Make it Healthier

Posted 09/30/2014 | By HealthCorps

With all the talk about the need to reduce consumption of bread since we tend to eat too many carbohydrates daily, and bread is notoriously high in salt, the answer to better health and a slimmer waistline may lie in portion control and quality ingredients. And if you love pizza and eat it regularly, be a bit more selective when choosing ingredients.

Make a Healthier Sandwich

  • Use a whole grain pita, tortilla, low carb tortilla, or whole grain “thin” slices of bread, or low glycemic breads like sourdough and rye and consider making “half” a sandwich
  • Use mustard, hummus, bean dip, Greek yogurt mixed with herbs, chili sauce, or mashed avocado instead of mayonnaise
  • If it’s a fruit-based sandwich, try low sugar nut butters (almond, soy, peanut) or grind the nuts yourself
  • Add loads of simple vegetables and greens for bulk
  • Use grilled and lean meats, grilled or baked fish or beans
  • Go lighter with cheese and use shredded cheese

Make a Healthier Pizza

  • First rule is make it at home
  • Use a whole grain-based thin crust or large low carb tortillas
  • Go lighter on the cheese
  • Use tomato sauce that has little or no sugar
  • Add lots of grilled or sautéed vegetables
  • Add a protein like beans, anchovies, grilled chicken or shrimp
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