Pizza is a delicious — and infinitely customizable — food, but doesn’t have a reputation for being healthy. Most restaurant or store-bought pizzas are high in calories, sodium and saturated fat from piled on cheeses and meats. The good news is that pizza is easy to make at home, particularly if you build on an easy and healthy base. And when you make it at home, you can control the amount of cheese and other toppings, focusing on healthier options.
From whole-wheat pita or English muffins to mushrooms, try one of these options to start your pizza a healthier way. Here is a basic recipe to get you started, then feel free to add your favorite veggie toppings to make it your own.
And if your friends and family can’t agree on favorite toppings, this is a great opportunity for everyone to make his or her own personal pizza. Pineapple, mushrooms and jalapenos? Why not? Please share your favorite healthy pizza toppings in the comments.
For additional inspiration, check out this round-up of pizza ideas, including different sauces and toppings.
Pizza base of your choice:
For all pizzas:
For portobello mushrooms:
For pita or English muffin base:
For all pizza bases:
Note: Since mushrooms release a lot of liquid, you can make a quick “sauce” using the finely chopped mushroom stem and finely chopped tomato. Include roughly equal amounts (will vary depending on the size of your mushroom stems).
Mushroom tomato sauce:
English muffin base: