Who doesn’t love pizza?
Whether you’re a law school student or a junior associate, you’ve probably had your fair share of late nights with pizza in one hand and coffee in the other. For most lawyers and students, pizza is a quick and cheap go-to that’s usually enthusiastically approved by all colleagues—the pizza luncheon and the eight o’clock Seamless pizza order are staples at many firms. While pizza is both scrumptious and satisfying, it’s not always the most nutritious food option. That doesn’t mean, however, that pizza can’t be healthy. Although healthy pizza might sound like an oxymoron, there are steps you can take to make your pizza more nutritionally sound while keeping it delicious.
Cut Down on Cheese
Look, everybody loves a good cheesy pizza. Cheese is one of the essential ingredients that has put pizza in the pantheon of America’s favorite foods. As much as you may love cheese, dialing it back on the amount of cheese you use or going for lighter cheeses can save you a lot of calories without giving up much flavor. Always say no to extra cheese and if possible, stick to cheeses like mozzarella and parmesan, which have slightly less fat than other processed cheeses.
Opt for Healthy Toppings
There’s a reason people say that almost everything tastes good on pizza. Loading up your pie with toppings is a great way to sneak some veggies in if you don’t feel like eating a salad. Mushroom, tomato, onion, olives, and peppers are all classic, time-tested toppings that will complement your pizza and make sure it packs a nutritious punch. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with incorporating less commonly chosen vegetables or even fruits. Besides being much better for you than processed meats, you might be surprised by the number of healthy combinations that taste yummy on your pizza.
Go for Whole-Grain Crusts
If you’re making your pizza at home, try replacing thicker or stuffed cheese crust with thin or whole-grain crust. Although extra bread or bread stuffed with cheese is always tempting, you can substantially reduce the calories and sodium in your pizza simply by going for a less decadent crust. If crust already isn’t your thing and you don’t mind losing it all together, then even better! If you want to raise your crust game or simply want to try something new, ditch your usual crust for a mushroom or cauliflower crust. Now before you flip out over the idea of vegetable-based pizza, try it first. If done right, cauliflower or mushroom-crust pizza can be seriously tasty, equally as filling, and three times healthier than your normal pizza.
Manage Portion Size
How much pizza you eat is just as important as how you make it and what toppings you use. When it comes to pizza, two slices can easily turn into four or five, so be mindful of how much you’re eating. To avoid the temptation of eating that extra slice, set a limit for how much you’re going to eat and stick to it.