Pizzas are always categorized as high-calorie junk, loaded with empty calories and unhealthy toppings, supplying very less nutrients.However, there is also no denying the fact that pizzas are extremely popular with adults as well as kids.
Though unhealthy, most of us cannot resist a delicious tempting pizza. You can turn this junk item into a nutritious healthy treat for your family by modifying the ingredients.
This recipe shows you how to make a whole grain pizza crust which is full of fiber and vitamins. The use of whole grain crust itself transforms this pizza into a healthy delight. The recipe also gives you pointers on healthy topping ideas to turn your pizza into a healthy, wholesome entrée.
Healthy Pizza Recipe:
Whole Grain Pizza Crust:
To make this healthy pizza, you will first need to prepare a whole grain pizza crust. To make the pizza crust, we are using a mix of whole grains so that we can obtain maximum nutrition and fiber.
To make the dough for the crust, take 1 teaspoon dry yeast, 1/4th cup of oat meal, ¼th cup of wheat germ and about a tablespoon of olive oil or canola oil.
Mix all these ingredients thoroughly in a mixing bowl. To these ingredients, add a cup of whole wheat flour. Add lukewarm water and knead the dough till it attains a uniform and smooth texture. Let this dough stand for 10-15 minutes before you roll it out and bake it.
After the dough has risen, take a small ball of the dough and roll it on a lightly dusted flat surface. You can keep the thickness of the dough to whatever you desire. To make a crisp pizza, roll out the dough thin. For a more fluffy pizza crust, roll it out a little thick.
Now, bake this whole grain pizza crust in a preheated oven at 350 degree Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes.
You can use your innovation to create healthy toppings. Do not be afraid to try out nutritious veggies such as broccoli as healthy pizza topping. Black olives, red beans, spinach, etc. are other healthy topping options. Remember to use low-fat mozzarella cheese when baking your pizza and make the pizza sauce using fresh tomatoes and fresh herbs for added taste and nutrition.