Any pizza that you make at home will probably be healthier. The ingredients will be fresher and you can avoid any unhealthy additions or excessive oil that might be present in a takeaway pizza. You can even experiment with some super foods to really take your pizza from a healthier alternative to a really healthy meal.
1. Start with the sauce
A great pizza is made or broken by the choice of sauce. A pizza that you get from your local delivery service will often taste so good because the sauce is loaded with salt and sugar. As you ‘re making this pizza at home, you have total control of what you put in the sauce. You can by healthy pizza sauces from the grocery store, or if you are feeling really ambitious you can make your own from scratch. You can experiment with different recipes until you are happy with your signature pizza sauce. You’ll be amazed at how a few simple ingredients can taste so great.
2. Try some different cheeses
You can shave a few calories off the pizza by trying out some lighter cheeses. You should be careful with this as some cheeses don’t melt the same way as others. With some practice and experimentation, you will be able to find a cheese that works well for your taste buds as well as your waistline. Another option is for you to forgo the cheese altogether and have a cheeseless pizza. Many might consider this horrifying but if you add in some other tasty ingredients you can come up with something really great.
3. You don’t have to go crazy
I know we just said to make a pizza without cheese, but you don’t need to go nearly that far if you don’t want to. You could simply reduce the amount of cheese that you put on the pizza, or only put bacon on half of the pie. You’ll be able to create some really great and flavourful pizzas without loading it up with too many calorie-heavy ingredients. A little imagination goes a long way.
4. Season it to perfection
You should not hold back on seasonings like pepper and oregano if you want to make your pizza as delicious as possible, just bear in mind that you don’t have to get it perfect the first time. Trying a few different spices could lead you to discover a truly remarkable combination of flavours.
5. Add in some fun ingredients
You can add anything you want to the pizza you’re making at home. After all, it is your pizza. You could even add your favourite fruits and vegetables that are not often seen on a pizza such as brussels sprouts, figs, apples, basil, rosemary. There is nothing stopping you from adding in some leftover curry (still try to keep it somewhat healthy).
6. Go for a crispy, thin crust
This will help you to significantly cut down on the number of carbs that are in your pizza. If you are feeling up for it, why not make your own healthy pizza dough. This way you will be able to exclude a lot of the unhealthy addictions that store-bought dough will include in the name of flavour and long shelf life. Rumour has it that if you cook it inside an outdoor pizza oven, the crust will turn out to be extra delicious.
7. Add a salad
You don’t need to eat the whole pizza in one sitting, if you’re looking to make this a fun meal for the whole family, then why not add a healthy side salad to make it a real meal. If you’re having friends over this will also mean that you don’t need to make as much pizza.