My favorite thing to do as a child was to watch Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and eat pizza. To this day, I can’t think of pizza without thinking about those crazy turtles. It still feels like yesterday when the teacher would go around the room and ask all the students to name his or her favorite food. The class was constantly split between pizza and French fries (and we wonder why childhood obesity is at an all time high).
When you hear the word “pizza”, you certainly do not think of diet food. Society has become brainwashed into thinking you have to give up your beloved pie full of cheesy goodness and replace it with bland, boring chicken and vegetables. Well I am here to say, you don’t have to!
While most of us are under the assumption that you must sacrifice your favorite foods to stay lean, that is far from the truth. Simply put, our bodies do not see food types. Our bodies only sees protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals and calories.
So what does all this mean? In a nutshell, tracking your calorie intake, along with protein, carbs, fat and fiber — you an still get a beach body eating New York style pizza.
That being said, after a couple of weeks of dieting it becomes harder and harder to keep losing more fat, so you will need to reduce your calories. Naturally, calorie reduction makes it harder and harder to fit pizza into a diet. Which is exactly why I have developed four quick recipes that are higher in protein and lower in fat for those of you who are like me and refuse to skimp out on a delicious slice of pizza.
Recipe #1: Flatbread BBQ Chicken Pizza
This is a more of a thin crust pizza, but defiantly higher in protein and fiber than the norm.
- 1 Flat Out Wraps
- 2 tablespoons BBQ sauce of your choosing
- 4oz serving of chicken breast cooked
- 1⁄2 cup raw spinach
- 1⁄4 cup chopped red onions
- Nonstick cooking spray
- 1 or 2 slices fat free cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grab a non-stick pan and line it with aluminum foil. Spray the aluminum foil with the nonstick cooking spray. Place the Flat Out (or wrap of your choice) into the oven and bake for 7 minutes until slightly crispy. When finished, pull the wrap out of the oven and add 1-2 tablespoons of BBQ sauce on top. Sprinkle a small amount of spinach, along with desired amount of chicken and a pinch of red onion. Cut the fat free slices of cheese in strips and sprinkle it across the pizza.
Place pizza back in the oven for 15-18 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool for 1-2 minutes and enjoy.
Serving Size: 1 Pizza
Recipe #2 Gumba Style Meat Lover Pizza
For this recipe we are going to use a regular dough. For added fiber, use whole wheat dough. This version of a “real” meat-topping pizza tastes amazing, but is much lower in fat!
- Whole wheat pizza dough or regular pizza dough
- 1⁄2 cup pizza sauce of your choice
- 4oz cooked ground turkey 99% lean
- 3 Slices cooked Candian Bacon, cut into 1⁄2 inch pieces
- 2oz Cooked Grilled Chicken
- Shredded Fat Free Cheese
- 1 cup Chopped broccoli
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; flatten out dough to fit the pan.
Coat the top of the pizza dough evenly with a layer of tomato sauce. Sprinkle your chopped broccoli over the entire pizza and add meats to the top. Next, sprinkle cheese evenly over the entire pizza.
Place pizza into the oven and cook for around 18-25 minutes (depending on how crispy you want it to be). Remove from oven and let cool for 5minutes; cut into 8 slices.
Serving Size: 1 Slice
Recipe #3: Bagel Mini Pizza
This recipe can be made in less than 10 minutes.
- 1 bagel
- 1/4 cup pizza sauce
- Fat free shredded cheese
Line a pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cut the bagel in half and add pizza sauce; sprinkle the cheese evenly over the entire bagel. Place in toaster on High for 5-7 minutes and enjoy.
Anthony Bevilacqua has been in the fitness industry for over a decade. His fitness influence has made an impact on millions of people both in and out of the gym. Anthony believes in kicking ass in life and taking names! There is no substitute for good, old-fashioned hard work.
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