Satisfy your cravings with these healthy-ish alternatives to pizza that are easy to make and lower in fat and salt but with all the goodness of a ready-made pizza.
Almost everyone loves pizza and while Saturday is the most popular night to eat pizza, every day’s a good day to have one. Americans love pizza so much that they order 350 slices every second and eat 23 pounds of pizza per year. Pepperoni is one of America’s favorite slices.
Fast food pizza, however, is high in calories, salt, and fat which translate to major health issues in America today. So if you’re craving for that creamy thick or thin crust goodness, we listed down some healthy and healthy-ish alternatives to traditional pizza to satisfy your cravings.
1. Bagel and Tomato
Instead of a gooey, tomato- and cheese-filled pizza, try toasting half of a bagel and adding some fresh or canned diced tomatoes, then add a drizzle of olive oil for extra taste and nutrition. You can buy all types of bagels, from whole-wheat to egg bagels, adding some extra flavor to your new “pizza.”
- Tends to be lower in calories and healthier than regular pizza
- Lots of bagel flavors to choose from
- Smaller bagel means less room to add toppings
- A completely different taste from pizza, which some people may not like
You can add a few ingredients to the top of the bagel, including herbs and cheese, and all you have to do is bake it until the bagel is crisp and the tomatoes have a lightly roasted look.
2. Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Many people are surprised that this type of crust doesn’t actually taste like cauliflower, which many people dislike. Not only is the crust a lot more nutritional than regular pizza crust, but it is also a gluten-free product. If you also want to make it a little healthier, try less-salty cheeses such as Swiss, Monterey Jack, and mozzarella.
- A very healthy alternative to other types of crusts
- Gluten-free for those who need or prefer this option
- May be more expensive than other types of crusts
- Some brands may taste like cauliflower, which some people may not like
Cauliflower crust is a great way to start a healthy pizza, and many of the well-known stores carry this crust in their freezer or refrigerated section. It is easier than you think to find a healthy crust alternative when making pizza, and it is usually fairly inexpensive as well, at least for the most part.
3. English Muffin Pizza
If you’d like a pizza snack, and you’re only cooking for one, an English muffin pizza is a great option. You can have the pizza ready in no time, and it uses up very few ingredients as well. English muffins are usually healthier than regular pizza crusts, and you can make it as simple or as ingredient-filled as you like.
- You can have a single pizza ready in just a few minutes
- English muffins come in both regular and whole-wheat options
- Some people don’t like the taste of English muffins
- Not good when you have to feed a lot of people
Although feeding a large group of people becomes too inconvenient with English muffin pizzas, they are perfect when you’re just feeding a few people, and you can put any ingredients you like on it.
4. Mushroom Caps and Hummus
Mushrooms, especially the portobello type, can make very flavorful pizza crusts, and they are very low in calories as well. The fiber in them helps you lose weight and feel full afterwards, and they are easy to cook and easy to digest. Hummus is made of chickpeas and is extremely healthy, and it makes a great alternative to other pizza toppings.
- Lots of fiber and protein
- Easy to top with ingredients such as fresh veggies
- Some people do not like hummus or mushrooms
- No tomato-like flavor to enjoy like in other types of pizza
Once you fill the mushroom with hummus, you can add other ingredients if you like, including diced fresh vegetables, mozzarella cheese, and even sun-dried tomatoes. You can get as creative as you like, and this is an excellent way to enjoy a healthier alternative to pizza.
5. Pita Bread Pizza
One of the biggest advantages of choosing pita bread for your pizza is that it comes in both regular and whole-wheat options, and it has a lot less carbs and calories than regular crust, as well. Pita bread is very tasty and healthy, and for those who like their crusts thin, it is the perfect crust to choose.
- It is low in fat, but high in calcium and iron
- Comes in both white and whole-wheat options
- Pita bread is sometimes high in sodium
- Some people do not like the taste of pita bread
Pita bread pizzas provide a lot of space to place ingredients on, they are great for people who like thin crusts, and they provide a lot of options because you can add any ingredients you like, from meat-loving to meat-free alternatives. Because there are different types of pita bread – including the low-carb variety – it is easy for you to find exactly what you need when it comes to its nutritional value.
6. Polenta Crust Pizza
Polenta is a cornmeal product used often in Italy, and if you have a wheat or gluten allergy, it makes a great alternative to regular pizza crusts. Not only do these types of pizza satisfy nearly everyone’s pizza craving, but nearly everyone who tries it will love the taste.
- Fast and easy to make
- A healthy alternative to regular pizza
- Polenta can be high in carbs and sugar
- It can make your stomach feel heavier than normal after you eat it
Polenta is healthy and has a lot of vitamins, but it may not be the best alternative to those who are trying to watch their weight. Polenta pizza, however, is a lot tastier than you think, so it is much healthier and more fun to eat than you might think.
