Who doesn’t love pizza? Unfortunately, pizza is not the healthiest food option on the block but it’s so dang delicious. I’m a firm believer in finding a balance that’s suitable to your fitness goals. That includes treating yourself for a special occasion or just because. Obviously, too many treat meals can derail your progress but that’s why it’s important to incorporate healthier alternatives.
Kyra and I try to create healthy versions of foods we love so that we can satisfy those cravings without all of the added unhealthiness. This way, we can enjoy these foods more often than not in a more healthy way. For instance, I’ve been craving this awesome arugula and prosciutto pizza that I always order at one of my favorite spots in San Jose called Pizza Boca Lupo. I looked up the ingredients on the website, included those items on my grocery list and decided to whip up my own version.
Lavash Flatbread (I got mine from Trader Joe’s)
Parmesan Romano & Asiago Cheese
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the lavash bread on a flat surface (I used a baking tray). Sprinkle the lavash bread with the parmesan cheese so that it is spread evenly on the surface. Tear pieces of fresh mozzarella and distribute them on the surface of the lavash bread.
Depending on how crispy you want the bread to be, you can either lay the lavash bread on top of foil and place it directly on the oven rack (this makes it crispier) or bake it on a baking sheet. I laid it flat on the baking rack with foil. Bake the lavash bread for 10 minutes and be sure to monitor the bread to make sure that the edges aren’t burning (this happens more often if placed directly on the oven rack). After, take out the lavash bread and layer it with some proscuitto and pop it back in the oven for about 2 minutes. While the bread is baking again, toss the arugula in balsamic vinaigrette.
Take the pizza out of the oven, drizzle it with a little balsamic vinaigrette (this is optional but it added some nice flavor and moisture) and top it off with the tossed arugula. And there you have it, yummy pizza with half the calories!
I split this pizza with my husband and we both really enjoyed it! There are so many recipes out there that can be tweaked to be made healthier, you just have to experiment a bit. Next on my list is cauliflower pizza crust, but that’s another post for another day. Until next time!