That doesn't mean you can't enjoy your favourite dish, though. There are plenty of ways to make a more wholesome pizza right at home. Start by picking a nutritious base (we recommend using a whole-wheat dough or a veggie-based crust), spoon on a low-sugar sauce (one with less than 4 grams per serving is ideal), then pile on veggies for added fibre and vitamins. (See ya, pepperoni!)
Here are some delicious and creative flavour combos from Instagram you'll definitely want to try:
Pesto + rocket + zucchini + peas
Instagram user Plantifullybased perfectly incorporates slimming summer greens on her veggie pizza. Just take a minute to appreciate how beautiful it is! To make a similar pizza at home, spoon pesto over your dough instead of red sauce, and then add rocket, vitamin C-rich zucchini slices, peas, shallots, red chilli flakes and fresh mozzarella. Voila!
Pineapple + broccoli + onion + tomato + red pepper
Pineapple isn't just for Hawaiian pizzas. Paired with savoury veggies and a sweet marinara sauce, you'll be lucky to have even a single slice of this delicious pizza left over.
Hummus + cauliflower + broccoli + asparagus + sweet potato
Want an extra boost of veggies? This pizza has them on and in the dough. To whip up a similar dish at home, start with a cauliflower crust, top it with your favourite hummus and then pile on the cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, sweet potato slices and cherry tomatoes before baking it in the oven.
Artichoke + olives
Cholesterol-lowing artichokes pair perfectly with iron-rich, savoury olives and fresh mozzarella.
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Salsa + kale + mushrooms + broccoli + sundried tomatoes
Yup, that red sauce you're seeing is actually salsa—not marinara. After spooning on the spicy base, add sauteed baby kale, mushrooms, broccoli and sundried tomatoes for a flavour that's as unique as it is tasty. Bonus: Eat just a slice or two of this pizza and you'll have consumed more than a day's worth of vitamin A and C, two nutrients that have protective antioxidant properties.