Although it is an incredibly popular food, pizza can also be fairly high in calories and fat. If you want to enjoy your favorite food without the unhealthy factor, consider making a few basic changes. Of course, it is also possible to have your pie and eat it too. If you order exactly what you're craving, cut the caloric intake by simply eating just one slice or even two rather than three or four. And then there's the old trick of blotting the top of your slice with a napkin or paper towel. The grease absorbed actually does make a difference, so that little trick might be worth trying.
One of the simplest ways to cut calories is by leaving certain toppings off. If you can stand parting with the cheese, removing it can make a substantial difference. And, of course, forgoing processed meats like the ever-popular pepperoni will help, too. When you're deciding what to put on your pie, make sure you stop and consider what the healthiest options are. Vegetable toppings are best although some people also enjoy fruit pizzas. And if you have to have your meat, consider lean ground beef. Whatever you choose, consider quantity as well. The less of each you put on it, the fewer calories involved. So even if you have to have cheese, just use less. It does make a difference.
If you're making your own pizza at home or ordering gourmet pie, make the first change with the crust. Replace the standard crust with whole-wheat. White-flour is what is usually used in crusts, and when it comes to health benefits, there just aren't any. By replacing your crust with whole wheat you add protein and also gain a bit more flavor. Of course, you can also replace the crust entirely with something else like English muffins or pita bread.
The sauce can also be altered to be healthier. Tomatoes are already healthy, but the sugar content of many recipes is surprisingly high. You can make your own with fresh tomatoes for a truly low-sugar sauce or read labels to make sure you get a good quality marinara. You can also replace the sauce entirely with thinly sliced tomatoes, pesto or mushroom tapenade. Little changes can add to your pie's flavor, making it even better than before.
Toppings are the next logical place to make some changes. Meat lovers would benefit from chicken instead of red meat, and there is even chicken sausage available. If you have to have red meat, make sure it's lean. Beans are another good source of protein, and black beans have a good flavor for pizzas. And if you just can't forego the pepperoni, try turkey pepperoni. It tastes great and is significantly healthier.
If you're making pizza at home it's fairly easy to create a healthy pie. Ordering delivery makes it harder, but not impossible. And if you're dining at a restaurant, ask questions and find out what your options are. Your server will be happy to accommodate your desire to eat a healthier meal. Don't limit yourself to the toppings. Ask about the various choices for the crust, and consider foregoing cheese entirely. Once you've come up with the right combination, you might be surprised just how good it tastes.