Did you grow up eating pizza? I did.
Every Friday night was pizza night at my house when I was a kid. I remember competing with my brother Andrew to see who could eat the most pizza at one sitting. Yes, that was me. And you know what? In the spirit sibling rivalry, one night I ended up eating a whole pizza. And I’m not referring to a healthy pizza recipe my mum followed and then made from scratch or even one of those small thin crust Dr Oetker pizzas. I’m talking about a medium pan pizza from pizza hut.
Which by the way has a whopping 320 calories per slice, 18 g fat and 26 grams of carbohydrate in per slice. Take that times 8 slices and yes I actually ate enough calories at one meal to nearly gain 1 pound.
Flash forward 20 years and I no longer compete with my brother to see who can eat the most food…thank God…but I do still love pizza.
The difference though now compared to when I was a teenager is that my body just doesn’t handle it quite the same. I was never bloated as a kid. Now, that is a different story. Lactose intolerance was something that happened to other people, but now, I am that person!
Plus of course, then there is the grease.
Long story short, I had to find a healthier alternative to this food that I loved as a kid, that wouldn’t leave me feeling like a slug. So my search began for a simple but tasty healthy homemade pizza recipe.
When I first started making pizza, the biggest challenge was the crust. I tried everything from the ready made crusts, to pita bread as a crust, and even made crust from scratch, but nothing really seemed to be a worthy alternative to restaurant pizza and was a convenient alternative that didn’t require too much time to prepare.
Until I tried making pizza on a tortilla.
I can honestly say, this was the best discovery ever.
Tortillas are quick, easy and only have about 180 calories each. You can buy whole grain for the extra fibre or if you are following a gluten free diet, just get gluten free wraps. Add the toppings you enjoy and BAM! Healthy, homemade pizza in minutes.
So next time you are craving pizza…
…before you pick up the phone to order take-out or run down the street to your local pizza place, try my Quick 400 Calorie Homemade Pizza with Fresh Arugula recipe…you will love it – I promise!
One more thing. I mentioned lactose intolerance above. If you are lactose intolerant, you may be able to handle a little cheese. Usually it is milk that gives people the most difficulty as it has a high lactose content. One of the best tips if you have a sensitivity to lactose but enjoy dairy once in a while is to make sure not to have dairy on an empty stomach and to have it in small doses. Just don’t have a glass of milk on an empty stomach. That will likely send you running to the washroom…
What food did you love as a kid that you make a healthier version of?