Pizza by the Healthy Slice

Central Michigan University students are usually cramped up with loads of school work throughout the week. The usual meal of choice tends to be the one full of flavor and also easy to eat to make up for the stressful weekday that has passed.

Pizza has been regarded as an all time favorite for students. The flavors of a loaded pizza would satisfy hunger after each class has ended. Though considered as an unhealthy snack, there are various ways in making the snack not only loaded with flavor but also loaded with nutrients.

There are a number of ways to make a pizza a nutritious meal. Making it at home and experimenting with various ingredients is a fun activity that could be shared with friends and family. Planning to make a pizza and being creative with the blend of ingredients would make eating the healthy pizza creation a daily staple.

It is very critical to start choosing the right crust. In terms of the fiber and calorie content of the crust, it is best to choose whole-grain thin crusts. Loading up the crust with vegetables such as tomatoes, onions and garlic boosts the nutritional value of the homemade pizza. It would make the pizza lighter to the stomach and fills up the needed vitamins and minerals the body needs.

Adding vegetable salad on the side compliments the healthy benefits of the pizza with the addition of green and leafy vegetables. Serving the salad on large proportions together with the pizza is a healthy combination that could be eaten everyday.

Meat is loaded with protein and is very much needed by the body as well as the other vitamins and minerals found in vegetables. But finding the right part of the meat is an important aspect in creating the healthy pizza. Lean cuts of meat contain lesser fat than most common meat toppings of commercial pizzas.

Pizza would not be complete without cheese. However, most of the calories in pizzas rest on cheese. Lessening the amount of cheese would do just fine and would not decrease the taste of the pizza. One can even ask to servers of a pizza restaurant to decrease the amount of cheese on an order.

Adding some unusual toppings such as eggplant, tofu and nuts would not only add texture to homemade pizzas, it also adds to the health benefits of an already healthy do-it-yourself nutritious pizza.

What makes a pizza commonly unhealthy is a person’s intake. One slice is not bad for ones health but eating more than a slice possesses health risk. One must look at the portions eaten to satisfy not only hunger but also health concerns.

Posted by Diane Araga, on September 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM