I often have people justifying their food choices to me, because I’m an exercise scientist. If I run into mates in restaurants they often start to justify their meal choices. I recently had an acquaintance say to me, 'Oh come on what’s wrong with pizza? A vegetarian pizza is just bread, cheese and vegetables isn’t it?' Doesn’t sound too bad when you break it down like that does it? But let's look a little closer.
Pizza heads into super unhealthy territory because of the type of toppings and base you choose. Those fast-food chain thick, fatty crusts and the amount of cheese create an unhealthy, saturated fat and sodium-laden meal.
It’s also difficult to stop at one or two slices of this salty, cheesy meal and most of us overindulge when it comes to pizza!
Pizza is classified as junk food, but it doesn’t have to be. The basic components do have healthier potential. So if we want to have it now and then, how can we make it better?
CHOOSE SMARTER TOPPINGS: avoid processed meats like pepperoni and choose vegetarian options.
CHOOSE THIN, WHOLEMEAL CRUSTS: thicker crusts means more calories and don’t even get me started on those cheese or meat stuffed crusts!!
WHERE’s THE CHEESE: don’t order double cheese! Stick to one layer of cheese.
UP YOUR NUTRIENTS with salad or steamed vegetables on the side.
GO HIGH PROTEIN toppings like chicken or prawns so you become satiated faster.
Want to make your own? Here’s a healthier pizza option using delicious 180nutrition Protein Powder (available in studio).
HEALTHY AT-HOME PIZZA BASE by Chad Mackay (180nutrition.com.au)
WHAT YOU NEED
1 x cup of Almond Flour
1 x cup 180 natural protein superfood coconut
1/2 tsp. garlic Powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking Soda
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Cup Mozzarella Cheese
Preheat oven to 180° C.
Mix contents together into a ‘dough’ ball
Place ball on oiled pizza tray and mash into pizza crust
Bake for about 15 minutes
Remove Almond Flour Crust from oven and add your favourite healthy toppings. Pop back into oven until toppings are warm.