3 Hacks to Make Healthier and Tastier Pizza

3 Hacks to Make Healthier and Tastier Pizza

Do you love pizza? Wish you could eat it every day? Want to find a way to make it healthier? If you answered yes to these 3 questions, then you're going to want to read to find out how you can make pizza healthy, so you can eat it more often!

 

Pepperoni, Margherita, Hawaiian, or plain cheese--what do all these pizza flavours have in common? You’ve tried them all. And, now you’re stuck in what we’ll refer to as a “pizza rut”. You’ve had all the pizza flavours and now you’re in need of something bigger, better, and might we say, even healthier? Now, you might think to yourself, “Healthy Pizza? Ew, why would we want that?” Well, one could assume that you might want to switch so you can save yourself the embarrassing task of having to blot the grease off your pizza. But, the answer is rather much simpler…MORE PIZZA! More Pizza? Yes, more pizza! Right now, you may be able to get away with eating one slice of pizza and not breaking your diet, but what if you could have 3 slices of pizza? Or four? Or maybe even a whole pizza to yourself? Now we’re talking! So, how do you make a healthy pizza? We’ve got 3 hacks to make pizza healthier and introduce you to flavours you’ve never had before. Plus, stay until the end to uncover some unexpectedly good healthy pizza ideas and toppings!

#1 Skip the Wheat Flour Pizza Dough:

The pizza dough is one of the first areas you should look at if you want to add a fun and healthy twist to your pizza. One of the most common substitutions for regular ol’ flour pizza dough is a cauliflower crust! A cauliflower pizza crust will add nutrients to your pizza such as fibre and vitamin C, all while reducing the overall net carbs, and eliminating any presence of gluten or grains. Now, you could make this yourself with some basic ingredients like cauliflower, eggs, and seasonings, but it is quite a bit of work. So, since you want your pizza now and not tomorrow, ready-made, frozen cauliflower pizza crusts like the ones from Cali’flour are the way to go! These ready-to-use cauliflower pizza crusts allow you to skip the hard work, fully customize your healthy pizza and get straight to the munching. 

Now, if you’re not too interested in cauliflower pizza crusts, but still need a healthy and low-calorie alternative to traditional flour pizza doughs, then you may want to try using a tortilla! Tortillas are perfect for anyone that enjoys a thin crust or wants to significantly reduce the amount of calories in their pizza and the time needed for cooking. And, if you toast it just right, you’ll get the perfect amount of crispiness to make you forget that you’re eating a tortilla all-together. Choose any type of tortilla, layer on the toppings, and bake or microwave for a quick and easy, healthy pizza. 

And, if you’re feeling like soothing your sweet cravings with a dessert pizza, you could swap the dough for a granola or oat-based dough. Simply combine some oats with a sweetener of your choice like honey or maple syrup, and bake! But, if that’s still too much work, a sweet tortilla should do the trick!

#2 Choose Your Pizza Sauce Carefully:

Fun fact: the pizza sauce is the most crucial part of the pizza! It is the ingredient that can make or break the pizza flavour. But, it is also an ingredient that can cause you to throw your healthy diet out the window if you’re not careful. A lot of pizza sauces come loaded with sugar and other junk that simply does not need to be there. Look for pizza sauces that are unsweetened or have a short ingredient list. But, here’s a thought…what if you ditched the pizza sauce all together? There’s plenty of other healthy pizza sauce options that can take your pizza from “pizza?...again?” to “pizza! again!” And, if you haven’t tried any of these, take this as your sign to experiment in the pizza sauce department. Some delicious and healthy pizza sauce alternatives include sugar-free BBQ sauce, pesto, buffalo sauce, hummus, and yogurt or nut and seed spreads for dessert pizzas. In all honesty, you could put just about any ingredient that you want here. But, be aware that the ingredient that you choose will underlie all the flavours of your healthy pizza, so choose wisely!

#3 Choose the Right Toppings:

Now, here is your opportunity to unleash your creativity. Anything from individual toppings to sauces goes here, but you do have to be mindful when picking your ingredients. Since toppings, like cheese, make up the majority of the pizza, they will also contribute to the majority of the calories and nutritional value. It is always best when possible to choose veggies like bell peppers, mushrooms, and spinach, or fruits like pineapple and strawberries, or lean proteins like chicken. The type of toppings you choose will differentiate based on the type of pizza that you’re making. And, we encourage you to think outside the box. So, go ahead and make any combination that your heart desires, we won’t judge you! If you’re looking for a place to start, some unexpectedly good and healthy toppings that you may want to include are: corn kernels, balsamic glaze, beets, ranch dressing, pickles, honey, and eggs! In general, most people stay away from seafood and regular iceberg lettuce on pizza, but if there’s a will, there’s a way! So, don’t be afraid to try any untraditional combinations; You might just discover your new favourite!

Untraditional Pizza Flavours that Are Surprisingly Delicious

Tired of the typical pepperoni, hawaiian, and cheese pizzas? Here are five easy and healthy pizza ideas to get you out of your pizza rut:

Breakfast Pizza: Grab your favourite tortilla or flatbread and top with cheese, eggs, ham, bacon, and bake for a healthy and unique breakfast. 

Sushi Pizza: Grab our ready to use, keto-friendly sticky rice and shape it into a pizza. Place in a pan and toast on both sides until a light brown colour appears. Top with your favourite sushi toppings like avocado, cream cheese, cucumbers, or crab. Drizzle with soy sauce, a spicy mayo and enjoy! 

Burger Pizza: Who says that you can’t have pizza and burgers in one meal? Not us, that’s for sure! For this pizza you’ll want to get out your tortilla or cauliflower pizza crust. Then,layer on your cheese, and top with some pickles, plant-based ground meat, onions, tomatoes, and drizzle with some burger sauce!

Grilled Peach Pizza: Oven, who? We’re sticking our pizza crust or tortilla in the grill along with some fresh peaches, goat cheese, mint, honey and a balsamic glaze!

Dessert Pizza: Start with your granola, oat pizza dough or your tortilla. Then, add a layer of your choice of yogurt, top with your favourite fruit like apples or berries, add some golops of nut or seed butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, chocolate chips, or some coconut flakes and drizzle with caramel sauce for a sweet treat!

Key Take-Aways:

With any (or all) of these healthy modifications, you can make your pizza healthier, tastier, and more exciting to eat! Pizza doesn’t need to be wheat-dough, tomato sauce and cheese, it can be anything you want it to be! From salty to sweet to savoury, the sky's the limit when it comes to pizza flavours. And, now with our healthy modifications, you’ll be able to enjoy more of the delicious flavours that pizza has to offer! So, don’t settle for greasy, less-than-best pizza! Create your healthy pizzas at home using our delicious and nutritious ingredients here! What kind of pizza will you be making? Let us know in the comments below!

Until next time! Ciao!

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