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Pizza the Healthy Way

Baking a pizza at home with the family is a fun way to spend an evening, and it can be healthy, too, when prepared the right way.

Use whole grain crusts
Make your own dough or buy whole wheat or whole grain pizza dough. Personal-size pizzas can also be made with tortillas, English muffins or pita bread.

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Sauces
Go light on the sauce because too much makes a soggy pizza.

Tomato sauce
Pesto
Salsa
Hummus
Refried beans
BBQ Sauce
Alfredo sauce
Ranch dressing
Hoisin sauce
Thai peanut sauce

Choose lean proteins
Proteins should be pre‐cooked, drained and cooled before adding to pizza.

Try:

Grilled chicken
Lean ground beef or Italian sausage(cooked)
Ham
White or black beans
Turkey pepperoni, bacon or sausage
Baby shrimp (cooked)
Canned tuna or salmon
Firm tofu cubes

Fruits and vegetables
Drain well and pat dry before adding to pizza.
Add these before pizza is cooked. 
Artichoke hearts
Banana peppers
Diced or cherry tomatoes
Grilled eggplant
Olives
Onions (red, white or green)
Red and green bell peppers
Shredded carrots
Spinach
Sun‐dried tomatoes (diced)
Apples
Pears
Pineapple

Add these after pizza is cooked:

Arugula
Avocado
Chopped cilantro or basil
Cucumbers
Shredded lettuce

Low-fat dairy

Use cold cheese to prevent cheese from over cooking and possibly burning.

Mozzarella
Cheddar jack
Feta Cheese
Swiss
Gouda

Try these awesome pizzas (These meet the US Department of Agriculture MyPlate guidelines)

Tomato sauce, turkey pepperoni, peppers and mozzarella
Shredded chicken, Hoisin sauce, cucumbers and green onions
Tofu, shredded carrots, mushrooms, bean sprouts and Thaipeanut sauce.
Sliced apples, cherry tomatoes and cheddar jack cheese.
Spinach, sun‐dried tomatoes, baby shrimp and Feta cheese.
Grilled chicken, pineapple, mozzarella and BBQ sauce
Pesto sauce, olives, diced tomato, Feta cheese and arugula

Cooking tips

  • Keep the oven HOT. Preheat and cook pizza at 450‐500 degrees for about 15 minutes.
  • Don’t overload on the toppings. It can make the pizza slice too heavy to pick up or soggy.

About the author: Cheryl Moellenbeck Tallman is the Founder and CEO of Fresh Baby (www.FreshBaby.com). Since Starting Fresh Baby in 2002, Cheryl Tallman has been honored with many prestigious awards, and is a US Department of Agriculture National Nutrition Education Strategic Partner. As the head of product and content development for her company, Cheryl develops innovative products and authors materials that inspire parents to raise healthier children. She serves as both a parenting and cooking expert for many high-profile online communities. Cheryl’s ultimate vision is to make the task of raising a healthy eater easier for all parents.

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