10 Ways to Make a Healthier Pizza
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