Pizza to please

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
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With a recent surge in gourmet offerings the scope of today's pizza is huge. No longer is it simply a high fat, high salt takeaway food best limited in the diet. Let's explore what's hot in the latest offerings and how best to choose a pizza to please.

That's the TICK

Crust Gourmet Pizza Bars have launched a range of healthier choice pizzas that have earned the Heart Foundation Tick of approval. They have half the fat and saturated fat of comparable takeaway pizzas, virtually no trans fats, and up to 50-70% less sodium. In addition they have a wholegrain base to boost fibre content, use fresh lean meat instead of processed meat and are loaded up with vegetables to help contribute to your daily vegetable intake.

Smart choices

There are so many ways you can lighten up your local delivered pizza and save on fat and kilojoules:

Base – opt for a thin and crispy base rather than one stuffed with cheese.

Vegetables – go heavy on the veggies asking for extra capsicum, fresh or roasted tomatoes, mushrooms and more gourmet offerings like artichoke hearts, roasted pumpkin and rocket leaves.

Cheese – see the light and opt for a gourmet pizza which tend to have a smaller quantity of a strong flavoured cheese like goat or feta. With regular pizzas ask for ½ the normal cheese content so you can see and taste the other toppings.

Herbs – fresh herbs add flavour without fat and can also boost your antioxidant intake.

Meat – favour fresh over processed meats and control the portion of meat on the pizza. Bypass the meat lovers special and always including veggie toppings too.

YOUR SAY: What are your tips for a healthy pizza option? Tell us below...


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