Macro Friendly Double Decker Protein Pizza Recipe
When you think macro friendly or fat loss nutrition, one of the last foods to come to mind is pizza. I still don’t know how the Ninja Turtles maintained their martial arts prowess with all the pizza they consumed, but that’s a topic for another article. Sure, you can
Ordering thin crust, smaller pies, and dabbing the grease only get you so far when it comes to lowering the calorie content of pizza. Like cleaning up the streets from Shredder’s reign, it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Don’t worry, that’s my last TMNT reference in this article.
This macro friendly protein pizza delivers 43 grams of protein per slice with comparable calories to a regular slice of pizza. That’s roughly 3-4 times the amount of protein in a regular pizza. Not to mention, the added fiber from the crust we’ll be using.
Protein Pizza Ingredients
Like most of my flatbread-based recipes, I went with Flatout Light Flatbreads. You could use any flatbread or lower carb tortilla you like, but the macros (and flavor) on these are just fantastic.
Tomato paste is my preference for a sauce base because of its lower calorie content and consistency. However, you could use marinara or pizza sauce if you’d like. Be careful to not use too much or your crust will get soggy before it has a chance to crisp.
I have a picky eater in my house, but I would encourage you to add more vegetables and toppings. For inspiration, check out my low carb pizza recipe. This will add even more volume without many extra calories, keeping you even more full and satisfied.
High-Protein Double Decker Pizza
A delicious, filling, macro friendly pizza recipe.
- 4 Flatout Italian Light Flatbread or lower carb/calorie tortilla or flatbread
- 1 C Tomato Paste Basil, Garlic, & Oregano version works well here
- 1 3/4 C Fat-Free Shredded Mozzarella an entire 7oz bag
- 5 servings (150g) Turkey Pepperoni
- 1/4 C Shredded Parmesan
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
Heat two pans or a griddle over medium-high heat.
Spread 2 Tbsp of tomato paste over 2 Flatouts (2 Tbsp each). You'll be adding more sauce so take it easy.
Top each Flatout with 1/2 C shredded mozzarella and fully cover in pepperoni. You can add other toppings and seasonings at this point. Cover each Flatout pizza with a second Flatout (like a Mexican pizza) and add to pan.
Cook each side until golden brown. Remove from heat.
Spread 2 Tbsp of tomato paste over the top of both pizzas. Top one with 1/4 C mozzarella cheese before placing the second pizza on top. Top the second pizza with the remaining mozzarella, pepperoni, and parmesan. You could add more ingredients to the top of your double decker as well.
Place your creation on the baking sheet and bake for 5-7 minutes or until the cheese has fully melted. Be careful not to burn your Flatouts at this point.
Entire Pizza: 1,300 Calories | 170g of Protein | 97g of Carbs | 38g of Fat -- Cut into 4 slices: 325 Calories | 42.5g of Protein | 24.5g of Carbs | 9.5g of Fat
Admittedly, the double decker version is pizza taken to the extreme. Here’s a plain and simple version using similar ingredients.
Once you’ve nailed down the pepperoni protein pizza, check out the breakfast protein pizza (pictured below) for a great meal to prep for the entire week’s breakfast.
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