For those parents who are forever seeking ways to feed their
children healthy food, this will be a great solution you can add to
your secret bag of tricks. Every kid loves pizza and there is no
reason they have to know just how healthy our pizza recipe is. You
know and that’s all that matters. Besides being scrumptious, the
whole family can build individual pizzas to their own liking, adding
fun to health. The more you can create associations of “tasty”
and “fun” to healthy eating, the better. Here is how you do it.
Putting the word “healthy” into pizza starts with the crust. Most
standard pizzas your kids are eating is full of nutritionally
useless white gluey flour. Did you know that white flour spikes
blood sugar faster than white sugar? That makes white flour very
addictive. The fast alternative is using whole grain pita shells.
All grocery stores should carry them in the bread area. They are a
perfect size for making individual pizza masterpieces. Look for the
thin ones, they have half the calories than the thick ones, 70
calories compared to about 150 calories.
Now you may have to take some searching and reading the ingredients
time to find better food for your family to eat. But before you
know it you will familiarize yourself with a whole new part of the
grocery store. It’s worth the effort. If you cannot find the thin
type of whole grain pita shells, don’t panic, the more common
thicker ones will work just fine. Just make sure they are whole
Canned pizza sauce can be found on the shelf beside the spaghetti
sauce. Again, read the ingredients. Try to find an organic brand that is not full of unpronounceable chemicals and inferior oils, unless it is olive
oil, preferably, extra virgin olive oil.
If your really ambitious, you can always make your own pizza sauce.
Blend five Roma tomatoes with two tablespoons of extra virgin olive
oil, and season with salt, garlic and Italian Spice, to taste.
May I introduce you to goats cheese. A goat’s digestive system is
much closer to ours than a cow’s, therefore their milk is more
digestible for humans. And yes, you can buy mozzarella goats
cheese. If you don’t tell them nether will I. The stuff tastes
Now we get to the fun stuff. I am going to give you a list of great
pizza toppings but I am sure you can think of many more. You can
put just about anything on pizza, creating a mélange of unique
flavors and bright color. You can dice your toppings large or
small. The rule of thumb is strong flavored toppings like onion,
garlic and hot pepper should be diced finely, whereas tomato or
mushroom can be sliced.
Here is our top ten list:
black & green olives
all types of peppers
Building and Baking
Prepare all the toppings ahead of time . Preheat oven to 450
Fahrenheit. Have the pitas laid out on cookie sheets, two will fit
per sheet. You can fit two sheets in your oven. Allow the family
to build their own pizza’s, ladies before gentlemen. Bake for 10 to
15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Expect demands for seconds!
Suggestions: I like a little cheese under and on top of my toppings,
it helps hold the mountain together.
whole grain pitas
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