The dreaded time when starting a new diet often begins with the idea that pizza should not be eaten on a regular basis in order to lose weight. Guess what? Pizza can be a healthy dinner option! It’s no secret that pizza is a staple meal all over the world. In the United States alone, it is estimated that we eat 100 acres of pizza every day! What is it about pizza that makes it such a huge part of our lives? Keep reading to learn more and snag a healthy crustless chicken parmesan pizza recipe, too!

Pizza is Healthy For You, Even on Weight Watchers

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Besides the fact that you can eat anything on Weight Watchers as long as you track your points… What if I told you that you could make a crustless chicken parmesan pizza? This is a low carb version of pizza that uses ground chicken to form the crust instead of using pizza dough. Why is this the perfect pizza for weight watchers? Use lean, ground chicken breast and top it with a nice low fat cheese with as many veggies as you want for a low point meal!

Where Did Pizza Start?

It started over a thousand years ago when pizza was first mentioned in a Latin text written in Southern Italy. It was originally a dish eaten by the poor during the winter months. In the early 20th century when Italian immigrants began moving to New York City, pizza gained popularity in America.

Lombardi’s in NYC originally opened as a grocery store and began selling pizza in 1905, and it is still open today! However, pizza around the world has developed its own unique style and flavors ranging from thin crust to deep dish and any topping you can imagine has probably been used on a pizza at some point in time.

Pizza is Healthy When You Choose Healthy Toppings

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Speaking of toppings, the key to how healthy a pizza is can be determined by the toppings that are placed on top. If you stick to lean proteins and add in all the vegetables that you want can make for a nutritionally packed meal.

  • Protein is a vital nutrient to the body as it is a building block for every cell in your body. Hair, nails, skin, blood, hormones… every part of your body requires protein to function.
  • The tomatoes in the pizza sauce contain an enzyme called lycopene. Lycopene is a powerhouse for heart health because of its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. It is also known for its ability to prevent skin damage due to UV rays. In a small 12 week study performed by the University of Manchester, scientists found that participants who ingested tomato paste daily were less affected by UV exposure than those who did not.

What are fun facts about pizza?

  • Chicago’s Deep Dish pizza was created in 1943 by the Pizzeria Uno chain.
  • Frozen pizzas were first sold in grocery stores in 1962.
  • The Hawaiian pizza was created by a Greek native living in Canada.
  • The largest pizza in the world weighed 51,257 lbs and was 131 feet in diameter.
  • Pizza has been delivered all over the world, including out of this world to the International Space Station in 2001!
  • In Philadelphia, there is a museum called “Pizza Brain” that contains the world’s largest collection of pizza memorabilia.
  • The most popular days to order pizza is on Halloween, the night before Thanksgiving, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Super Bowl Sunday.

Can I Eat Pizza on WW (Weight Watchers)?

The beauty of weight watchers is that you are not restricted as to what you can eat as long as you stick to your points. If you use intelligence and make healthier choices, there are certainly pizzas that you can enjoy on this way of eating. With great pizza crust substitutions like cauliflower crust, flatbreads, wraps, or even cloud bread. A popular recipe for pizza dough for those following weight watchers is made up of only 2 ingredients that could leave you scratching your head. This 2 ingredient dough for ww is simply self-rising flour and nonfat plain Greek yogurt. How easy is that?

Top with your favorite “Zero Point” foods and you have a delicious pizza to curb your cravings without sacrificing a ton of points. The solution I discovered is to use your protein as your crust, like this recipe that uses ground chicken.

How Many Points Are In This Recipe?

With the new Plan, points can vary for those with diabetes. Check your zero point foods. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.

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Chicken Crust Pizza

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

This crustless pizza uses ground chicken as the base for a delicious, healthy pizza the whole family will love. The ground chicken is seasoned with a blend of herbs and spices for an extra burst of flavor. The crust is then topped with your favorite marinara sauce and toppings of your choice. To finish off the pizza, it is topped with a generous helping of mozzarella cheese and baked to perfection.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Lean Chicken Breast
  • 6 tbsp Fresh Grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp Basil
  • 1/4 cup Zero Point Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Fat Free Shredded Mozzarella
  • Fresh Basil Leaves, (Optional: For Garnish)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400º. In a large bowl, stir together ground chicken, Parmesan and spices.
  2. Spray prepared baking sheet with cooking spray.
  3. Form chicken mixture into a large round crust, about 1/2” thick.
  4. Next, Bake until chicken is cooked through and golden, 20 to 22 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven and heat broiler.
  6. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce, leaving a small border around the pizza.
  7. Continue to top with mozzarella and broil until cheese is melted and browned, 3 to 4 minutes.
  8. Feel free to add other toppings and customize as much as you like! I love sprinkling fresh basil on top.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 4 Serving Size 1 grams
Amount Per Serving Calories 398Total Fat 13gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 7gCholesterol 118mgSodium 1871mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 5gSugar 13gProtein 45g

*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*

Consequently, due to how simple this meal was to put together, this will become one of my staple meals, especially for those busy nights. Alternatively, if you’re looking for another super simple recipe, serve it up with this easy broccoli stir fry.

What toppings would you put on your pizza?

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