Mmm… pizza. It’s many people’s favorite meal, and for obvious reasons. With that crusty dough, hot, melted cheese topped with a variety of appropriate pizza toppings, who couldn’t resist? But at nearly 300 whopping calories a slice, enjoying one piece, or two, or three may come at a hefty price.
There are ways to have your pizza and eat it too, so to speak. Check out these six ways to put the healthy in pizza. Your waistline will thank you.
Whole Grain Crust
Whole grain crust cuts down on calories and processed nutrient-depleted wheat. Eating whole grain crust means you’re enjoying pizza full of fiber, iron, and various vitamins such as Vitamin B. Better yet,choose thin crust instead of the standard thick crust we all enjoy so much.
Choose Lean Meat
It may seem tough at first, but choosing leaner meats such as turkey, turkey sausage, turkey pepperoni will go a long way in cutting down the fat content of your pizza. Lean ham is another healthy alternative when you want to slim down your pizza. This means a less calories per slice for you, and maybe even room for an extra slice.
If you’re really serious about going healthy with your pizza and flatbread, do a total swap of meat for vegetables. Pile on enough veggies and you won’t even notice the fat filled meat is gone. Spinach, peppers, onions, olives, mushrooms, etc. are full of flavor that you may find pleasantly surprising.
Blessed cheese is such an integral part of pizza right? Well yes, yes it is. We aren’t saying you have to get rid of the cheese. Instead, try using a lighter version will give you the same satisfaction at a lighter price in calories and fat. Also consider trying lighter cheeses …