Posted by: Kara @ The Foodie Dietitian | October 30, 2010

Pizza made healthy

I love pizza. And I have a funny feeling that most of you out there share my desire. In fact, statistics agree- the average American consumes 23 pounds of pizza per year, that is 46 slices! There is nothing wrong with indulging in pizza now and then; however, if you’re looking to cut calories, ordering out pizza is not going to help you meet your goals. A small cheese & pepperoni pizza from Domino’s for example, would cost you 1320 calories and 54 grams of fat. Is it worth it? That’s ultimately up to you, but I have a few suggestions on how you can still enjoy pizza without the extra calories and fat.

1. Cut back on the meats & add some veggies! Pepperoni, sausage, bacon…these are all going to contribute to added calories and fat. Load up on veggies instead. Not only are veggies super low in calories, they are also packed with fiber to make you feel full quicker so that you won’t be tempted to go for that next slice of pizza.

2. Order a thin crust. You could save yourself a few hundred calories by eliminating some of that dough!

3. Whole-wheat it. When whole grains are an option, take advantage! Order a whole-wheat crust for extra fiber and nutrient packed crust.

4. Pair the pizza with a salad. You can have your pizza and eat a salad too! Give your meal a little pizazz (pun intended) by adding some veggies on the side. By doing so, you’ll most likely be chowing down on less of that pizza.

4. Food made at home is always a better option. This way, you know what you are eating and putting into your body. It will be healthier than what you order out.

This week, I made homemade pizza that inspired the post. I bought whole wheat pizza dough (garlic & herb for Steve) from Trader Joe’s, portabella mushrooms, spinach, gorgonzola cheese, and garlic.

I roasted the garlic which turned out to be amazing spread on the crust with some olive oil. To roast the garlic, I peeled back the extra layers of skin. Then I cut 1/4 inch off the tops of the garlic cloves, exposing each clove. I simply wrapped that baby in foil and let it bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

I baked the dough first for about 5 minutes. Then I added my toppings and placed the pizza back in the oven for another five minutes, until the toppings were warm and the cheese melted.

So the average American eats 46 slices of pizza per year. Let’s try to make 23 of those slices at home! Making pizza at home is super easy and pretty fun! It’s nice to be able to add whatever toppings in the amounts you desire. Take control of your pizza! Enjoy your pizza and next time you order, try one of my tips to make it a healthier choice!

Peace, love, and food,

Kara


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  1. Making pizza at home is healthier AND it’s more fun 😀 Love this!

  2. Great post, girl!
    Making pizza at home looks really fun 🙂


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