A weight loss pizza recipe that you may make at home  

Ingredients: For the Crust: – 1 cup whole wheat flour (you can also use a mix of whole wheat and almond flour for a lower carb option) – 1 tsp instant yeast – 1/2 tsp salt – 1/2 tsp sugar (optional, helps to activate the yeast) – 3/4 cup warm water – 1 tbsp olive oil

Toppings: – 1/2 cup tomato sauce (low sodium) – 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (part-skim) – 1 bell pepper, sliced – 1/2 onion, thinly sliced – 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced – 1/2 cup spinach leave – 1 small tomato, sliced – 1/2 zucchini, thinly sliced – Herbs and spices: basil, oregano, pepper, garlic powder

Directions: Prepare the Dough: – In a large bowl, combine the flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add the warm water and olive oil, and stir until the mixture forms a sticky dough. – Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic. – Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it doubles in size.

Preheat Oven: – Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C). If you have a pizza stone, place it in the oven to heat.

Prepare Toppings: – While the dough is rising, prepare your toppings. Slice all the vegetables. You can sauté onions, mushrooms, and bell peppers in a pan for a few minutes to release excess water and concentrate their flavors (optional).

Shape the Pizza: – Once the dough has risen, punch it down gently and transfer it to a floured surface. – Roll the dough out into a thin circle. Transfer it to a piece of parchment paper (this makes it easier to move).

Assemble the Pizza: – Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the crust. Sprinkle half the cheese over the sauce. – Arrange the vegetables evenly over the cheese, then top with the remaining cheese and sprinkle with herbs and spices.

Bake the Pizza: – Transfer the pizza (on the parchment paper) to the preheated pizza stone or a baking sheet. – Bake for about 12-15 minutes, or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbly and slightly browned.

Serve: – Let the pizza cool for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

Tips for Making it Healthier: – Use part-skim mozzarella or a low-fat alternative to reduce calorie intake. – Add even more vegetables to increase fiber and nutrient content, which can help with fullness and satisfaction. – Consider adding a protein source like chicken breast, turkey, or a plant-based alternative to increase the protein content, which is important for satiety and muscle maintenance during weight loss.

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