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Who Wants Pizza?
Pizza is quite a misunderstood food. It gets a bad rap as a “junk” food but really it’s chock full of nutrients. Sure, there may be a bit too much fat in the cheese or meats, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that there is also good stuff in it.
To ensure a healthier pizza choice, why not make it yourself? It’s always a better option to eat at home rather than at a restaurant so that you can add your own ingredients as you like. For a healthier pizza alternative:
- Use whole grain crust, such as Rustic Crust
- If preparing your own dough, make the pizza thin crust
- Use reduced-fat cheese
- Add vegetables! Try: onions, zucchini, spinach, peppers, mushroom, eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli, carrots, and more!
- Include garlic and olives on your pizza
- If you can’t have pizza without meat, choose low fat options such as Canadian bacon, chicken, or lower fat pepperoni.
- Try different combos like fig, apple, and blue cheese pizza. YUM!
- The hardest part is stopping: Limit yourself to two or three slices
When eating out keep in mind these same ideas and let the restaurant cater to your needs. To ensure a healthier pizza option:
- Choose more authentic Italian restaurants that will serve thin crust pizzas with more sauce, less cheese and a touch of olive oil.
- Ask for your pizza prepared with more sauce and less cheese
- Add vegetables to your pizza (see above)
- If eating pizza from a chain restaurant order the thin crust vegetable options
- Eat a side salad or vegetable soup along with your pizza to increase fiber so you eat one less piece of pizza.
- Choose healthy sides rather than wings with your pizza. Try vegetables or salads.
With various options available, pizza can be made healthier in no-time! Try it at-home for a healthy twist, and when eating out add your favorite vegetables for nutrition and taste. Enjoy!