When you make the change to healthy eating and living, you might think pizza is no longer a viable meal. However, with some slight changes, this dish can remain a staple in your diet. Use this guide to make some slight alterations and keep pizza in your life.
Reduce the Portion
Burning more calories than you take in will result in weight loss, so having pizza for dinner every once in a while is feasible if you haven’t overshot your limit for the day. Depending on the toppings, a slice could contain between 200 and 400 calories. Instead of going over your daily limit, practice portion control by pairing the slice with another meal. Try a tossed salad or fresh fruit to curb cravings and decrease any after-meal sluggishness.
Make It Healthier
The beauty of pizza is that there is no right or wrong way to prepare it. You can still get the excitement of eating a delicious pie without having to consume the standard toppings and ingredients known to lead to weight gain. Here are a few healthy alterations you can make that the next time you have a craving:
- Thin Crust: Pizza crusts are often made with refined wheat flour, which has been connected with long-term weight gain. This flour is also low in fiber, which will leave you feeling hungry even after consuming the hefty calories. For the best results, ask if you can get a whole-grain crust.
- Lighter Cheeses: It’s common for pizzas to be made with hard cheeses, which release a lot of oil when baked. Reduce the oil and any after-dinner bloating by asking for a lighter part-skim mozzarella, low-fat Parmesan, or sharp provolone.
- Veggie Toppings: Ensure you feel full after eating your slice or two by asking for several vegetable toppings instead of the standard pepperoni and sausage. Green and red peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, and olives offer vitamins A and C, plenty of fiber, and several other nutrients to leave you feeling satisfied instead of groggy after your meal.
Don’t let your pizza craving go unheard. Get your fix in a healthier way by visiting Emilio’s of Morris Park. For three decades, this restaurant has provided Bronx residents with quality, house-made pizza, calzones, paninis, and other favorite Italian foods. Check out their full menu — including vegetarian options — on their website, and easily place your order by texting “Emilios” to 33733 to download their free app. For questions about catering or purchasing a gift card, call them today at (718) 822-6758.