different recipes I found. My initial pizza crust recipe I used for a very long time could easily be turned into a No-Sodium mixture because there are no eggs. One egg naturally has ~3% of your daily intake of sodium. Milk also has a small amount of sodium in it. The recipe I made before this one was for Bagels and contained no eggs or milk. You could simply replace the milk for water and it should turn out just fine.

Ingredients
4c. of flour
1c. of milk (you may substitute for water)
1 packet of active dry yeast (or 1/4 tsp)
1 Tbs sugar
1/2 c. (or 1 stick) of salt-free butter
3 Large Eggs (you may exclude these for a flat/dense crust)
1 tsp Vegetable oil (or cooking spray, but that’ll make it taste funny)

Instructions
Warm the milk (or water) in a microwave safe bowl for about 45 seconds or until warm to touch. Poor the yeast into the warm milk bowl and let set for one minute without stirring. Lightly mix the remaining contents of the yeast into the milk.

In another large bowl mix/cut the remaining dry ingredients with a fork (flour, sugar). Once mixed poor the yeast solution into the bowl with your dry ingredients. Using your hands mix well the yeast solution into the flour. At this point there is probably more flour than yeast solution, so it should be pretty dry still.

In a separate bowl beat the eggs with a whisk. Poor the egg solution into the bowl and mix it into the contents of the bowl. If the bowl’s contents get too wet, feel free to add more flour at this time.

In a separate microwavable bowl place the butter. Put in the microwave until liquid. Poor the butter solution into the bowl and mix one last time until all is dissolved and the dough forms a firm ball. If more flour is needed, feel free to add more at this time.

Apply a thin layer of vegetable oil to a bowl with enough room for three times the size of your current ball of dough. Place the ball of dough into the oiled bowl and let stand for 1-2 hours or until dough has enlarged almost three times it’s size.

Makes 2 large fluffy pizza crusts.

Salty-Alternatives

Pizza 9/1/07 3 It’s been hard trying to find salt free alternatives to delicious foods I once ate. So far my diet plan has been pretty good. Most of my meals consist of chicken, fresh vegetables, pasta, and mushrooms. There have been a few times where I went all out and made by own pizza dough and tomato sauce. Sure, it’s time consuming, but I feel amazing. I used to feel like crap by the end of the day, but now I feel just great.

Over the course of the last four to five weeks I have lost about 15 pounds. Come to find out salt causes your body to retain the fatty fluids that make up… uh… fat. Mostly removing salt from your diet can cause drastic weight loss with little or no exercise. I’ll start posting salt free recipes I create. My goal is to start doing this at least once a week.

Until next time,
Daniel Slaughter

I was going to die, but now (maybe) i wont

So, for those of you that do not know I stopped my cereal diet. It wasn’t because I couldn’t have done it, it was because I went to the doctors last Monday. Come to find out cereal has a lot of salt in it (at least when you’re eating 8 servings). Now, that typically wouldn’t be a problem if my blood-pressure wasn’t 168/88 (yeah, you can say it, “damn”).

They told me to cut back on my salt, so I have been. I reduced my salt intake to less than 250mg (that’s about 10% of your recommended daily value). That has been probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done.

Today I went to the doctors again for my checkup after being on the medication for a week they put me on. Come to find out it isn’t working as well as they’d like (its now 148/80). So, they put me on a stronger dose with some special drug-amplifier stuff in it.

They told me today that if I wouldn’t have came in last week I would have probably died. His exact words were, “It looks like you came in for something not related, but instead we saved your life.”

Some people (Eric) were concerned about me dropping my salt intake so low. I asked my doctor if it was safe to eliminate salt completely from my diet, it is. The American Heart Association recommends somewhere between 0 and 1000mg per day. The recommended daily value on food nutrition labels goes off of a 2400mg scale, which means I’m peachy-keen. I also asked if I could drink alcohol with my pills, I can. The only problem is drinking too much/often will also cause high-blood pressure problems.

He highly suggested (pretty much demanded) that I exercise. So, I may take him up on that and start doing so. I guess, if it’ll save my life, I’ll do it.

The Cereal Diet: Coming Soon

A new diet plan is in the works. I have decided to consume 6-7 servings of cereal per day for 4 weeks starting July 30th, 2007. Each week I am allowed to eat up to 4 small regular meals and consume any amount of low-calorie drinks. I plan to eat healthy cereal products such as Brain Flakes, Corn Flakes, Chex, Blueberry Morning, Grape Nuts, etc. I have two people betting me that I cannot do it (Dave, Eric). If I can withstand the pressure for yummy foods I will get 10$; otherwise I have to give up $10.

Reference: http://www.cereal-diet.com

Wish me good luck,
Daniel Slaughter