Pizza – the healthy way

Baking a pizza at home with the family is a fun way to spend an evening — and it can be healthy, too, when prepared the right way.

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Healthy pizza: Start with whole grain crusts

Make your own dough or buy whole wheat or whole grain pizza dough. Personal-size pizzas can also be made with tortillas, English muffins or pita bread.

>> How to make pizza on the grill


Go light on the sauce because too much makes a soggy pizza.

  • Tomato sauce
  • Pesto
  • Salsa
  • Hummus
  • Refried beans
  • BBQ sauce
  • Alfredo sauce
  • Ranch dressing
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Thai peanut sauce
Choose lean proteins

making a pizza toppingsProteins should be pre‐cooked, drained and cooled before adding to pizza. Try:

  • Grilled chicken
  • Lean ground beef or Italian sausage (cooked)
  • Ham
  • White or black beans
  • Turkey pepperoni, bacon or sausage
  • Baby shrimp (cooked)
  • Canned tuna or salmon
  • Firm tofu cubes
Fruits and vegetables

Drain well and pat dry before adding these toppings. (Add these before the pizza is cooked.)

  • Artichoke hearts
  • Banana peppers
  • Diced or cherry tomatoes
  • Grilled eggplant
  • Mushrooms
  • Olives
  • Onions (red, white or green)
  • Red and green bell peppers
  • Shredded carrots
  • Spinach
  • Sun‐dried tomatoes (diced)
  • Zucchini
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
Add these after pizza is cooked:
  • Arugula
  • Avocado
  • Cucumbers
  • Shredded lettuce
  • Chopped cilantro or basil
  • Other fresh herbs
Low-fat dairy

Use cold cheese to prevent cheese from overcooking and possibly burning.

  • Mozzarella
  • Cheddar Jack
  • Feta cheese
  • Swiss
  • Gouda
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Try these awesome healthy pizza combinations

These combos all meet the US Department of Agriculture MyPlate guidelines.

  1. Tomato sauce, turkey pepperoni, peppers and mozzarella
  2. Shredded chicken, Hoisin sauce, cucumbers and green onions
  3. Tofu, shredded carrots, mushrooms, bean sprouts and Thai peanut sauce
  4. Sliced apples, cherry tomatoes and cheddar jack cheese
  5. Spinach, sun‐dried tomatoes, baby shrimp and Feta cheese
  6. Grilled chicken, pineapple, mozzarella and BBQ sauce
  7. Pesto sauce, olives, diced tomato, Feta cheese and arugula

>> Recipe: Spinach and herb stuffed pizza

Pizza cooking tips
  • Keep the oven HOT. Preheat and cook pizza at 450‐500 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  • It may be tempting, but don’t overload on the toppings. It can make the pizza slice soggy or too heavy to pick up.

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