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Protein Packed Pizza Can Be a Healthy Choice

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Pizza, the most classic of classic Italian food, is going through something of a renaissance. Up until recently it was thought of only as a junk food. But the influence of organic food trends has transformed this once fat-laden comfort food into a nutrient rich and versatile masterpiece.

How do you make a pizza a healthy choice?

It’s all about that base, no whole grains! What? That’s right. Get experimental with your pizza base. Replace traditional pizza base that’s made from white flour with inventive options made from almond flour or cauliflower, which, by the way, is a great healthy substitute for a bunch of traditional grain-based recipes.

If you can’t do without your flour base, opt for a whole grain flour base that’s fiber-rich and will make you feel fuller for longer.

While fast food pizza sauces are full of sugar, there are lots of easy ways to make sauce at home that ensure you get nutrient goodness and great flavor. To keep things simple start with a tin of peeled tomatoes and go from there.

Tomatoes are rich in the phytochemical lycopene, which reduces the risk of heart disease. The lycopene in tomato sauce is in its most nutritious form when the sauce is served hot. Switch out the tomato sauce for pesto sauce for a tasty alternative that goes well with cauliflower.

Oregano is a great all-round herb with the active ingredient carvacrol that protects the liver and promotes blood sugar balance, but you can add whatever herbs and spicy flavors work for you.

Adding a hemp protein to the sauce adds protein and essential fatty acids, ramping up the overall nutritional value of any pizza. Watch this space for recipes on hemp and herb sauces.

With the right ingredients, pizza can be a complete meal – one of the reasons we love it so much! There are no hard rules when it comes to pizza toppings so you can get really creative. Think like a painter and go for color.

Broccoli, pineapple, tomato, spinach, cherries, eggplant, zucchini or pear topped with Parmesan, Cheddar or Goat’s Cheese, and maybe some Spanish ham or crispy bacon. Sounds like the ingredients for a mouth-watering creation to me.

Pesto Pizza

When made from an almond flour or cauliflower base, pizza can be a great way to satisfy cravings for doughy carbs. You won’t believe it until you try it but these bases are just as tasty and filling as traditional dough bases. Pesto sauce is made from basil, which contains anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Mix it with hemp protein powder and you’ve got all the goodness of basil mixed with the antioxidants and phytonutrients of hemp to create a nutrient-rich powered up pizza.

Ingredients

Base

100 grams of Almond Flour
2 Eggs
90 ml Water
3 tablespoons of Olive Oil

Pesto Sauce

4 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
1 Garlic, chopped and peeled
I large bunch of Basil leaves
80 grams of Pine nuts
2-3 tablespoons of Germinated Organic Hemp Seed Protein

Topping

1 Tomato, sliced
¼ cup of crushed Walnuts
50 grams of Goat’s Cheese

Optional: Strips of crispy bacon

Preparation

Base

In a large bowl mix the almond flour, eggs, water and olive oil till it has a sticky consistency. Then use your hands to lightly knead it but be careful as it will have a slightly crumbly texture. Using your hands, break the dough into two halves and flatten them out on a baking tray into the shape of a pizza base.

Pesto Sauce

Place the olive oil, garlic, basil, pine nuts and hemp protein powder in a blender and blend till smooth. If the mixture is a bit dry, add some olive oil.

Topping

Spread the pesto sauce on top of the pizza bases and add toppings.

Cook in the oven at 200°C for 10 – 12 minutes.

Preparation Time

30 minutes

Serving Suggestion

Serve hot with a side salad for lunch or dinner. Drizzle hemp seed oil on your slice.

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