Frozen pizza is often convenient to serve in a pinch when you do not have the time or the energy to cook pizza from scratch. But if you are concerned about your health and want to make sure you cut back on your fat, calories and sodium content, you will want to find easy ways to improve the health benefits of frozen pizza.
Skip Pepperoni, Salami and Bacon Pizzas
Rather than pick up the pizza that looks the meatiest and tastiest, take a few moments to read the nutrition labels of pizzas so that you can make more informed choices. Skip pepperoni, salami and bacon pizzas, as these tend to be the ones with the highest amounts of calories, saturated fat and excessive amounts of salt and look for cheese and tomato pizzas or those with a heartier serving of vegetables such as green pepper, sweet corn, mushrooms and onion.
Watch Your Serving Sizes
Frozen pizzas are high in calories, fat and salt, even so-called “healthy” varieties of frozen pizza should be eaten in moderation. Look at the back of the box at the list of nutrition facts to see just how big a serving size of pizza is. You may be surprised to learn that a serving is actually a single slice of pizza, in which case, you will need to cut back from going up for seconds or thirds.
Add Mushrooms, Extra Onion and Slices of Tomatoes to Frozen Pizza
Frozen pizza does not have to be a big diet no-no, provided you eat it in moderation occasionally, and bump up the health benefits by adding vegetables to the pizza. Slice up some mushroom (any kind will do, such as chestnut, or button) along with extra onion and thin slices of tomato and add to a classic cheese and tomato frozen pizza before placing it in the oven and you will have a tastier, healthier frozen pizza to sink your teeth into.
Include a Hearty Salad
An easy way to improve the health benefits of frozen pizza is to serve a hearty salad to go along with it. Choose plump, rip tomatoes, leafy greens such as romaine, rocket (arugula) or spinach and layer it with sweet corn, a selection of peppers, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, peas, chickpeas, tuna (in brine rather than in oil) or any other selection of ingredients. Concentrate more on the salad than the pizza, so that you can gain the most health benefits from a balanced meal.
Frozen pizzas are convenient and quick to cook. But they are also high in calories and loaded full of saturated fat and salt. But that does not mean you cannot still enjoy a slice of frozen pizza every once in a while. You just have to make informed choices. Avoid meat-laden pizzas and watch your serving sizes so that you do not consume more calories, fat and salt than you really need. Add extra ingredients before placing the pizza in the oven and serve the frozen pizza with a tasty salad.