Pizza Healthy: It seems like an unfortunate fact of life that if something tastes good is probably not very good for us. Pizza is one of those rare examples that tastes amazing and can also be healthy for us. Notice we said “can be” healthy. Both the healthiness and tastiness of a slice depend on the choices we make with it. Here are some ideas for how to turn your next pizza into a healthy alternative instead of a belly buster.
The cheese on your pie is a great source of calcium. And, tomatoes can also be a good source of lycopene which can help fight diseases. But, too much cheesy goodness can be high in calories and saturated fats. So, if you’re keeping an eye on your waistline, keep an eye on the amount of cheese you have piled on your pizza.
What really makes the difference in the healthiness of a slice of pie are the toppings. Loading your pizza with veggies and a thinner crust is a good start for a tummy-friendly slice of pizza. On the other hand, a meat lovers pizza can have double the amount of calories as a pizza topped with veggies. Moderation is the key. Polishing off a whole pizza by yourself is not really a good idea, no matter what toppings you choose.
Let’s take a look at choices you can make so that your next pizza is one you can enjoy without having to feel guilty or make a halfhearted resolution to hit the gym the next day. Pizza dough can be high in sodium, and thicker crust brings with it more sodium and calories. Cheese is a great source of calcium, but it can also be high in calories and sodium. Meats as you might imagine, are high in saturated fats and calories.
By making the simple decision to go with thin crust over thick, have the pizza topped with a reasonable amount of cheese and go with veggies over meat you will have a pizza that you can enjoy and is healthy for you as well.
Order some pizza and pick it up at Joanie’s To Go or have it delivered. We look forward to serving you!
Joanie’s To Go
St. Louis, MO 63104