We eat pizza almost every week! We purchase a meat pizza at the store and then spice it up with veggies, olives, extra meat and cheese. It is what we call at Achieve Weight Loss a “Junk Day” pizza! It is good, but the truth is that we never eat all of the pizza on the Junk Day. You may have up to two Junk Days a week, but what if the pizza does not get eaten on the second Junk Day?
If you find yourself in a situation with left-over Junk Day pizza or if you in a situation where you don’t have choice but to eat pizza, here a few pizza hacks.
If I am going to eat pizza at a restaurant it is usually on a planned Junk Day. What if you find yourself at a pizza place and you are having a Healthy Day? My recommendation is to scrap the toppings off of 1-2 slices (men could do 3) of the pizza and eat the toppings only. After all, the real danger is in the crust.
If you can order a small side salad, I’d mix the toppings in or have the salad on the side with a fat free dressing. If they don’t have a fat free dressing, use a light Italian or just tine your fork in the dressing then get your bite of salad.
If you eat just the toppings, you are eating primarily a high fat, lower carbohydrate dinner. The fat is going to be in the cheese and meats and the carbs will be in the little bit of sauce, You will likely have some vegetables in there as well. The biggest threat to fat-burn are the simple carbohydrates so if they are staying a low, you should be fine.
What if you take some pizza home or you have left over pizza from a Junk Day at home? Well, you can do what was recommended earlier: scrape off the toppings of 1-2 slices and enjoy with a side salad with approved dressing. But, here are a few more ideas which I use:
Scrape off the toppings of 1-2 slices and heat in skillet in 0 calorie cooking spray. Next, pour in egg whites/substitute until bottom of pan is covered (use a small pan). Cook up and enjoy with a slice of toast which qualifies as a Fibrous Carbohydrate. (If you want an ideas of some breads that would work in this category, try our free trial.)
Scrape off the toppings of 1-2 slices and heat in skillet in 0 calorie cooking spray. Next, toast a couple slices of a bread which qualifies as a Fibrous Carbohydrate. Place hot pizza toppings toasted breads and enjoy your sandwich!
Scrape off the toppings of 1-2 slices and heat in skillet in 0 calorie cooking spray. Next, place in a tortilla which is in the Fibrous Carbohydrate category and enjoy.
Pizza Part Deux
Scrape off the toppings of 1-2 slices and heat in skillet in 0 calorie cooking spray. Next, heat in oven on 350 degrees a flatbread which qualifies as a Fibrous Carbohydrate. Keep an eye on the flatbread and heat to desired hardness. Place hot pizza toppings on heated flatbread, cut into squares and enjoy. Note: some people do this with the approved tortillas too!
The Good News
You don’t have to throw the pizza on your Healthy Days and you don’t have to allow an unplanned trip the pizza place to derail your Healthy Days. You can make pizza work for you!
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Have a Healthy Day,