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How to make a healthy pizza

how to make a healthy pizza

Pizza… One of the most desired, sinful and convenient comfort foods available to us! Why does something so delicious have to be so caloric and greasy? Why must we wear it on our waistlines? Why does one slice always turn into 3 or more? I can honestly tell you that pizza is up there for one of my favorite naughty foods. I actually have a special place in my food regime this weekend to treat myself to a couple of slices from one of my favorite pizza joints in town, since it has been a while! But, eating it on a regular basis definitely a no-no in my book.

Unfortunately, it isn’t recommended if you are serious about hitting a specific health goal. This brings me to why I am here with you this week; to give you some healthier pizza alternative so you don’t have to give it up completely. Trust me, there have been many times where I was on a low carb day and still determined to make pizza work for me; it was going to happen! So get ready for… 3 yummy pizza crust alternatives!

BUT before I do, I want to share with you the macros consumed when you do choose to eat the naughty stuff. Fatsecret provides us with the approximate calories and macronutrients in a single slice of cheese pizza. Per slice of pizza, you are eating 237 calories. A medium 12” pizza is made up of 8 slices, meaning an entire pie is 1,896 calories! That’s quite a lot for only a medium… can you imagine the nutrition facts for a large pizza?

Confession: once upon a time, I ate ½ a large pizza by myself. Don’t worry, I’m not perfect and you aren’t alone! As far for the macronutrients, this is what I found for fat, carbs and protein per slice: 10g fat (80g per pizza), 26g carbs (208 per pizza), and 10.6g protein (95.4g per pizza). Be sure to keep these numbers in mind as you read through the nutrition facts of your new pizza crust options! Also, each set of nutrition facts below DO NOT include the toppings or sauce!

With each option, you have the ability to select the toppings of your choosing, but of course, you’re going to want to make healthy choices. Easy on the blue cheese and pepperoni! I usually recommend using part skim shredded cheeses, lots of veggies, seasonings, low sugar pizza sauces, and some sort of protein. If you must use pepperoni, maybe try turkey pepperoni instead! I personally enjoy using an organic pizza sauce, part-skim shredded mozzarella or a grated parmesan cheese, black olives, spinach and chopped bell peppers.
Remember: There is always a way to make your favorite pizza toppings healthy. There is an alternative for almost anything out there; it doesn’t have to be hard! You CAN enjoy your food and allow it to be healthy as well!

[Source]: https://www.fatsecret.com/calories-nutrition/generic/pizza-cheese

 

#1 Quinoa Pizza Crust

 

Quinoa pizza

 

Now I cannot take credit for this recipe, as I have found it a few years ago browsing the internet (I will include the link below). Quinoa is a fantastic item to eat on a regular basis. It is a complex carb AND a complete protein. This means that it is made up of all 22 amino acids. It is another one of those versatile foods that can be used in all kinds of ways such as a rice substitute, sprinkled over a salad or made into a pizza crust! This crust is higher in carbs, so it may be a great high carb option or you can make it into two servings, saving half for later. When you really think about it, though, if you were to slice the crust into 4 pieces, each one contains 15.5g of a quality complex carb! I would call that a win.

NOTE: This recipe will require you to plan ahead, so please read carefully before you decide to make it! Check out the original recipe and post here: http://positively-healthy.com/quinoa-pizza-crust/

Quinoa Crust Ingredients:

• ½ cup washed quinoa
• 2.5 cups cold water
• ½ tsp Italian seasoning
• ¼ tsp Garlic powder
• ¼ tsp Salt

Directions:

1. Soak ½ cup quinoa in 2 cups water for 4-8 hours
2. When you are ready to cook, preheat oven to 450 degrees with a greased pie plate in the oven so that oil/plate gets nice and hot
3. Drain water from quinoa and add to blender or food processor
4. Add 1/2 cup water, ¼ tsp garlic powder, ½ tsp Italian seasoning, and ¼ tsp salt to taste. Blend until thick, similar to a pancake batter
5. Once the oven is preheated, carefully remove the plate. Pour quinoa batters into plate and spread evenly with rubber spatula
6. Bake for 10 minutes. Flip, and bake for additional 10 minutes.
7. Carefully remove the plate. Add desired ingredients! Bake for additional 7-10 minutes. Cut & enjoy!

Calories:

  • 344 calories
  • 12 grams of protein
  • 62 grams of carbohydrates
  • 6 grams of fat

#2 Pizzafied Chicken

 

pizzafied chicken

 

This is a perfect low carb option and it is super easy. I usually use thin breast chicken cutlets. However, if you only have normal thick chicken breasts, slice them into thinner pieces and pound down between pieces of plastic wrap!

Pizzafied chicken Ingredients

• 4 oz Chicken breast or chicken cutlet
• Seasons of choice
• Olive oil or nonstick cooking spray

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
2. Spray pan with olive oil nonstick cook spray
3. Season chicken with the desired seasoning and bake for 15 minutes.
4. Remove from oven and add sauce/additional toppings
5. Bake for an additional 10-15 minutes
6. Serve with salad or veggie of choice

Calories:

  • 160 calories
  • 37 grams of protein
  • 0 grams of carbohydrates
  • 1 gram of fat

#3 Pizza Toast

 

Pizza toast

 

Feeling lazy or lack ingredients? Try this one out.

Pizza  Toast

• 1-2 slices of multigrain/ whole wheat bread.
• You may also use 1 multigrain/wheat English muffin

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 420 degrees
2. Lightly toast 1-2 slices of bread for approximately 5 minutes
3. Remove from oven and add desired toppings
4. Bake for additional 5 minutes or until cheese is light brown

Calories:

  • 90 calories
  • 4 grams of protein
  • 18 grams of carbohydrates
  • 1 gram of fat

*This is for 1 slice of whole wheat bread

So next time you crave pizza, try these healthy crust substitutes. Give them a try and send us pictures on Facebook or Twitter.

Comment down below which one is your favorite.

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