I love pizza too!
My favorite "healthy" pizzas are from Lean Cusine or Weight Watchers. All of them are good.
You can also take an english muffin split it and put sauce and cheese on top and then add your favorite topping. Also a really good alternative.
A great way to watch your calories and still get what you want. cut up allt he veggies you LOVE on your pizza and than ADD broccoli because it is soooo good on there. do a low fat low cal cheese or one that is within your limits. Put it on a whole wheat tortila and back it in the oven. they turn out GREAT I do that all the time. makes a great thin crispy pizza.
I use a 50 cal tortilla 50 calories worth of veggies. tomato sauce with my own seasonings in it. 20 calories for that. and than a cheese that runs me 50 calories. for the amount I use. that is only 170... than I am able to have a salad on the side.
not sure if you have them where you live, but i use joseph's low carb pitas as a pizza crust. they are only 60 cals a piece! i think it's ragu that makes a special "pizza sauce" it comes in a smaller jar, and is only 30 cals per 1/4 cup. and you probably won't even need that much! then top with some low fat mozz, and as many veggies as you can fit on there.
if you go easy on the cheese, it can be under 200 cals and is about the same size as one of those lean cuisine pizzas!
also, remember, you CAN still have real pizza once in a while, you just need to control your portions. have a big salad first, then have one or two slices.
I might get a lot of heat for this but...
Eat the pizza but keep it in moderation. This is a lifestyle change not a diet. Do you think you will be able to go the rest of your life without pizza? I know I can't. I allow myself enough calories once a week to get my pizza in. Sure, veggie pizza is lower in cals and I opt for that sometimes but my family eats cheese & sausage. I eat with them and I'm good to go. If I didn't allow enough to sustain the calories of all the pizza I planned on then I either eat less or exercise more to make up the difference.
You can also go with the frozen pizzas like lean cuisine or whatever but if I'm going to indulge, I'd rather indulge in my favorites and compensate for the calories elsewhere.
go buy pizza sauce, low sodium part-skim shredded mozzarella, your favorite veggies.. and a few slices of your favorite whole wheat bread.. put on the toppings, then pop it in the oven for like 10 minutes on 300..
that's how i made my home made whole wheat french bread pizzas.. no excess salt, no hidden fats.. just the good stuff =)
1/4c part-skim mozzie = 80 cals
1/2c sauce = 70 cals
That's 250 cals in total. Though I have to admit I like the South Beach chicken pizzas. 350 cals, plus carrots and celery is a perfect meal.
I used to be a pizza addict too, but now when I'm craving it I use a pita (~150 cal), about a 1/4 cup pizza sauce (< 40 cal) a whole lot of veggies (<25 cal) and about a 1/3 cup shredded skim cheese (60 cal) so for a nice heaping veggie pita pizza, for less than 275 cals. and, I over-estimated all of that but the cheese. Serve with a nice salad on the side. yum!
Ps 100g mushroom base = 22 cal. 30g bread = usually about 50 cal. I find pitas too thin, although many dont like mushrooms. I like to season first with garlic and then steam microwave, and then top and grill.
Yeah, if you're craving pizza, have pizza, in moderation. Yes, you can still have pizza. ;-) Have a big salad with lots of veggies and a LITTLE light/low-fat dressing first. Then, have a slice or two of pizza (depending on what you have and how big the slices are). You can always choose thinner crusts, get extra sauce and/or less cheese, and/or do a veggie pizza. I have recently learned that the "Hut" veggie lover's pizza is amazingly good. And, an entire personal pan veggie lover is 580 calories which, if you plan ahead, should not be totally out of the question of doable, occasionally. Point is, as was already said, this is not a diet. Learn to eat and enjoy things in moderation, portion control, and try to arrange your calories for the day around a small serving of pizza if you know you're going to have pizza once in a while.
I've also recently discovered the joy of homemade pita pizzas. I'm currently loving a whole wheat pita (160 cals) with 2 heaping tablespoons of an organic fire-roasted tomato spaghetti sauce (20 cals), 1/2 serving of turkey pepperoni (35 cals), a buttload of sliced red onion and red, green, yellow, and orange bell peppers piled up on top, and then topped with about 1 to 1-1/2 oz shredded part-skim mozzarella (120 tops). I prebake the pita to get it extra crispy, flip it over, top it, and then bake it again. A killer good, filling meal, quick to make, under 15 minutes total, under 350 calories. A sure fix to a pizza craving AND healthy!
My store that I've seen that carries those "pita alternatives" which are lower cal has been out of them the last few times I've looked. I'm hoping to catch them in stock and try those next!
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