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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 November 9, 2020

                                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                2. No Motivation

                                Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                                5. Upward Comparisons

                                Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                6. No Alternative

                                This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                7. Stress

                                As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                                If you need some help reducing stress, check out the following video for some healthy ways to get started:

                                8. Sense of Failure

                                People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                9. The Need to Be All-New

                                People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                10. Force of Habit

                                Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                Final Thoughts

                                These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                Reference

                                [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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