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Super Bowl Diet Killer: Pizza

The Super Bowl is quickly approaching and if you're like me, you're not concerned about who is going to win, but more concerned about what you are going to eat without gaining a zillion pounds.

The one food that goes hand in hand with the Super Bowl is pizza. Most people won't consider a Super Bowl party to be legitimate without pizza so instead of taking the pizza out of the party, let's think of ways to take the unhealthiness out of the pizza.

Toppings: Avoid the "meat lovers" pie, but if you can't then, choose ham over pepperoni or sausage. You'll reduce your calories dramatically by going with ham. Want to go a step further? Make your own and use turkey pepperoni or turkey sausage. If you get just plain cheese or vegetable, the sodium level is going to be a lot less than if your pizza is loaded with meat.

Ordering Out: Ask the restaurant to go light on the cheese, so you'll still get cheese but not mounds. Some restaurants will even go light on the oil, you just have to ask. Getting thin crust will drop the calories as well. And, don't be sucked into deals, just because the cheese stuffed crust is free, doesn't mean it's a good idea.

Sizes: For obvious reasons, don't eat the biggest slice on the plate (or box). We often judge how much pizza we eat by slice, so having two small slices is a lot different from 2 huge slices.

Make Your Own: Try making the crust out of whole wheat flour and use part skim mozzarella cheese on top. Load it with more veggies and less cheese to decrease calories. Check out for a yummy mushroom garlic pizza recipe but to make it healthier, I would use part skim mozzarella cheese.

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EllePixie EllePixie 10 years
I made pizza last night for dinner...using soy cheese, soy "sausage," and fat free crust and sauce. I'm pretty sure it was MUCH healthier than takeout pizza and it tasted awesome. My only problem is that I was trying to not eat the whole thing! Making pizza yourself is definitely better...especially when pizza places coat the crust with oil.
ChanelLover ChanelLover 10 years
Oh pizza... I haven't had it in so long though.
Midnightkiss4u09 Midnightkiss4u09 10 years
I love to make my own pizza's.
Sweet-Adeline Sweet-Adeline 10 years
Try a pita bread pizza. I use feta cheese, red onions, and spinach on mine. Black olives are optional. I call it Greek on wheat and it is yummy!
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Mmmm, pizza! It's hard not to watch the Superbowl without that, sodas and Doritos. Moderation is the key. Moderation is the key. MODERATION IS THE KEY!
kelsen kelsen 10 years
Lucky for me, plain cheese pizza or pizza with veggies are my favorites. The pizzas with pepperoni and sausage look way too greasy!
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 10 years
Pizza is my weakness :-(
yamahamama yamahamama 10 years
Easiest way to make pizza crust is with your bread machine. Perfect every time. I like that idea of turkey sausage. Good idea.
Beaner Beaner 10 years
This will really help me out Fit - My boyfriend is way into football. So thanks for the tips.
bluejeanie bluejeanie 10 years
i haven't had takeout pizza in two years. i've been making my own, it's much cheaper than frozen or takeout and once you get the crust down, it's pretty easy to make. i can't even eat takeout anymore...too greasy, too much cheese and not enough flavor.
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