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4/7/14 12:40 A

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Slice a low-cal whole wheat pita bread in half.
Lay half a slice of the pita bread on baking sheet.
Top with some low-sodium tomato sauce that you have mixed with Italian seasoning and a little garlic powder.
Add 1/4 cup cooked ground turkey or sliced turkey sausage (drained and patted with paper towels) on top.
Sprinkle 2 TBS skim mozzarella cheese. Bake until bubbly.

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4/6/14 11:10 P

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I have eaten a spoonful or two of marinara sauce with a couple tablespoons of shredded cheese. But if you want more of a meal, make a mini pizza on half an English muffin, and add sauce, veggies, cheese, and pop it in the oven for 10 mins. Easy.

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3/28/14 7:38 P

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Eat Lots of Leafy Green Vegetable.

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3/27/14 3:10 P

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Papa Murphy's take and bake pizzas have a Thin n Crispy pizza, low calorie!

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3/27/14 2:58 P

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This recipe ALWAYS hits the spot for me. And you can eat a quarter of it for under 400 calories!

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3/27/14 1:04 A

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I totally agree with ENGINEERMOM. IF I crave pizza, I eat it, but watch the portion size. Here is a simple, quick fix that I sometimes have. I take Wheat Thins and open them up, spread some jarred pizza sauce on (or you can take tomato sauce and sprinkle with Italian seasoning). Top with your favorites (I like turkey pepperoni, onion and mushrooms). Top with Provalone Cheese and put in the oven at 450 degrees until cheese is melted.

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2/4/14 7:59 P

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I eat pizza.

Seriously, though, pizza isn't typically something I crave because we have homemade pizza every Friday night. We make our own pizza at home completely from scratch, so I have complete control over what goes into it, how much cheese or toppings go on, etc. And, of course, how much of it I eat! Sometimes I get creative, but most of the time, we make it exactly the same way - sausage and onions cooked with red wine, kalamata olives, green peppers, mozzarella, and a "homemade" sauce that's really just our favorite jarred spaghetti sauce blended with a can of tomato paste, all topped with raw tomato slices after it comes out of the oven.

I've tried a bunch of different variations on the crust, and decided that white flour with some added gluten just tastes the best, and once a week, given that pizza is pretty much our only source of white flour, it's not going to kill us.

Knowing that Friday night is pizza night, I plan ahead. My long-distance runs or bike rides are typically on Saturday morning, and that is to help use up the excess of carbohydrates from Friday's pizza night. I make my favorite vegetable, steamed broccoli, to munch on while I'm making pizza to help fill me up so when the pizza is done I don't feel the need to eat the whole thing just because I'm hungry. I aim for lots of veggies and protein during the rest of the day to compensate for the huge carb load that pizza is to bring my whole day into balance. I make the kids' pizza first (plain cheese, not my thing). When I do get the pizza done, I focus on enjoying it, not mindlessly eating it in front of the TV. I carefully slice the raw tomato super-thin to slide on top of the piping hot pizza just after it comes out of the oven, and I pay attention to what I'm eating.

I thoroughly enjoy pizza night, and knowing it's going to happen every Friday night, I don't feel deprived when turning down less-worthy pizza that may be offered during the week.

I think the best way to deal with and even avoid cravings is to indulge them in a conscious, responsible way. If I'm going to eat like this for the rest of my life, it has to be sustainable.

Besides, it's kind of fun to learn how to make your favorite restaurant foods and then tweak them to fit your own diet "budget". :-)

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2/3/14 5:11 P

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i would bake my own pizza dough from whole wheat/rye/spelt flour.
And put some tomato juice, parmesan and chicken breast on it.
It takes a while to make the dough but its worth it :)

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1/31/14 11:28 P

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I spread some spaghetti sauce on a piece of toasted whole wheat bread. Then I add some parmesan cheese and zap in the microwave for a few seconds. Hmmm

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1/24/14 11:19 P

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Whole wheat crust cooked.
Once out of the oven, spread w/ a very thin layer of light/ fat free ranch.
Top w/ shredded lettuce and tomatoes.
Crumble cooked turkey bacon over the top.

This a healthier version of California Pizza Kitchen's BLT pizza.

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1/24/14 11:57 A

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You can have your pizza and eat it, too!

I usually make my own on pre-made thin whole wheat crusts I buy at the grocery store, but barring that:

you can order pizza in and not break your diet. Have you ever tried pizza without cheese? I am honest when I say that you will not notice a difference. Mozzarella barely has any flavour at all - you will NOT miss it! And cutting out the meat on your pizza (or going for chicken instead of standard pizza toppings) also omits a LOT of fat and sodium, not to mention nitrates. So this is what my go-to is:

thin, whole wheat crust (yum!)
no cheese
light on the sauce (you don't want toooo much if you're without cheese to mellow it out)
onions, red peppers, tomatoes and broccoli.

It's SO good, you feel like you're treating yourself, and it's not NEARLY as bad for you.

Hope you find this handy!

