You might be surprised to learn that pizza is actually a healthier morning meal compared to some boxed cereals.
Why Pizza for Breakfast?
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Breakfast pizza doesn't have to mean eating a slice of cold, leftover pizza from the night before. In fact, when you choose the right ingredients, breakfast pizza is a healthier option than most of the high-carb, sugar-loaded cereals in your cabinet. To get 20 grams of protein (a solid benchmark at breakfast to help keep you full until lunch) from cereal, you'd likely have to double the serving size of most protein-added options, which can add up to 500 calories before you've even left the house. Eating pizza in the morning can be a great way to get a balance of whole grains, lean protein, and veggies, says Elizabeth Shaw, M.S., R.D.N., C.L.T., of Shaw's Simple Swaps. Be mindful of portion size—it's still pizza after all—and try one of these healthy recipes to become a breakfast-pizza convert in no time.
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Zucchini Breakfast Pizza
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Instead of the regular bread crust, this pizza has a base of spiralized zucchini noodles mixed with an egg. It can be customized any way you like, but Shaw loves spinach, mushrooms, onion (hello prebiotic fiber), and cherry tomatoes. Make it more filling by adding eggs, avocado, or smoked salmon.
Get the recipe: Zucchini Breakfast Pizza
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Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes, and Broccoli
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Bottled green juice can't hold a candle to this über-delicious green breakfast pizza. Think of it as creating a salad on top of your breakfast pizza with loads of veggies, suggests Shaw. This pizza has a basil pesto base topped with broccoli and artichokes. You'll be well on your way to your daily veggie quotient with just one slice. (Wash it down with one of these 10 green smoothie recipes anyone will love.)
Get the recipe: Green Pizza with Pesto, Feta, Artichokes, and Broccoli
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Mini Veggie Breakfast Pizza
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It sounds weird, but cream cheese on pizza is actually delicious. I mean, it's great on a bagel, so why not on a crust? Plus, the added veggies make it a healthier pick. This flatbread has tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, Parmesan—and an egg to remind you that it's breakfast time. Don't forget the fresh chives after it's done baking to add a punch of freshness.
Get the recipe: Mini Veggie Breakfast Pizza
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Fruit Pizza with Oatmeal Flax Crust
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Prefer sweet over savory breakfasts? Then this pretty fruit pizza will be your new go-to. The crust is made with rolled oats and flaxseed for whole grains and fiber, plus shredded coconut and cinnamon for flavor. Finish it off with nut butter and your fruits of choice. (Want something smear-able? See: Healthy Fruit Butter Recipes You'll Want to Spread On Everything)
Get the recipe: Fruit Pizza with Oatmeal Flax Crust
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Loaded Tortilla Breakfast Pizzas
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Trading in pizza crust for a tortilla will save you carbs and calories—even better if it's a whole-wheat tortilla! This breakfast pizza is simple to throw together. Just top the tortilla with salsa, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, and an egg, and bake for 10 minutes.
Get the recipe: Loaded Tortilla Breakfast Pizzas
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Beet and Burrata Pizza
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This healthy breakfast pizza is a little sweet and a little savory with roasted beets, burrata cheese, chopped pistachios, and a drizzle of honey. Pistachios will provide crunch and are a good source of protein and fiber, says Shaw. (Next up: Healthy Pistachio Dessert Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth)
Get the recipe: Beet and Burrata Pizza
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Vegan Breakfast Pizza
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While you can find a lot of breakfast pizzas topped with an egg or breakfast meat, this vegan version utilizes tofu and tempeh for plant-based protein. Serve this for a weekend brunch—the layers of scrambled turmeric tofu, stir-fried vegetables, tempeh bacon, and cashew cheese sauce will make a believer out of even your most meat-devoted friends.
Get the recipe: Vegan Breakfast Pizza
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Yogurt Fruit Breakfast Pizza
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If you just can't imagine breakfast without a little cereal, then this recipe is a good baby step into breakfast pizza territory. Spread yogurt and berries on a whole-wheat pita, then sprinkle on your favorite cereal or granola.
Get the recipe: Yogurt Fruit Breakfast Pizza
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