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January 22, 2015

A Healthier Take on Pizza: 4 Delicious Recipes to Try

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

Cottage Cheese Pizza RecipesIs pizza the new soda? A new study suggests it may be.

Research published in the February issue of the journal Pediatrics targets pizza as a villain in childhood obesity, but that may not be entirely fair.

Sure, any food with calories can contribute to weight control problems if you eat too much of it. While I have a problem with focusing on single foods - even soda, which has no redeeming qualities - as the reason for childhood overweight, I understand why health experts take issue with pizza.  Kids eat a lot of pizza, and most take-out, restaurant, and frozen versions are loaded with calories, as well as saturated fat, and sodium. 

In spite of the latest study, there’s no reason for you and your children to stop eating pizza, which, when made right, delivers an array of important nutrients.  Here are four healthier pizza recipes prepared with Hood Cottage Cheese

Nacho Pizza

This pie uses a minimum of lean ground beef. Black beans and cottage cheese help to keep fat content low and protein levels high. A pre-baked whole wheat crust lends whole grain and fiber, which is missing from most of the pizza kids consume.  

Broccoli and Cheese Calzone

A calzone is nothing more than pizza folded in half. Cottage cheese stands in for some of the higher-fat cheddar cheese in this delicious twist on the traditional pizza pie. Broccoli adds fiber, vitamins, and minerals. 

Veggie Pizza 

You can top pizza with any vegetable instead of sausage and pepperoni to decrease sodium and saturated fat. This pizza features an interesting mix of mushrooms, olives, and walnuts, for a welcome change to the usual veggie toppings. 

Mushroom and Red Pepper Flatbread

Thick pizza crust adds unnecessary calories and refined carbohydrates. Using flatbread as a pizza base provides a lower-calorie base for the goat cheese, mushrooms and red pepper. 


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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