Recipe: Healthier Turkey Pepperoni and Pineapple Pizza

It’s Friday night and pizza is on the mind. You likely have little desire to cook, so you speed dial your favorite pizza place. Easy as pie—pizza pie that is—and dinner is served.

I understand this dilemma. You’ve worked (and worked out) hard all week. But why derail this healthy routine—your high intensity workouts, your meal planning, and your intuitive eating—all for a greasy slice.

For a numbers driven person like myself, seeing the nutritional info for a small cheese pizza from these big name pizza delivery brands is more than enough motivation to home-make my own pie every Friday. So let’s take a look these numbers and learn how to make your very own healthy pizza!

Domino’s Small Hand Tossed Cheese Pizza Pizza Hut’s Personal Pan Cheese Pizza Papa John’s Small Cheese Pizza 10” Homemade Pizza (For Cheese Only)
Serving size ¼ pizza (“) 1 – 6” pizza ¼ pizza ¼ pizza
Calories 460 600 200 274
Calories from Fat 172.5 220 70 27
Total Fat 16.5g 25g 7g 3g
Saturated Fat 8g 11g 3.5g 0.5g
Trans Fat 0g 0.5g 0g 0g
Carbohydrate 51.5g 69g 25g 57g
Dietary Fiber 3g 4g 1g 9g
Sugar 5g 7g 3g 6g
Protein 17g 26g 8g 10g

Note: Be mindful of the toppings’ nutrient densities (lots of nutritional value for little calories) by selecting lots of veggies and lean meats.

Healthier Turkey Pepperoni Pizza With Pineapple 

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Ingredients

Honey Whole Wheat Flatbread Crust

(makes 2 crusts)

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 envelope (~2¼ teaspoons) rapid-rise or instant yeast
  • 2¾ cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Toppings

  • 1/3 cup red sauce (look for a brand with few ingredients and low in sugar)
  • 3/4 cup low-fat shredded cheese
  • Onion, pepper, mushroom, olives, spinach, etc
  • Pineapple
  • Chicken sausage , turkey pepperoni, etc

Directions

  1. Combine 1 cup of warm water, honey, and olive oil in a small bowl. Add yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In food processor, pulse flour and salt. Slowly pour liquid mixture into food processor and pulse until dough forms.
  3. Transfer dough to bowl, and using slightly wet hands, form dough into a ball. Cover bowl with towel while prepping pizza toppings.
  4. Once ready to prepare pizza, on a floured surface, cut dough in half and form into ball. Using a rolling pin, form dough into a flat rounds about ~10 inches in diameter of even thickness. Transfer dough to a baking pan (grease if necessary).
  5. Par-bake crust at 425F for 8 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and spread crust with sauce and top with cheese, veggies, and meat of choice.
  7. Bake 6-8 more minutes or until edges are light golden brown.
  8. Refrigerate remaining crust if not using both and cook within a few days.
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Carly Sippel is a registered yoga teacher, certified life coach, and nutrition nut. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nutritional Dietetics from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She turns her passion into practice, promoting healthy bodies in both her personal and professional life.