4 Guilt-Free Ways to Enjoy Your Pizza

We've all been there... a rainy evening snuggled up in comfy clothes and a blanket on the couch watching your favorite childhood movie when all you're craving is a cheesy slice of pizza. Then, your conscience kicks in and guilts you out of it.

If only there was a way to satisfy that craving without feeling guilty after the fact or like you have to squeeze in an extra workout before the week is done. Just like our outlook on carbs, a life without pizza is no fun! It's all about balance, how you portion your pizza and what you serve it with.

In conjunction with our previous post, How to Throw a Homemade Pizza Party, we wanted to share with you four tips to make your pizza guilt-free and deliciously great!

Tip 1: Choose a dough ball or crust with simple FfL-friendly ingredients.

Look for basic ingredients such as 100% whole grain/wheat flour, water, salt and minimal (FfL-approved) oil. 

Tip to minimize your carb intake: Use a smaller dough ball (or half the dough ball) so when you roll it out, you'll have a thin crust pizza. 

Tip 2: LIMIT your cheese.

There are so many delicious ways to top your pizza. Rather than covering your masterpiece sky high with cheese, pack on flavor by topping your piece of the pie with an array of veggies. When you’re finished, sprinkle the cheese on as if it's a garnish. Drizzling your fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza with balsamic vinegar is a great way to add a BURST of deliciously sweet flavor. Just remember, no matter what, keep the cheese to a minimum!

Tip when eating out: If you're ordering pizza out at a restaurant, ask your server for half the amount of cheese and double the veggies.

Tip 3: Go green.

Fresh greens make an awesome topping (our family favorites are spinach and arugula), so set some greens out in a bowl for everyone to use. In addition to using greens as a topping, serve your meal with side salads. This will help you properly portion your plate so you're not just filling up on carbs from the pizza dough. If you're looking for a simple salad to serve, you'll want to check out Our Go-To Side Salad.

Tip 4: Practice portion control.

There’s nothing wrong with enjoying one or two slices of pizza, just remember to practice portion control.

Tip: Slice the pizza into more pieces (i.e., 10 or 12 instead of just 8). Just like eating off of a smaller plate tricks your mind into thinking there's more food portioned out on your plate, smaller pieces will help you consume less because your mind pays more attention to how many pieces you've had than the size of the slice. 

Homemade Pizza Parties are the best way to enjoy an old-time favorite in a guilt-free way.

Remember: It's all about quality ingredients, packing on flavor without piling on cheese, how you portion your pizza and what you serve it with (such as one of our FfL side salads).

Let's make healthy a lifestyle, one simple change at a time - together!

XOXO, 
Pam & Kalie

P.S. Don't forget to check out our post How to Throw a Homemade Pizza Party.

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