But when you are trying to eat healthier, do you need to cut out the pizza? Not a chance! Improve your pizza and eat up!
Typical delivery pizza is made with white flour (and plenty of unpronounceable ingredients), loads of cheese, and sugary pizza sauce. The best way to improve your pizza is to start with the base, aka crust. By using a whole wheat crust, you are easily adding needed fiber and nutrients to your pizza.
If you want to earn some major brownie points, make your own pizza sauce, use veggies as toppings, and use just a light sprinkling of cheese.
If you'd like my personal pizza sauce recipe, let me know by leaving a comment!
The Best Whole Wheat Pizza Crust
Makes 2-4 crusts (depending on desired thickness)
- 1 tsp raw sugar
- 1 1/2 cups warm water
- 1 packet active yeast (use rapid acting yeast to cut wait time in half)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tbsp Italian dried herbs (oregano or basil work too)
- 3 1/4-1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- Dissolve sugar in water. Sprinkle yeast and let stand for 10 minutes until foamy.
- Stir olive oil, salt, and herbs into yeast mixture, then mix flour until dough starts coming together. Tip dough out onto floured surface and knead until smooth. Place dough in oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover loosely with a towel and let stand until doubled, about 1 hour.
- When dough is doubled, tip dough out onto floured surface and form into a tight ball. Let rise 45 minutes until doubled (again).
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Separate dough into 2-4 balls (Depending on the number of pizzas you want. I made 2 large pizzas and 1 personal pizza). Roll dough out and place on oiled baking sheet. Top with desired toppings, sauce, etc.
- Bake 16-20 minutes in oven, or until edges are golden brown.
Nutrition Information (based on 20 slices of crust):
Serving size = 2 slices
Calories: 155.6 kcal, Total carbohydrates: 31.2 gm, Fiber: 5.1 gm, Total fat: 2.2 gm, Protein: 5.6 gm