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Lighten Up: A Healthy Pizza Recipe


A Slimmer Slice: Fresh Tomato & Chicken Pizza

Makes: 4 servings

Nonstick cooking spray
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 10-ounce package refrigerated pizza dough
3 medium plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
4 ounces cooked chicken, cut into 1-inch cubes
3 tablespoons snipped fresh basil
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1 cup shredded reduced-fat mozzarella cheese

1. Coat a 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray; sprinkle with cornmeal. Press refrigerated dough into pan, building up edges.

2. Arrange tomato slices and chicken on dough. Add basil and pepper, and top with mozzarella.

3. Bake in a 425-degree F. oven for 13 to 18 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

Nutrition facts per serving (1/4 of pizza): 281 calories, 20g protein, 31g carbohydrate, 8g fat (3g saturated), 2g fiber

Healthy Cooking Tips

Shake the Salt
Subbing tomatoes for store-bought sauce reduces sodium and belly bloat. Plus, packing your pie with produce ups the filling factor.

Choose Chicken
Swap out greasy pepperoni for grilled chicken. "Season it with oregano and basil," says chef Juan-Carlos Cruz, author of The Juan-Carlos Cruz Calorie Countdown Cookbook.

Make the Cut
To chop basil, stack the leaves in a neat pile and roll lengthwise, like a cigar. Use shears to slice across the bundle.

Say Cheese
Low-fat cheese melts better than fat-free. Before baking the pie, mist with cooking spray. "A bit of oil helps the cheese melt," says Cruz.

The Healthiest Takeout Pizzas

Pie Chart

Some nights you only have time for takeout. But from stuffed crust to hand-tossed, what to choose? We found the slimmest picks (nutritional info is per slice).

Domino's medium Thin-Crust Vegi Feast = 139 calories, 7g fat
Papa Gino's small Cheese = 160 calories, 4g fat
Pizza Hut medium Fit On Delicious Ham, Red Onion & Mushroom = 160 calories, 4.5g fat
Papa John's small Garden Fresh Original Crust = 200 calories, 7g fat
Little Caesars large Hot-N-Ready Cheese = 240 calories, 9g fat

Delivery Don't

If you order a pizza with a meat topping, like pepperoni or sausage, you're also getting artery-clogging saturated fat.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, June 2009.