Mackie: Five tips for a healthier pizza

Mackie: Five tips for a healthier pizza

Mackie: Five tips for a healthier pizza

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Mackie Shilstone / Fitness Expert

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be about ignoring your favorite foods.  What it really involves is eating in moderation and controlling the ingredients used to make your meals. That’s why I have always believed that you can be far healthier and stay within your goals if you take the time to cook at home. 

One of the easiest dishes you can make at home that is not only good, but a family favorite, is pizza. It is one of those dishes that most people like, especially the kids, and is extremely budget friendly to make at home. In addition, it is something you can do with your kids to spend some quality family time.

What I challenge you to do before you order your next pizza from one of the national pizza companies is to go on their website and look at the nutritional values per slice. What you will find is that each slice is often over 200 calories, loaded with fat, a high amount of sodium and too much sugar. Even eating two or three slices of pizza makes it an unhealthy meal.

However, if you can control what ingredients are in your pizza, it doesn’t have to be a diet buster at all. It can be a good, healthy meal that everyone can enjoy. My top five tips for a healthy pizza are: 

·         Crust – look for a whole wheat pizza crust instead of crusts made from enriched bread.

·         Sauce – stay really basic with a tomato sauce and avoid the salt and sugars usually found in it. Instead use spices and herbs for flavor.

·         Cheese – look for a cheese like feta that tastes great and is a healthier option.

·         Toppings - look for vegetables and peppers you enjoy and generously apply.

·         Meats – if you choose to add a meat topping, try using turkey or extra lean beef.

 

  For more helpful health information, visit www.mackieshilstone.com.

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