Given how much Americans like pizza, it's no small wonder that we've created more than one official pizza-related holiday. In fact, we actually have at least ten of them!

Your myriad options for pizza celebration are:

January 12th – January 18th, 2020 – National Pizza Week

February 9th, 2020 – National Pizza Pie Day

April 5th, 2020 – National Deep Dish Pizza Day

May 15th, 2020 – National Pizza Party Day

June 11th, 2020 – Pizza Margherita Day

September 5th, 2020 – National Cheese Pizza Day

September 20th, 2020 – National Pepperoni Pizza Day

October – National Pizza Month

October 11th, 2020 – National Sausage Pizza Day

November 12th, 2020 – National Pizza with the Works except Anchovies Day

This isn't even counting non-pizza holidays that could pizza could easily usurp, like "National Cheese Lover's Day" (January 20) and "Pi Day" (March 14).

We don't know exactly who came up with all of these cheesy holidays, but we do know that most of these "national days" are submitted to Congress by the public: so this is just yet more evidence that we all really, really like pizza (and really really hate anchovies).

According to a small survey taken to celebrate National Pizza Pie Day, a full 98 percent of us like pizza, and more than half of us love it. Eighteen percent of us name pizza our favorite food, and seventeen percent of our restaurants are pizzerias!

Some more timely insights: nine percent of us say that sharing a pizza is our idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day, and a full 3 percent of American men and 4 percent of American women would rather eat pizza than have a significant other!

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This most inclusive of pizza holidays, National Pizza Pie Day, seems to have been first celebrated in around the year 2000. Since then, a few chain pizzerias have capitalized on the "occasion" by offering promotions to celebrate it, but there's no reason you have to take advantage of them just because they're there.

Though the cheap nature of pizza is one of the reasons it rose to such prominence, the needs of the 18th and 19th century Neapolitans who popularized pizza are in no way the needs of modern junk-food saturated Westerners, especially not dieters!

Yet "National Pizza Pie Day" is still a holiday you can celebrate guilt-free if you so choose. Though some pizza purists out there only deem pizza "pizza" if it contains, certain ingredients, pizza is also a food with remarkable versatility.

For instance, there are salad pizzas, dessert pizzas, giant pizzas, seafood pizzas, CBD infused pizzas, taco pizzas, breakfast pizzas, and even pizza box pizzas out there!

So it should be no great surprise that there are plenty of healthy pizza options out there as well. To ensure that none of your holiday pizza cravings go unfulfilled, we've harnessed the wisdom of the 123Diet Official Phase 2 Recipes Facebook group.

Along with the Egg and Chicken Pizza, Spag Bog Pizza, and Garlic and Prawn Pizza we covered in our first pizza post, you can now choose from a Cheesy Chicken Onion Pizza, a BBQ Chicken Hummus Pizza, and a Prawn and Tomato Pizza.

If you still can't find a pizza that suits your fancy, feel free to try and concoct your own original healthy pie. Just make sure that all your ingredients are listed in the appropriate section of the 123Diet guidebook if you're currently on Phase 2 or Phase 3!

BBQ Chicken Hummus Pizza

bbq chicken hummus pizza

All the fun of pizza and BBQ in one amazing dish! Estimated nutritional value of 318 calories and 5.1g fat.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
20 minutes
Yield
1 serving (1 protein and 1 vegetable)

Ingredients

  • 50g Chickpea flour
  • 10g homemade hummus
  • 40g BBQ chicken (chicken cooked with our barbecue sauce)
  • Cherry tomatoes to taste
  • Onion to taste

Directions
Mix chickpea flour with soda water to form a batter similar to pancake batter. Cook as you would a pancake. Spread with hummus and BBQ chicken, then top with tomatoes and onions. Cook at 180°C for about 10-15 minutes.

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Prawn And Tomato Pizza

prawn and tomato pizza

Who said prawns and pizza weren't a perfect pair? Try for yourself! Estimated nutritional value of 283 calories, 4.9g fat, 152 mg cholesterol, 32.9g carbohydrate, 5.2g fiber, 27.4g protein, and 9.1g sugar.

Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook time
15 minutes
Yield
1 serving (1 protein and 1 vegetable)

Ingredients

    Base

  • 30g chickpea flour
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Italian herb mix to taste
  • Toppings

  • 1/2 teaspoon of tomato paste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Onion powder to taste
  • Italian herb mix to taste
  • 70g prawns
  • 8 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Spring onion chopped up
  • 1 tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese

Directions
Mix base ingredients with soda water to form a batter similar to pancake batter. Cook as you would a pancake. Top with other ingredients and spread around. Cook for 10 minutes in the oven at 200°C.

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Cheesy Chicken Onion Pizza

cheesy chicken onion pizza

You'll be wanting a piece of this delicious and simple pizza! Estimated nutritional value of 393 calories, 9.7g fat, 61 mg cholesterol, 39.5 g carbohydrate, 7.4 g fiber, 36.7g protein, and 11g sugar.

Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook time
30 minutes
Yield
1 serving (1 protein and 1 vegetable)

Ingredients

    Base

  • 40g chickpea flour
  • 70g soda water
  • 1 tsp chicken powdered stock
  • Pinch of mixed herbs
  • Salt
  • 60g cooked chicken
  • Toppings
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp mozzarella
  • 1 onion

Directions
Pour base mixture into a spray-pan and leave until one side is fully cooked about 5 mins on low. Flip another 5 mins. Add to a baking-paper lined tray. In pan, fry off one onion and 60g cooked chicken until onion darkens. On base, add homemade tomato paste. Top with hot onion mix. If desired, add 1 tbsp mozzarella. Bake 200°C for 20 mins or until base burns a bit on edges.

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