“” My butt is big & round like the letter C and ten thousand lunges has made it rounder but not smaller & thats just fine. It’s a space heater for my side of the bed. It’s my ambassador to those who walk behind me. It’s a border collie that herds skinny women away from the best deals at clothing sales. My butt is big and that’s just fine & those who scorn it are invited to kiss it. Just do it.”—
While it may seem like a good idea to watch Parenthood with a plate of crisp crudités on the coffee table in front of you, that jar of peanut butter sitting right next to it can spell trouble. Sure, peanut butter provides healthy fat and protein, but it…
Seems like an oxymoron, right? Can pizza be healthy?
Well, maybe it isn’t something I’d eat every day, but I believe this is one of the healthiest pizzas you’ll ever find! Naturally, it is made at home :)
Let’s discuss why pizza has a bad reputation in the first place. Here are the 4 components of pizza:
(Diet nightmare. stay away from chicago!)
1. Crust- The problem with a typical crust is two fold- white flour, and too thick. White flour raises your blood sugar quicker than other types of flour (the whole insulin issue again!). A thicker crust means higher calories and carbohydrates.
2. Tomato Sauce- hidden sugar! When you make a pizza at home, you can look for a sauce with no added sugar.
3. Cheese- If you’re a cheese lover and head over to Italy, you’ll be pretty disappointed when the waiter brings out your pizza! A few slices of cheese, as opposed to topping the entire thing with shredded mozzarella, will save you a lot of fat and calories- the Italian’s have it right.
4. Toppings- Extra veggies are fine.. but a meat-lovers pizza? Adds a lot of saturated fat and calories!
(Given this information, when you’re ordering a pizza, choose extra thin crust, ask for 1/2 the amount of cheese, and top with vegetables!)
So, here is my pizza, and how I attempted to make it “clean”
Start with the crust. Here is a package of crust that can be found at any major grocery store.
(This one is gluten-free, but if you don’t have problems with gluten, you can buy the regular pizza crust!)
For 2 -12 inch pizzas, this was around $3.75
No white flour! Add the ingredients. Spread out, and cook for 5-7 minutes without toppings.
Before spreading it out! It says to use your hands for spreading, but I think a floured rolling pin would work better.
What kind of cheese do I use? A ball of mozzarella
Ideally, I would buy fresh mozzarella(not as salty!) from the deli counter, but this will work, too.
Top pizza with sauce, and thin slices of mozzarella. I topped mine with red pepper flakes, and dried basil. If you have fresh basil, use that!
This was so delicious. I probably make a homemade pizza once a month. I don’t eat cheese very often, so this is a treat for me. Eat with a big salad and chicken to make sure you’re getting your vegetables and protein. Pizza alone should never be your whole meal!