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Making Pizza More Healthy

pizza with tomatoes and onionsDon’t you just love pizza? I do. deemed unhealthy it’s actually not as bad as it’s reputation. The italian original pizza Margherita is just a very thin crust with tomato sauce and mozzarella. That won’t ruin your diet, however what a lot of us make out of it will. The thick, soft crust, sometimes stuffed with cheese or sausages, more fattening cheese, fattening toppings such as salami or bacon.
You can still make a fairly healthy meal out of pizza if you leave most of that stuff out

Crust:

You can make your own dough or buy one, but it is much easier and healthier to use a whole grain tortilla. They have about 70 – 120 cal depending on size and brand so that’s pretty reasonable for a small pizza. Best part is you don’t really have to do anything, just buy them and put your toppings on top.
Obviously you’re crust will be kinda thin, but personally I like the topping much better anyways. Does any of you actually prefer the crust?

Sauce:

It’s hard to do something wrong here really. Most people use chopped tomatoes and herbs as pizza sauce and that’s great. Salsa is also a great alternative if you like it more spicy. I sometimes see people putting sauce Hollandaise or creme fraiche on pizza, that’s obviously not the best choice you could make. Alternatively try hummus or low-fat cream cheese, or black bean dip or Bean dip in general, it works surprisingly well. Try my Bean Dip Recipe. Some more sinful sauces would be full- fat cream cheese, curry and BBQ sauce. Although I guess the curry sauce depends on how you make it. I haven’t come across a good recipe yet and the ones you can buy are usually pretty fattening.

Topings:

There is so much healthy stuff you can put on top of you pizza, I couldn’t possibly name it all. It’s easier to say what not to put on it. The classic salami, bacon and pepperoni is usually a bad choice due to it’s high fat percentage. Ham, Chicken, Soy Mince, Tofu, Beef, Turkey, Tuna, Shrimps or other seafood on the other hand make good, high protein and healthy toppings.
Then of course there is tons of vegetable or fruit to choose from. i.e Corn, Broccoli, Onions, Peppers, Mushrooms, Pineapple, Peaches, Beans, Spinach, Olives, Garlic, Fennel, Arugula ….
Adding some almonds, walnuts, peanuts, chechews, macadamia or hazelnuts can also be a good hook.

Cheese:

Well it’s never gonna get really healthy here. You can leave it out, or use low fat cheese, but either way it’s probably not gonna taste as good. So really just go ahead and use some cheese, just don’t overdo it. Feta, mozzarella and ……… are one of the more healthy choices, but Gorgonzola, Cheddar, Edamare, Parmesan also taste great.

Topping Ideas:

Greek Style – Pizza
Ordinary tomato sauce with red onions, red peppers, beef (or tofu)with gyrus spice, black olives, spinach and feta. Serve Tzaziki on side if wanted

Pizza Georgia:
Cream cheese sauce with peaches, almonds, garlic. cinnamon and Mozerlla.

Pizza Blue Hawaii
Tomato sauce, pineapple, ham and gorgonzola (or other blue cheese)

Pizza Western
Bean dip with red onions, sliced potatoes, red peppers, corn, ground beef (or soy mince) and mozzarella

Tex – mex Pizza
Salsa with corn, peppers, jalapeno,wheel cactus leaves, kidney beans, chicken and Cheddar

Pizza Paris
Tomato sauce, almonds, cranberries,asparagus arugula and brie and cambert
Note: only bake arugula for about 10 min. Add last.

Pizza Australia
Vegemite and tomato sauce with macadamia nuts, prawns, red onions an peaches with mozzarella.

Veggie Pizza
Hummous with sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes, chopped broccoli, butternut beans and blue cheese (or cheese of choice)

Halloween Pizza:
Hummous with pumpkin slices, nutmeg, cinnamon, chestnuts, onions, cranberries and ham

Pizza London
Tomato sauce, ham, swedes,

Pizza Mon Cherie
cream cheese, black cherries, beef, beetroot and granted dark chocolate

Pizza Alaska
tomato sauce with spinach, salmon or paice, garlic, cauliflower mozzarella

Geez I could go on like this forever, there are just so many great combinations. Please comment your favourite pizza topping

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This entry was posted on November 19, 2012 by in All Recipes, Dinner, Dinner, My favourites, Ordinary, Specials, Weight Watchers.

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