One of my family’s annual traditions is to tune into the Super Bowl. My favorite part about it is preparing all sorts of healthy snacks and pizza. It’s a lot of work, but definitely rewarding!
I’ve had guests ask me why I bother making my own pizza when there are plenty of Super Bowl specials I can order in. I usually don’t answer, because at the end of the night all my guests leave home feeling great. The reason? My pizza uses a healthy gluten free pizza crust!
The Unhealthy Part of the Slice
The toppings on pizza are on their own often healthy. Even the tomato sauce can be healthy. When a puree is made, the heating process makes the antioxidant lycopene easier to absorb into the body.
The real offender in your pizza is the crust. These crusts often have more sodium than you’d think, just a few slices can give you more than 50% of your sodium allowance. The crust also often contains partially hydrogenated oils such as soybean and canola oil. These oils contain harmful trans fats that studies have found leads to a higher risk of heart problems and cancer.
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The grains that make up the crust themselves are often refined. Refined grains contain gluten which promote chronic inflammation, raise your LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels, and lead to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance perpetuates high blood sugar levels and leads to a number of chronic diseases including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. With raised cholesterol and blood sugar levels, people are more likely to be obese. With obesity comes a whole other set of complications. Not only is gluten bad for the health of your gut, it’s bad for the health of your whole body!
Instead of ordering a pizza, try making this healthy pizza crust made of one of my favorite vegetables – cauliflower!
The Benefits of Cauliflower
Cauliflower is one of the best veggies to include in your meals regularly. I absolutely love using it as a rice substitute. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin K, folate, and vitamin B6. It’s also a good source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. Unlike gluten-packed refined grains, cauliflower works to support your body’s detox system, antioxidant system and the anti-inflammatory system. Cauliflower contains phytonutrients which stimulate your body’s detox enzymes. When your detox system is healthy, you reduce your risk of illnesses and cancer.
Try this gluten-free pizza crust recipe with your favorite healthy ingredients today!
Gluten-free Cauliflower Pizza Crust
- 1 pound cauliflower florets
- 2 whisked eggs (or 2 flax eggs for a vegan crust!)
- Preheat your oven to 400° F.
- Process cauliflower in a food processor until fine.
- Place your cauliflower into a microwave-safe bowl and heat until it’s fully cooked, about 5 minutes.
- Place the cauliflower in a towel, forming a tight ball. Squeeze out as much moisture from the cauliflower as you can. This will ensure that the crust comes out chewy instead of crumbly.
- In a bowl, combine the whisked eggs and cauliflower into a dough.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread your dough out into a circle. Bake your dough for 40 minutes.
- Take the dough out of the oven, add your choice of toppings (see below) and bake at 450°F for 7 minutes or until the cheese and toppings are baked.
Topping Your Pizza
While you’re free to top your pizza with what you like, my healthy pizza must-haves are spinach, broccoli, mushrooms and garlic.
Not only can you top your pizza with healthy ingredients, I love adding dried herbs and spices right into the crust! Basil, oregano and garlic powder are a great healthy addition you can add when combining the egg and cauliflower.
Next time you’re planning a movie night, instead of ordering in a pizza packed with gluten, sodium, and trans-fats, try this gluten-free pizza. Not just your guests, but your body will thank you too!
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