Sure, pizza is often high in sodium, carbs and fat, but not all is lost for pizza lovers working to eat a bit healthier. By making your own pie at home, you can enjoy pizza that fits within your eating plan, uses wholesome ingredients and comes in reasonably sized portions.
"Pizza can be unhealthy when it's loaded with fatty toppings, like extra meats and cheeses, or if it has a really rich and heavy dough, like deep-dish, dietitian Natalie Rizzo, RD, tells LIVESTRONG.com. "But you can make pizza healthier by switching up the toppings or crust."
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For example, you can make a pizza much more nutritious by going easy on the cheese and loading up on veggies. That way, you're getting less saturated fat and more fiber while bulking up the dish with produce, which will help tame your appetite.
"I personally like topping a pizza with fresh zucchini and cherry tomatoes in the summer or sun-dried tomatoes, roasted red pepper and basil for a more Italian flare," Rizzo says. "You can also use whole-wheat pizza dough to get more fiber and protein," which can help prolong feelings of fullness.
You'll also want to be wary of servings with your DIY pie: "Try to stick to one or two slices. If you feel like you need more than that, pair your pizza with a side salad or roasted veggies," Rizzo says.
With these tips in mind, here are a few delicious homemade pizza recipes to try this weekend.
1. 10-Minute White Pizza Recipe
Between the blend of delicious cheeses and 10-minute total cook time, this white pizza is a winner for a fast weeknight meal that's comforting and hassle-free. Artichokes are the true star in this recipe. Rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, they support immunity and provide a quality amount of filling fiber, registered dietitian Ilyse Schapiro, RD, tells LIVESTRONG.com.
Get the 10-Minute White Pizza Recipe recipe and nutrition info here.
2. Rosemary Pizza Patate
This pizza clocks in at 163 calories per serving. "It uses whole-wheat dough, which is full of good-for-you fiber, and it's topped with roasted potatoes, herbs and olive oil," Rizzo says. "It's a minimalist pizza that doesn't have a lot of saturated fat, and it even provides nutrients from the whole grains and potatoes," she adds.
Potatoes get an unwarranted bad rap: They offer a good amount of potassium, so they can help replenish lost electrolytes after a workout.
Get the Rosemary Pizza Patate recipe and nutrition info here.
3. Luncheon Chicken Salad Pizza
This pizza is packed with protein, offering 27 grams in one slice. "This is a really interesting take on a pizza because it's like eating a healthier chicken salad sandwich," Rizzo says. Although there is a little bit of fat from the mayo, it's a much healthier option than a pizza that packs in loads of cheese, she says. Plus, it's ready in just 30 minutes.
Get the Luncheon Chicken Salad Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
4. Gluten-Free Margherita Protein Pizza
This classic pizza pumps up the protein and suits plenty of diets with a gluten-free crust. "This is a good option because it has more protein than your typical Margherita pizza would have," Maggie Michalczyk, RD, says. "I'm all for creative ways to add more veggies and cauliflower in this recipe does just that," she says. Plus, it's low in carbs, with just 5 grams a slice.
Get the Gluten-Free Margherita Protein Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
5. Spicy Chicken and Basil Pizza
In just 30 minutes, you'll have this cheesy, spicy pizza ready for dinner, deeming it a great option for busy weeknights. "Made with a whole-wheat pita pocket, you'll get the goodness of whole grains plus protein from the chicken," Michalczyk says. There's no denying this would make for a fun (and healthier!) Friday Netflix night.
Get the Spicy Chicken and Basil Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
6. Party-Time Hummus Pizza
Hummus goes with virtually anything, and this recipe proves it. "l love this lightened-up Mediterranean pizza made with hummus, cucumbers and tomatoes," Michalczyk says. "It's a great twist on the classic and the hummus adds a bit of protein," she says. All the extra veggies boost this recipe's fiber content, which will help with satiety.
Get the Party-Time Hummus Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
7. Vegan Margherita Thin-Crust Pizza
This vegan, thin-crust pie packs the flavor — even without cheese and meat. Two slices are considered one serving, so plan to make room if you're cooking this for dinner. The dairy-free mozzarella boosts the protein content to a respectable 14 grams per serving, keeping the munchies at bay.
Get the Vegan Margherita Thin-Crust Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
8. Spinach and Shallot Feta Pizza
"Putting greens on pizza is a sneaky way to eat more in general, plus spinach is packed with immune-supporting vitamin C, which will help fight the common cold and keep your body well," Michalczyk says. This dish is a slice and side salad all in one — so convenient!
