Everyday Healthy Pizza
Pizza is one of the world’s favorite foods. If one could eat it everyday, one would. This healthy pizza is designed for those who would like to enjoy a pizza everyday without killing their calorie budget.
In this recipe I will show you:
- How to make a healthy pizza that tastes good. It is a low calorie (367 calories for the whole pizza) and high in protein (35 grams of protein). You can use mozzarella cheese and prosciutto like lots of regular pizza places do. The only scarifies that I am making here is the dough. But if it tastes good, is it a scarifies? I will let you decide.
- How to make pizza sauce from scratch in just a few minutes. It is the best and easiest pizza sauce recipe I have ever made!
For step by step video instructions, visit the video below:
What can I put on a healthy pizza?
There are many healthy options you can use on a pizza from vegetables, cheeses and lower calorie meats.
- Cheeses: there are great low calorie options for cheese that you can buy in any grocery store. Mozzarella cheese (a very common choice to use on a pizza), is actually a good lower calorie option with only 70 calories per once (28g). There is no need to put loads of cheese on your pizza. Between low calorie swiss cheese and mozzarella cheese I add only 2 ounces of cheese for the whole pizza.
- Meats: one of the best low calorie meat that I like to use is prosciutto. It is a delicious option as well, and it packs a good amount of protein. There are also lower calorie options for pepperoni (turkey pepperoni).
- Vegetables: mushroom, onion, tomatoes and peppers (all types) are my go to vegetables for a pizza.
What is the healthiest pizza dough?
To make a pizza a healthier option that you can enjoy everyday, finding the best type of dough is crucial. The best and the easiest pizza crust is lavash bread or tortilla. They are both thin and low in calories. Additionally, they hold up very well when smeared with tomato sauce and topped with all the ingredients.
Ingredients for a healthy everyday pizza
Every pizza consist of 3 major components:
- pizza sauce
Pizza Dough – contrary to a popular belief (cheese), this is where the bulk calories go. Because pizza dough is mostly flour it is the highest calorie component of any pizza. And you can not just use a smaller amount like you can with cheese. Just by swapping regular dough for a lower calorie option, you will save tons of calories and can even add protein. The quickest way is to use already made ‘dough’ like lavash bread or a plain low calorie tortilla (I use carb count or Xtreme – 45-50 calories per tortilla).
Pizza sauce – the best recipe I have ever made for pizza sauce, is a simple one that takes 5 minutes to make. The key here is to use canned san Marzano style tomatoes. They are sweet and very meaty, making them the perfect choice for a tasty sauce.
Toppings – you can choose whatever you have in the fridge or whatever you like. For me personally, mushroom, onion, bell peppers and tomatoes just go swimmingly with pizza. A must have topping is cheese, obviously. But cheese can add tons of calories. Mozzarella is a very good choice for a pizza because: first – it is what most pizza restaurants use, second – it is one of the lowest calorie cheese out there with only 70 calories per once (28 grams). Most importantly, when it comes to cheese, do not use too much. A little goes a long way and adds flavor.
My favorite protein for a low calorie, healthy pizza is prosciutto. It is delicious and adds tons of extra flavor and not all the extra calories that pepperoni, for example would add. If you absolutely have to have pepperoni like meat, there is turkey pepperoni that is lower in calories than regular pepperoni.
Steps to make a healthy everyday pizza
Prepare ingredients: chop the vegetables, saute them if you like to.
Preheat the oven to 450 F and put lavash bread for 2-4 minutes to dry it up but not let it brown or become crunchy.
Apply tomato sauce onto the lavash sheet
Add cheese and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper, dried oregano (if using)
Bake at 450 F for 5 – 10 minutes making sure not to burn it. Keep an eye on the bread. The edges will become brown and crunchy and vegetables will wilt.
Healthy Everyday Pizza
- 1 sheet lavash bread (one whole sheet – 64 grams)
- 1 oz low calorie swiss cheese (28 grams/2 tbs)
- 1 oz mozzarella cheese 28 grams
- 1 oz low calorie swiss cheese 28 grams
- 1 oz prosciutto 28 g (2 tbs – 2 slices)
- 4 oz mushroom 100 g (1/2 cup)
- 1 medium medium roma tomato 3 oz/90g
- 2 oz onion 56 g/1/4 cup
- 2 oz red bell pepper 56 g/1/4 cup
- Start with preparing a tomato sauce
- Prepare ingredients: chop the vegetables, sauté them if you like to.
- Preheat the oven to 450 F and put lavash bread for 5 minutes to dry it up but not let it brown or become crunchy.
- Apply tomato sauce onto the lavash sheet
- Add cheese and vegetables. Season with salt and pepper, dried oregano (if using)
- Bake at 450 F for 5 – 10 minutes making sure not to burn it. Keep an eye on the bread. The edges will become brown and crunchy and vegetables will wilt.