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10 Healthy & Exciting Ideas for Pizza

10 Healthy & Exciting Ideas for Pizza

I recently ate marvelous pizza at Attimi restaurant in Nice, France. I was told that the uncooked base was slid into the super-hot oven together with the cheese, and stayed there just a few seconds before being served. The result was a lovely crispy crust with a melt-in-the-mouth topping.

Pizza-baking truly is an art, and though I do know quite a few variations, I am always looking for healthy ways to create pizzas that please the taste buds. Here are some tips I’ve picked up along the way.

  • Make the base with whole wheat flour. You’ll immediately make it 50% healthier–lots of fiber and no empty calories.
  • Use low-fat mozzarella. It has all the proteins and calcium, without the extra calories.
  • Roll out your dough thin, so that you feel you’re eating more. Besides,the thin crust makes it more delicious!
  • Just top your pizza with olive oil, lots of garlic and fresh herbs—together, they will create a taste sensation.
  • Scatter a colorful salad over your pizza—and call it Garden Pizza!
  • Spinach and ricotta complement each other both in color and flavor. They also give you proteins, vitamins and minerals galore.
  • Roasted peppers and olives—antioxidant bonanza!
  • Grilled zucchini and eggplant, with arugula leaves sprinkled on top.
  • Tomatoes and basil—they’re a match made in culinary heaven. Drizzle a little truffle oil on your pizza to infuse it with deeper flavor.
  • Go fruity! Top your pizza with fresh fruit of your choice. Pineapple, pears and grapes taste wonderful, but by all means try peaches, berries and even bananas!

Artichokes, olives, broccoli, caramelized onions, mushrooms,  cottage cheese, pesto…think of the pizza base as your canvas, and the toppings as your color palette. You’re limited only by your imagination.

And if you’re going to Nice, do try that pizza at Attimi!

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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5:35PM PDT on Apr 2, 2013

ty- will heed the advice.

1:43AM PDT on Mar 24, 2013

Thank you. yUM!!

1:15AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

I went to Sprouts today and bought Amy's vegan pizza. Next time I am going to try Toffuti's vegan pizza.

11:10AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Yum Spinach and ricotta

3:55AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

ty

9:03PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Waow! Tasty yummy.

7:21AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

I love pizza, dont eat it that much though, maybe once a month, and then i really stuff myself =) Have never liked fruit in hot food though, a LOT of ppl just LOVE Pineapple on pizza, but not me. Thanks for sharing!

6:55PM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

thanks for sharing

10:28AM PDT on Mar 12, 2013

Mmmmm This is soo wonderful tyvm and sharing!!

3:49PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Good. Thanks.

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