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Thanks to Matthew Fitzgerald, we can all run well on a diet of pizza.     Photo: Peter Bagi, Courtesy of VeloPress

High-Performance Pizza

Runner and national bestselling author Matthew Fitzgerald shares a pizza recipe for runners looking for a tasty boost.

Ordinarily, pizza makes us think of a half-assed meal or an indulgent snack (either, according to how much you've had to drink, or how much you'd rather it be one over the other), but what if it were an ideal fuel for runners? Runner and writer Matt Fitzgerald has made it so. Granted, without grease on your fingertips and yeast in your stomach, you might not want to call it "pizza." But we see no great loss here.

Enter: the greaseless, yeastless Greek Tortilla Pizza—the runner's option, with a Greek tortilla in place of dough, whole grains in place of white flour, one day's serving of veggies piled on top for nutritional value, and the whole thing ready for consumption in one sitting so you don't have to think about portion control. Best of all, says nutrition expert Georgie Fear: the Greek Tortilla Pizza can still be a last-minute decision (so long as you have the ingredients). Preparing it takes only 15 minutes, about the same time it takes to deliver.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole-grain or sprouted-grain tortilla or wrap*
  • 1/2 cup prepared pizza sauce
  • 1/4 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/4 cup onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons kalamata olives, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons (1 oz.) feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano (optional)

*What kind of tortilla should I get? Choose a tortilla with whole-wheat flour or sprouted whole wheat as one of the first ingredients (not wheat flour or enriched wheat flour). Scan the rest of the ingredients and make sure they don’t include partially hydrogenated oil of any kind. Some of our favorite products are Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Whole Grain Tortillas, Flatout whole-grain flatbreads, and Alvarado St. Bakery sprouted-wheat tortillas. La Tortilla Factory white whole-wheat SoftWraps are also a good choice. Sprouted-grain tortillas may be found in the freezer section; the others are usually shelved in a tortilla section or Latin foods aisle.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  2. Place tortilla on baking sheet and evenly spread with pizza sauce. Top with mushrooms, peppers, onion, olives, and feta. Bake for 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle with oregano, if desired, before serving. Cut into slices.

Nutritional Info: Per serving (which, again, is a whole pizza): 277 calories; 15 grams fat; 29 grams total carbohydrates; 11 grams dietary fiber; 15 grams protein

Republished with permission of VeloPress from Racing Weight Cookbook. Try more recipes at www.racingweightcookbook.com

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