Imagine a crunchy pizza crust soaked in juicy tomato sauce and drenched with bacon, ham, pepperoni, olives, and full fat creamy cheese. This certainly delights your palate, pleases your guests, and proudly gets a 5 star rating. However, your health has a different say! With loads of calories, as well as a huge amount of fat, cholesterol, and sodium, your blood would be struggling to circulate inside your arteries, and extra kilos would be jumping onto the scale. Break the habit of fattier tastes...and build a culture that ranks taste 'second' to health.
Super Pizza with a 5-Star Rating
If you think choosing thin crust over thick crust, adding vegetable toppings instead of meat ones, and holding onto the extra cheese would make a healthy pizza, you definitely need to reconsider! To get a healthy pizza worth every bite, you need to ensure premium quality of the crust. So let’s load the crust with health benefits, as we sprinkle on some quinoa flour and ground flaxseeds!
Combine quinoa flour with all purpose flour in a food processor. Add flaxseeds, salt, and yeast. Turn the pulse on. Then, add honey and water. After the mixture has been processed, place the dough on a counter; smoothen with your hands. Spray the dough with some cooking spray oil to cover all sides. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for an hour until dough expands in size. Put the dough on a floured tray and roll it.
- 3/4 cup of all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup of quinoa flour (or grind 1/6 cup of whole quinoa)
- 1 Tbsp of ground flaxseeds (it is always better to have them ground because whole flaxseeds may be undigested, which means you won’t attain the benefits)
- Sprinkle of salt
- Instant dry yeast
- 1/2 Tbsp of honey
- 1/3 cup of heated water
- 1 Tbsp of all purpose flour
Calorie count (per serving): 130 calories
Flaxseeds are high in fiber, so they can improve digestive health and relieve constipation. They are also rich in omega 3 fats which help decrease total blood cholesterol and bad cholesterol (LDL) - this in turn translates to a lower risk of heart disease. Quinoa is rich in fiber and magnesium, which makes it beneficial for people with high blood pressure and for diabetics. In addition, it is rich in high quality protein.
Once the pizza crust is ready, spread on some super juicy avocado and tomato sauce.
Roughly chop the tomatoes, finely chop the onion, mash the avocado, and crush the cloves. Sautee the onion in olive oil. Add all ingredients, except the avocado, and simmer for half an hour. Cool the mixture and add avocado
- 4 fresh tomatoes
- 4 Tbsp of tomato paste, reduced salt
- 1 onion
- 1 avocado
- 3 garlic cloves
- 2 Tbsp of chopped fresh basil
- 2 Tbsp of chopped fresh parsley
- 2 Tbsp of dried oregano
- 1 Tbsp of olive oil
Calorie Count (per serving): 120 calories
Avocados are rich in good fats, which improve heart health by decreasing bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing the good one (HDL). In addition, they help improve memory and add a glow to your skin. Tomatoes are rich in an antioxidant called lycopene that decreases your risk of cancer, especially when eaten cooked or heated, as processing allows tomato cells to release more lycopene.
Top with SUPER ingredients!
Now that you’ve made healthy dough and a healthy sauce, make sure you don’t waste all this effort with the wrong toppings. Let your creativity be your guide! Love your heart by adding salmon, achieve healthy skin with broccoli, fight cancer with cranberries, turn back time with pomegranates, and beat daily stress with beets. Add a mix of crumbled feta cheese, dried mint, shredded spinach leaves, and diced onions. Add some olives and a few basil leaves, and enjoy a Mediterranean pizza with a super twist!