Choosing a healthier pizza
Healthy pizza – is there such a thing? Many of us assume pizza as a greasy, high fat and ultimately unhealthy choice, but not all pizza has to be unhealthy.
- The first thing to consider is the base. Choose a thin crust pizza base which is lower in calories, carbohydrates and fat than deep pan equivalents. Avoid stuffed crust pizza which unnecessarily add unwanted calories. Most pizza restaurants now offer a range of bases making it easy to find the option to suit your needs.
- Control the nutritional value of your pizza by considering the toppings. To get a pizza that is nutritionally balanced look to antioxidant rich vegetables, a good source of lean protein and unsaturated fats rather than saturated versions.
- Good lean protein options include chicken, turkey, ham, seafood, prawns.
- Avoid meats such as pepperoni, beef and salami, which are high in fat and will add calories to your pizza.
- Fill your pizza with antioxidant rich vegetables or fruit such as mushrooms, peppers, onions, artichoke, spinach or pineapple.
- Unsaturated fat options include avocado, olives, tuna and anchovies.
- Be wary of too much cheese on your pizza; you can always ask for less cheese or even no cheese and save on the calories and fat. Many restaurants now do a ‘lighter’ option, which ensures a thin crust pizza, less cheese and, more often than not, a salad on the side.
Why not try making your own pizza so you have control over what goes on it?! Most supermarkets sell plain pizza bases or why not make your own wholewheat dough to add some extra protein and fibre to your pizza. Then add the toppings you want and limit your cheese so you can enjoy a favourite meal without feeling the need to hit the gym afterwards! Alternatively, try Eat Balanced pizza range which are nutritionally balanced and a better choice than a Dominos or Pizza Hut takeaway.