There are many different types of pizzas to enjoy and they vary from toppings such as healthy oven roasted vegetables through to gut-busting cheeses and sodium-packed meats. The wide choice of pizza means that if you are trying to lose weight or you like to eat healthy food in general, you don’t need to eliminate pizza from your diet. However, you will need to choose your dough and toppings carefully as the right ingredients can offer a lot of nutritional value to a pizza. Vitamins A and C can be found in a tomato sauce making it a staple addition to any healthy pizza but other parts of a traditional pizza can be substituted or forfeited to ensure it is good for you.
So, how do you make a healthy pizza?
Cheese vs. Cheeseless
Cheese on a pizza ensures you will get some calcium from your meal but its high fat content means you don’t want to use giant handfuls of it. Some people even enjoy eating a cheese-less pizza, opting instead for extra tomato sauce and lots of tasty toppings rather than fat-filled cheese but if you have to use it, use a low-fat cheese.
Check out some of these delicious yet low fat cheeses:
If you are being careful with how much salt you eat, you should use Swiss cheese, but if it is fat you are concerned about then feta and ricotta are good to use. Mozzarella often comes in a low-fat version and this is one of the few foods in the world that doesn’t lose its flavour as a result of the fat content being reduced. An important element of eating pizza as part of a healthy diet is to use cheese sparingly or forego it altogether if you are serious about shedding the pounds.
Readily Available Food
A vital aspect of any fat-busting diet is ensuring that the food you want to eat is readily accessible, which is what makes pizza a great choice. Pizza is one of those versatile foods that is found all over the world, making it easy to find a company offering pizza delivery in Dubai, a restaurant serving pizza slices in the USA or an eatery in Italy making authentic pizzas. Baking at home is another good option, as you can control everything from how much salt you use in the dough through to how your toppings are cooked.
A diet can be hard to stick to and maintaining motivation is far easier when you eat foods that are easy to come by.
Whole Meal, Thin Crust
Another simple yet effective way to make a healthy pizza is to use dough made from whole meal rather than white flour.
Here are some interesting facts about using whole meal flour to make pizza dough
• It is low in fat
• It is high in fibre
• It has less carbohydrates than white flour
• It has more protein than white flour
A thin crust pizza cooked in the oven is far healthier than a deep pan thick crust and always limit the amount salt you use in the dough.
Choose your Toppings Wisely
The key to making a flavoursome pizza that is as healthy as it is appetising is to choose your toppings carefully. Garnishes such as spinach, onion, tomatoes, pineapple, artichokes, chicken, mushrooms, zucchini, eggplant, pumpkin, asparagus, kale, chard, turkey, beans, broccoli, peppers, polenta, capers and olives are ideal to use to make a healthy yet appetising pizza. You should avoid using fatty and salty accompaniments such as bacon, blue cheeses, sausage, pepperoni, salami and anchovies and try to add some fresh chillies and garlic to boost your metabolism.
Being on a diet to lose weight or eating healthy foods to improve your overall health does mean you will need to eliminate unhealthy foods from your diet that contain saturated fats and high levels of sodium. However, using vegetables and lean meats as toppings, a thin crust made from whole wheat dough, no cheese or just a light sprinkling is a great way to create a tasty yet low-in-fat pizza that will help to keep your cravings and hunger pangs at bay.