Get the Spinach and Shallot Feta Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
9. Sauteed Kale Onion Whole-Wheat Pizza
This pizza is a powerful one: "Kale is super nutrient-dense, a good source of vitamins A, C and K and is packed with antioxidants to improve heart health and fight free radical damage from aging," Michalczyk says. Feel free to use any cheese you like: Swap mozzarella for feta or goat cheese, which will also offer bone-supporting calcium.
Get the Sauteed Kale Onion Whole-Wheat Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
10. Kale and Wild Mushroom Flatbread Pizza
"In addition to being a good source of vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, mushrooms contain B vitamins and folate," Michalczyk says, adding that folate is especially important for pregnant people or those looking to conceive. This one's another great pick for busy people as it's ready in just 30 minutes.
Get the Kale and Wild Mushroom Flatbread Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
11. Spicy Squash, Greens and Turkey Sausage Pizza
Butternut squash makes for a great pizza topping that's nutritious and flavorful. "It has vitamin A, which helps improve eye health and immunity, as well as fiber to keep you fuller longer," Michalyzk says. With just 14 grams of net carbs, it's a good pick for anyone watching their carbohydrate intake.
Get the Spicy Squash, Greens and Turkey Sausage Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
12. Brunch Pizza With Herb Scrambled Eggs
Despite its name, consider this brunch pizza the perfect pick for any time of day. "Eggs are a good source of high-quality protein as well as B vitamins, choline and vitamin D," Michalczyk says, explaining that "choline is especially beneficial for brain function and focus." With 26 grams of protein per serving, this is one impressive pie.
Get the Brunch Pizza With Herb Scrambled Eggs recipe and nutrition info here.
13. Heart-Shaped Florentine Pizza With Eggs
Delicious, low-carb and a tiny bit romantic, this pie does seem to do it all. With just 3 grams of net carbs per slice, it's a smart pick for those on the keto diet. Plus, the fried eggs on top provide protein to keep blood sugar levels stable and promote satiety, Michalczyk says.
Get the Heart-Shaped Florentine Pizza With Eggs recipe and nutrition info here.
14. Baby Arugula, Fig Jam and Caramelized Onion Pizza
The perfect balance of sweet and savory, the fig and onion pair nicely with the arugula, balsamic and black pepper. "Figs contain copper, magnesium, potassium, B vitamins and vitamin K, and onions are also a great source of antioxidants," Michalczyk says. Copper, she explains, is especially important for bone health to help prevent osteoporosis later in life.
Get the Baby Arugula, Fig Jam and Caramelized Onion Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
15. Butternut Squash, Balsamic, Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza
Talk about a super pizza. "The butternut squash gives this pizza an immune-boosting element through its beta-carotene and vitamin A content, as beta-carotene is an under-appreciated nutrient that supports the body's natural immune function, while vitamin A helps to prevent and fight off infection," registered dietitian Trista Best, RD, says. If you meal prep this in advance, it'll take just 30 minutes to cook.
Get the Butternut Squash, Balsamic, Fig and Goat Cheese Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
16. Summer Squash Pizza With Creamy Mozzarella and Arugula
During the summer months when you have more squash than you know what to do with, well, here's your answer. "The use of zucchini and summer squash in place of ingredients high in saturated fat help to bring down the calories in this pizza while simultaneously raising the manganese, which helps the body process the carbs and fat more efficiently to mitigate unwanted weight gain," Best says.
Get the Summer Squash Pizza With Creamy Mozzarella and Arugula recipe and nutrition info here.
17. Gluten-Free Breakfast Pizza With Cinnamon Honey Drizzle
We had to sneak a little sweetness in here, and this breakfast pizza fits the bill whether as a morning meal or a dessert or snack. "The blueberries, raspberries and kiwi add phytonutrients, such as anthocyanins and resveratrol, that act as antioxidants in the body for cellular and immune health," Best says. Feel free to swap the vegan cream cheese for ricotta or whatever you have on hand.
Get the Gluten-Free Breakfast Pizza With Cinnamon Honey Drizzle recipe and nutrition info here.
18. Smashed Garlic Pizza With Olives, Onions and Oregano Parm
The cashews in this recipe don't just add a nice crunch, but nutritional benefits, too. "Cashews can help prevent glucose spikes through the fiber they provide and may improve good (HDL) cholesterol for heart health," says Best.
Get the Smashed Garlic Pizza With Olives, Onions and Oregano Parm recipe and nutrition info here.
19. White Bean and Mushroom Pizza
Calling all vegans and plant-based eaters: This white bean and mushroom pizza is savory and filling thanks to bold flavors like garlic and balsamic — and it boasts 13 grams of fiber per slice.
