October is National Pizza Month! Who doesn't like pizza? It's definitely one of my favorite foods. When most people think of pizza they think of a high calorie, fattening, meat and cheese feast. Eating pizza can certainly be fattening, highly acidic and processed if you choose the unhealthiest options, however it doesn't have to be that way. You can still enjoy pizza while living an alkaline lifestyle. Try making some healthy substitutions using the tips below to change your pizza from an acidic one to a delicious alkaline one.
- Choose thin crust over thick crust. It will save you a ton of calories.
- Use sprouted tortillas as a crust instead of white flour pizza dough.
- Use gluten free tortilla or pizza dough instead of white flour pizza dough.
- Make your own alkaline pizza sauce (see recipe below) instead of using canned sauces which are usually highly processed and acidic. You can make extra and bottle for later use.
- You can also use pesto sauce or tahini sauce instead of canned pizza sauce if you prefer.
- Use fresh ingredients instead of canned vegetables. They taste better and are better for you.
- Be sure to add some greens like spinach, basil, green peppers or even broccoli to make it more delicious and alkaline.
- If you are not a vegetarian and want a little meat on your pizza, avoid using the processed meats like pepperoni, salami, cured bacon and sausage. They are very high in calories and packed with chemical additives that are terrible for you. Instead use lean, fresh organic chicken, beef, ham or turkey.
- If you are not vegetarian and want to add cheese, don't go over board. A little goes a long way. Grate your cheese finely and sprinkle it lightly over the pizza. If you are a vegetarian, you can use veggie cheese using the same technique.
- Who says you need the cheese anyway? Instead I like to drizzle a little minced garlic and olive oil over my pizza. Yummy!
TRY THIS FRESH, EASY TO MAKE, ALKALINE PIZZA RECIPE!!
- 2 pitas (ideally sprouted or gluten free, spelt pitas are yummy)
- 4 Tbsp of tomato sauce (or 2 tbsp of pesto or tahini sauce). You can make your own (see recipe below) or use organic canned sauce
- Handful of spinach
- 4 florets of broccoli (crumbled)
- 4 onion slices (optional)
- 4 mushrooms thinly sliced
- 1 small tomato sliced
- Basil leaves (however much you like)
- Organic meat if desired (just be sure to cook the meat before hand)
- Grated cheese, goat cheese or vegetarian cheese (optional)
Apply sauce to the pitas. Next layer the ingredients. Top with sea salt and pepper and a little dairy cheese or veggie cheese. If you don't use cheese, try drizzling a little minced garlic and olive oil over the top. If you are using meat, be sure it is already cooked and you can also roast the vegetables a little before adding to pizza if you prefer. Put in toaster oven (or conventional oven) and bake for a 5 -7 minutes. Voila. Delicious, healthy, alkaline pizza.
Note: you can essentially add whatever fresh vegetables and herbs you wish. Have fun with it. Try adding yummy fresh pineapple. The combinations are endless.
Recipe for homemade alkaline pizza sauce:
- 2 large fresh tomatoes (or a pound of tomatoes)
- 4 fresh basil leaves
- Fresh parsley
- Fresh oregano
- Other herbs as desired
- 2 garlic cloves (finely chopped)
- 2 green onion or chives (chopped)
- Green pepper or other pepper of choice (finely chopped) optional
- Olive oil (to line pan)
- Himalayan salt to taste
- Fresh ground pepper to taste
- ¼ cup water
Place tomatoes in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, remove and place in bowl of ice water. Peel the skin off the tomatoes, cut in half and remove the seedy insides. Place halved tomatoes back in boiling water and boil on high for 5 minutes.
In the meantime, sauté the green onion, garlic and bell pepper in a wok lined with olive oil until tender. Next add the boiled tomatoes to the wok and mash (potato masher works well). Add the basil, oregano and parsley. Add a little water. Mix well and let simmer for about 30 minutes. The longer you simmer the more flavor it will have. Just remember to keep adding water so that it doesn't dry out. Add more herbs and salt and pepper as desired.
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