How to Make Your Pizza Healthier Than Fast Food Versions – Top 14 Healthy Recipes

I’ve been experimenting with ways to turn each slice into a healthier choice. That’s why I’ve been trying out different ways to make my pizza slices more nutritious while keeping the taste at the same time.

You won’t believe how good they taste, even without all the greasy stuff from takeout pizzas. I’m going to share with you some of the awesome tricks I learned to make pizza a guilt-free pleasure.

1. Whole-grain Margherita with Arugula and Cherry Tomatoes

Arugula and Cherry Tomato Pizza

This pizza is a fresh and fiber-rich twist on the classic Margherita. The whole-grain crust brings a nutty flavor and satisfying texture, perfectly complementing the juicy cherry tomatoes and peppery arugula.

All you need is to follow a simple recipe and to add proper alternatives.

Whole grain crust boosts fiber intake, while fresh arugula adds a rich source of vitamins A, C, and K.

Ingredients

  • Whole-grain pizza dough
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Fresh arugula
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C).
  2. Roll out the whole-grain dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the dough.
  5. Arrange mozzarella slices and cherry tomatoes on the dough.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  8. Once out of the oven, top with fresh arugula and basil leaves.

2. Thin-Crust Veggie Delight with Bell Peppers and Mushrooms

Mushroom Bell pepper Pizza

The thin crust makes it light, while the bell peppers and mushrooms offer a delightful combination of textures and flavors.

Bell peppers are high in antioxidants, and a thin crust reduces overall calorie count.

Ingredients

  • Thin pizza crust
  • Tomato sauce
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • Red, green, and yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
  • Mushrooms, sliced
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Dried oregano
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F (245°C).
  2. Place the thin crust on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  3. Spread tomato sauce over the crust.
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Top with bell peppers, mushrooms, and red onion.
  6. Drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle oregano, salt, and pepper.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is crispy.

3. Grilled Chicken and Spinach on Cauliflower Crust

This one combines the lightness of a cauliflower crust with the protein-packed goodness of grilled chicken. The spinach adds a nutrient-dense layer, making it a wholesome and satisfying meal.

Cauliflower crust significantly lowers carb content, and spinach is packed with iron and calcium.

Ingredients

  • Cauliflower crust
  • Grilled chicken breast, sliced
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a pan, sauté spinach and garlic in olive oil until the spinach wilts.
  3. Place the cauliflower crust on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Evenly distribute the mozzarella on the crust.
  5. Add the cooked spinach and grilled chicken slices.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and lightly browned.

4. Turkey Bacon and Roasted Squash on a Multigrain Crust

BUTTERNUT SQUASH PIZZA

A delightful mix of savory and sweet, this pizza brings together the smokiness of turkey bacon with the natural sweetness of roasted squash, all on a hearty multigrain crust.

Turkey bacon is a leaner alternative to pork, and butternut squash is a great source of vitamins A and C.

Ingredients

  • Multigrain pizza dough
  • Roasted butternut squash, cubed
  • Turkey bacon, cooked and chopped
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh sage, chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Roll out the multigrain dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Spread a thin layer of ricotta cheese over the dough.
  5. Top with roasted squash, turkey bacon, and mozzarella.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle sage, salt, and pepper.
  7. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted.

5. Shrimp and Asparagus with Homemade Red Sauce

Shrimp Pizza

The combination of tender shrimp and crisp asparagus on this pizza offers a unique seafood twist. The homemade red sauce enhances the flavors without overpowering them.

Shrimp is a low-fat protein choice, and asparagus is known for its array of vitamins and minerals.

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough of your choice
  • Shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Asparagus, trimmed and cut into pieces
  • Homemade red sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 475°F (245°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Spread the homemade red sauce over the dough.
  5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top.
  6. In a pan, quickly sauté shrimp and asparagus with garlic, olive oil, and red pepper flakes.
  7. Arrange the shrimp and asparagus on the pizza.
  8. Season with salt and pepper.
  9. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden and toppings are cooked.