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12/8/13 1:20 P

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When I crave a real pizza, I have one delivered during family night! Thin crust mushroom pizza, lite on the cheese and plenty of mushrooms! One or two slices and a salad, cravings gone! If other family members want other toppings, I order a personal size thin crust mushroom or veggie, lite on the cheese for me. Otherwise if its just me alone and I crave a pizza type flavor , I place some spaghetti sauce, cheese, and a veggie topping on a sliced english muffin and place under broiler until cheese is melted.

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12/5/13 12:40 P

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My son is a wrestler and can't afford the calories and the fat, so last night I made the cauliflower crusted pizza. It really was good, and the only fat we had was from the cheese, and the egg. It really was good, I thought it would taste more like cauliflower, but it has been so long since I have had regular pizza, that I really didn't miss it much. You have to really get the water pressed out of it, and making two thinner crusts, is better than one thicker one.

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12/3/13 3:05 P

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I make a pizza when I crave one. I found some 170 calorie thin, whole wheat pizza crusts that I use, and I pile on the toppings- Usually tomatoes, garlic, artichoke hearts, mozzarella cheese and some sort of meat- Sausage or chicken, or whatever I have that is handy.

I have also made my own pizza dough, but I don't always have the time to actually make it (time, and patience, if I am being honest). The nice thing about that is you really control what you are getting and the calories. Plenty of nice recipes out there, including some wheat free versions (like a cauliflour crust).

Good luck!

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12/3/13 12:40 A

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Sometimes I make a pizza on a pita pocket. I put some pizza sauce on it. Then veggies. I like onions and what ever sounds good at the moment. You could put some cooked chicken, pepperoni or something like that. Then cheese on top of that. Bake in the oven for a few minutes.

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12/2/13 12:43 P

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I can't have the carbs, so I eat cheese and ham rolled up that I dunk in warm tomato sauce that I flavored with oregano, basil, and a pinch of sucralose. it's a far cry from pizza, but it will do in a pinch

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12/1/13 11:36 P

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emoticon Thank you Artfullofheart and Sunshine for those ideas! I will be trying them out! Can't wait!

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12/1/13 2:47 P

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The recipe below is only one of several low calorie pizza type food.
Others are:

1. Pepperoni and Cheese Roll-Ups.
Substantial as a main dish recipe or an appetizer or snack, these tasty
Pepperoni and Cheese Roll-Ups are nothing short of amazing.
Much healthier, low calorie version of pepperoni pizza rolls, so I can satisfy my pizza craving.
Easy to handle & eat, so they're perfect appetizers or snacks.
They are cute, kid-friendly and easy to make.

1. Pepperoni and Cheese Roll-Ups Recipe 216 calories per 2 roll-up serving
Preparation time: 20 minute(s)
Cooking time: 12 minute(s) Diet: Low calorie, Reduced fat Number of servings (yield): 8

Entire recipe makes 16 roll-ups Serving size is 2 roll-ups
PER SERVING (2 roll-ups) : 216 calories; 6g fat; 25g carbohydrates; 6g protein; 2g fiber
2. Flatout Thin Crust Pizza Recipe
I came across Flatout Flatbreads (a low calorie flatbread) & use them to make
personal sized pizzas often.
Options for Flatout pizza recipes are endless, but key is to use a decent amount of cheese.
I typically use about 1/2 cup on my thin crust pizzas and it works great!
There's a TON of fiber in the flatbreads, very satisfying & will keep you full for a long time.

2. Flatout Thin Crust Pizza Recipe PER SERVING: 290 calories
Diet: Vegetarian Serving size is entire pizza
A quick and easy pizza recipe that is delicious, filling, and just
PER SERVING: 290 calories for the entire pizza.
Satisfy your pizza craving while still staying on track to reach your weight goals.

1 Flatout Flatbread in Light Original
1/2 cup prepared pizza sauce
1/2 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp dried oregano
Veggie toppings of choice (I used tomatoes, onions, jalapenos)

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spray a large piece of aluminum foil with non-fat cooking spray & place Flatout Flatbread on it. 3. Heat flatbread in oven about 8-10 minutes or til flatbread begins to crisp.
4. Remove flatbread from oven & top with sauce, cheese, veggies, garlic powder & oregano.
5. Return to oven & heat til cheese is melted & pizza is cooked through, 10-12 minutes.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s) Cooking time: 20 minute(s)
Diet: Reduced fat, Reduced carbohydrate

Number of servings (yield): 1 Entire recipe makes 1 serving Serving size is entire pizza
PER SERVING: 290 calories; 12g fat; 28g carbohydrates; 28g protein; 12g fiber
3. Arugula and Prosciutto Pizza Recipe
Easy low calorie pizza,delicious gourmet pizza for lot less calories than restaurant version.
Loaded with decadent flavors & textures.
This healthy pizza recipe is just PER SERVING: 275 calories

