Get this: Americans eat 350 slices of pizza per second.
The trouble is, most restaurant slices are far from diet-friendly. In fact, some carry up to 800 calories, which is bad news for your health and belly — whether or not you’re trying to lose weight. The greasy cheese and crispy crust that makes pizza so caloric is also undeniably delicious, making it an indulgence that many dieters find difficult to give up, no matter how badly they want a selfie-worthy flat stomach.
But it’s not all bad news for pizza lovers. If you’re willing to put in some time in the kitchen, you won’t have to ditch your favorite dish on your quest for smaller pants. To set you on a path toward success, we’ve scoured the net and found the most delicious, healthy pizza recipes out there. Scroll down to check out our go-to flat-belly recipes and whip one up the next time a craving for the savory dish strikes.
Nutrition: 266 calories, 11.9 g fat (5.2 g saturated), 637 mg sodium, 21.7 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 2.7 g sugar, 18.1 g protein (calculated using canned pumpkin puree and 1 tbsp of olive oil)
Welcome fall with Mediterranean-inspired pumpkin pizza that’s anything but basic. Thanks to the pie’s high fiber and protein count, just one slice is sure to fill you up without stuffing you to the brim. Bonus: One slice provides more than the day’s recommended intake of vitamin A, a nutrient that helps maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones — which is something a typical delivery pizza can’t claim.
Get the recipe from That's so Michelle.
BBQ Black Bean Tortilla Pizza
Nutrition: 289 calories, 5.7 g fat (2.6 g saturated), 268 mg sodium, 42.7 g carbs, 9.2 g fiber, 3.6 g sugar, 17.8 g protein (calculated using 1 tbsp of green onions, 1/4 tsp pepper, 1/4 tsp salt)
This is the perfect recipe for those nights when both Chipotle and Pizza Hut are singing your siren song. Gina Matsoukas, the blogger behind this mouthwatering recipe, uses a mix of cheeses, protein- and fiber-filled black beans, a plethora of spices, whole-wheat tortillas, chicken and barbeque sauce to bring her creation to life. To keep sugar counts low, opt for a low-sugar sauce.
Get the recipe from Running to the Kitchen.
Grilled Cherry Goat Cheese Arugula Pizza
Nutrition: 283 calories, 17.4 g fat (5.6 g saturated), 318 mg sodium, 26.1 g carbs, 1.5 g fiber, 3.3 g sugars, 5.3 g protein
Tangy goat cheese and cherries team up to take this unique pizza to the next level. Looking to amp up the satiety factor? Top the pizza with some protein-rich shredded chicken and add extra arugula. The leafy green is more than 90 percent water, making it a primo belly-filler.
Get the recipe from Recipe Runner.
Vegan BBQ "Pulled Pork" Pizza with Mango Salsa
Nutrition: 219 calories, 8.1 g fat (1.0 g saturated), 623 mg of sodium, 33.5 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 10.4 g sugar, 4.6 g protein (calculated using 12 oz of Trader Joe’s whole wheat dough, Annie's Original Organic BBQ Sauce and 1/4 tsp of salt)
A typical pulled pork pizza has about 330 calories, 11 grams of fat and 1,000 milligrams of sodium per slice. Do right by your waistline and blood pressure by whipping up this vegan creation instead. By shredding hearts of palm and mixing them with BBQ sauce, onions and oil, you can ax the hog without sacrificing the flavor.
Get the recipe from My Darling Vegan.
Nutrition: 285 calories, 11.3 g fat (4.5 g saturated), 586 mg sodium, 31.5 g carbs, 2.3 g fiber, 4.4 g sugars, 14.5 g protein (calculated using 1 pound of whole wheat dough and 32-ounce can of no salt added tomatoes)
Olives, artichokes, vitamin C-packed roasted red peppers and feta cheese join to create this flavor-filled pizza. Pair it with a big Greek salad topped with grilled shrimp for a well-rounded meal filled with nutrient-rich veggies and satiating fiber and protein.
For more delicious ways to quell your hunger without derailing your slim-down efforts, check out The 10 Most Filling Snacks for Weight Loss.
Get the recipe from Cookie and Kale.
Roasted Cauliflower Pizza
Nutrition: 110 calories, 4.8 g fat (1.8 g saturated), 206 mg sodium, 12.5 g carbs, 1.9 g fiber, 4.3 g sugars, 4.8 g protein
In a creative culinary twist we love, this recipe calls for a puff pastry shell in lieu of a traditional crust and loads of veggies and beans. Though Matt, the blogger behind this recipe, assures us that his recipe is quite filling, if you have a monster appetite you might want to pile on a larger serving of his suggested produce to amp up the fiber count. And if you’re looking to add your own creative spin on the dish, consider adding some of the Best Veggies for Weight Loss.
Get the recipe from Real Food by Dad.
Easy Gluten Free Margherita Pizza
Yields: 6 slices
Nutrition: 135 calories, 6 g fat, 2.2 g saturated fat, 268 mg sodium, 13.5 g cars, 0.1 g fiber, 2.8 g sugar, 7.2 g protein
Twenty minutes and seven ingredients is all you’ll need to whip up this gluten-free take on a classic pizza parlor favorite. To round out your meal and amp up the fiber count, pair it with a side of garlic-roasted veggies. Asparagus, onions, broccoli and peppers roast well in the oven and when mixed together, compliment the flavors of the pie quite nicely.
Get the recipe from Fit Foodie Finds.
Brussels Sprout and Walnut Flax Pizza
Yields: Two 8-slice pizzas
Nutrition: 230 calories, 11.7 g fat (2.8 g saturated), 266 mg sodium, 23.3 g carbs, 2.8 g fiber, 1.9 g sugar, 8.3 g protein
This sweet and savory pie is topped with a plethora of proven weight-loss champions: brussels sprouts, walnuts and fiber-filled flax seed. While the sprouts are high in vitamin C, a nutrient that lowers levels of fat-storing cortisol, walnuts are brimming with polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce fat storage and improve insulin metabolism.
Get the recipe from The Foodie Dietitian.
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