Whether ordered from the delivery service or enjoyed directly with your favourite Italian: Pizza’s always good. Only when you lose weight (unfortunately), because the “bad” carbs – which lurk in the pizza dough – are at the top of the hit list. The low carb diet is about reducing carbohydrates in everyday life. Because an excess of carbs that we don’t use directly for energy production goes straight to our hips.
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Until now! From now on you can munch pizza without regrets and even lose weight. The secret: Healthy, low-carbohydrate pizza bases made from vegetables, tuna, low-fat curd & Co.
In this article:
- What distinguishes Low Carb Pizza from “normal” pizza?
- The right topping for the homemade pizza
- Pizza base without flour: low-carbohydrate pizza dough
- Low carb pizza with whey low-fat curd dough
- Low carb pizza with vegetables as a base
- Low carb pizza dough from tuna
- Low Carb Linseed Pizza
- Conclusion: Losing weight with pizza
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What distinguishes Low Carb Pizza from “normal” pizza?
Very simple: the floor. You won’t find wheat flour and yeast in a homemade low-carb pizza dough, because in most cases it is gluten-free. But the pizza base is the be-all and end-all of a good pizza – can the low carb varieties even keep up? Sure!
Recipes: Soooo delicious can be Low Carb Delicious recipe inspiration from Sandra Pugliese © riva Verlag / Munich publishing group
Sandra Pugliese proves this in her new book Pizza Low Carb – light and healthy recipes without flour (published by riva Verlag, for 8 Euro). She was also sceptical at the beginning whether and how low carb pizzas taste at all: “I am half Italian and a pizza was something made with crispy dough for me, and not with some strange imitations made from other ingredients”, says the book author. “But at the same time I have to admit that all my prejudices vanished into thin air after trying it.
Because a pizza made from root vegetables tastes different from “real” pizza, but definitely still super delicious.
In her book, she uses only vegetables as a pizza base, such as parsnip, cauliflower, celeriac, beetroot and zucchini. But there are many more dough variations – more about that later.
The right topping for the homemade pizza
When topping your Low Carb Pizza, the following applies: what is allowed is what tastes good! However, if you are about to lose a few kilos, it is advisable not to exaggerate the topping. If, for example, cheese has already been processed in the base, not so much on top is needed. Simply replace the full-bodied Edam grated cheese with freshly sliced Parmesan cheese, which you grate onto the oven-warm pizza at the end.
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Ideally, only healthy and fresh ingredients land on your homemade pizza – just like in Sandra Pugliese’s recipes. She often just pre-bakes the base and then topples the pizza with vegetables, goat cheese and other delicious ingredients, finished. She does not put the pizza in the oven again. But this is not a must, you can bake your topping again.
Why not skip the classic salami and try to swap it for lower-calorie ingredients such as Parma, Serrano or cooked ham. Tuna, prawns and chicken breast strips also cut a fine figure on your low carb pizza.
Pizza base without flour: Recipes for low carb pizza dough
There are many gluten-free and low-carbohydrate alternatives for a healthy pizza base. They are all delicious – you only have to choose one of the following four alternatives.
Our tip: Eat your way through all the recipes!
To avoid the 3 most common low carb errors
1. low carb pizza with whey low-fat curd dough
Protein powder can not only be used to make a shake, but can also be used for baking and cooking. With the protein powder (whether whey, 3K or casein does not matter) the flour in the dough can be replaced – completely or partially. Of course, you can choose the “neutral” taste and not chocolate, vanilla & Co. Together with low-fat quark, eggs and cheese, the result is a pizza dough that is rich in protein and low in carbohydrates, and is also made in a flash.
