Healthy Pizza That Your Kids Won't Know Is Healthy

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How to Cook a Healthy Pizza That Your Kids Won't Know Is Healthy

It's not often you see the words "healthy" and "pizza" used in the same sentence. As you're well aware of, pizza is a ridiculously healthy yet notoriously unhealthy food choice for you and your family.

The Chicago Classic Individual Size Deep Dish Pizza at Pizzeria Uno has over a day's worth of calories for most folks (2,300), and over two day's worth of fat (164 grams) and sodium (4,910 milligrams).

If you want to make smarter, healthier food choices for your family but still want a great-tasting, crowd-pleasing pizza, I've got just the recipe for you.

How to Make a Healthy Pizza 

There are several simple tips you can use to turn an unhealthy pizza into a healthy one:

1. Opt for a whole grain thin crust.

Buy a whole wheat or whole grain crust instead of a white one. And if you can find a thin whole wheat crust, that's even better because it'll save you additional calories.

2. Use lots of veggies.

If you have kids that will frown upon this, hide the veggies under the cheese or blend some spinach and onions together with your tomato sauce and they won't even know.

3. Use lean meats.

Pepperoni, sausage and bacon may be delicious, but they add lots of calories, salt, and fat to your pizza. So go with chicken or ham instead to please the carnivores in your clan.

4. Pick up a low-sodium tomato or marinara sauce.

Pizza contains a lot of salt, but you can cut back on that sodium content drastically by buying a low sodium tomato sauce.

5. Grab a bag of reduced fat cheese.

This will help you cut back on the calories and fat. You still want some fat though for flavor, so stay away from the fat free dairy products.

So now that you're equipped with the tips you need to succeed, let's show you how to make your soon-to-be-delicious pizza.

Healthy Chicken Supreme Pizza Recipe

• 1 Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
• 4 oz. Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast
• 1 Tomato
• 1 Cup Spinach
• 1/2 Onion
• 1/2 Green Pepper
• 1/2 cup Reduced Fat Shredded Mozarella Cheese
• 1/2 cup Low Sodium Tomato Sauce
• Salt and Pepper

1. Heat a pan to medium heat and spray with cooking spray. Cook chicken breast for 5-6 minutes.Flip chicken breast and cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt and pepper.
2. Chop the onion and green pepper and saute in the same pan with the spinach for about 5 minutes.
3. Spread tomato sauce over the crust. Top with onion, green pepper, spinach, and diced tomato.
4. Cut chicken into half-inch cubes and spread evenly over pizza.
5. Top pizza with mozarella cheese.
6. Cook for 8-10 minutes at 400 (or according to the instructions on the crust package). Let cool, cut pizza into 8 slices and serve.
Nutrition Facts (per 2 slices):
303 calories, 9 g fat, 37 g carbs (7.5 g fiber), 19 g protein, 488 mg sodium

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Scott Christ is an author, blogger, local food advocate, and healthy recipe expert. Check out his website The Healthy Eating Guide to grab a copy of his free eBook The Ultimate Healthy Eating Roadmap and get more easy healthy recipes