6. Portobello Mushroom Cap Pizza with Goat Cheese

Portobello Mushroom Caprese

This pizza offers a unique twist with a portobello mushroom serving as the ‘crust’, creating a rich and earthy base. Topped with tangy goat cheese, it’s a delightful blend of textures and flavors.

Portobello mushrooms are a great source of protein and fiber, and goat cheese is lower in calories and fat than many cheeses.

Ingredients

  • Large portobello mushroom caps
  • Goat cheese, crumbled
  • Cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic, minced
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  2. Remove the stems from the mushroom caps and clean them.
  3. Brush the caps with olive oil and place them on a baking sheet.
  4. Bake the mushroom caps for about 5 minutes to release some moisture.
  5. Remove from the oven and fill each cap with minced garlic, goat cheese, and cherry tomatoes.
  6. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for an additional 10 minutes until the cheese is soft and slightly golden.

7. BBQ Chicken with Caramelized Onions on Whole-Wheat Crust

How To Make BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA

It is a hearty option featuring the sweet flavor of caramelized onions and the tanginess of BBQ sauce, all on a wholesome whole-wheat crust.

Whole-wheat crust adds fiber, and chicken provides lean protein.

Ingredients

  • Whole-wheat pizza dough
  • Cooked chicken breast, shredded
  • BBQ sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Roll out the whole-wheat dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Spread BBQ sauce over the dough.
  5. Top with shredded chicken, caramelized onions, and mozzarella cheese.
  6. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is crispy and the cheese is melted.

8. Greek-Style Pizza with Feta, Olives, and Red Onion

Greek Pizza

This one brings a Mediterranean flair, combining the salty bite of feta and olives with the crunch of red onion, creating a flavor-packed meal.

Olives are rich in heart-healthy fats, and red onions are full of antioxidants.

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough of your choice
  • Tomato sauce
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Spinach leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F (245°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Spread tomato sauce over the dough.
  5. Add a layer of spinach leaves.
  6. Top with feta cheese, olives, and red onion.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle oregano, salt, and pepper.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden and toppings are cooked.

9. Provolone, Pear, and Arugula Flatbread

Pear Flatbread

This recipe is a delightful mix of sweet and savory flavors. The creamy provolone pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the pear and the peppery bite of arugula, all on a light flatbread.

Pears provide dietary fiber and essential vitamins, and provolone is a source of calcium.

Ingredients

  • Flatbread or thin pizza crust
  • Provolone cheese, sliced
  • Pear, thinly sliced
  • Fresh arugula
  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Place the flatbread on a baking sheet.
  3. Arrange provolone slices and pear slices on the flatbread.
  4. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the cheese is melted and the edges are crispy.
  6. Remove from the oven and top with fresh arugula.
  7. Drizzle with balsamic glaze before serving.

10. Vegan Pizza with Cashew Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes

Vegan pizza with cashew cheese recipe

A vegan delight, this pizza uses rich, creamy cashew cheese and the intense flavor of sun-dried tomatoes for a deeply satisfying plant-based option.

Cashew cheese is a healthy dairy-free alternative, and sun-dried tomatoes are high in lycopene.

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough of your choice
  • Cashew cheese (homemade or store-bought)
  • Sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • Spinach leaves
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Dried basil and oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F (245°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Spread cashew cheese over the dough.
  5. Top with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach leaves, and red onion.
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden and the toppings are cooked.

11. Thin-Crust Hawaiian with Chicken and Pineapple

Todd's Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Pizza

A healthier version of the classic Hawaiian pizza, this version features a thin crust and swaps out ham for chicken, balancing the sweetness of pineapple for a lighter, yet satisfying meal.

Pineapple contains digestive enzymes and vitamin C, and a thin crust means fewer carbs.

