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Anna Sward

Protein Pizza: 2 Healthy And Delicious Recipes!

Everyone loves pizza! But not everyone loves what it does to their waistline. These healthy, protein-packed recipes allow you to have your pizza and eat it too!

One of the most common "cheat foods" is pizza. Clean eaters adhere to a pristine diet for six days, and on the seventh, they'll sit back and munch a big slice (or eight). Most people see pizza as "dirty," or as an unhealthy junk food that can topple one's health and fitness goals.

Many people leave pizza for their "cheat day," when the rules of the game are temporarily suspended. On that day, in come ice cream, burgers, fries, and that cheesy, gooey, delicious treat.

I'm not going to get into the merits of cheat foods, cheat days, or labeling foods as "clean" and "dirty." I'll leave that for another article. What I want to say here is that pizza doesn't have to be relegated to the realm of the cheat meal. Pizza doesn't have to be unhealthy.

And why should it? Why should it be greasy, high-sugar, high-fat, and relatively low in protein? Pizza can be healthy, packed full of nutrition, and enjoyed without a side dish of "I shouldn't have."

Making healthy pizza is very easy—all you need to do is make your own crust and choose your toppings wisely. If you do, you'll end up with a pizza that doesn't include white flour, sugars, oil, and butter, but rather contains complex carbs, healthy fats, and a protein kaPOW!

You can get creative with your toppings too. Use chicken, beef, pineapple, ham, mushrooms, eggs, spinach, anchovies, artichokes, sundried tomatoes, corn, broccoli, blue cheese, cottage cheese, cheddar, goat cheese, etc. The sky is the limit! Be brave and experiment with your toppings. You can also play around with the ingredients for your crusts.

Are you ready to bring pizza back from the cheat world and into your daily life? You'll never look back, I promise. Here are two of my favorite pizza crust recipes to get you started:

Low-Carb Protein Pizza

This pizza is great for those watching their carb intake. Topped with mozzarella, spinach, and an egg, it makes for an incredible Fiorentina low-carb pizza!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Blend or whisk all of the above ingredients together until you get a kind of thick liquid or sticky dough.
  2. Spray a non-stick pan with PAM or coconut oil and heat it on high heat. Once the pan is hot-hot-hot, (so it sizzles a bit), scoop the dough into it. Spread dough with a spoon until it's in a flat, round shape.
  3. Once dough cooks on one side, flip it and cook until done. Then, remove it from the pan and place it on a grill or baking tray.
  4. Add your toppings to the crust. You can use whatever you'd like, depending on your macronutrient needs and taste.
  5. Broil pizza for 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese melts and the sides brown.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size One whole crust (not including toppings)
Amount per serving
Calories 389
Total Fat3.1g
Total Carbs27.7g
Protein62.7g

Low-Carb Protein Pizza PDF (178 KB)

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Protein Pizza

This pizza crust has more grams of carbs than the first recipe, but it's absolutely delicious. It's perfect to have post workout, topped with chicken and some cottage cheese. Om-nom-nom!

Ingredients
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 340 degrees F (170 C).
  2. Blend all ingredients.
  3. Divide the mixture into two cake pans, or make one crust at a time. Use either silicone cake pans or greased regular ones.
  4. Bake for about 15 minutes or until crusts are golden.
  5. Add toppings to taste and nutrition needs.
  6. Broil pizzas for about 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the edges have browned.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size One whole crust (not including toppings)
Amount per serving
Calories 162
Total Fat1.5g
Total Carbs27g
Protein10g

Gluten-Free Sweet Potato Protein Pizza PDF (164 KB)

Sweet Potato Pizza Notes:

For toppings, I like to spread 2 tbsp of tomato paste, some sliced mushroom, a few slices of leek, a couple of tablespoons of mature cheddar cheese, and parsley. I also brush a tiny bit of extra olive oil around the edges—this adds a really nice richness to the pizza and tastes delicious!

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About The Author

Anna's passion for exercise and nutrition inspired her to create proteinpow.com while she was still in the last year of her Ph.D. program.

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juliecalabretta

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Thanks for this recipe! My husband and I are gonna try this!

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itsJustAROD

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itsJustAROD

god dang that sounds pretty amazing. Ill try them out sometime. but right now im on the keto diet. so the carb amount is limiting me :/

Apr 2, 2013 7:56pm | report
 
REno2478

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REno2478

Hey Anna, is there a substitute to the pea protein powder/brown rice protein powder? thanks alot, looks great!

Apr 2, 2013 10:03pm | report
 
isena

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isena

Hi Reno, i have my own low carb pizza in which I never use pea protein. For the crust i always take
2 cans of tuna in water, some egg whites, optionally one whole egg, 10g olive oil, yeast, herbs (basil, thymian, pepper, salt ... whatever you like) and blend it all in a blender until it is a smooth mixture (it is liquid/viscous). Then I spread it all on a tray with backing paper and bake it in the oven (180�C) for about 15-20 minutes. Then I take it ou, put on the toppings and bake it for another few minutes, until i think it is ok ;-)

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ChrisRockon

Great receipe!

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RamboBryan

haalloo ik ben Bryan

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TraeE3

Sounds and looks great!

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lapetitemort

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lapetitemort

This looks so good! I'm definitely trying out the second one soon (have all those ingredients in the house, lol).
Thank you for these!!!

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carguy123

This looks amazing

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Vic1123

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Vic1123

Sounds DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!

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yuck no thanks

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stevenmurray198

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stevenmurray198

no thanks jeff, I would rather just call dominoz

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Zoso1116

Agreed lol

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xrizzox

did not know what to do with this psyllium i got as a free gift on an online order so thank you :) will try

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kingali118

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kingali118

makes me hungery
wana try it when i go back home

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Moniquita

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Moniquita

Woo! How exciting, I love pizza but there is no room in my diet for it. Thank you for posting the recipe, can't wait to make it!

Apr 3, 2013 7:54pm | report
 
fendrbendr98

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fendrbendr98

I'm confused. The "low-carb" crust has 27.7 carbs and yet the sweet potato one only has 27. Am I missing something? Both look delicious though.

Apr 3, 2013 9:51pm | report
 
superja

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I think it's the protein to carb ratio. The low carb crust has 62.7g of protein, the sweet potato one only has 10g.

Apr 4, 2013 5:16am | report
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richardac

Psyllium husks are 20g carbs 18g fiber per 1/4cup so the net carbs for psyllium husks are 2g. So technically the net carbs for the low cab recipe is 9g roughly. Idk what the stats of pea protein powder is, but if there's dietary fiber than the net carbs of the recipe will be lower obviously.

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Slagface

Exactly what im looking for. thank you.

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zoukai

Def going to try it..thanks for the post !

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cldillmann1

ill have my reg pizza crust thanks

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BodyHunter66

All look really good. Have to give em a try.

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Must
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1/4 c psyllium husks = a whole lot of fiber.

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