Living a healthy life doesn't mean you have to miss out on foods that you love. As you all know by now, I'm a huge fan of Michael Pollan's "Food Rules." Rule #39 is one of my favorite rules to live by:

"#39: Eat all the junk food you want, as long as you cook it yourself."

This rule fits perfectly into a balanced lifestyle for two reasons:

1. If you cook junk food at home it will undoubtedly be healthier than restaurant food.  You'll avoid loads of excess sodium, saturated fat, perservatives, etc., etc.

2. One problem with junk food is that it's convenient and quick which means it's easy to over-do it. Taking the time to cook it yourself will slow you down and naturally decrease the frequency in which you eat "junk food."

Inspired by a restaurant dish (that was by no means healthy), I set out to make a pizza that incorporated the abundance of fresh figs I've seen at the farmer's market.

I purchased all of my ingredients from Trader Joe's and the local Farmer's Market.

If you don't have a Trader Joe's near you any pizza dough & sauce will do. The more natural the better (meaning, skip the Boboli).

Fig & Prosciutto Pizza

Trader Joe's Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (found in the refrigerated section)
Trader Joe's Pizza Sauce
Part-Skim Mozzarella, Shredded
Crumbled Goat Cheese
Sliced Prosciutto (look for nitrate-free)
Fresh Figs, Sliced
Fresh Arugula

Allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes.

Once the dough nears room temperature roll it out with a bit of flour to your desired thickness and place on pizza stone/baking dish.

Proceed just as you would expect: spread sauce then add the prosciutto and mozzarella. Place the figs on the top, sprinkle with goat cheese and bake according to directions on the dough packaging or until cheese is melted and crust is golden.

Top with fresh arugula and a touch of sea salt and enjoy!