Pizza is my favorite food. I could eat it every day of the week, and at least 3 times on Sunday. Give me a nice thick slice with pepperoni and sausage, and I’m a happy camper.
Unfortunately, I’m also watching my waistline, and that thick crust, gooey cheese, and high-fat pepperoni and sausage can derail my diet in a quick minute. Fortunately, there are ways you can make your pizza healthier without feeling deprived.
Here are 4 tips to make healthier pizza:
No law says you have to use traditional pizza dough. Make mini pizzas with English muffins, or use whole wheat tortillas. To increase your vegetable intake, cauliflower crust is lighter and delicious.
Low Fat Meats
BBQ chicken pizza is another favorite of mine. If you’re pressed for time, buy one of those delicious rotisserie chickens at the store that’s already cooked. For a new vegetable twist, throw on some cabbage, carrot, and red onion.
If you must have pepperoni, try turkey pepperoni. Read labels carefully to avoid brands with too much salt and preservatives.
Mash black or refried beans into a tasty spread. Load it up with tomatoes, avocado, and onion. If you want to top it with a dollop of sour cream, buy the reduced-fat option.
It’s easy to go overboard with the cheese and I have to confess there are a few times I have ordered it with extra cheese. To cut calories, use fresh mozzarella instead of shredded. One thick slice can be torn up and distributed evenly on top. Best of all, it’s only 70 calories.
I like the creamy taste of goat cheese, and it is lower in fat, calories, and cholesterol.