DIY Pizza Pie

photo 1Ever since I discovered whole-wheat dough ($1.29) at Trader Joe’s, homemade pizza has become a weekly occurrence for me. Because I love to eat and saying goodbye to my favorite foods has never been an option, I get excited about altering recipes to make them delicious, without having to consume unnecessary empty calories. After a few rounds of trial and error, I finally figured out how to make a pizza that’s cheap, fun to make, and a guilt free option to satisfying a craving!

Being a dedicated fan of vegetable pizza, I decided to create this American food icon by including some of my favorite toppings. Experiment using your favorite toppings and have fun with it!

All ingredients are placed in order of creating your pizza from bottom to top

* Whole-wheat pizza dough 

(Whole-wheat flour will provide you with complex carbohydrates & fiber, helping to fuel your central nervous system to effectively function for basic daily activities. Because complex carbs and fiber take longer to digest, you’ll feel full for longer while stabilizing your blood sugar, making that 2pm crash less likely to occur.)

* Pesto

* Shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese

* Artichokes (pat dry & cut in half) 

* Kalamata olives  

* Grape tomatoes 

(The combination of artichokes, olives, and tomatoes will provide you with a valuable amount of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients, important for bone health and reducing your risk of heart disease.)

* Olive oil 

* Red pepper flakes (game changer)

* Arugula  

(Not only will this spicy green “Salad Rocket” provide your pizza with the perfect crunch, but it also contains one of the best vegetable sources of Vitamin K, boosting your bone and brain health)

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