When you are trying to follow a healthy diet, Pizza is probably on your banned list because of the reputation it has. Yes, many pizzas are high in calories and saturated fats which is a huge worry when you are trying to feed yourself and your family as healthily as possible. After all, it’s a well known fact that high-fat diets can lead heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity.
However, by making the right choices regarding the ingredients and the toppings you can make a pizza into a much healthier meal. As one slice of pizza usually has about 400 calories it won’t damage your waistline too much if you eat small amounts.
Many people tend to over estimate portion sizes for wedge-shaped foods so eating too much can be all too easy sometimes. If you do order a pizza at a restaurant, be sure to eat a healthy green salad first so that you feel fuller before indulging — and don’t end up eating half of the pizza.
You can easily make your own healthier pizza at home. You may find that one slice really does fill you up without adding lots of unwanted calories and fat. Cut back on high-fat ingredients and add lots of low-calorie, high-fiber vegetables.
To make your pizza healthier, cut right back on the cheese. Although cheese is an excellent source of calcium, a lot of the calories of a pizza come from the cheese. Use just a light sprinkling of cheese, or choose a lower-fat type of cheese to cut calories and saturated fat.
Load the pizza up with vegetables. Since they are nutritious and low in calories, use generous amounts of vegetables as toppings. Some delicious choices include sun-dried tomatoes, onions, broccoli, spinach, olives, spinach, peppers and mushrooms. Really, any of your favorite vegetables would make the perfect choice.
Use a whole grain crust. You can purchase a pre-made whole wheat pizza crust, or make your own by substituting whole wheat flour for part or all of the white flour in your bread maker. Wholegrains add fiber which will keep you feeling full longer and is crucial for a healthy digestive system.
Use lots of sauce. Tomato sauce is an excellent source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help to prevent some chronic disease.
Don’t use greasy processed meats. Pepperoni and sausage are high in fats, and processed meats are associated with stomach and colorectal cancer. Choose lean topping options, such as chicken or shrimp, or skip the meat altogether and make a delicious vegetarian pizza.