Manhattan Holistic Chamber of Commerce President Michele Risa


Green Pizza

We Americans love pizza.   So why not have your pizza in a way that it can “love” you back?  Meaning, it’s actually good for you.  It’s easier than you may think since pizza, with Green Pizzaa few changes to the ingredients, can be a fabulous source of nutrients instead of just a poor source of fat and empty calories.

Just try some simple, tasty topping combinations, or if you prefer, mix and match them to create your own.

  1. Sauteed Broccoli and Arugula with Pesto and shredded part-skim Mozzarella Cheese: the arugula adds a slightly bitter, peppery taste; for a milder flavor, use spinach instead.
  2. Sauteed Wild Mushrooms with baby Spinach, fresh Oregano and shredded soy Mozzarella Cheese.
  3. Sauteed sweet Corn, Mint, Lemon Zest, and Pine Nuts: if the pine nuts are costly, substitute walnuts for the same crunch and added protein
  4. Thinly sliced Potatoes with Roasted Chilies, Sage and Gorgonzola: people are surprised at how great this is.
  5. Sliced Squash with crumbled Goat Cheese and Walnuts: another great surprise
  6. Pears, Walnuts and Blue Cheese over Onion, Vinegar and Sage- awesome
  7. Caramelized Onion and White Bean with Plum Tomatoes and Smoked Gouda- speechless
  8. Pesto, Plum Tomatoes, Feta Cheese and fresh Basil: for a dazzling twist to the classic Margherita Pizza

1. Just start with either a whole wheat crust of bread or tortilla wrap.  Or buy prepared pizza dough and follow the baking directions.
2. Gently sauté the vegetable toppings on top of the stove using olive oil, or if you prefer, lightly steam them; some recipes use fresh vegetables, gently warmed.
3. In most cases, to assemble your pizza, place the cheese on your bread or pizza dough, add vegetable toppings, and sprinkle spices on top!

If you would like more specific information or recipe, just email me at

Remember: By eating what you love AND making small substitutions like these, you’re on your way to creating your own long-lasting style to staying fit, feeling great and having fun doing it.  And that’s what we do at Gourmet Fitness.

“Enjoy Healthy” in every aspect of your life
Michele Risa
Beyond Body Mind Spirit NYC

Raspberry Spoonbread Dessert- a Southern Favorite

What do you get when you cross a souffle and cornbread?  Spoonbread!

raspberry spoonbread dessertThis is a traditional Southern favorite with the addition of summer’s raspberries and pure Vermont maple syrup, making it one of my favorites.

If you’re looking for a comforting dessert, this is it!

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A Win-Win Recipe- Arugula & Strawberry Salad

I hear you’re loving these salad substitutes to tasteless greens, so here’s a salad that is anything but!

Strawberry, Arugula Walnut SaladMost people love the taste of strawberries. And we encourage everyone to eat what they love while giving their body what it needs.  That’s why we call it a win-win!

Want more good reasons to substitute strawberries for less healthy foods?

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Another Win-Win Recipe: Sweet Carrot Salad

I think salad gets a bad rap.  Did you ever notice how at parties or buffets hardly anyone touches it? So here’s a salad substitute that we think will change your opinion.

Carrot, Celery Root SaladMost people love the taste of sweet carrots.  And we encourage everyone to eat what they love while giving their body what it needs.   That’s why we call it a win-win!

Want more good reasons to substitute carrots for less healthy foods?

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Why Sweets are Not so Sweet

While we were growing up, our mothers always told us, “Don’t eat too many sweets or sugar and sweetyou’ll have to go to the dentist to fill your cavities…again!”

Of course, our mothers were right about the connection between sugar and bad teeth. But did you know that sugar is the prominent cause of diabetes, heart disease, cancer, candida, and kidney problems as well as suppressing the immune system?

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How to Stay Your Wedding Dress Weight

Congratulations on your wedding!  We hope it was the most beautiful day of your life and everything you hoped for it to be.  And hats off to your success in “Operation Lean Bride”…we’re How to Stay Your Wedding Dress Weightsure your struggle paid off and you looked fabulous in your white dress.  We believe every woman deserves to learn the secret of staying at her wedding dress weight, so read on!

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Another Win-Win Recipe- Grill Baby Grill

Do you love grilling on the barbeque as much as I do?  Cooking food over a fire just transforms how everything tastes.

So if you’ve been wanting to switch to eating more vegetables- for all those good reasons- here’s Portobello Mushroomsanother win-win recipe that gives you what your body needs and what you will enjoy.  It looks- and even tastes-  like a steak!

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5 Fabulous Marinades for the 4th of July!

Summer Marinades

Who says vegetable-eaters can’t create magic on the grill?

The secret is simple – mix the ingredients and let the vegetables marinate for 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling.

Some great vegetables to grill are asparagus, carrots, zucchini, peppers, portobello mushrooms, eggplant, onions, and tomatoes.

Here are the fabulous 5:
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