Pizza is a perennial favourite for most Canadians. It's a dish that everyone can agree on, and can be made to satisfy the pickiest of eaters in your family. However, if you are on a diet, trying to watch your weight, or just trying to eat healthier in general, you may think that pizza isn't an option for you anymore. This doesn't have to be the case! You can eat pizza and still feel good about it, if you know how to order healthier versions of this classic Italian fare. Read on for tips and tricks for the next time that you order pizza so you don't get left out of all the fun or cheat on your diet.
How to make a healthier pizza
There are several ways to cut down on the fat and calories of traditional pizza.
The first thing you want to do is to make sure that the pizza has a thin crust. Ordering a thin crust rather than a regular, stuffed, or deep dish crust will save you a lot fat, carbs, and calories. Whole wheat crust will also help you feel full longer.
Traditional marinara sauce is healthy as long is there isn't a ton of sugar that had been added. A sauce made from fresh tomatoes, olive oil, basil, and garlic is delicious and healthy. Olive oil contains healthy fats that help you feel full longer and can help you lose weight.
Another sauce made primarily from olive oil is pesto. Pesto is made from basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. If you go light on the parmesan cheese or eliminate it all together, you have a delicious, satisfying, and healthy pizza base.
Garlic is a nutritional powerhouse. If your sauce doesn't have enough garlic in there to begin with, you can put whole cloves of garlic on your pizza as one of your toppings. Garlic becomes soft and sweet when roasted in an oven.
Cheese is the part of the pizza that contains the most fat and calories. What kind of cheese you choose will determine if your pizza is a calorie bomb or if it is part of a healthy diet. Low-fat mozzarella, goat cheese, and feta cheese are all healthier options. Soy or nut cheese also has less calories and allows you to have pizza if you are lactose intolerant.
Be sure to load up on as many veggies as possible. Green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, olives, and broccoli are all delicious on pizza. Avoid meats like bacon and pepperoni and opt for lean sources of protein like chicken or chicken sausage .
Don't forget to add a side salad with an olive oil or vinaigrette based dressing. Hold the croutons.
Remember these options the next time you visit a place like Italia Pizzeria.
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