Peggy, Week 3: Making Pizza Healthy

Today, Elizabeth, our nutritionist, came over. While she was here, we took the opportunity to make one of her recipes we thought my teens might actually enjoy: pizza.

Pizza is not inherently a bad food. How nutritious it is depends on how the crust is made and what you put on it. Compare two single slices of pizza from the same national pizza chain:

Type of pizza

Calories

Fat Calories

Grams of Saturated Fats

Grams of Trans Fats

Sodium (mg)

Cheese stuffed Meat Pizza

480

230

11

0.5

1380

Healthy Thin crust pepper, tomato, onion pizza

150

35

1.5

0

400

If you make the dough and the sauce yourself, you can save money and calories! Yes, it takes more time. But you can make the sauce in advance and store it in the freezer. The dough can be done the day before and left in your refrigerator.

My favorite combination is: chicken rollatini pizza. It has chicken (try grilled rather than fried), ricotta cheese (part skim rather than whole), and garlic infused olive oil. Michael’s favorite is cheese. Amanda’s favorite is white. And Peter’s favorite is pepperoni and onion (try turkey pepperoni).

Post a comment and tell me your favorite healthy pizza combinations!