When I made a serious commitment to myself to eat clean, I thought I was going to have to say goodbye to pizza forever. Then I made a life-changing discovery: You can make healthy pizza that still tastes good!
I’ve become somewhat of a master when it comes to making a pizza healthy, so today I’m going to break it down for you in three simple steps: How to choose a healthier crust, sauce, and toppings to create the most delicious healthy pizza of your life.
Step One: Pizza Crust, Healthy
You can make a simple pizza crust with so many things. Zucchini, cauliflower and sweet potatoes are just a few vegetables that can be transformed into a delicious crust. Gluten-free flours are also great, like this Garbanzo Bean Flatbread Pizza Crust. Just add water, some spices and you are all set!
We don’t always have the time to whip up a veggie crust so when you are running short on time, keep it simple with things like gluten-free brown rice tortillas or a paleo box mix. Sliced vegetables, like roasted eggplant rounds or portobello mushroom caps, can also work beautifully as a makeshift crust. Take it from me, these Mini Portobello Margherita Pizzas from can do no wrong.
Step Two: Pizza Sauce, Healthy
Stop! Put down that processed, sugar-filled jar of pizza sauce. There are so many healthier options for a pizza sauce. A spoonful of crushed tomatoes works perfectly, as does salsa, hummus, mashed avocado or even a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil! If you have some extra time, try whipping up a simple basil pesto or this ridiculously easy and delicious Five Minute Cashew Sauce.
Step Three: Pizza Toppings, Healthy
So now that you have a delicious crust and a scrumptious sauce, all you have left are the toppings! Load up on vegetables like hot peppers, mushrooms, onions, cherry tomatoes, or zucchini. Chopped fruit like roasted plums or pineapples also adds a yummy hint of sweetness. If you are avoiding cow’s milk, try goat cheese, feta, or buffalo mozzarella. Don’t forget your greens—a handful of arugula on top is the perfect finishing touch.
To make your pizza a complete meal, ensure you include a source of protein in your toppings like diced chicken, all-natural sausage, lentils, or chickpeas. When it comes to pizza toppings, the sky’s the limit. Fish Taco Pizza anyone?