6 Simple Ways to Create
Good for You Pizza

September 5th, 2011

When you got your diabetes diagnosis, what was the first thing you thought? If you’re like many of my patients, the first thing that came to mind was: Will I be able to eat pizza?  That’s because most people equate pizza with food that is off limits, especially if you’re trying to eat healthy and manage carbohydrate intake.

The good news is, having diabetes does not mean the end of good eating or the end of eating pizza. Sure you may need to be a little creative – eating less crust and adding more veggies. But the bottom line is most people with diabetes can eat a slice of pizza – especially if you make your own.

With the array of new ingredients available including whole wheat crust, pre-cut vegetables, reduced sodium sauces and shredded part-skim and reduced-sodium mozzarella cheeses, making a nutritious pizza at home is now easier than ever.

Below are some simple tips for creating your nutritious pizza:

  • Use whole wheat flour for homemade crust or purchase whole wheat breads like pitas, tortillas and focaccia. A whole wheat crust boosts fiber content by 50% and fiber can help control blood glucose levels after meals..
  • Use canned crushed tomatoes for a quick homemade sauce or look for reduced sodium sauces in the supermarket.  Tomato sauce is an excellent source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that may help to prevent some chronic diseases. And you get all that benefit for just 10 grams carbohydrate per half cup.
  • Add oregano, garlic, and/or crushed peppercorn to sauce for added flavor.
  •  When it comes to cheese, there are many low-fat and reduced-sodium varieties available.  For ease, purchase pre-shredded options. Cheese is nutrient rich providing an excellent source of calcium, protein and phosphorus.
  • Sneaking in a serving of vegetables on a slice of pizza can be easy. Try pepper strips, mushrooms, broccoli, spinach, asparagus or zucchini. Soften vegetables by par boiling for a few minutes or microwaving before adding to pizza. One half cup of these pizza toppers averages only 5 grams carbohydrate.
  • Lighten up toppings by substituting traditional meat toppings with grilled chicken or seafood like shrimp or tuna.

Need more help? Click here for a variety of carb friendly, nutritious pizza recipes. Already have a great pizza recipe? Share it with us!

Bon appétit!

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