Don’t let your love of pizza stop you from living your best life! We all know pizza isn’t great for you because it’s typically made of carb-loaded bread, premade sauce and fatty cheese. But there are some small changes you can make to your pizza-eating habits that will make it much healthier and better for you. That way, you won’t feel sluggish and guilty after eating one of your favorite foods. In this article, we break down some of the steps you can take to eat healthier without giving up your beloved pizza and without sacrificing the taste you adore.
- Make it at Home
Cooking homemade pizza is easy and delicious, and, most importantly, you know exactly what you’re putting in your body. When someone else makes it, especially at a takeout pizza joint, they may use premade sauces and fatty ingredients, and they can tend to go overboard on the toppings. Make it yourself and you can control not only how much sauce, cheese and toppings you’re putting on, but also what you’re putting on.
2. Eat from a Small Plate
Whether you’re eating homemade pizza or takeout, use a small plate instead of eating it off the pan or from a takeout box. Eating food from smaller plates tricks the brain into thinking it has eaten more, so you’ll feel fuller sooner.
3. Pair Your Pizza with a Healthy Side
Rather than eating all that pizza itself, pair your meal with a salad or another veggie side that you eat first or alongside it. This will help you eat healthier while still eating the pizza you love. Just not as much of it.
4. Portion Control
Instead of mindlessly grabbing your standard four slices of pizza, eat two and wait 15 minutes. If you’re still hungry, grab one more. Chances are, after waiting a little while, you’ll feel full and won’t be inclined to grab more.
5. Choose Healthy Toppings
Vegetables make great toppings! Load your pizza with tons of healthy veggies, and avoid the more fattening ones, to make it delicious and healthy.
- Toppings to avoid: fatty sausages, pepperoni, bacon, extra cheese, creamy sauces, stuffed crusts
- Toppings to load up on: grilled chicken, ham, turkey bacon, bell peppers, spinach, kale, broccoli, mushrooms, olives, onions, pineapple, tomatoes, garlic, eggplant, artichokes
6. Eat More Thin Crust
Thin crust means less bread, which means less carbs. Avoid deep dish and stuffed crust.
7.Pat Your Pizza
Use a paper towel to blot some oil off the pizza. Many pizza joints use a hard cheese that releases a ton of oil when baked, so blotting the oil beforehand reduces your calorie and fat consumption.
8. Make Homemade Tomato Sauce
Ready-made sauces have a lot of sugar and sodium, so making your own sauce controls the amount of sugar and other unhealthy ingredients you’re using.
9. Use Low-Fat Cheeses
Utilize cheeses like feta, ricotta and goat’s cheese as lower fat cheese options as opposed to your standard shredded cheeses. Fresh buffalo mozzarella is also packed with protein and less fat, so you can tear this cheese off and add it to your pizza without the guilt. You can also consume fewer calories by using a combo of part-skim mozzarella, sharp provolone and Parmesan (which is naturally lower fat).
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