Wednesday, February 8, 2012

You wanna have a pizza party?

Ah, the versatility of pizza. I've talked about it again and again, and now it's time to talk about it once again. Pizza can be full of fat and sodium which can lead to health problems galore and general feelings of yuckiness and tiredness. Thankfully, this doesn't mean that pizza is off limits or that it can't make a regular appearance in your kitchen. When you make your own pizza you are in control. 

Here are four tips that I like to use when choosing to be in control of my pizza and my health: 

1. Choose whole grain whenever possible. Whether you're making it from scratch, buying a
pre-made crust, using a pita or tortilla opt for the whole grain variety.

2. Pack on the vegetables. I add a little more and then a little more. This will fill me up with vitamins, minerals and fibre instead of calories, sodium, and fat.

3. Choose protein choices that are lean and low in sodium. Beans, lentils, skinless grilled chicken,
extra-lean ground beef, and tofu are all great options.

4. Easy on the cheese. Sprinkle it on little by little and stop as soon as you think you have enough to be satisfied. Any leftover grated cheese can be popped in the freezer for use at a later date (a delightful time-saver!).

The pizza below was made on whole grain store-bought pizza crust, black beans, sautéed kale, red peppers,  onion, and avocado, and sprinkled with feta cheese and red chili flakes. 

Wishing you a pizza-night success,

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