Forget delivery: Make your own pizza

Probably not the best choice for training.It’s Friday.  You might be done with training for the week and you are getting the bike prepped for tomorrow’s ride.  After all the hard work you put in during the week, you’re ready to chill.  You are starving and you want a lot of food.  That sounds like me!  What are you going to do?  Order Chinese food or heat up some frozen dinner?  If you are a normal human being (just kidding), you want pizza.  I’m not talking about Dominos or Papa John’s; I’m talking about a homemade pizza that can actually be good for you.

Crust and Sauce

First things first, the crust needs to be whole wheat.  The standard flour crust that the big pizza chains use is not good.  I don’t mean to sound like a middle aged woman going through menopause, but the flour crust is just a bunch of empty carbs.  If you think that you can “carb load” for tomorrow’s ride, think again.  Whole wheat provides more fiber, which will keep you fuller, longer and it is packed with antioxidants.  Make sure you use plenty of tomato sauce.  If you can make your own sauce, that would be even better.  Tomatoes are full of lycopene, which is another great antioxidant.  Even the canned sauce is good for you.   

Toppings

Most people love pepperoni, but it is terrible for you.  The massive amounts of grease can lead to heart disease, clogged arteries and can have you feeling like crap.  If you like meat on your pizza, your best bet is chicken or lean beef, preferably chicken.  It is a lean meat loaded with lean proteins and it tastes great with just about anything.  Also, vegetables are a must!  The more the merrier.  Bell peppers, onions, spinach, and anything else green goes great.  Dice them up and throw them on there to add some color and nutritional benefit.  As far as cheese, go low fat.  Mozzarella has a high amount of saturated fats and pizza requires a lot of cheese.  So, go light on the cheese.

If you are smart about the preparation of your pizza, it can be a very good choice, instead of “Papa” John making it for you.  You just have to be careful with the crust, cheese and toppings.  If you like to dip pizza in ranch; go easy, ranch can turn this good meal into a bad one.  If you make enough, you can even have some for the track!

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Posted on Aug 28 2009, under Nutrition | 1 Comment »


One Response to “Forget delivery: Make your own pizza”

  1. I like this one!

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