High protein and low carb: Whey protein dough pizza © Kathleen Schmidt-Prange
Recipe for small low carb pizzas with whey curd dough
Pizza is actually taboo at low carb, because the floor made of flour contains too many carbohydrates. The base of our Low Carb pizza contains lots of protein sources such as low-fat curd cheese, whey and eggs. An ideal slimming dinner that tastes good too!
ingredients for 4 pieces
- 150 g low-fat curd
- 2 medium-sized egg(s)
- 30 g whey protein powder (tasteless, natural)
- 80 g Gouda (grated)
- 8 medium cherry tomato(s)
- 2 slices of cooked ham
- 1 medium-sized red onion(s)
- 1/2 can of tomato(s) (pieces)
- 1 handful of arugula
Preparation Recipe for small low carb pizzas with whey curd dough
- Preheat oven to 180°. Line baking tray with baking paper and prepare.
- Place the ingredients for the dough together in a bowl and mix briefly with a hand mixer to a smooth dough. Now spread the dough in the form of four small heaps on the baking paper and spread it out round and thin, so that four small pizza dough patties are formed. Now put the flat cakes in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, dice the boiled ham, cut the onion into half rings and slice the tomatoes.
Put the pizza tomatoes in a small bowl and season to a piquant pizza sauce. Wash the arugula.
- After 20 minutes, take the tray with the pizza flat cakes out of the oven, turn the flat cakes over and let them cool down briefly. Then spread with tomato sauce and cover with ham, onions and tomatoes. Season again with spices if necessary. Top with cheese and put in the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.
- Top the finished mini pizzas with rocket salad.
Note: The 4 mini pizzas are ideal for 2 people, that is 2 pizzas per person.
- Calories (kcal): 273
- fat: 17g
- Protein: 27g
- Carbohydrates: 5g
2. low carb pizza with vegetables as base
Vegetables are an ideal base for a low carb pizza base because they are low in calories, carbohydrates and fat, but are rich in vitamins and healthy, satisfying fibre. It doesn’t really matter which vegetables you use – from pumpkin, carrot, parsnip to cauliflower, zucchini and black salsify, everything is allowed. The important thing is: as much water as possible must be removed from the vegetables, because the drier the “dough”, the better the soil.
Delicious and healthy: Pizza for Paleo fans
Example a) Pizza dough from beetroot
Beetroot is not only visually attractive: the super beetroot is rich in secondary plant substances and also supplies a lot of vitamins, such as folic acid – a B vitamin that is particularly important for pregnant women. The iron from the winter vegetables also boosts blood formation. A good choice for a healthy, gluten-free low carb pizza base.
Beetroot as the basis for your low carb pizza © Tina Brok Hansen Try it now: Here you can find the recipe
Example b) Pizza base made of pumpkin
Instead of using pumpkins only as a Halloween decoration, they should serve the big fruits (in the botanical sense the pumpkin is a berry) more often – for example in the form of a pizza base. 100 grams of pumpkin provide only about 25 calories, lots of beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, potassium & Co. The beta-carotene not only gives the pumpkins their typical colour, but also protects our body cells as an antioxidant against harmful free radicals.
Pumpkin is excellent as a base for a low carb pizza Here goes’s directly to the recipe
Example c) Pizza dough made from cauliflower
Cauliflower is a real all-rounder in the kitchen and cuts a really good figure as a low-carbohydrate pizza dough alternative. It consists of over 90 percent water and provides only 23 calories per 100 grams – a real lightweight and ideal for losing weight. Because cauliflower contains a lot of healthy fibre that can stimulate digestion, keep it satiated for a long time and thus prevent ravenous appetite attacks.
Cauliflower is a great low carb substitute for flour © Tina Brok Hansen You want to make this pizza yourself? Here is the recipe
3. low carb tuna pizza dough
So far you have only used tuna as a topping for your beloved Pizza Tonno? Also delicious, but unfortunately not low carb. Hence our proposal: The next time you make your own pizza, use the canned tuna directly in the dough. Sounds weirder than it tastes, I promise! The tuna pizza dough is especially high in protein and the low carb pizza is ready in only 20 minutes! Red onions, olives and of course an extra portion of cheese are suitable as toppings.
