Think adopting healthier eating habits means saying goodbye to pizza forever? Think again! You can eat better versions of your favourite foods – and healthier pizza is a good place to start.
Creating a ridiculously scrumptious pizza that will also nourish your mind, body and soul boils down to three main components: crust, sauce and toppings. Let’s dive right in so you can start formulating the most delicious, satisfying pizza of your life!
Step #1: Healthify Your Pizza Crust
You can make a simple pizza crust with so many nourishing ingredients. Zucchini, cauliflower, sweet potatoes or gluten-free flours are just a few items that build a tasty base. Just add some spices and chopped herbs and you are all set! If you need some inspiration, check out Meghan’s Best Gluten-Free Pizza Crust Ever here.
When you are running short on time, keep it simple. Sliced vegetables, like roasted eggplant rounds or portobello mushroom caps, can also work beautifully as a makeshift crust. Take it from me, these Grilled Portobello Mushroom Pizzas (at the bottom of this post) can do no wrong!
Step #2: Healthify Your Pizza Sauce
Stop! Put down that processed, sugar-filled jar of pizza sauce. There are so many healthier options. A few spoonfuls of crushed tomatoes will work perfectly, and so will salsa, hummus, mashed avocado, pesto or even a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Step #3: Healthify Your Pizza Toppings
Now that you have a delicious crust and a yummy sauce, all you have left are the toppings! Load up on vegetables like peppers, mushrooms, onion, cherry tomatoes or zucchini. Chopped fruit like roasted plums or pineapple will add an awesome hint of sweetness. And don’t forget your greens! A handful of arugula on top can add the perfect finishing touch.
To make your healthier pizza a complete meal, ensure you include a source of protein within your toppings like lentils, crunchy roasted chickpeas or diced chicken. When it comes to pizza toppings, the sky is the limit. Get inspired with some of my favourite combinations here.
How do you healthify your pizza? What are your favourite toppings? Share your tips with us in the comments below!
Academy of Culinary Nutrition