We’ve talked before about out-of-the-box homemade pizza recipes, but today, I want to focus on how to make healthy homemade pizza.
My kids aren’t particularly picky (unless they have hung out with picky kids recently), but although we try to include a variety of healthy foods in their diet, they still get more excited when they hear that pizza is on the menu.
Fast-food pizza is probably one of the least healthy things you can eat; but as we preppers know, even pizza can become healthy if made with the right ingredients!
Start with Healthy Pizza Crust
Any healthy pizza starts with a healthy pizza crust. The best way to do this is by making your own. If you don’t want to make your own pizza crust, look for a whole wheat version at a store or try a gluten-free option.
Pay attention to the fat, sugar, and salt content of pre-prepared pizza dough. Many commercial doughs contains trans fats, a lot of salt, and a large dose of sugar.
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Homemade Pizza Sauce
I confess, we usually don’t go the extra mile and make our own pizza sauce when we make pizza, but the taste difference is amazing. I find that store bought sauce is not only full of unhealthy ingredients, it is usually incredibly sweet. Our family isn’t big on sweet tomato sauce, which is why we usually have to make our own sauce.
There are two ways to make homemade pizza sauce. The first way is by puréeing a sauce made from homemade canned tomatoes, or you can make it straight from garden-fresh tomatoes. We use the same recipe for our pizza sauce that we use for spaghetti. Get the sauce recipe here!
Use a Healthy Cheese
While some healthy eaters are cheese-haters, I am not. I love a well-made cheese. Cheese is naturally fermented (or at least it is supposed to be), which means it gives you a healthy dose of probiotics along with some other important nutrients.
However, many cheeses sold in stores are not fermented and have a lot of fillers and added dyes. You don’t want these. If you want to go super hardcore, you can make your own cheese, but at the very least, look for cheeses made traditionally (usually using animal remnant) that are not pasteurized and have no added dyes.
Cheeses that work well on pizza include:
- Goat cheese
- Feta cheese
- Parmigiano Reggiano
- Cream cheese
- Aged provolone
Add Home-Grown Vegetables
Vegetables are a must on any healthy pizza! My favorite editions are grilled vegetables. I love grilled squash, tomatoes, onions, olives, basil pieces, and pretty much anything cooked over a fire first. You might also find these toppings delicious:
- Young broccoli
- Brussels sprouts
- Asparagus tops
- Pickled vegetables
- Fresh oregano
- Any other fresh veggie or herb from your garden
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Exchange Pepperoni for Healthy Pizza Meat
There is debate about what kinds of meat are healthy (and if it is healthy at all), but if you are on the “meat is healthy” train, you may want to experiment with adding a variety of meats on your pizza. There is definitely more you can add to pizza beyond the standard list of chicken, pepperoni, and sausage.
Try adding some of these meats to your next homemade pizza:
- Corned beef
- Sardines or other small, salty fish
- Re-hydrated dried meat
- Other cured meats
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Healthy Toppings for Your Homemade Pizza
When you take time to use fresh, healthy ingredients for your homemade pizza, you don’t have to feel guilty when you feed it to your family!