Pizza was forbidden. Competing in Figure competition for the first two years, I only had pizza once or twice during the off season. Usually the very first cheat meal after my last competition of the year and my very last cheat meal before I started my prep for the next season. My old self, when I was 40 pounds overweight, used to eat pizza most every Friday. It was taken for granted and I missed it dearly when I went months and months without it. Reasons for omitting pizza include that with the crust and cheese plus poor quality, high fat, processed meat toppings you are getting very little nutrition in a dish that is mostly carb and fats and very low protein…even on a meat lovers or supreme.
Pizza, in one study was linked to the obesity epidemic! http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-pizza-calories-children-20150116-story.html
Then one day I stumbled upon the protein crust pizza at Bodybuilding.com by Anna Sward Of Proteinpow.com. https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/protein-pizza-crust.html
I have used this pizza crust many times when I have a taste for pizza. I have used it to make homemade pizza for my family and company alike with rave reviews. The healthiest low calorie toppings are going to be peppers or mushrooms. For the sauce, look for the very least salt and sugar. I have used Rao’s pizza sauce or a simple low sodium tomato paste. Both are good options.
For my “on point” favorite topping that gets your full serving of protein without any junk food added is my lean turkey Italian sausage. This is a simple ground 99% fat free turkey with homemade Italian Sausage seasonings without any salts or sugars.
Samantha’s Lean Ground Turkey Italian Sausage
- 1 pound of 99% fat free Turkey
- 1 teaspoon (tsp)dried parsley
- ½ tsp onion powder
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp ground or whole fennel seed
- ¼ tsp dried basil
- ¼ tsp dried oregano
- ¼ tsp dried thyme
- Dash of crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
- Dash of freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
Cook the ground turkey in a non-stick skillet, add seasoning ingredients, and using your spatula, break it apart into tiny pieces while it cooks. It is done when it is no longer pink.
The crust recipe: