10 Ways to Make a Healthier Pizza

spinach ricotta pizza

Healthy Spinach and Ricotta Pizza

healthy Spinach and Ricotta Pizza

Matt Armendariz, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

pizza can go either direction : quintessential greasy trash food or healthy jazz band of fresh ingredients. Which one sounds better to you ( and for you ) ? here ‘s how to build a proto-indo european with a healthy profile .

1)    Give it a Whole-Grain Crust

You can make your own with this promptly and easy recipe. Each satisfying slice will have extra fiber and protein .

2)    Use Lighter Cheeses

Go for big spirit and fewer calories by using a combination of part-skim mozzarella, sharp provolone and naturally lower-fat Parmesan .

3)    Load Up On Veggies

Pizza night is a great means to use up what ‘s in the electric refrigerator. There are no rules — whatever you ‘ve got, toss it on .

4)    Mind Your Portions

Pizza is one of those foods that folks mindlessly shovel, so it ‘s worth paying attention to portions ( do you in truth need that third or fourth piece ? ! ) .

5)    Go for Healthier Topppers

rather of trap of cheese, choose for hearty, healthy pizza toppers like roasted squash and meaty mushrooms .

6)    Choose Leaner Meats

kernel lovers do n’t have to lose out. Swap out fatso meats like pepperoni and pork blimp for thinly sliced ( thin ) cuts of salami, turkey bacon and wimp blimp .

7)    Serve with Salad

rather of merely eating less pizza, serve it up with a big salad. That will make it a distribute easier to stick to tip No. 4 ( see above ) .

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8)    Spoon on Homemade Sauce

Jarred pizza sauces are normally drowning in sodium and other preservatives. Making your own will immediately improve the choice of any pizza recipe. Think beyond bolshevik sauce and try pesto or some good olive petroleum and fresh garlic .

9)    Add Spice

Get blue alternatively of greasy. newly chiles and red pepper flakes are a good match for more elusive flavors like fresh tomatoes and herbs .

10)   Go for Protein

lean steak, grilled chicken, shrimp and other tilt proteins make pizza a super satisfy meal .

Fresh and Flavorful Combinations

Looking for a new darling pizza recipe ? Try any of these combos and fall in love with healthy pizza .

3)    Broccoli, fresh tomato and a smidge of crumbled bacon

4)    Roasted Butternut Squash and fresh kale

5)    Grilled chicken, roasted red pepper, fresh mozzarella, basil

6)    Zucchini, fresh fennel and chicken sausage

7 ) White pie ( aka no sauce ) with fresh figs, caramelized onions and ricotta

8 ) Arugula pesto, crimson onion, thinly sliced italian salami and red pepper flakes

9)    Portabello mushroom, roasted cauliflower and provolone cheese

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10)  Thinly sliced potato and chives

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a cross-file dietician, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutriment. See Dana ‘s full bio »