Healthy pizza is not an urban myth! The savory cheese that melts in your mouth; the tasty sauce, the crispy, fluffy crust. While they all meet on the pizza pan, the blending of textures and flavors is hard to say “no” to. For a lot of people, pizza is among their guilty pleasures. Every day, millions of Americans settle down to enjoy some pizza.
Even though there are a number of reasons for the country’s high rates of obesity, you may be wondering whether all that cheese and pepperoni-stuffed crust plays a role. There are, however, two sides to every coin. In the end, you have the choice to order either a huge high-calorie pizza or a smaller, healthier pizza with a fraction of the calories.
According to nutrition experts, your pizza should have the right combination of food groups, 50 percent of your required lycopene intake to fight cancer, 35 percent of your daily protein quota, 30 percent of your daily fiber requirement, and 35 percent of calcium required to build your bones. The trick is to identify pizza-eating habits that deliver all these nutritional benefits.
Here’s what you should do.
- Order thin crust
Most of the calories in all types of pizza are found in the crust. In addition to having a lot of calories, the crust doesn’t have much in the way of nutrients. The reason is that most pies are made from white flour that has been refined, which increases your levels of insulin and consequently causes a surge in your cravings.
It is therefore a good idea to limit your indulgence in crust. When ordering your Pizza West Palm Beach, go for the thin crust rather than the regular, stuffed crust or deep dish.
- Go for the “double cut” pie
Most of the time, your pie will be sliced into eight pieces. Double-cut pizzas come in 16 pieces instead. Eat one slice at a time and go for another if you genuinely still feel hungry. By pairing a pizza with something filling and fibrous, such as a house salad with chicken, you probably won’t have as many slices. Additionally, this habit will help you stretch your dollar.
- Steer clear of the individual pies
The sizes served for “individual” pizzas have hit a new level of high-calorie content. For example, a Chuck E Cheese’s Cali Aflredo Individual Pizza contains a staggering 702 calories, in addition to 36 grams of fat that clogs the arteries. This is certainly not the case for all pies. All it means is that you’re far better off going for a single slice, no matter how plentiful the toppings are.
- Eat off a plate rather than out of the box
If you order in, don’t eat out of the box. Instead, eat off a plate. Research has shown that you’re likely to eat more when you serve food on a large plate. The same goes for eating out of the box. In addition to giving your brain the impression that you’ve eaten more, eating off a smaller plate keeps the other slices out of reach, which will make it easier for you to resist going for more.