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15 Wonderful And Healthy Pizza Recipes

15 Wonderful And Healthy Pizza Recipes

Le’s be honest, people: who doesn’t love pizza?

The moreish, doughy crust; the stringy, incredibly satisfying cheese; the toppings that keep you coming back for more… pizzas are the ultimate indulgence and have their place on many a household table. However, for all their deliciousness, they sadly aren’t the healthiest option on the menu and they often don’t appear in healthy eating plans with good reason: the combination of trans fat-rich cheese, sugar- and carbohydrate-rich pizza crust, and often highly unreasonable (but oh-so tasty) toppings isn’t exactly conducive to a trim waistline! Well, rejoice: I’m here to tell you that even if you’re trying to watch your weight, the pizza ban is officially lifted!

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With a few tweaks in the crust and toppings, it is absolutely possible to make pizzas healthy — without taking away their delicious signature flavours. These 15 wonderful healthy pizza recipes are packed with nutrient-rich ingredients and taste so good that you won’t even miss your usual takeaway fare. Some of the recipes will even have you saying, “I can’t believe this isn’t real pizza!” Ready to tuck in?

The Pizzas with Healthy Toppings

We all love pizzas, but let’s be honest: unless you go out of your way to choose healthy ingredients, most toppings aren’t exactly conducive to a balanced, healthy diet. These delicious pizzas are different: the chicken Florentine flatbread pizza combines protein-rich chicken and spinach for a healthy party in your mouth, while the simple vegan pizza, the whole-wheat crust pizza with roasted vegetables and the butternut squash and kale pizza pile heart-healthy, fibre-rich vegetables high. The easy, cheesy healthy homemade pizza uses a simple French loaf as its base and lets you add all your favourite veggies — what more can you ask?

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1. Chicken Florentine Flatbread Pizza
Chicken Florentine Flatbread Pizza

    2. Healthy Homemade Pizza
    Healthy Homemade Pizza

      3. Simple Vegan Pizza
      Simple Vegan Pizza

        4. Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza
        Butternut Squash and Kale Pizza

          5. Roasted Vegetable Whole Wheat Pizza
          Roasted Veggie Whole Wheat Pizza

            The Pizzas with Healthy Crusts

            While the toppings definitely contribute to whether a pizza is healthy or not, the crust also plays an important role – a fact that the creators of the following delicious recipes have all understood! The flax and parmesan pizza crust offers a tasty, gluten-free alternative to the usual doughy offerings, while the chickpea pizza brings a subtle flavour to the table that perfectly complements the spinach and harissa. The ingenious low-carb cauliflower crust and the paleo pizza crust both offer all the taste, minus the heavy, bloat-inducing carbs, while the delicious Mediterranean quinoa pizza combines fibre and vegetable protein in one tasty, healthy crust.

            6. Low-Carb Flax and Parmesan Pizza Crust
            Low-Carb Flax and Parmesan Pizza Crust

              7. Chickpea Pizza with Harissa and Spinach
              Chickpea Pizza with Harissa and Spinach

                8. Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust
                Low-Carb Cauliflower Pizza Crust

                  9. Mediterranean Pizza with Gluten-Free Quinoa Crust
                  Mediterranean Quinoa Pizza

                    10. Paleo Pizza Crust
                    Paleo Pizza Crust

                      The Non-Pizza Pizzas

                      These delicious and über-healthy alternatives to pizzas taste like the real thing but take on a different shape to the delight both our tastebuds and eyes! Packed with protein and fibre thanks to the quinoa, these gluten-free quinoa pizza bites will have you coming back for more, while the stuffed portabella pizza offers all the nutrients of the humble mushroom, combined with authentic pizza flavours. Don’t let the fact that the dish is vegan deter you: you won’t be able to tell the difference!

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                      The high-protein no-crust pizza bites are a great option if you’re watching your carbohydrate intake (they are particularly well-suited to a high-fat ketogenic diet), as are the eggplant pizzas, which also add extra vitamins and fibre to the table thanks to the vegetable; and finally, the cauliflower pizza casserole is a heart-healthy, comforting version of your favourite Italian dish that’ll have you begging for seconds — without the bloated feeling! Dig in!

                      11. Quinoa Pizza Bites
                      Quinoa Pizza Bites

                        12. Easy Stuffed Portabella Pizza in a Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce
                        Easy Stuffed Portabello Pizza in a Cashew Basil Cheese Sauce

                          13. No-Crust Pizza Bites
                          No Crust Pizza Bites

                            14. Cauliflower Pepperoni Pizza Casserole
                            Pepperoni Pizza Cauliflower Casserole

                              15. Low Carb Eggplant Pizzas
                              Low-Carb Eggplant Pizzas

                                Which pizza will you be trying with your family? Please let us know in the comments below!

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                                Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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