Ingredients

  • Thin pizza crust
  • Tomato sauce
  • Cooked chicken breast, diced
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Place the thin crust on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  3. Spread tomato sauce over the crust.
  4. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.
  5. Top with chicken and pineapple chunks.
  6. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 10-12 minutes until the crust is crispy.

12. Pesto Chicken Pizza with Roasted Red Peppers

Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe

It combines the rich, herby flavors of pesto with the sweet, smoky char of roasted red peppers. The chicken adds a satisfying protein punch, making this a well-rounded and flavorful dish.

Pesto is rich in healthy fats from olive oil and nuts, and red peppers are high in vitamin C.

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough of your choice
  • Pesto sauce
  • Cooked chicken breast, sliced
  • Roasted red peppers, sliced
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Olive oil

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 475°F (245°C).
  2. Roll out the pizza dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Spread a generous layer of pesto sauce over the dough.
  5. Arrange the chicken slices and roasted red peppers on top.
  6. Sprinkle with both mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  7. Drizzle a bit of olive oil over the toppings.
  8. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly.

13. Quinoa Crust Pizza with Artichokes and Spinach

Spinach & Artichoke Pizza

For those seeking a gluten-free option, this quinoa crust pizza is a delight. Topped with artichokes and spinach, it’s a nutrient-rich choice that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

Quinoa crust offers a complete protein, and artichokes are a good source of fiber.

Ingredients

  • Quinoa crust (prepared)
  • Artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • Fresh spinach leaves
  • Feta cheese, crumbled
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Garlic, minced
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. Place the quinoa crust on a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  3. In a pan, sauté spinach and garlic in olive oil until the spinach wilts.
  4. Spread a mix of feta and mozzarella cheese over the crust.
  5. Add the cooked spinach and chopped artichokes.
  6. Season with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the cheese is melted and lightly browned.

14. Eggplant and Ricotta Cheese on a Gluten-Free Crust

Eggplant Pizza

This recipe represents a wonderful combination of creamy ricotta cheese and tender, flavorful eggplant. The gluten-free crust ensures that it’s a suitable option for those with dietary restrictions.

Eggplant contains important phytonutrients, and a gluten-free crust caters to those with gluten sensitivities.

Ingredients

  • Gluten-free pizza dough
  • Eggplant, thinly sliced
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Tomato sauce
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. Roll out the gluten-free dough on a floured surface.
  3. Transfer the dough to a pizza stone or baking sheet.
  4. Spread tomato sauce over the dough.
  5. Arrange eggplant slices in the sauce.
  6. Dollop ricotta cheese and sprinkle mozzarella over the eggplant.
  7. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes until the crust is crispy and the cheeses are melted.

FAQs

Is pizza without cheese healthier?

Pizza without cheese can be healthier than pizza with cheese, depending on the type of toppings. Cheeseless pizza can have lower calories, fat, and sodium, but it can also have less protein and calcium.

Is pizza the healthiest junk food?

Pizza is not the healthiest junk food, as it can be high in calories, fat, and sodium, and low in fiber and vitamins. However, pizza can be made healthier by choosing a thin crust, limiting rich toppings, and adding more vegetables. But it needs to be said that it mainly depends on the style of pizza you choose.

Is 3 slices of pizza too much?

Three slices of pizza may be too much for some people, especially if they are large, thick, or loaded with cheese and meat. Eating too much pizza can lead to excess calorie intake and weight gain, as well as an increased risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Is vegan pizza healthier than traditional options?

Vegan pizza can be healthier than traditional pizza, as it does not contain any animal products, cholesterol, or carcinogens. Vegan pizza can also be higher in fiber and vitamins, thanks to the plant-based ingredients. However, vegan pizza can still be high in fat and salt, so moderation is key.

Summary

You don’t have to sacrifice flavor for health when it comes to pizza. Whether you go for a whole-grain Margherita or a quinoa crust masterpiece, you’ll be amazed by how delicious they are.

Treat yourself to some pizza that’s good for you and your palate.