1. Use the pizza crust as a flatbread and top it with your favorite salad, instead of cheese and tomato sauce (Chinese chicken salad, Greek salad, arugula pear and goat cheese salad) – healthy greens, extra fiber on an otherwise decadent dish.
2. Steam cauliflower and mix it with cheese to create a “Creamy” cauliflower” white sauce on your pizza and add fresh veggies on top like mushrooms, basil, tomato. Amping up the vegetables on your pizza reduces the guilt.
3. Throw some eggs on the tomato sauce base, skip the cheese, and finish it off with some non-fat Greek yogurt, sea salt, extra virgin olive oil, and chopped parsley (a take on a pizza “shashuka” – and you will have flavor, less fat, and healthy protein.
4. Skip the cheese and tomato sauce, spread a thin layer of tuna poke on top of your crisp pizza crust for a Japanese inspired pizza that’s lower in fat and higher in protein.
5. Shaved Brussel sprouts is great healthy topping.
6. So is sautéed rapini. I love the bitterness.
7. Roasted chicken breast (shredded).
8. Sweet Potato Puree with a few dollops of goat cheese as your base rather than traditional tomato and cheese.
9. Spinach kale walnut pesto (rather than the traditional pesto), this pesto packs more fiber than the traditional pesto .
10. Swap out the greasy pepperoni or sausage for some healthy seafood such as shrimp, clams, calamari or fish.
These simple swaps can turn your heavy pizza into something lighter and less greasy. You don’t have to feel as guilty when you use things like yogurt, Brussel sprouts, and rapini. Also think about healthy lean proteins as your toppings, rather than the overly greasy, processed meats like sausage and pepperoni. These swaps can be a refreshing and new way of eating pizza. And the best part is you can feel relatively good about eating your favorite food.