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Healthy Pizza

Healthy Pizza


This isn't like a standard pizza crust, but it’s a great option if you are looking to cut out carbohydrates or looking for a gluten-free pizza. Skip the fatty sausage and pepperoni and opt for lean chicken instead.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 1/4 Cup grated reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 Cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 egg

For the toppings

  • 1 14-ounce low-sodium pizza sauce
  • 4 Ounces grated reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 4 Ounces grated reduced-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 1 Ounce grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian seasoning

Servings6

Calories Per Serving400

Folate equivalent (total)106µg26%

Riboflavin (B2)0.4mg25.7%


10 Ways to Make a Healthier Pizza

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Pizza can go either way: quintessential greasy junk food or healthy combo of fresh ingredients. Which one sounds better to you (and for you)? Here's how to build a pie with a healthier profile.

You can make your own with this quick and easy recipe. Each satisfying slice will have extra fiber and protein.

Go for big flavor and fewer calories by using a combination of part-skim mozzarella, sharp provolone and naturally lower-fat Parmesan.

Pizza night is a great way to use up what's in the fridge. There are no rules--whatever you've got, toss it on.

Pizza is one of those foods that folks mindlessly shovel, so it's worth paying attention to portions (do you really need that third or fourth slice?!).

Instead of gobs of cheese, opt for hearty, healthy pizza toppers like roasted squash and meaty mushrooms.

Meat lovers don't have to lose out. Swap out fatty meats like pepperoni and pork sausage for thinly sliced (leaner) cuts of salami, turkey bacon and chicken sausage.

Instead of simply eating less pizza, serve it up with a large salad. That will make it a lot easier to stick to tip No. 4 (see above).

Jarred pizza sauces are usually drowning in sodium and other preservatives. Making your own will instantly improve the quality of any pizza recipe. Think beyond red sauce and try pesto or some good olive oil and fresh garlic.

Get spicy instead of greasy. Fresh chiles and red pepper flakes are a good match for more subtle flavors like fresh tomatoes and herbs.

Lean steak, grilled chicken, shrimp and other lean proteins make pizza a super satisfying meal.

Looking for a new favorite pizza recipe? Try any of these combos and fall in love with healthy pizza.

7) White pie (aka no sauce) with fresh figs, caramelized onions and ricotta

8) Arugula pesto, red onion, thinly sliced Italian salami and red pepper flakes

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »


  • Pineapple
  • Spinach
  • Pepperoni
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato
  • Pesto
  • Greens
  • Red peppers
  • Black olives
  • Bacon
  • Sausage
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Ham
  • Diced chicken
  • Cheese

Try an antipasto with ham, salami, mozzarella, tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and pepperoni, salad, chips or dessert. Try any of the following recipes.


Preheat oven. Preheat oven to 450ºF and lightly brush oil onto a pizza stone or large baking sheet. Place dough on top of stone or pan.

Add the sauce to the dough. Brush olive oil on top of dough, then sprinkle all over with garlic cloves. Then lightly spread sauce on top using the back of a spoon.

Add toppings. Top with sliced mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, chicken and mozzarella.

Bake in oven. Bake in the oven until crust is golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. I recommend checking on it at the 10 minute mark to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Top and serve! Remove from oven and top with fresh arugula and balsamic glaze if preferred. Slice using a pizza cutter and serve!


More vitamins and minerals.

Despite its wholesome reputation, white flour is one of the most nutritionally deficient substances you can put into your body. Everything that was once healthy in the wheat kernel gets stripped away in the lengthy refining and bleaching process. It has virtually no fiber, and more than 100 vitamins are also removed. By using a better type of flour, you give your body more of the fiber and vitamins that are lost with white or 00 flour. Studies have shown that we absorb vitamins and minerals better from fermented bread than nonfermented.


4. Greek

Heat oven or toaster oven to 400°F. Set a 6" whole-wheat pita on a baking sheet. Arrange ¼ cup drained and chopped roasted red peppers on it. Top with 6 marinated artichoke heart quarters, 5 halved Kalamata olives, and 1 Tbsp crumbled feta. Bake until golden brown, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from oven, cut into 4 wedges, and serve immediately. Serves 1.

Nutrition information (per serving): 322 calories, 8 g protein, 47 g carbs, 9 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 15 g fat, 2.5 g sat fat, 997 mg sodium


8 Surprisingly Healthy Pizza Recipes

Yes, there is such a thing as healthy pizza! So, grab some ingredients, a movie, and enjoy a guilt-free pizza night with one of these healthy pizza recipes! These pizza recipes have been modified to use lighter ingredients, crust alternatives, and portion control which turns them into healthy pizza recipes. From crusts made out of cauliflower to individual pizzas, these healthy pizza recipes will keep your diet on track and allow you to indulge your cravings.
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Some Recipes Can Be Beneficial to Your Health

Even though many types of pizza are high in calories, fat, and sodium, those made with new, whole ingredients can be a healthy option.

Traditional pizza is made with flour, yeast, water, salt, oil, tomato sauce, and fresh cheese and is a portion of relatively simple food.

Pizza made from scratch with these few ingredients can be very nutritious.

When making homemade pizza, add nutrient-dense toppings like vegetables or safe protein sources like grilled chicken to increase the nutritional quality.

Many pizza restaurants sell whole-wheat and gluten-free crusts and organic toppings, including fresh vegetables and herbs.


FATHEAD CRUST MINI-CALZONES RECIPE

Equipment

Ingredients

For the Fathead Pizza Crust

  • 3/4 cup Almond Flour
  • 1 + 1/2 cup Mozarella Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Cream Cheese
  • 1 Egg

For the Calzone Mini-Pizzas

  • 1 cup Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup Ricotta
  • 1 cup Sugar Free Tomato Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ham
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt

Instructions

For the Fathead Pizza Crust

For the Calzone Mini-Pizzas

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Roasted Vegetable Pizza With Ricotta Cheese

1 cup sliced zucchini
1 cup sliced mushrooms
2 shallots, sliced
1 medium yellow pepper, sliced
1 medium red pepper, sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1⁄8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 12-inch prebaked 100% whole-wheat thin crust
½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon pesto sauce (store-bought or homemade)

1. Heat oven to 425° F. Place the vegetables in a large bowl and toss with the salt and olive oil.

2. Spread out the vegetables on large rimmed baking sheet. Roast until they are softened and brown in spots, about 13 minutes. Remove from oven.

3. Place the crust on a pizza paddle or large cutting board. Sprinkle the crust with mozzarella and top with vegetables. Place dollops of ricotta cheese around the crust and sprinkle with Parmesan.

4. Carefully slide the pizza directly on to middle oven rack and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbly, about 7 to 8 minutes. Remove carefully onto paddle or cutting board. Drizzle with pesto and serve.

Makes 6 servings (1 slice per serving).

Nutrition Information: One serving contains 190 calories, 8 grams fat, 3 grams saturated fat, 9 grams protein, 20 grams carbohydrates, 3 grams fiber, 220 mg sodium