How to Make a Healthy Mediterranean Style Pizza

If you’re tired of the same old ingredients on your pizza, you might want to try a little variety by making your own Mediterranean pizza. This pizza recipe is not only tasty, but it is healthy and budget-friendly as well. The main ingredients in this pizza are foods that you probably see every time you visit your local grocery store.

The ingredients that you will need for this recipe are as follows:
1 whole wheat pizza crust
1 cup marinara sauce
1 cup wilted spinach leaves
4-6 ounces fat-free feta cheese
1/2 cup kalamata olives

Begin your pizza-making adventure by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Lay a pre-made whole wheat pizza crust on a clean, flat work surface. Dip a basting brush into olive oil and use it to lightly coat the crust. Spread the entire crust except the edges with the prepared marinara sauce. Lay the wilted spinach leaves over the surface of the pizza. Sprinkle the pizza with the feta cheese. Finally, top your pizza with the kalamata olives.

Bake your pizza at 350 degrees for approximately 10 minutes. Remove the pizza from the oven and allow it to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.

This recipe is healthy due to a number of reasons. Although you could use regular pizza crust, whole wheat crust provides more fiber than a regular crust. Marinara sauce, which is made from tomatoes, provides a boost of vitamin C. Spinach is a super-food that is extremely rich in vitamin A and moderately rich in other nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin B-6, Calcium and folate.

Feta cheese is a good source of calcium as well. Using fat-free feta cheese helps you to avoid the excess fat found in regular feta. Finally, olives provide a source of anti-oxidants and “good” fats, which help to keep blood sugar and cholesterol in check.

Keep your Mediterranean pizza simple by limiting it to about 5 ingredients. This makes the preparation easier and helps to save money. Buy your ingredients when they go on sale. Pair coupons with the sales to get even better deals. Another way to practice frugality is to substitute one or two ingredients with something that you already have in your kitchen rather than buying something from the store.

For instance, you could substitute wilted kale for wilted spinach. You also could use mozzarella or asiago cheese instead of feta. Another option is to use regular olives, which are usually cheaper than kalamata olives.

Impress your friends and family with this simple recipe. Save money, stay healthy and enjoy!