Often times we make New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, exercise more, save money and be happier. But sometimes attempting to achieve all of the above can make us a little stressed and unable to accomplish our goals. The good news is that you can do all of the above within reason and still be a happy, functional human, especially when it comes to enjoying the foods you crave and love.
Let’s talk about Ottawa pizza for just a second. From thick and delicious crust (yum) to thin and wholesome gourmet, our city has some pretty amazing pizzerias to choose from. Just because you’re on a new diet or choosing to eat healthy doesn’t mean you have to cut the delicious pizza pies out of your daily grub. In fact, if made correctly, pizza can provide daily nutrition that falls under each food category. Amazing, right?
Without further ado, here are some tips that will help you choose healthier options while indulging in some Ottawa pizza during your next visit to your favourite pizzeria.
Though the Italian flag, with its bright red, white and green, can be a great reminder of where the tasty pies originated, there are certain red flags you should look out for when looking for healthier choices at the pizzeria.
Deep Dish – the deeper the dish, the more calories and fat you can fit in there. This means more cheese, more fatty meats and a big belly ache.
Supreme – even though the majority of Ottawa pizza pies have fresh cut veggies, when you load up the crust with a dozen different types of salty meats it really defeats the purpose of being healthy. Stick to one meat choice if any at all.
Pepperoni – An Ottawa pizza classic and a long-time favourite, pepperoni holds the most calories, sodium and fat content compared to all the other toppings. No wonder why it tastes so fantastic.
If it seems like all hope is lost and there are little options left, sub the following toppings and ask for these options while at the pizzeria instead of overindulging in other tempting choices on the menu.
Thin Crust – if you really can’t sacrifice having a Canadian-style pizza in all its bacon glory, opt for a thin crust. It cuts the calories in the crust in half and leaves more room for what really counts – the bacon.
Vegetables – you can never go wrong with an interesting melange of vegetables. There are so many amazing and colourful combinations you can even make a game out of it. An all green pizza? Sure! Just add spinach, green olives, green onions and green peppers. All the colours of the rainbow? Challenge accepted! Throw on some sundried tomatoes, banana peppers, mushrooms, red onions and green peppers.
So go on, have your fill of delicious, mouth-watering pizzas at your favourite pizzeria without having to compromise on your New Year’s resolution!