Healthy pizza recipes do exist, and many taste just as good as traditional pizzas—they just won’t take as much of a toll on your waistline.
Whether you’re seeking gluten-free, low-carb or vegetarian dishes, having a few healthy pizza recipes handy is a must if you’re a pizza-lover seeking guilt-free dishes. And who isn’t?! Here are six delicious flavor combinations to try.
1. Whole-Wheat Veggie Ricotta Pizza
This pizza recipe is packed with protein and fiber, which is why it’s at the top of the list. The Food Network’s whole-wheat veggie ricotta pizza recipe contains 490 calories, 21 grams of protein and 13 grams of fiber in each serving. Ingredients on the list include Brussels sprouts, butternut squash, part-skim ricotta cheese, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, some seasonings and a whole wheat-flour crust.
This dish isn’t for the gluten-free dieter because it contains wheat, but it’s perfect for vegetarians who aren’t sensitive to gluten. For an extra boost of lean protein (for non-vegetarians), add grilled chicken as a topping.
2. Flax-Crusted Pesto Pizza
Instead of using traditional pizza crust, try I Breathe I’m Hungry’s flax pizza crust recipe made with flax seeds, Parmesan cheese and eggs. This gluten-free crust has less than 1 gram of carbs and provides 239 calories, 13 grams of protein and 18 grams of fat (a lot of which is heart-healthy fat from flax) per serving.
The crust is a perfect choice when you’re on a low-carb diet and looking to shed pounds. Top the flax crust with pesto sauce or olive oil, and toppings of your choice (such as Canadian bacon, chicken, seitan crumbles, tofu, mushrooms, reduced-fat cheese, peppers, broccoli or other veggies).
3. Spaghetti Squash Chicken Pizza
This spaghetti squash chicken pizza recipe from Shared Appetite is sure to be a hit. It features a spaghetti squash crust plus chicken, low-fat cheese and an avocado sauce. Squash crusts are lower in calories and carbs than many traditional pizza crusts, and provide you with a boost of fiber and vitamin A. This pizza is an excellent source of protein, and benefits you with heart-healthy fats from avocados and olive oil.
4. Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Cauliflower crust pizza is another lower-carb alternative to traditional pizzas. The crust is made with cauliflower, cheese, eggs and seasonings—and can be topped with your favorite veggies, olive oil or pesto sauce, as well as lean protein (like grilled chicken, turkey, seitan crumbles or tofu).
5. Zucchini Crust Pizza
When you’re looking for another nutritious pizza option that’s lower in carbs, try Taste of Home’s vegetarian zucchini crust pizza recipe. This is a recipe that won’t disappoint. It’s loaded with veggies, lands under 200 calories and offers 14 grams of protein, 12 grams of carbs, 10 grams of fat and just 4 grams of sugar per serving. Use reduced-fat cheese and add extra veggies (as well as grilled chicken or turkey for an extra boost of protein) if desired.
6. Mushroom Crust Pizza
You may not think of mushrooms as a pizza crust ingredient, but that’s exactly what you’ll find if you opt for this pizza stuffed mushroom recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking. Simply use Portobello mushroom caps as your crust and add healthy toppings of your choice—such as olive oil, pesto sauce, tomatoes, turkey bacon bits, Canadian bacon, sun-dried tomatoes and reduced-fat cheeses.
Tips to Make Pizzas Healthier
Eating healthy pizza may be easier than you think with a few tips and tricks—and the right mouth-watering recipes. Simply use whole-grain pizza crust or crusts made from veggies or seeds (like mushrooms, flax, squash, cauliflower or zucchini) in place of traditional white pizza crust. Add extra veggies to your pizzas to boost the amount of fiber; use olive oil or pesto sauce in place of pizza sauce (as it’s higher in sugar); and use lean proteins, such as grilled chicken, turkey, Canadian bacon, seitan crumbles or tofu, in place of pepperoni and sausage.