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Can you taste it? That mouth full of delicious cheese, crust and a pinch of heaven? Pizza is a universally beloved food. It’s what we eat when we don’t feel like cooking. It’s the first thing that comes to our minds when we think of hunger, parties and breaking a diet.
Unfortunately, the bloated feeling that follows pizza indulgence is anything but enjoyable. The greasy cheese, the inches-thick bread crust, and perhaps inner thoughts of should I eat this? can make eating pizza feel like a love-hate ritual.
But what if you put a different spin on your favorite pie, instead of grabbing a slice of straight pepperoni? Here are four different and delicious pizzas to make your tastebuds and gut happy this summer. Two are make-it-yourself and two are available in stores. Whichever you choose, these gluten-free, protein pizzas are rich in vitamins and will leave you feeling splurged, satisfied, sans stomachache.
Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Normally when ordering a veggie pizza, the veggies are only included as toppings. The Cauliflower Crust Pizza, however, is almost entirely made of veggies and cheese—no wheat included. Freshly grated cauliflower replaces regular doughy bread as the foundation of the pizza: the crust. On top, add tomato sauce, cheese and the veggie or meat toppings of your choice to complete this rich-in-nutrients pizza that everyone can enjoy. For a full recipe, check out 3 Healthy Pizza Dough Recipes.
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Quinoa Pizza Crust
Quinoa is a plant-based protein. Though it is a grain, the seedy protein powerhouse is often used to make gluten-free flour to accommodate various dietary restrictions. Quinoa is easy to digest, a great source of energy and, to top it all off, extremely healthy. It’s a complete protein, like chicken or beef, so it’s a key component in vegan or vegetarian diets. Quinoa contains essential amino acids, is high in iron, magnesium and calcium and has almost twice the amount of fiber as other grains. Plus we don’t hate how it tastes. For the recipe, check out Pizza With Quinoa Crust.
Oh Yes! Foods Pizza
Oh Yes! Foods is a company that believes pizza can be both deliciously tasty and delectably healthy. Dr. Emily Sikking and Dr. Chip Milam founded Oh Yes! in 2012, creating a pizza filled with fruits and veggies in both the crust and the sauce. A pizza with the same nutritional value as 12(!) veggies and fruits is nothing short of a work of art, except art that you don’t have to just devour with your eyes. With a large variety of crusts and cheeses to choose from, the pizzas accommodate all sorts of diets, from gluten-free crusts to dairy-free cheese. One serving comes complete with vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, vitamin A and high fiber. Oh Yes! Pizzas are sold at Whole Foods Markets, Ralphs and Bristol Farms.
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Real Good Foods Pizza
Do you want to feel full without feeling sluggish? The Real Good Foods Company makes pizza that is high in protein and low in carbs by replacing regular bread crust with all-natural parmesan chicken. Yes, you read that correctly! For all the gluten-free pizza lovers, it’s now possible to enjoy a pie at parties without having to decline the popular party food. Real Good Foods pizza has twice the amount of protein compared to something like a Digiorno, except with nine times less the amount of carbs. You can order one of these bad boys at the Real Good Foods website.