7. Portobello/Veggie Pizza
Yes, you can make a healthy pizza if you load it up with vegetables instead of beef and pork. Try putting a lot of healthy ingredients such as portobello mushrooms, black and green olives, green and red bell peppers, onions, spinach, and even something a little different like asparagus or banana peppers. For an even healthier alternative, try using less cheese or even no cheese at all.
- A much healthier alternative to regular pizza
- You can get your daily supply of vegetables in one meal
- Not everyone likes vegetables or pizza with only a tad of cheese
- Some people may be allergic to some of the ingredients you use
If you choose any type of mushrooms, the pizza will taste better if you bake the mushrooms by themselves for roughly five minutes before placing them on the pizza, and of course, you can feel free to use many other types of vegetables as well. In other words, you can get very creative with your veggie pizza.
8. Quinoa Bites
Quinoa is a super food that naturally makes a super pizza. For the most part, you’ll be able to combine the quinoa with the rest of your ingredients and place them in a muffin pan to bake for a little bit. Quinoa is rich in fiber and protein, and it tastes a lot better than you might think.
- An extremely healthy alternative to regular pizza
- Very simple and fast to make
- The taste might take some getting used to
- Sometimes quinoa is difficult to find
Quinoa bites are a bit different from regular pizza, but it requires no special treatment or the adding of any other ingredients. These pizza bites are very healthy for you, so even though each bite is small, they are chock-full of vitamins and minerals.
9. Tortillas and Meatballs
Instead of regular pizza, try making meatballs from a type of lean ground meat and serving them on a baked tortilla. It gives you the crunch of a thin-crust pizza and can taste almost the same. If you like a sausage texture, simply crumble up the meatballs and sprinkle them on the tortilla.
- Much less fat and calories than pepperoni and other ingredients found on regular pizzas
- A very tasty way to eat a pizza or a snack
- Taste can be somewhat dry if you don’t add enough pizza sauce
- Tortillas are a food that not everyone likes
If you like tortillas and prefer a more nutritional type of pizza, this is a great option for you. You can add whatever you like to the tortilla to make it as healthy and yummy as you wish.
10. Zucchini Pizza
You can try zucchini one of two ways for your pizza – you can try a pizza crust made of zucchini, or simply use zucchini as your main ingredient. If you choose the pizza crust, you can simply clean and then bake the zucchini, and when you’re done, add your ingredients right on top of this yummy vegetable and enjoy.
- Zucchini is high in vitamins, protein, and fiber
- It is easy to cook and very tasty
- Not good for people who do not like the taste of zucchini
- Even for zucchini lovers, the taste may require some getting used to
A zucchini pizza is easy to bake and easy to love, and there are recipes for this type of pizza everywhere on the Internet.
Calzones are Italian folded pizzas typically made from salted bread dough, with stuffings of salami, ham or vegetables, mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan or pecorino cheese, and an egg.
Focacia is a flat Italian bread that has a similar texture and style to a pizza, but the former is more moist and thicker.
Pissaladière is a French pizza-like dish. The bread dough is only thicker than that of the Margherita pizza and it’s topped with caramelised onions, black olives, and anchovies.
Filo-based pastry is a healthy alternative to pizza. The thin unleavened dough contains very little fat and is often used to make baklava and börek in Middle Eastern and Balkan countries.
15. Eggplant pizza
It’s a low-carb and gluten-free alternative to a pizza. Similar to a zucchini pizza, this doesn’t need bread of any kind.
Parmigiana is an Italian dish that’s made of deep-fried sliced eggplant and served with Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce.
17. French Bread pizza
This homemade pizza is easy to make and can be created with a wide range of flavors.
18. Waffle pizza
This will be a hit at kid’s parties. Just make the waffle and let the kids choose their toppings and then bake.
19. Baked French toast pizza
It’s a fun variation to the French toast. You can add any toppings you choose plus tomatoes and cheese.
20. Sweet Potato pizza
Sweet potato pizza is another healthy alternative to pizza that’s easy to make. It’s delicious, gluten free, and requires no food processor.
21. Pancake Pizza
You can make this pancake pizza a healthy alternative by using vegetables, mushroom, and egg filling.
22. Asparagus Pizza
Asparagus pizza is a refreshing treat you’d forget your eating vegetables.
23. Avocado and Egg Pizza
Tweak your breakfast with this avocado and egg pizza. A simple and tasty breakfast for rush mornings.
24. Fruit Pizza
The fruit pizza is a surefire hit each time it’s served at parties. It’s colorful, pretty, and delicious!
25. Black Beans Crust Pizza
The black beans crust pizza is a non-traditional pizza that’ll make you think for a second. Once you’ve had a bite, you’ll forget you ever had any doubts about it.