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Pizza: The Healthy Way to do Pizza

posted 10 Dec 2010, 05:19 by Mpelembe   [ updated 10 Dec 2010, 05:21 ]

Peanut butter and jelly, pen and paper, cheese and crackers,
all things that just see to go together. Two things that
don't seem like they would go together are pizza and
healthy. I will divulge secrets that will turn that into a
myth. Nowadays it is possible to choose toppings that will
make your pizza healthier than you ever pictured it could

Let us start with the base. Everyone thinks pizza must be
made with lots of white flour, eggs and oil. I will dispel
this myth quickly with some low fat options. I will start
with whole wheat flour. Try using whole wheat flour in your
crust mixture. The thinner the crust the healthier it will
be for you. Another item I like to choose for a super
healthy crust option is whole wheat pita bread. This will
make sure your pizza still looks like a pizza but adds a
healthy crust alternative.

Next let us move into the sauce. Everyone has a different
preference in sauce. Some people enjoy thick hearty sauce.
Most sauces off the self will contain high amounts of sugar.
If you are choosing a sauce from the shelf make sure it
contains olive oil, little sugar and contains natural
ingredients that you can pronounce. You will not want any
ingredients included on the label that you cannot say. I
suggest making fresh sauce. It might be more difficult but I
promise it will be healthier. Blend Roma tomatoes with extra
virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt, lots of garlic and
Italian spice. After you remove it from the blender you will
have the healthiest sauce for your pizza imaginable.

Toppings and cheese will be the most difficult topping to
keep healthy on your pizza. Make sure to keep all blends of
cheese healthier by choosing low fat varieties. Another
option is to use fresh parmesan instead of any cheese at
all. This will give your pizza the hint of cheese flavor
without all the calories. When choosing meat toppings think
about low fat options such as turkey and chicken. Ham, bacon
and sausage are much higher in fat. If you feel these are a
must for your pizza just make sure to choose one type and go
light. Vegetables are where you can go wild. Cover your pizza
with all the onions, peppers, garlic, broccoli, avocados,
watercress, squash, and spinach you want. Nuts are also
another topping to explore with your pizza. Add some almonds
for crunch and health.

I hope you will use these tips the next time your family
puts together a pizza night. Choosing healthier options will
prevent that feeling we almost always get after eating the
fat laden pizza we are accustom to. Healthier options allow
natural processing through your body and will leave you
ready for some family fun. Enjoy!

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