Recipe: low carb tuna pizza base
We’re not chopping the tuna today AUF the pizza, but process it already in the pizza dough. The result: a low carb pizza with plenty of protein and little carbohydrates.
ingredients for 2 portion(s)
- 2 cans of tuna in its own juice
- 2 medium-sized egg(s)
- 2 EL Almond flour
- 50 g chopped tomatoes (tin)
- 100 g cheese (grated)
- 2 EL black olives
- 1/2 medium-sized onion(s)
- Basil (optional)
Preparation Recipe: low carb tuna pizza base
- Preheat the oven to 200 °C and line the baking tray with baking paper.
- Mix tuna with eggs and almond flour to a batter, season with salt and pepper.
- Spread the tuna pizza dough on the baking tray and form a pizza base. Bake in the oven for about 5 to 8 minutes.
- Meanwhile cut the paprika and onion into pieces / half rings.
- Take the pre-baked pizza base out of the oven and spread with tomatoes. Spread onions, olives and peppers on top as well and sprinkle everything with cheese.
- Bake the pizza for another 5 to 10 minutes until the cheese has melted and is golden brown.
- If you like, you can garnish the whole thing with basil.
1 portion = 1/2 pizza (meaning: the recipe is for 1 pizza)
- Calories (kcal): 331
- fat: 27g
- Protein: 63g
- Carbohydrates: 4g
4. low carb linseed pizza
You can also make a delicious pizza base from flax and chia seeds. That’s what the two guys from the start-up company thought Lizza They brought the first healthy and already rolled out linseed pizza base onto the German market. Lizza simply stands for low carb pizza. The revolutionary pizza dough is not only low in carbohydrates, but also vegan and gluten-free. However, you don’t have to buy the pizza base, you can also make it yourself quite easily
Low carb pizza “Lizza-style” © Kathleen Schmidt-Prange
Recipe: low carb flaxseed pizza à la “Lizza”.
Gluten-free, low carb and delicious: This healthy pizza with flax seed chia dough scores with low carbohydrates and lots of taste.
ingredients for 2 portion(s)
- 14 g Chia seeds
- 140 ml water
- 150 g linseed (crushed)
- 1 TL Salt
- 1/2 TL Oregano (dried)
- 2 TL Basil pesto
- 1 TL Tomato paste
- 1/2 medium red onion(s)
- 100 g cherry tomato(s)
- 1/2 scoop mozzarella
- 30 g Parmesan cheese
Preparation Recipe: low carb flaxseed pizza à la “Lizza”.
- Stir the chia seeds into warm water and let them swell for about 10 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200° C.
- Now mix the linseed with salt, oregano and the swollen chia seeds in a bowl. No blender needed – it works great with a spoon or your hands. Let it rest for another 5 minutes.
- Lay out baking paper on a smooth work surface.
Knead the Chia linseed porridge a little by hand and then put the “lump of dough on the baking paper and roll it out – round or square, as you like. The rolling out works best if you put a piece of cling film (alternatively aluminium foil is also possible) on the dough and try to spread the dough thinly with a rolling pin or a narrow glass. Not too firmly – not too gently – a sure instinct is required. You can also help a little bit with a big spoon and smooth the dough evenly.
- Now carefully pull the baking paper onto the baking tray and put the low carb pizza dough in the oven for 5 minutes.
- After the time, remove the baking tray, carefully peel off the baking paper and turn the dough over.
- Mix the canned tomatoes with tomato paste and spread the dough generously, cover with quartered tomatoes, onion rings and pieces of mozzarella and season with salt, pepper and oregano. Spill the pesto in between. Then place in the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Finally top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
- Calories (kcal): 486
- fat: 43g
- Protein: 31g
- Carbohydrates: 4g
Conclusion: Losing weight with pizza for dinner – a dream come true!
You still count calories or points just to lose a few kilos? We prefer to shove one of our (almost) carbohydrate-free pizzas into the oven after work – without a guilty conscience. After all, the low-carb bases made from vegetables, low-fat curd cheese & co. are ideal for losing weight. Plus: they are also ideal for people with gluten intolerance or celiac disease. Start heating the oven and enjoy the taste!