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Why Should You Care About the Health of Your Pizza?

Why Should You Care About the Health of Your Pizza?
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I admit, pizza can be a highly additive food.  Americans eat pizza more than most any other type of food.  When you are in your 20’s, you may not get acid reflux like a 40-year-old will.  If you learn how to eat pizza healthier, you may find that you could eat pizza a lot more often.  Let’s dig into some healthy pizza eating ideas. 

Why Should You Care About the Health of Your Pizza?

For starters, don’t you hate it when you pick up a pizza from the pizzeria and find greasy oil soaked through the pizza pan.  If you pick the piece of pizza up and find it dripping oil all over the place, it doesn’t exactly give you the happiest feeling in the world. 

You often wish, “I want this pizza so bad.  Why does it have to be so unhealthy? Can’t they make a pizza that is not loaded with bad oil and grease all of the place?” 

Even your family will look at the grease-soaked paper plates and say, “Wow, look at the grease just soaking through the paper.”  Everyone has a lot on their face that says, “Should I really be eating this?” 

Your dietician may tell you to stay away from pizza because its fattening. However, you love pizza and most of America does as well.  Today, thanks to modern day technology, pizza can be made that is low calorie and using a lot less oil. 

Vegans have their own style of pizza that often includes gluten free crusts, vegetables on top of the pizza with Daiya cheese. You bet that the pizza will still taste delicious. 

Even raw foodist has created their own pizza style that is baked in a dehydrator at around 115 degrees.  They often use a nut-based crust.  They will refer to this as living food since the baking doesn’t kill the actual vitamins in the pizza. 

What Are Some Healthy Frozen Pizza Options?

  • Amy’s Pizza
  • American Flatbread Revolution
  • Sweet Earth Pizza
  • Capellos
  • Cauliflower

If you are trying to eat healthier pizza, its best to stay away from nationwide pizza chains. Man, of them contain hydrogenated oils and the cheapest oil in order to make a bigger profit. 

How to Save Calories on a Traditional Pizza

In order to save calories on a traditional pizza, you can remove the cheese and meat. It’s easy to do. Simply put your sauce on top of the pizza with some sliced mushrooms, green peppers and onion on top.  Put a gluten free based crust and you will be cutting many calories. 

Is Traditional Pizza High in Calories?

One large traditional pizza slice will often have 380 calories or more per slice.  If you eat more than one slice (most people have 2), that is nearly 750 calories.  This is not including the soft drink that you will normally have with your pizza. 

The American Heart Association says that you should not consume more than 20% of your calories from fat.  You should eat around 2,000 calories per day.  Two slices of pizza alone are around 750 calories. This means that you have consumed most of your daily fat and calories while eating your pizza.

However, eating a healthy slice of pizza will often cut your calories in half.  It takes eating healthier options. 

What If you are a Meat Lover and Don’t Want to Give Up the Meat and Cheese?

If you simply can’t have your pizza without meat and real cheese, you can still cut down the amount of fat that you are taking in by choosing healthier options. When choosing pepperoni, they now have a product that is called turkey pepperoni.  It is made by Boars Head.

I have had it several times and it taste delicious.  You will not be able to tell if its pork or turkey.  It’s a lot less cholesterol as well.  You should use 99% fat free beef and turkey when putting this on your pizza.

I usually choose an organic meat from Whole Foods. I find that the cut down of fats in my meat help me to eat healthier.  Also, when it comes to cheese, make sure that your cheese is part skim.

This also helps to cut the fat in your pizza.  There are also leaner cuts of ham to put on your pizza as well.  When eating out, start requesting healthier options.  It sends pizzerias the message that you care about your health and want them to make changes. 

Learn to eat less by eating higher quality.  Do you really have to eat 2 pieces of pizza?  Try eating a healthy salad with your pizza with some low-fat salad dressing. In this way, you do cut back on the calories and fat intake.  It’s important to watch what you eat because only you can control what you are putting inside of your mouth. 

With all food, pizza should be eaten in moderation. It’s important for you to control the number of calories that you eat per day and listen to the American Heart Associations recommendations. 

Also, change your pizza crust. Use whole wheat flour instead of traditional all-purpose flower.  Cut back on the gluten.  Don’t use jarred tomato sauce.  It is often loaded with sodium and preservatives.  Making your own tomato sauce from home can take only 15 minutes. Here is a simple pizza sauce recipe:

  • 1 small can of low sodium tomato paste
  • 4 cans of low sodium tomato sauce
  • 5 cups of water
  • ½ cup fresh cut basil
  • ¼ cup low sodium parmesan cheese
  • 1 small can of low sodium tomato puree
  • 2 small tomatoes
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small piece of garlic

Gather all your ingredients together. Put around ½ cup of water on the bottom of your frying pan.  Once hot, add your onions and garlic.  Fry them until brown.  Add your tomato sauce, water, basil, parmesan cheese, tomato puree, tomatoes to a small pot. 

Add the onions and garlic when golden brown.  Let it cook for approximately 15 minutes.  Stir to desired thickness. If you desire a more thicker tomato sauce, add some more tomato paste. It’s best not to go over 2 small cans of tomato paste or else your sauce can taste to thick.  If you like a sweeter pizza sauce, add around ½ cup of sugar. 

Americans are getting smarter about eating healthier pizza. They are causing a chain reaction in the United States that is sending the message that we are tired of eating pizza that is full of grease.

The more that you stand up for your pizza to restaurants, the more that they will see that they cannot exchange your health for profits. You deserve to eat good pizza that is a lot healthier than what pizza was in the 1980’s.  We are living in the 21st century and you deserve the best. 

Where Are Some Places Where You Can Buy a Healthier Pizza?

Wholefoods (Many Wholefoods locations now offer homemade brick oven pizza.  Yes, it tastes great and I don’t taste any grease. It is high quality crust, cheese and cause.  This is my #1 place to by my pizza when I am looking for a healthier option. I usually buy a large pizza with multiple toppings for only around $16.00.  It’s the best “bang for your buck” in my opinion. 

I am a big fan of Amy’s Pizza.  This company makes a pizza that is cheese free.  I also enjoy their pesto pizza as well. It shows you that you can still have delicious pizza without cheese.

I also eat Pizza Huts thin crust pizza. This cuts the calories down and allows me to still enjoy my pizza.  It’s a thinner slice of pizza and I often enjoy it with just sauce and vegetables.  Remember, fast food is not so bad after all. Sometimes, its not the fast food that’s the problem, but how you are eating it. 

Can You Still Lose Weight and Eat Pizza?

Yes, you sure can still lose weight and eat pizza. You need to control how many calories you are taking in and how much weight you are trying to lose.  If you are trying to lose weight, you probably can’t eat as much pizza as someone else that is thin.

You may have to eat only 1 slice or ½ slice of what someone else may be able to eat. I try to eat only 200 calories when I am having pizza. This often means that I have a healthy slice of regular sized pizza. 

I do watch my calories and cholesterol intake. I find that I can still enjoy my pizza without having to worry so much about gaining weight. I got my friends on track as well.  They are all eating their pizza as well and maintaining their weight.  I have found that you don’t have to cut anything out of your diet completely.  I find that its best to make some small changes and then eat what you enjoy. 

I hope that you have gotten some ideas on how you can enjoy your pizza without worrying.  Happy pizza eating!

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