Recipes for the Runner | Pizza

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Pizza gets a bad rap for being an unhealthy meal choice. Sure, the greasy, cheesy, thick-crusted pizza so readily available may not be the best option for the health-conscious runner. But I’m here to make a case for a delicious, fresh, and versatile option that takes only a little planning and prep to throw on the table (or in the lunch bag). There are unending options for your creativity! Here are a few ideas.

Ingredients

  • Pizza dough – prepackaged, or make your own overnight dough (I used this recipe from 101 Cookbooks with good results)
  • About ½ cup flour or cornmeal
  • Toppings

Savory Breakfast Pizza 

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Not only does this breakfast pizza taste great, its good looks are sure to turn some heads.

  • 1 medium tomato, thinly sliced
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 red potatoes, very thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  1. Place pizza stone or baking sheet in oven, preheat to 450°F.
  2. Toss your crust into a round about ¼” thick and place on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. In a medium skillet, cook the bacon until a little less than crispy (it will finish crisping up in the oven). Wipe the skillet, leaving a little bacon grease, then arrange the potato slices in the warm skillet. After about 2 minutes, one side should be slightly browned. Flip each slice and let the other side brown as well.
  4. Brush the crust with olive oil, layer the tomatoes on top. Layer potato slices and bacon.
  5. Crack both eggs on top of the pizza and place the pizza in the oven.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the crust is golden and the eggs are beginning to set.
  7. Remove, let cool for a minute or two, season with salt and pepper, then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Approximate per serving (1/3 of an 10″ pizza): Calories 260 Fat 8 grams Saturated Fat 2 grams Cholesterol 147 mg Sodium 299 mg Carbohydrates 37 gramsFiber 2 grams   Sugars 2 grams Protein 11 grams

Sweet Breakfast Pizza

pizza_blog_4This sweet treat works as a delicious breakfast – or enjoy it as a dessert! Par-baking the crust helps keep your oven from being destroyed by berry juice, and gives a lighter flavor from intact berries.

  • 8oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1 Tbps maple syrup
  • About 1 ½ cup fresh berries
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  1. Place pizza stone or baking sheet in oven, preheat to 450°F.
  2. Toss your crust into a round about ¼” thick and place on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Slide the pizza crust into the oven and cook for about 3 minutes, or until the middle puffs up just a little. Remove from the oven and top the pizza.
  4. Spread the mascarpone over the top of the pizza, drizzle with maple syrup.
  5. Mix the cinnamon and sugar together until blended.
  6. Sprinkle berries over the top of the cheese layer until it is more or less covered with berries, then sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture over the top of the berries.
  7. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the crust is golden.
  8. Remove, let cool for a minute or two, then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Approximate per serving (1/3 of an 10″ pizza): Calories 362 Fat 22 grams Saturated Fat 0 grams Cholesterol 0 mg Sodium 147 mg Carbohydrates 33 gramsFiber 1 grams   Sugars 8 grams Protein 7 grams

Lunch Pizza

pizza_blog_2Pre-baking the crust brings your lunch to life. Pack ingredients separately, then throw it all together, microwave or toast (if a toaster oven is available), and you are set with a fresh lunch!

  • ¼ – ½ cup pizza sauce
  • ½ roasted red bell pepper, sliced (raw is good too!)
  • About 3 Tbsp cheese (parmesan or asiago is recommended)
  • 2 large leaves of fresh basil
  • A handful of arugula
  1. Place pizza stone or baking sheet in oven, preheat to 450°F.
  2. Toss your crust into a round about ¼” thick and place on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Bake the crust for 5-10 minutes depending on desired level of crispiness.
  4. When it comes time to eat, layer the sauce, bell pepper, and cheese on the crust, then microwave or toast the pizza until the cheese melts.
  5. Add the basil and arugula to the top and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Approximate per serving (One 6″ pizza): Calories 340 Fat 8 grams Saturated Fat 2 grams Cholesterol 10 mg Sodium 400 mg Carbohydrates 56 gramsFiber 4 grams   Sugars 2 grams Protein 12 grams

Dinner Pizza

pizza_blog_3Peaches and barbecue sauce are a unique and flavorful combo. Use a spicy sauce for a little more kick to your dinner!

  • About 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • About ¼ red onion
  • 1 peach
  • 1 medium chicken breast
  • About ½ cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  1. Place pizza stone or baking sheet in oven, preheat to 450°F.
  2. Toss your crust into a round about ¼” thick and place on a piece of parchment paper.
  3. Grill or sauté your chicken breast until it is fully cooked, then slice or dice as desired.
  4. Slice the peach into thin-ish slices, and cut the red onion into thin strips.
  5. Cover the pizza dough with the sauce, then layer the onion, peach, and chicken and cheese as desired.
  6. Bake for about 10 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese is bubbling.
  7. Remove, let cool for a minute or two, then enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Approximate per serving (1/3 of an 10″ pizza): Calories 308 Fat 8 grams Saturated Fat 2 grams Cholesterol 22 mg Sodium 764 mg Carbohydrates 41 gramsFiber 3 grams   Sugars 8 grams Protein 16 grams

Juli is known around Running Warehouse for her vast knowledge of running product, from shoes to hydration to nutrition to… well just about anything running related. With a background in food science (Read: Bachelor’s degree and an addiction to scholarly journal articles on exercise nutrition), she’s also a trail lover that fiends for long runs in beautiful places.

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