Pizza lovers… This one is for you!
Pizza, simply known as the enemy to many in the fitness industry, can be one obstacle to many. The smell, thick crust and cheesy meaty toppings just screams eat me. We asked our PT trainer the most important of all questions, how do we make a pizza healthier, without losing the taste…
- The Base
Instead of using a thick dough-based base, why not swap it for a wholemeal wrap. It is delicious with a crispy edge. Alternatively, you can make an egg-free, grain-free, and dairy-free crust with riced cauliflower, flax seeds, and almond flour.
- Go light on the cheese
We all know that cheese is the best part of a pizza but can also make it quite calorific and high in saturated fat. Research shows that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats has a positive effect on our health- so try opting for a low caloric cheese or even a vegan cheese at that.
- Choose lean meats or meatless options to your pizza
Try to avoid the high fat processed meats such as pepperoni and sausage. Instead use grilled chicken or even turkey.
- Load up on Veggies
This is a key tip. Experiment with lots of different vegetable combinations like broccoli and mushrooms, spinach and cauliflower, or bell peppers. The more, the better! The extra veggies will provide fibre and antioxidants, whilst filling you up.
- Spice it up
Use different herbs and spices like oregano, thyme, and chili flakes to spice it up. For a nutty flavour and some omega 3’s, add hemp seeds as a topping.