Monday, July 23, 2012

Pizza Possibilites

Living in New York, pizza is everywhere, so it's fairly impossible to avoid the craving; however, I have come up with a number of ways to make my own guilt-free pizza that keeps me out of the disastrous pizza parlors of the NYC streets. Here are a few of my personal favorite pizza picks to make your own guilt-free pizzas at home!

1. Cheese Please: To start, it's very easy to find a fat-free or reduced fat mozzarella cheese. Some even come shredded for you already. A new personal fav for me is from Trader Joe's, though if you don't have one near you, any brand will suffice.

2. Sauce 'er up: While I make my own tomato sauce, most store bought tomato sauces are fairly low in calories. Try to pick one that is also lower in sugar and sodium, as many of these store bought picks have added sugar, and tomatoes are sweet enough on their own!

3. Trust your Crust: The crust on most pizzas can be an evil source of empty carby calories. If you're making your own pizza, why waste those calories when you can use other choices for crust? Some of my favorite options are English Muffins (like the ones by Fiber One), a high fiber tortilla, such as the kind by La Tortilla Factory (can you say thin crust?!), or if you're feelin' frisky, go for a veggie crust! Zucchini or Eggplant boats make great crusts! Or, if you're really feelin' frisky, bake your own crust from cauliflower. I know it sounds weird, but it comes out amazing! Just puree some cooked cauliflower in a blender (with whatever spices you may want) and spread on a baking sheet with parchment paper and bake for a good hour until it starts to get crispy. You might want to add some egg (or egg whites) and cheese to the crust to make it more solid.

4. Tip Top Toppings: Feel free to load on the veggies! Some onions, mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, etc. all make great additions to your pizza! Or add some leftover chicken breast or turkey pepperoni slices if you're a meaty pizza lover! Pin It

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