Every family seems to order pizza at least once a week. It’s one of the most popular meals for both young and old. Unfortunately, pizza has gotten a bad rap over the years as people mistakenly believe that it must contain high calories that present virtually no nutritional value. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Pizza certainly does not have to be looked at as an unhealthy meal or snack and some intermittent fasters would not like to eat pizza because of their worries about weight gain. In fact, if prepared right, it can be downright healthy and friendly to intermittent fasting. These simple tips could even help you lose weight while eating pizza. Sounds too good to be true? Give it a try!
Make the Pizza Crust from Something Other Than Flour and Water
Pizza dough is essentially just flour and water mixed together. Not only does this contain anywhere from 50 to 100 calories per slice, but it offers up little nutritional value. Plus, the dough itself is usually not that tasty. After all, it is the toppings that make the pizza so good for the most part.
With this in mind, make your own pizza crust using something other than flour. Cauliflower pizza crust is pretty tasty, low carb, and quite crispy. You can’t go wrong with sweet potato pizza crust as well!
Go with Thin Crust
If you decide you just can’t part with the traditional dough pizza crust you like, that’s fine, too. Just choose thin-crust pizzas when placing your order. Thin crust means that you are still getting the crust you like, just less of it. It really is a win-win situation as you are consuming less wasteful calories.
Choose Chicken or Ham for Meat Toppings
While sausage, pepperoni, and bacon on pizza sure taste great, they are usually loaded with saturated fats that aren’t all that good for you. If you choose the lean meats like chicken or ham instead, you can get a good amount of protein and avoid much of the fat content.
Reduce the Amount of Cheese on the Pizza
While sometimes splurging and getting extra cheese on your pizza can satisfy a craving, you only want to do this every now and then. All of that cheese has plenty of calories and fat. Try asking them to make your pizza with half the amount of cheese that they usually use and see how it tastes. It might just surprise you and still be just as good!
Go Heavy with the Sauce and Vegetables
The tomato sauce on the pizza is one of the best and healthiest parts of it. Furthermore, by going with vegetable toppings you are making it even healthier for you. Ask them to double your tomato sauce and throw on as many vegetables as the pizza will hold. It will almost be like eating a salad in some aspects!
Eat Your Pizza Slowly
There is no reason to eat a whole pizza or even half of one. If you are consuming that much in one sitting, it means you are eating too quickly and your stomach hasn’t told your brain yet that you are full already. It can take 20 minutes for your brain to receive this signal, so slow down and take your time eating that delicious pizza.