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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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                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                                When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                                So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                                1. Exercise

                                It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                                2. Drink in Moderation

                                I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                                3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                                Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                                4. Watch Less Television

                                A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                                Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                                5. Eat Less Red Meat

                                Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                                If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                                6. Don’t Smoke

                                This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                                7. Socialize

                                Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                                8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                                Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                                9. Be Optimistic

                                Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                                10. Own a Pet

                                Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                                11. Drink Coffee

                                Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                                12. Eat Less

                                Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                                13. Meditate

                                Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                                Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                                14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                                Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                                15. Laugh Often

                                Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                                16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                                Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                                17. Cook Your Own Food

                                When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                                Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                                18. Eat Mushrooms

                                Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                                19. Floss

                                Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                                20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                                Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                                Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                                21. Have Sex

                                Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                                Reference

                                [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                                [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                                [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                                [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                                [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                                [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                                [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                                [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                                [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                                [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                                [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                                [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                                [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                                [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                                [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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