Pizza is one of the most popular and tastiest fast-food dishes all over the world. It is often considered to be a dieter’s worst nightmare, because it most commonly has extremely high calorie count, it is rich in fat, especially saturated fat, carbohydrates and sodium. An average slice of pizza has approximately 300 calories, and it is so tasty that having a pizza meal usually results in overeating. However, there is a way to enjoy healthier pizza.
Incorporating healthy pizza into a diet plan should not be that hard. However, one will have to prepare this tasty meal at home, in order to enjoy the healthy benefits. Pizza served in the restaurants is usually calorie-rich and unhealthy. The best way to eat pizza is to serve it with healthy portion of green salad. The salad will act as a potent appetite suppressant and may help to avoid overeating.
Cutting back the calories in pizza should not be a tough job if one decides to fallow a couple of healthy cooking principles. To begin with, one should use a whole grain crust, instead of a wheat crust. If one decides to make its own crust at home, it would be the best to substitute whole-wheat flour for part or all of the white flour. Whole grains are rich in fiber that may help to regulate blood sugar levels and keep the digestive system running smoothly by promoting regularity. Getting a sufficient amount of fiber can also help to restrain hunger and help one feel satisfied.
To prepare this healthy dough one needs:3 1/2 cups 100% whole-wheat flour and approximately 1/2 cup for dusting 2 tsp of honey 1 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil 1 tsp of table salt 1 tbsp of active dry yeast 1 1/2 cups warm water approx 110 degrees3 tbsp of ground flax seed Yeast should be dissolved in lukewarm water, with honey and rest for 10 minutes until it becomes bubbly. Add salt and olive into the mixture and stir the 3 1/2 cups of whole-wheat flour. One may add flax seed if desired. Mix ingredients together, form a small ball, place it into the bowl, and cover with a kitchen towel. Let it rest for an hour in a warm place. After an hour separate the bowl and form two oiled bowls. Cover and let it rest for an additional hour. This will be enough for two healthy pizza crusts.
Healthy pizza topping
Healthy pizza should contain a lot of tomato sauce, which is full with antioxidants, and cut back on the cheese. Cheese usually has a lot of total fats and calories. Cheese should not be used in a fat layers. To prepare a healthy pizza, one should use low-fat cheese to sprinkle on top.Meat used for toping should be lean, preferably chicken or shrimp. Pepperoni and sausage are high in fats, sodium and various additives.A good advice would be to make a vegetable rich topping. Vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals, most of them are extremely low on calories and rich in fiber. The best choices for pizza toppings are dried tomatoes, onions, broccoli, spinach, olives, peppers, and mushrooms.