Healthier Pizza

One of the simplest ways to cut calories is by leaving certain toppings off. If you can stand parting with the cheese, removing it can make a substantial difference. And, of course, forgoing processed meats like the ever-popular pepperoni will help, too. When you’re deciding what to put on your pie, make sure you stop and consider what the healthiest options are. Vegetable toppings are best although some people also enjoy fruit pizzas. And if you have to have your meat, consider lean ground beef. Whatever you choose, consider quantity as well. The less of each you put on it, the fewer calories involved. So even if you have to have cheese, just use less. It does make a difference.

If you’re making your own pizza at home or ordering gourmet pie, make the first change with the crust. Replace the standard crust with whole-wheat. White-flour is what is usually used in crusts, and when it comes to health benefits, there just aren’t any. By replacing your crust with whole wheat you add protein and also gain a bit more flavor. Of course, you can also replace the crust entirely with something else like English muffins or pita bread.

The sauce can also be altered to be healthier. Tomatoes are already healthy, but the sugar content of many recipes is surprisingly high. You can make your own with fresh tomatoes for a truly low-sugar sauce or read labels to make sure you get a good quality marinara. You can also replace the sauce entirely with thinly sliced tomatoes, pesto or mushroom tapenade. Little changes can add to your pie’s flavor, making it even better than before.

Toppings are the next logical place to make some changes. Meat lovers would benefit from chicken instead of red meat, and there is even chicken sausage available. If you have to have red meat, make sure it’s lean. Beans are another good source of protein, and black beans have a good flavor for pizzas. And if you just can’t forego the pepperoni, try turkey pepperoni. It tastes great and is significantly healthier.