If there’s one food that pretty much everyone likes, it’s pizza. And quite frankly, it’s not hard to see why. There’s something about that enticing combination of carbs, melted cheese and tomato paste that screams “Go on, have another slice.” Sure, there’s a lot of variation out there in terms of pizza preferences. From meat-loving carnivores to Margherita enthusiasts, everyone has their own pizza tribe. Don’t even get me started on bases (thin Italian style or thick and doughy?) and whether pineapples or anchovies belong on a pizza. But if there’s one thing we can all agree on, it’s that pizza is pretty much God’s gift to our tastebuds.
There’s only one downside to the Italian delicacy: it’s not the healthiest food around. Sadly, the combo of refined carbs and saturated fats you get from most takeaway pizzas isn’t exactly waistline-friendly. But just because pizza isn’t usually a health food, that doesn’t mean it can’t be. From cauliflower to quinoa, there are plenty of good-for-you bases out there you can use to make your own delicious pizzas. Here are some of our favourite healthy pizza recipes:
1. Cauliflower Margherita Pizza
If you want to pack some serious nutrition into your pizza night, this recipe from Our Best Bites is your friend. Cauliflower provides a perfectly crispy base, while the sliced Roma tomatoes and fresh basil will give you a healthy dose of vitamin C, folate and more! Oh, and don’t forget the melted mozzarella to up your calcium for the day!
2. 3 Ingredient Sweet Potato Pizza
Is it just us, or is sweet potato the most versatile food ever? You can use it to make toast, pancakes and now, even pizza! The best bit about this recipe from Pinch Of Yum is how amazingly simple it is. As the name suggests, the base contains only three ingredients (sweet potato, rolled oats and one egg) and you can load it up with whatever toppings you like!
3. Skinny Mexican Pizza
Yep, you read that right: you can now combine pizza and Mexican night! We’re obsessed with this creative take on pizza from Snixy Kitchen. Not only is it gluten-free, it contains plenty of powerful anti-inflammatory foods like cumin, cayenne and paprika. What’s not to love about a pizza that fuses cultures, tastes great and is good for you?
4. Healthy Chicken Alfredo Pizza
Chicken alfredo is normally associated with pasta, but it turns out it also goes perfectly on a healthy pizza! You may be wondering how Pinch of Yum managed to make a healthy version of creamy Alfredo sauce. Well, the answer is: cauliflower! Yep, the superstar veggies is good for more than just making pizza bases.
5. Gluten-free Mushroom Pizza
Here’s one for the all the vegetarians out there! This recipe from Edible Perspectives uses a mix of gluten free flours to create a crispy base that won’t fall apart in your hand. The mushrooms add an earthy kick to your traditional Margherita pizza.
6. Farmer’s Market Brekkie Pizza
Always wanted to eat pizza for breakfast? Well, thanks to Lemons and Basil, now you can. This delicious pizza is the perfect way to sneak more protein and veggies into your day, without having to stick to egg white omelettes. We actually can’t think of a better way to start the day!
7. Bacon and Pineapple Pizza
If you’re firmly in the camp who believes pineapple tastes great on pizza (represent!), you’ll go crazy over this mouth-watering recipe from Eat In Eat Out. Fresh kale puts a healthy spin on the traditional Hawaiian pizza.
8. Wholegrain Beetroot and Goat’s Cheese Pizza
Having the girls over for pizza and want to impress them with your culinary skills? Bookmark this recipe from Oh The Goodies, pronto! The wholegrain base adds a delicious nutty flavour, while the beetroot and goats cheese gives it some gourmet flair.
9. Turkish Vegan Pizza
Gone are the days when vegans had to steer clear of pizza. What this recipe from Nourish Atelier lacks in cheese, it more than makes up for in exotic, Turkish-inspired flavours. The combination of the spelt flatbread, spice-infused sauce and crunchy kale is heavenly!
10. Caramelised Butternut, Kale and Fontina Pizza
Looking for something different to bring to Christmas lunch this year? This festive recipe from Half Baked Harvest is the ideal combination of sweet and savoury. From the caramelised butternut to the pomegranate salsa, all the flavours work together perfectly.
11. Mini Eggplant Pizzas
If you want all the flavours of pizza but without all the carbs, try this recipe from Imma Eat That. Instead of using a traditional doughy base, this uses baked eggplants as a vehicle for all the delicious toppings. This is a great one to make if you’ve got friends or family coming over: it will be like everyone gets their own healthy mini pizza!