Pizza is delicious and no one can deny it. However, in very large quantities and regular intakes it can also be fattening, obesity-causing, and heart attack-inducing, and none of us want that. The good news is that you can continue enjoying delicious pizza without the guilt or the danger to health by doing things a little bit differently. You can make your pizza at home instead of purchasing from a pizza parlor. You can also order your pizza from a health-conscious wood fired catering house. Nevertheless, this does not mean that a home-made pizza is healthier. In fact, it may be even more harmful depending on ingredients and preparation. Actually, there are many pizza chefs today who make great pizzas with the healthiest ingredients. To make a lighter and healthier pizza which is just as fun and delicious as what you are used to, follow these 8 very simple tips that can be easily used at home.
Use Whole Grain Crusts
The crust is the base of your pizza and also the number one source of carbs. To make it lighter on carbs, you can forget about the normal white flour and use whole wheat flour for your dough. This will result in a crust that is tasty, crunchy, and nutty and also offers additional fiber and protein. You will feel more energetic for longer after a few slices of this.
Thin Pizza Crust
Still on the crust, you can make your pizza lighter and healthier by using a thinner crust. You can divide a standard dough size or make smaller dough before making your pizza and roll it thinner for your crust. Alternatively, you can use pitas (tortillas) for a much thinner and even crust. This will result in a pizza that’s just as delicious except that it will have less impact on your waistline.
Fruits and Veggies
Your pizza toppings are usually the main culprit in providing undesirable food components. Make your pizza lighter and healthy by substituting your normal toppings with an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Not only with they add color to your pizza, they will also make it more flavorful. Some common fruit and vegetable toppings for pizza include pineapple, basil, Brussels sprouts, rosemary, curry, figs, and apples.
Hold the Cheese
Cheese is an important ingredient in making pizza and it is well-nigh impossible to get a favorable or even acceptable replacement. However, cheese provides the majority of fat and calories in your pizza and thus cutting down on the amount of cheese you use will make your pizza that much healthier. Instead of completely doing away with the cheese, divide your pizza in two and only add cheese to one half. Then when you serve the pizza give each person two slices. One from the cheese side combined with one from the sauce-only side. If the taste does not suit you then spray on some grated parmesan to the sauce side.
Experiment with different types of cheese
If using cheese for only half your pizza doesn’t work for you, then another option would be to experiment with unconventional types of cheese. There are cheese types that contain lower calories than others, others contain less fats, while others are less oily. Some good examples to experiment with include goat cheese and feta cheese.
A healthier sauce
You can make your pizza lighter and healthier by changing the sauce. Get rid of the store-bought sauces and make yours at home using fresh ingredients. In fact, using garden-variety items to make your sauce will make it more flavorful and reduce your need for piling up on cheese and high-calorie toppings. Spices and herbs will enhance your flavors and give out an appetizing aroma. Fresh tomatoes will add color and are a great source for lycopene which is a powerful natural antioxidant that helps in preventing many types of chronic diseases.
Ditch processed meats
Many people love using processed meats as toppings for their pizzas. This is understandable since processed meats such as sausages and pepperonis are easily available and delicious. However, they are greasy, loaded with fats, and are cited as a common cause of colorectal and stomach cancers. Use alternate toppings such as shrimp, chicken, lean meats, and even just vegetables.
Use Olive Oil
While red sauce is delicious and a good option for your pizza, olive oil is even better. It is tasty and produces a wonderful aroma. It is low on saturated and unsaturated fats, low on calories, and has zero cholesterol, sodium, potassium, or carbohydrates.
Pizza is a delicious, quick to make, or easy to order complete meal loved by the whole family. However, most pizzas are a source of high calories, harmful saturated fats, and sodium. The tips above can help anyone create delicious pizzas that are good for the body.