Curious how to order healthy when pizza is on the menu? Check out these insider tips from Shape on just how to do that.
Pizza has a reputation as a carb-heavy (and diet-wrecking) party food. But the stats vary wildly from slice to slice. In fact| Papa Murphy’s| the “take and bake” pizza chain| recently unveiled two new flavors of their Gourmet Delite line| Angus Steak and Roasted Garlic and Spicy Fennel Sausage| proving that you can have a slice filled with flavorful toppings for under 250 calories. We had a chance to sit down with Michael Miyahara| corporate chef for the chain| to get his advice for waistline-friendly pizza| whether you’re baking a pie at home or ordering at the pizzeria.
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1. Roll out your dough. A cracker-thin crust not only cuts calories| but it also allows your toppings to truly shine.
2. Trim the cheese. Even reducing 25 percent of the cheese will really lower the calories and fat in each slice| but it’s a small enough cut that you’ll barely even notice a taste difference. And if you’ve used a thinner crust| you need less cheese anyway (too much will weigh it down).
3. Pile on the veggies. Choosing good-for-you toppings will tip your slice towards healthy. Plus| it’ll make each slice more filling| so you’ll eat fewer pieces overall.
4. Don’t be afraid to customize. Order your pizza thin crust| ask for less cheese and more vegetables| and even request whole-wheat dough¡ªmore and more shops offer it. If there’s a healthy combo you want but don’t see on the menu| ask your server if the chef is willing to make substitutions.
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