Pizza: can it be a healthy food?
It is believed that all the components of the pizza: the dough, the ingredients, the sauce and the cheese are not healthy. This is no longer the usual case today. Today, many pizzerias offer this delicious food in a new way: only with organic ingredients. Thus, each slice of organic pizza becomes a healthy food.
Many of us believe that pizza is a very unhealthy food because it contains ingredients that can add weight to the consumer. A slice of pizza is high in calories, depending on the toppings and crust. This connotation will change if you know how many people who advocate the use of healthy and organic ingredients changed the way pizza is made.
You may believe that you can’t trust pizza delivery and that healthy pizza can only be available when you create it yourself. But you are wrong because today, many pizzerias had started serving purely organic pizza. Making a healthy pizza means using the right ingredients, all natural and organic.
Let’s take a look at the different basic ingredients in making a pizza.
You can examine the dough that is actually the crust. You can have gluten free dough. Many people find its taste horrible, but then your palate can adjust to this taste until you get used to it. Gluten-free pizza can be chewy or crispy; you can have it thin or thick. Good pizzerias find the right balance between crisp and chewy to create a good, flavorful crust. This good dough recipe mixes different types of flour. You can use tapioca flour, brown rice flour, and sorghum flour, all organic and gluten-free varieties. Some ingredients like brown sugar, sea salt, and olive oil can be added to add flavor to the crust. Depending on your choice, it can have a thin or thick crust. You can even have options for the shape, round or square.
Sauce is another important part of a pizza. Organic ingredients can be purchased at farmers’ markets. This can be made with fresh tomatoes infused with fresh herbs and garlic. These ingredients are then pureed in a food processor. There are different textures of sauce; with diced tomatoes, it can be a bit thick. You can go for a spicy or sweeter flavor and to add more health benefits, this one is made with low levels of sugar and sodium.
There is a wide range of options for toppings. To make it really ultra healthy, you can choose organic vegetables like broccoli or cauliflower florets, mushrooms, sweet pepper and more options. You can have some low sodium organic ham, bologna and other meat dressings. The meat can also be organic now so this is the kind that gets added to the toppings.
Pizza is never complete without cheese. You can use a small amount of cheese or you can have a lot. The most classic types are mozzarella and goat cheese. There are types that use skim milk and with this, you get less fat, which is beneficial if you are mindful with your calorie intake.
With all of these ingredients together and baked correctly, your pizza can be the healthiest meal around. The secret is to have purely natural ingredients to have a true organic pizza.