03/19/2015 by | 3 Comments
Last night, I had a meeting with a fairly new nutrition client. I’ve provided him with ways to make a healthier version of his beloved egg sandwich (omega 3 eggs, sprouted English muffin, avocado) and other sensible swaps. “This plan is so livable” he remarked. I laughed, “any eating regime you embark on must me livable even enjoyable.” For me, enjoyable means pizza and pasta. I’ve told you about our Foodtrainers’ favorite healthy pastas and now it’s pizza’s turn.
Here are our top 10 ways to eat more pizza while staying fit.
- Cauliflower Pizza: this concept has taken the internet (and Pinterest) by storm. It really gives you the feeling of pizza crust.
- Many chains have gluten free or whole grain option. My favorite truly healthy pizza (pre and probiotics in your crust) is Naked Pizza.
- Portobello Pizza: we make these often at our house. The mushrooms give pizza a meatiness (without meat). The recipe link uses low-fat cheese, I’m not a fan but feel free to use any cheese you like. Your pizza, your rules.
- Socca: I believe socca originated in Nice. It’s a flatbread made from chickpea flour. I use this recipe and while it’s delicious sans toppings it makes for a great pizza base.
- Against All Grain: this is the best frozen, already made, pizza. I love Against All Grain’s pesto pizza and this Vermont company takes ingredients seriously and makes a quality product.
- Paleo Pizza: Julian’s makes a paleo pizza mix with almond flour, arrowroot, pumpkin and egg whites.
- Breakfast (Egg) Pizza: there are different versions of this, it makes a great brunchy item. Some are more like omelet pizzas but this one fluffs up a bit.
- English Muffin Pizza: these are a great lunch option. Look for “sprouted” English muffins as they have more protein and are less processed.
- Paleo Bread: for a gluten or grain free lunchtime pizza here are two final ideas. Paleo bread can be kept frozen (and sliced) in the freezer. Add your sauce and toppings and it’s as easy as that.
- Mexican Pizza: you can use a tortilla as your pizza base too. These almond flour minis are delicious.
With any of these options use a lower sugar tomato sauce (or pesto sauce works well) or make your own. Cheese should be organic whenever possible.
Which of these options would you want to try? Any other healthier pizza ideas? Any pizza shops with interesting offerings in your area? What’s the best pizza you’ve ever had?
Lauren Slayton is the author of The Little Book of Thin and created the Foodtrainers blog. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University and appeared in Allure, In Style, Cooking Light and more. She previously wrote about Healthy Game-Day Snacks.