If you love pizza, you can use healthy pizza toppings and enjoy this favorite treat with zero guilt. The healthiest pizza toppings include ingredients such as red peppers, garlic, and mushrooms, which may provide not only great taste, but also significant potential health benefits.
Learn more about healthy topping choices for pizza and the reasons why you should pile them on your pizza. You’ll also learn how to make your own dough quickly and easily for an incredibly simple pizza recipe.
What Are Some Of The Healthiest Pizza Toppings?
When it comes to healthy pizza toppings, you’ve got a multitude of options that are light in calories but big on flavor, including lots of fruits and vegetables. If you think that you have to add a lot of fattening meats to make pizzas taste great, think again.
If you’re making pizza for a meal, you can’t go wrong by adding some red peppers. They pack a real vitamin C punch. Just half of one red pepper contains 100 milligrams of this important nutrient.1
Garlic has a wonderful taste and a delicious aroma that adds depth to so many foods, but did you know it also offers a host of potential health benefits?
Notably, garlic may help support cardiovascular health as well as healthy blood sugar levels already within a normal range.2
Pineapple is a good source of fiber, and it makes for a tasty pizza topping. Just one cup (2.3 grams) of pineapple chunks will provide you with nearly 10 percent of your daily recommended amount.3
Fiber has been shown to help support weight loss. It may also help support the digestive and immune systems.4
If your parents continually reminded you to eat your spinach when you were a child, they did so for a reason. Spinach may help support healthy bones, hair, and skin, and it may also help support proper digestion. There is also evidence that spinach might be beneficial for healthy blood sugar levels and the cardiovascular system.5
Mushrooms are a staple of vegetarian diets because they’re a good source of protein and fiber. They also don’t contain a lot of fat or calories, and they have no cholesterol. Mushrooms may also help support the immune system.6
DIY Pizza Crust
You can always go to the store and buy some premade pizza crust, but what fun is that? If you’re the kind of person who likes to prepare every component of your meal, it’s only natural that you’d want to make your own dough. Plus, you can make sure it’s healthy.
Here are two recipes, one for a cauliflower crust and another that contains almond and coconut flour.
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- ¼ cup of grated Parmesan cheese
- ¼ teaspoon of garlic powder
- ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ teaspoon of dried oregano
- ½ of kosher salt (NOT regular table salt)
- 1 head of cauliflower with the stalk taken out
- 2 lightly beaten eggs
- Preheat your oven to 400ºF and then take some parchment paper to line a baking sheet.
- Break up the cauliflower and put it in a food processor. Chop until fine.
- Steam the cauliflower and drain thoroughly.
- Put the cauliflower in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients and mix.
- Pour the mixture onto the baking sheet and spread it out.
- Put in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.7
Almond/Coconut Flour Crust
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon of fine sea salt (NOT table salt)
- ½ teaspoon of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of dried Italian herbs
- 2 tablespoons of coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 ¼ cups of almond flour
- 3 eggs
- Preheat your oven to 350ºF.
- Put the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, mix thoroughly, and put to the side.
- Mix the oil and eggs in a separate bowl until you notice a slight froth.
- Pour the oil/egg mixture into the bowl with the dry ingredients and thoroughly mix.
- Form the dough into a ball and brush with a bit more olive oil.
- Place the ball on a large baking sheet and flatten.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the crust begins to turn golden brown.8
Put Those Healthy Pizza Toppings To Work With A Quick, Easy Recipe
So, now that you know how to make pizza crust, it’s time to make the rest of your masterpiece.
- 2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup pizza sauce
- ½ cup red bell peppers, chopped
- ½ cup arugula
- Balsamic glaze (just a slight drizzle)
- ½ cup sliced tomato (grape tomatoes will be perfect)
- 2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup of sliced mushrooms
- 1-2 cups of shredded chicken
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- Preheat your oven to 450ºF. Brush a little olive oil on a large baking sheet, and place the pizza dough on top.
- Brush some olive oil on the dough and add some tomato sauce. Use a large spoon to spread out the sauce.
- Add your toppings (except the arugula and balsamic glaze, which you’ll add later) and put the pizza in the oven for about 15 minutes.
- Take the pizza out of the oven, add the arugula and balsamic glaze, then slice and serve.9
Healthy Pizza Toppings: Other Nutritious Options
Feel free to experiment with different nutritious toppings to discover your favorites. Need ideas? How about:
- Black olives
- Summer squash
- Butternut squash
- Pine nuts10