How to ‘healthify’ your favorite comfort food – easy PIZZA edition 

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Pizza is the ultimate comfort food loved by both kids and adults. It’s one of those dishes that just thinking of it puts a smile on your face. The bad thing is, it can be quite unhealthy as is high in calories and when consumed constantly can contribute to bad eating habits and not the greatest health condition.   

Luckily, there is a solution. Instead of ordering it, put in the effort and make a homemade pizza from scratch. Here are some tips on how to make it healthier yet still equally enjoyable and delicious.  

The dough  

  • ½ of fresh yeast   
  • 3 cups of flour  
  • 3 tablespoons of oil  
  • 2 to 3 cups of warm water  
  • A pinch of salt and sugar  

In case you are using a fresh yeast block, you’ll need to activate the yeast. To do that, put the desired quantity of yeast in a bowl, add a little bit of sugar and pour in some warm water. Mix thoroughly and leave it for around 10 minutes. If you use instant yeast, pour it directly into the flour.   

Once this is done, start combining everything. Use ½ of your flour and combine it with salt, sugar, yeast, and oil. I recommend mixing with your hands rather than a spoon. Gradually add the warm water and the rest of your flour. Keep on mixing until you form a nice ball of dough. If it’s still sticky, put in some more flour. Let the dough double in size by covering it with a towel and putting it in a preferably warm place.  

Now take your rollinghow-to-‘healthify’-your-favorite-comfort-food-pizza pin (a bottle of wine will do the trick as well) and sprinkle some flour before starting to roll the dough. Once you have formed your pizza, transfer the dough to your baking dish which should be lined with some parchment paper.   

The sauce  

  • 1 can of tomatoes or tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil  
  • 2 cloves of garlic  
  • 2 tablespoons of oregano  
  • A pinch of salt
  • A pinch of black pepper  

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For the sauce, I like using peeled canned tomatoes. However, if you have some extra time on your hands, you can use fresh tomatoes and make a mind-blowing sauce. For the lazy people out there among which I find myself as well, a store-bought tomato sauce will work as well but will make it a little bit better by giving it a splash of richness in taste.  

Pour in the olive oil and finely chopped garlic into a pan and leave it until it starts sizzling. Once you hear that sizzling noise, lower the heat, put in the tomato sauce/ canned tomatoes/ freshly grated tomatoes and spices, and stir for 5 minutes or so. Let it boil for 10 more minutes so all the flavors are released. Use a blender in case you find lumps in your sauce and prefer it to be smoother.  

The cheese

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Cheese is known to be a high-calorie, high-fat goodness that makes everything taste better. Since we are going for a healthier version of pizza, mozzarella should be your first choice. It’s low in sodium, contains an abundance of calcium and up to 20g of protein per 100g. For many, it may not be appetizing as it has no flavor whatsoever. However, once it’s melted, you won’t even know that is mozzarella.  

The toppings  

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This is your chance to include as many veggies as you can. From olives, beans, and corn to broccoli, peppers, and mushrooms. Be creative with your pizza and make it as colorful as possible. Bake your homemade pizza at 200 degrees Celsius for around half an hour. Enjoy! 

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