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Vegetarian Pizza Recipes and Its Many Health Benefits

Posted by | January 27, 2017 | Blog | Add Comment

Your New Year’s Resolution of Eating Healthier Food Has Never Been This Exciting

Calda Vegetarian PizzaFor most of us, eating healthy ranks high up in our list of New Year resolutions. That’s not surprising. Most people promise to eat healthier foods as soon as January hits, mainly because they’ve probably gained a few pounds from the previous month.

But here’s the catch.

Making a promise to eat healthy is easier said than done. Everywhere you look there are fast-food joints and junk food vendors selling food that, from the smell alone, will make your mouth watery and your appetite go into overdrive. The smell of freshly baked doughnuts, the juicy shimmer of a hot burger patty laid onto a toasty golden brown bun, or the delectable smell of meat-lovers pizza fresh off the oven. You can already feel your mouth watering just by reading the description, can’t you?

Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to completely ignore your few guilty pleasures. You can self-indulge once in a while, but the key is moderation.

Comparing Traditional Pizza to the Average Fast Food

When people talk about healthy foods, the last thing that often enters their mind is pizza. What health benefits could pizza bring to the table? Don’t give up on pizza just yet however. This heavenly food creation has something more to offer in terms of nutrients.

First of all, you need to understand that not all pizzas are created equal, especially when it comes to nutritional value. Yes, some pizzas are in the level of fast-food quality and can be considered as junk food. But not all types of pizza are like this.

The most basic advantage a pizza has over your typical fast food, such as burgers and fries, is that it isn’t fried. As you may well know, fried food generally contains high amounts of trans fat and saturated fat, which is a huge downside to eating fast food on a regular basis as these are known to contribute to a wide range of health problems, from diabetes to heart disease.

The real story?

Processed food often contains fewer nutrients and far more calories and all sorts of bad fat. That’s no secret. More often than not, processed food also contains a myriad of chemical additives and preservatives that does more harm than good to your body.

If you think about it, most fast-food chains are merely serving stations. The food they serve is not actually made in-house. Instead, food like burger patties, fries, fried chicken, and other fast foods are processed in a separate facility weeks or even months in advanced. Fast-food joints just re-cook or reheat the product before serving it to consumers. This is why fast food is getting such a bad reputation when it comes to health.

What about the beloved pizza?

Again, not all pizzas are created equal. Obviously, there are pizza places that serve heavily processed pizza. You’ll want to avoid those. There are, however, a few pizzerias that create their own dough, their own sauce, and prepare toppings fresh off the rack, like your local Calda Pizza.

Pizza joints that create products from raw materials can be healthier than your average restaurant or fast-food chain. Why? Because the food they serve are prepared on the spot, with no added preservatives. It’ll be like eating a home-cooked meal.

Here are a few vegetarian pizza recipes that you might find tasty.

  1. Pizza with Spinach and Cheese Toppings (Avg. Caloric Count: 384)

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat pizza dough
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Onions
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Spinach
  • Goat cheese
  1. Tomato and Mozzarella (Avg. Caloric Count: 334)

Ingredients:

  • Whole wheat pizza dough
  • Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Oregano
  • Salt
  • Tomatoes
  • Mozzarella
  • Parmesan
  1. Roasted Asparagus and Fontina Cheese (Avg. Caloric Count: 336)

Ingredients:

  • Asparagus
  • Whole wheat pizza dough
  • Cornmeal
  • Flour
  • Olive oil
  • Garlic
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Fontina cheese
  1. Carbonara Pizza (Avg. Caloric count: 345)

Ingredients:

  • Cornmeal
  • Whole wheat pizza dough
  • Flour
  • Pepper
  • Olive oil
  • Parmesan
  • Skim milk
  • Frozen peas
  • Prosciutto

Of course, if you don’t like preparing your own pizza, you can always try Calda Pizza’s selection of vegetarian pizza creations.

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