Pizza is now the craze. Order it and wait for just 30 minutes – you will have at your doorstep. And, despite the fact that you all know it is a calorie laden delight prepared using one the mightiest enemies of the health conscious group – all purpose flour – the demand for this cheesy delight is on the surge. You can now make your favorite Italian delicacy healthier by making these nutritional adjustments.
- Let the flour crust go and welcome the whole grain crust!
Pizza is a ruling rooster when it comes to party foods. But to avoid its downside of leaving you hungry after a couple of hours later, try to opt for the whole grain crust. That will keep you fuller while helping you cut down the portion sizes. Plus, you will be saved from indigestion, bloating, and heartburns.
- Always avoid stuffed crust
Stuffed crust is one of the ways you add up your calorie intake. You will never know when you will end up eating about 350 calories per slice with a stuffed crust. Choose for the thin, crispy curst made from whole grains. You will have the bonus of eating 100 calories less than a normal deep dish one.
- Mozzarella cheese is the best choice
Are you wondering why? Mozzarella is the first choice naturally as it has lower levels of fat when compared to other cheese variants, especially the blended cheeses that is used usually. Choose a fresh mozzarella cheese that has lower levels of sodium. Even better, if you do not like cheese, then opt for a no cheese or an extremely low cheese pizza to do away with that additional calories from fat and undesirable bloating from sodium.
- Eliminate the oil by blotting it with your paper towels
Blot the oil with a paper towel. It is ok if the world thinks that you are mad but you can easily eliminate about 50% of the oil. If you are eating out with your close friends, you can even allow the oil to drip off and then eat it.
- Add your toppings generously, but healthily
Load up your toppings, but ensure that you are picking low calorie veggies and fruits plus a good dose of aromatic herbs. Onions, garlic, tomatoes, peppers, olives, broccoli, zucchini, low fat cottage cheese, and even spinach make beautifully tasting topics. Talking about herbs, you can try fresh basil thyme, red paprika, and mixed seasoning to enrich the flavor.
You can even opt for a dessert pizza laden with fruits such as pineapple and berries and enriched with ricotta cheese. The choices are infinite.
You can even opt for healthy meat options such as lean meats including turkey sausage and chicken breast. But make sure you restrict the portion sizes.
Are you still looking out some more inspiration to come up with your own version of healthy pizza? Here is a sample recipe that you could probably try.
Whole Wheat Low Fat Healthy Pizza
What all do you need:
- Whole grain pizza base, preferably homemade – 1
- Thick, smooth salsa – 5 tbsp
- Low fat mozzarella cheese – ¼ cup
- Tomato – 1, cut into thin slices
- Red pepper – ½, diced
- Green pepper – ½, diced
- Spinach – 2 tbsp, finely chopped
- Onion – 1, small, finely chopped
- Extra virgin olive oil – 2 tbsp
- Sea salt – a pinch
- Mixed herb seasoning – 1 tsp or more as desired
How to make your healthy pizza:
- Preheat the oven to 190 degree C.
- Rub a tablespoon olive onto the pizza base and bake it for 5 to 8 minutes.
- Take out from the oven and spread the salsa.
- Top with cheese and veggies and bake for 20 minutes more.
- Season with herbs and enjoy.
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