Pantry Essentials For A Healthier Pizza Night Every Night
When that pizza craving hits, the gut reaction is to dial-out for delivery. Put that on pause with these intensely flavorful pizza essentials that make making pizza at home faster and healthier.
If you love pizza you probably lean towards a favorite aspect of the pizza. Whether it's the crust, the sauce, or the cheese that makes the pizza for you, when it comes together, it's the perfect feel good food.
But pause on that thought.
After you eat pizza how do you feel? Tired? You're not alone. Pizza fatigue is a thing. While nothing can knock our love for pizza, side-stepping fatigue after eating it would be a good thing.
When you're eating pizza you're getting sodium, sugar, carbs and fat. In fact, eating a pizza sounds like a lot of work for your body. Nutritionist Sonya Angelone, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, gave Cosmopolitan.com a break down of what happens inside your body when you eat a piece of pizza. You get tired just reading about it and can see why you might get tired eating it too. It's a lot of work for your digestive system.
It's a complicated process of fats and proteins slowing down sugars, insulin spikes, bloating and gas and blood clot warnings (that is, if your diet is already high in saturated fats). There's a cool graphic in the article if you want to take a look.
The key takeaways of eating a high fat average slice of pizza: you will get energy to burn from eating pizza, eating it once in a while if you're healthy to start is not a problem, and eating slowly is a good idea for anyone.
Back to our love of pizza. There are ways to make it healthier. For starters, make it at home. Control the ingredients and nutrition. Add what you want. Use healthy swaps and make pizza good for you.
The pantry essentials we work with for pizza night, work every time. With or without cheese, the pizza stands up -- the crust, the sauce the seasoning. Cheese? Forget about it. Yes, of course, add it if you want. But the flavor and nutrition from our go to pantry essentials will make you feel good after eating (which food should) and not sleepy.
Three staples to have on hand are of course, tomato sauce, olive oil and pizza crust.
Whole Note Gluten Free pizza crust is a crust that is wheat free, making it easier to digest. It's also made of seven ancient whole grains--the good grains that are heart healthy. It's easy to make, delicious and fast. Instructions and yeast come in the box. (We made our Whole Note Pizza Crust with 1 tsp coconut sugar, 1 tbsp olive oil, 1/2 cup water, dash of salt. If you have gluten free flour on hand, it's helpful for dusting, but not necessary.)
Jar Goods Tomato Sauce is an incredibly flavorful sauce made very simply, but without heaps of salt or sugar. It's cleaner than most sauces and made with vine-ripened tomatoes. It doesn't taste acidic as many sauces do and makes an amazing base for your toppings. It's pretty genius.
Kämen Foods Cold-Pressed Olive Oil produces an olive oil out of Chile that is rich in antioxidants, smooth and flavorful. It's the perfect base before your tomato sauce, and essential for drizzling on your toppings.
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