Elevate your pizza game: Healthy swaps for a guilt-free slice

Published 18 April, 2024

Pizza is undoubtedly a beloved comfort food, but its traditional form can sometimes be high in calories and less nutritious. However, with a little creativity and some smart swaps, you can enjoy pizza whilst sticking to your health goals. This National Pizza Day, let’s explore some healthier adaptations to traditional pizza.

Healthy adaptations for your pizza

1. Base alternatives

Instead of traditional pizza dough, consider using whole wheat tortilla wraps. These provide added fibre and nutrients while offering a lighter base for your pizza. Simply place the tortilla on a baking sheet, add your favourite toppings, and bake until crispy. The result is a thin and crispy crust that’s lower in calories and carbohydrates compared to regular pizza dough.

2. Sauce choices

  • Pesto: Made from basil, pine nuts, garlic, and olive oil, pesto adds a flavourful twist to your pizza
  • Salsa: Bring a Mexican flair to your pizza with salsa as the base
  • Greek yogurt sauce: Create a creamy and protein-packed sauce by mixing Greek yogurt with herbs and spices
  • Classic tomato: Make this at home to avoid hidden sugars, and add garlic for some pre-biotic goodness

3. Cheese options

  • Part-skim mozzarella: Lower in fat and calories compared to full-fat mozzarella
  • Ricotta cheese: Creamy and lower in fat, ricotta adds a delightful texture to your pizza
  • Vegan cheese: Explore dairy-free options made from nuts or soy for a plant-based alternative

4. Nutritious toppings

Load up your pizza with nutrient-rich toppings such as:

  • Fresh vegetables: Bell peppers, onions, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes add colour, flavour, and nutrients
  • Lean proteins: Grilled chicken, turkey, shrimp, or tofu provide a satisfying and protein-rich topping
  • Fresh herbs: Garnish your pizza with fresh basil, oregano, or coriander for added flavour and antioxidants

5. Portion control

Enjoy your pizza in moderation and practice portion control. While these healthier adaptations can make pizza lighter, it’s still important to balance your meal. Consider pairing your pizza with a side salad or vegetable soup for a well-rounded meal.

Remember, no food is inherently bad, and moderation is key to enjoying your favourite foods while maintaining your health goals. So, the next time you’re craving pizza, why not try out these swaps and elevate your pizza game to a whole new level of deliciousness!

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