Like many runners, you probably consider pizza more of a splurge – a food to be eaten only occasionally to avoid an expanding waistline. But a recent issue of Runners World featured an article all about pizza. Healthy pizzas. Runner friendly pizzas. It got us thinking, why shouldn’t we eat more pizza? After all, it’s a great source of carbs and protein and doesn’t have to be laden with calories and fat like ones from the fast food joints.
If you’re careful about what you put on your pizza, it could even be just the thing to fuel up with the day or night before your next long run or race. Here’s one of our favorite ways to make runner friendly pizza.
Chicken Sausage & Sweet Potato Pizza
1 sweet potato, diced
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 chicken sausage links, Italian style (we used Trader Joe’s)
4 pieces of Naan bread (we used Trader Joe’s)
8 Tbsp pizza sauce (we used Trader Joe’s)
2/3 cup mozzarella cheese (we used 2 percent)
1 red pepper, diced
1/2 cup grape tomatoes, diced
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Put the diced sweet potato on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with the garlic powder and cayenne pepper to taste. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.
While the potatoes are roasting, slice the chicken sausage links and add to a small, nonstick skillet. Cook until heated through.
To assemble the pizzas:
Spread 2 Tbsp pizza sauce on each piece of Naan bread. Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese, then top with the chicken sausage and sweet potato. Finish by adding the diced red pepper and grape tomatoes.
Bake the pizzas on a cookie sheet for 10-12 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Join our pizza party: What’s your favorite way to make pizza healthier? OR What are your favorite pizza toppings?
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