I’m frequently asked how I gave up eating the foods I loved while I was losing weight. Truth be told, I never had to give up anything nor did I feel deprived. I simply took a little time to educate myself on food, find healthy ingredients and create new lighter, versions of the things I loved.
Pizza is one those. It’s absolutely delicious and absolutely unhealthy. Let’s look at a few fast food pizza stats thanks to Calorie King.
- 1 slice of Domino’s medium cheese hand tossed pizza = 210 calories
- 1 slice of Pizza Hut’s hand tossed cheese pizza = 290 calories
- 1 slice of Little Caesar’s just cheese pizza = 250 calories
- 1 slice of Papa John’s cheese original crust pizza = 290 calories
I’m not sure about you, but I don’t have the ability to eat just 1 slice. Not to mention, plain cheese pizza never fills me up. Three or four slices is a more realistic meal for me. At a cost of 1,000 calories, I can eat a whole lot more real food to fill that amount of calories. And don’t even get me started on the fat, sodium and gunk ingredients in fast food and frozen pizzas.
The good news? You can have your pizza and waistline too. I have you covered with a healthy grilled pizza.
Step 1: Choose your bread. I like lavash, but any whole grain flatbread, pita, naan or even a tortilla would work
Step 2: Prep & saute your veggies. I chose fresh tomatoes, mushrooms and artichokes. The beauty of this is you can add whatever veggies or protein you want to your pizza. If you have a family, i’s also a fun way to get everyone involved in cooking dinner & making their own individual pizzas.
Step 3: Grill the goods! I only recently started grilled this last year so I wouldn’t say I’m that comfortable with my grill yet. But honestly, this was crazy easy and took maybe a whopping 5 minutes.
If you’re not a grill person, another option is to make on the stove & oven. First, you get the bread crispy on the stove top over medium heat. Then add your toppings and set in the oven on high to broil for 5 minutes. It will be just as good as the grill. I’ve done mine like this when it’s been too hot to grill.
This recipe is quick, simple and delicious for a summer dinner or gathering. Losing weight and being healthy never means giving up what you love. It just takes a little creativity to make healthy and delicious meals. Enjoy!
- 1 whole grain lavash (substitute whole wheat flatbread, pita or tortilla)
- 1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
- 1 small plum tomato, sliced
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup artichokes marinated in water
- 1/4 cup skim milk mozzarella
- 2 tbsp basil leaves
- 4 tbsp minced garlic
- 1 tbsp red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp parmasean
- Heat a small skillet to medium heat & cook tomatoes, garlic, artichokes & mushrooms until tender 5-7 minutes
- Heat grill to low-medium heat
- Spray lavash with extra virgin olive oil & place sprayed side down on grill
- Allow to cook 5 minutes
- Turn bread, spray with extra virgin olive oil, then layer topping adding sliced tomatoes first then remaining veggies
- Top with mozzarella
- Remove from grill, add basil, red pepper flakes & parmasean
- 370 calories