Friday, March 8, 2019

Pizza, Reimagined

Almost everyone loves pizza. The cheesy, bready salty qualities are hard to resist. But that is, of course, what is problematic about it. The nutritionally void ingredients, low-quality proteins, and additive-packed commercial sauces make it a dietary dud. Try remaking your pizza with high-quality ingredients that deliver nutrients your body will love.

White-flour crust
Refined flour is void of natural vitamins and will rapidly raise blood sugar.

Cauliflower crust is popular right now. You can also try putting your pizza ingredients on a vegetable base like thick slices of eggplant, portobello mushroom caps or large zucchini boats. I compromise with a homemade crust made from whole wheat flour and some unbleached white flour.

Cheese galore
Take-out or delivery pizza usually has an overload of cheese; sometimes it's even in the crust.

Quality over quantity. More flavorful cheese allows you to use less and enjoy more. Select a well-aged cheddar, fresh mozzarella, Gruyere or goat cheese. 

Scarce Veggies
A standard pizza offers a mere sprinkling of veggies.

Broccoli rabe, carmelized onions and well-drained artichoke hearts make great toppers. I lightly roast mushrooms, zucchini and tomatoes before sprinkling them over the unbaked crust.  I always top the finished pizza with peppery arugula. 

Incorporating fresh veggies and good-quality protein will not only add flavor and texture to your pizza creation, it will add a new level of nutrition and enjoyment.

Stay Active, Keep Moving and
Enjoy Pizza This Week

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