"Made with just whole-wheat pita, veggies and olive oil, this pizza is like eating a salad with a slice of whole-grain bread," says Rizzo. This is a solid option if you're trying to eat more veggies, while the pita provides built-in portion control, as you'll be able to easily decipher what's considered a serving.
Get the White Bean and Mushroom Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
20. Paleo Meat-zaa
Meat-lovers, this one's for you. "This pizza recipe uses grass-fed beef, which tends to be lower in saturated fat, deeming it more cardio-protective than other types of beef," Best says. Beyond the beef, artichokes contain a high amount of fiber, which helps reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol. If you're eating paleo, this is a great recipe to add to your repertoire.
Get the Paleo Meat-zaa recipe and nutrition info here.
21. Pizza With Sunny-Side Up Egg, Spinach, Broccolini and Mushrooms
Hello, sunshine — this vibrant pie will delight your eyes, your tastebuds and your body. "Broccoli provides a little-known compound called sulforaphane, which has potential anti-cancer benefits," Best says. The whole thing comes together in a little over 30 minutes.
Get the Pizza With Sunny-Side Up Egg, Spinach, Broccolini and Mushrooms recipe and nutrition info here.
22. Avocado Pizza
This vegan pie recipe calls for Kite Hill's non-dairy products, which are staples in registered dietitian Kelly Jones', RD, home. "They're high-quality dairy alternatives that actually contain protein and healthy fat." This recipe rocks even more because the addition of avocado gives it a creamy texture and extra fiber. "The pesto and arugula provide vitamins A and C to support your immune system," Jones says.
Get the Avocado Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
23. Watermelon Fruit Pizza
This watermelon fruit pizza is a fun, naturally sweet dessert option or pre-workout fuel, especially when paired with unsweetened Greek yogurt for protein. "On its own, it can be a fun pre-workout snack 30 to 60 minutes before exercise — the citrulline in watermelon may aid in exercise performance," Jones says.
Get the Watermelon Fruit Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
24. Eggplant Parm Pizza Chips
"These eggplant pizza bites are a perfect appetizer or party snack, delivering not only vitamins C and B6, but also antioxidants such as lutein and a group called anthocyanins (if you leave the skin on the eggplant)," Jones says.
Lutein is important for brain and eye health while anthocyanins are known for anti-inflammatory effects, she explains. Plus, the recipes packs in all of your favorite pizza flavors with much fewer carbs — just 10 grams of net carbs per serving.
Get the Eggplant Parm Pizza Bites recipe and nutrition info here.
25. Spiced Hummus Flatbread Pizza
This spiced hummus flatbread pizza gets its kick from the cumin and cayenne. "Cumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory while cayenne is known for its ability to increase blood flow, potentially releasing endorphins and reducing joint pain," Jones says.
Get the Spiced Hummus Flatbread Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
26. Ricotta and Peach Flatbread Pizza
This flatbread has 27 grams of protein and is packed with healthy fats — a combination that will certainly keep your hunger at bay. The health benefits don't stop there: "Peaches are great for indigestion, are high in fiber and contain vitamin C, which can aid in collagen production," Schapiro says.
Get the Ricotta and Peach Flatbread Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
27. Thai-Inspired Chicken Thick-Crust Pizza
This unique pie will satisfy your tastebuds and your hunger. Mung beans are a totally underrated ingredient, but here's why they shouldn't be overlooked: "Mung bean sprouts are rich in vitamin C, which is great for immunity, and vitamin K, which supports strong bones," Schapiro says. For this recipe, be sure to go with unsalted peanuts if you're watching your sodium intake.
Get the Thai-Inspired Chicken Thick-Crust Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
28. Pan-Charred Steakhouse Salad Pizza
Sensitive to dairy but don't want to give up its creamy texture? This recipe is your ticket. "This pizza uses tree nut cheese instead of real dairy, so for those who have problems digesting dairy, it can be a great alternative," Schapiro explains. Plus, the grass-fed beef provides high-quality protein and some healthy fats, as it actually contains more omega-3 fatty acids than conventional beef.
Get the Pan-Charred Steakhouse Salad Pizza recipe and nutrition info here.
29. Vegetarian Mexican Personal Pizzas
Perfectly portioned for one and ready in a little over 30 minutes, this pizza is a quick meal for one that has a ton of fiber from the refried beans, with 8 grams per serving. Plus, it's only 218 calories per pizza, which means you can add protein, such as grilled chicken slices or Greek yogurt on top.
Get the Vegetarian Mexican Personal Pizzas recipe and nutrition info here.