1 lb prepared whole wheat pizza dough
2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto, cut into thin strips
2 cups packed coarsely chopped arugula
1 cup chopped Roma tomatoes
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 cup reduced fat shredded mozzarella cheese
2 oz goat cheese, crumbled

1. Preheat to 450F. Coat a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
2. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to about the size of baking sheet.
Transfer to baking sheet.
3. Bake until puffed & lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes.
4 .Meanwhile, spray large nonstick skillet with nonfat cooking spray & place over medium heat.
5. Add onion, prosciutto & crushed red pepper and cook, stirring, until the onion beginning to lightly brown, about 3 minutes. Do NOT cook too quickly as it will burn and taste very bitter.
Spread the onion mixture evenly over the crust and top with mozzarella & goat cheese.
6. Bake til crispy & golden & cheese is melted, 5-8 minutes.
7. Remove from the oven and top with arugula and tomato.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 25 minute(s)
Diet : Low calorie, Reduced fat, High protein

Number of servings (yield): 6 Entire recipe makes 6 servings Serving size is 1 slice
PER SERVING: 275 calories; 6 g fat; 30 g carbohydrates; 15 g protein; 2 g fiber
4. Low Calorie Pepperoni Pizza Recipe
This healthy pizza recipe packs a lot of good for you ingredients & still maintains
fabulous flavor of traditional pepperoni pizza recipes.
Each nicely sized slice is PER SERVING: 260 calories

16oz prepared whole-wheat pizza dough, at room temp
3/4 cup canned butternut squash puree
1 cup prepared pizza sauce
1 cup shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup sliced turkey pepperoni

1. Preheat oven to 450F and set oven rack to lowest setting.
2. Spray a large baking sheet with non-fat cooking spray.
3. Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to size of baking sheet. Transfer to the baking sheet. Bake until puffed and lightly crisped on the bottom, 8 to 10 minutes.
4. Mix butternut squash puree and pizza sauce in a small bowl until combined.
Spread sauce evenly over the baked crust.
5.Top with mozzarella, Parmesan, and pepperoni.
6. Bake until the crust is crispy on edges & cheeses have melted, about 12 minutes.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)
Cooking time: 20 minute(s) Diet: Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 6 Entire recipe makes 6 servings Serving size is 1 slice
PER SERVING: 260 calories; 5g fat; 32g carbohydrates; 18g protein; 4g fiber
5. Fresh Tomato Basil Pizza Recipe Each individially sized pizza has 215 calories
These are quick and easy mini pizzas, but tastes fantastic!
Fresh basil leaves & tomato add such amazing flavor.
Each individual pizza is super high in fiber and low in fat.
So please, eat the whole thing, lick your fingers, and feel good!

1 Western Bagel Alternative Pita Bread
2 tbsp pre-made pizza sauce from a jar or can (jar better,you can open it anytime, plus canned anything has a lo of chemicals in it that are not good for your health)
1 slice light provolone or mozzarella cheese
4-5 slices of fresh roma tomato ( those are the ones that are a more long and oval shape)
3-4 fresh basil leaves
Sprinkle of garlic powder to taste

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 425 degrees.
Line cookie sheet or pizza pan with aluminum foil & lightly spray foil with nonfat cooking spray.
Place a whole slice of pita bread onto the foil.
Top the pita bread with tomato sauce, cheese, fresh tomatoes and garlic powder.
Put in the oven & cook til cheese is almost melted, about 5-7 minutes.
Take pizza out of oven and top with fresh basil leaves.
Return to oven, and continue to bake for another 2-3 minutes, or til cheese is fully melted.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)
Cooking time: 10 minute(s)
Diet type: Vegetarian
Diet : Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 1 Entire recipe makes 1 serving Serving size is entire pizza
PER SERVING: 215 calories; 5g fat; 29g carbohydrates; 17g protein; 9g fiber

Enjoy! Ann Hoy...artfullofheart

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12/1/13 6:38 A

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Baked Portabella Pizza
2 large portabella mushroom, stem removed
1 tablespoon spaghetti sauce, pizza sauce or tomato sauce each one
1 tsp. of Romano or Parm Cheese
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 tablespoon sliced black olives, optional
1 slice of red onion, chopped small
1 clove garlic, chopped or minced
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Place the mushroom on a Pam Olive Oil sprayed baking sheet, and fill the cavity of the portabella with the minced garlic, then add the Parm or Romano cheese, raw onion, mozzarella and spread sauce in the cup of the cap. Top with Parm or Romano cheese
Bake for an additional 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted and golden. These are soooo good and sooo easy.

I no longer want traditional pizza....also a mushroom burger is a far healthier option than the 195 calories a ground beef patty provides...maybe try that too.

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12/1/13 12:44 A

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I crave pizza sometimes, I don't know why, but do. Does anyone have a recipe for getting the taste of it without the tons of calories? I saw a recipe for wheat tortillas with pizza sauce and a small amount of mozzerella cheese heated up and rolled and sliced, maybe I should try that? Just wondered if anyone had any ideas or recipes. Thanks!

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