Getting your family to eat healthy can sometimes be challenging, but there are easy ways to make every-day meals healthier, by changing a few key ingredients. Some ways of how you can make your meals healthier include:
- Cutting out trans fats by cooking with olive oil. Olive oil does not contain any trans fats to and since the fat in olive oil is primarily monounsaturated, it is less likely to oxidise when heated. Monounsaturated fats are naturally resistant to oxidation. Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is the most stable liquid cooking fat because of the high percentage of monounsaturated fat and the antioxidants that protect the oil from breaking down.
- Easting more fruits and vegetable by adding them to your meals throughout the day. Taking something as simple as a pizza can become a healthy meal by for everyone in the family, by adding fruits and vegetables as toppings.
- Use low-fat dairy products to cut down on saturated fats. Skim milk, (also known as fat-free or non-fat milk) contains no fat at all which processing lowers calories and slightly alters the milk’s taste.
- Avoid fatty toppings such as sausages and pepperoni, extra cheese, creamy sauces and stuffed crusts to save on the amount of fat and calories you’re consuming.
Healthy Changes for your Pizza
Replace your pizza base with a Whole-Wheat, Oats, Cauliflower Pizza Base, Multi-Grain or Chickpea Pizza Base. Pizza base is usually made with all-purpose refined flour. Use healthy cheeses such as Mozzarella, Blue Cheese, Feta, Cottage Cheese, Ricotta, Parmesan, Swiss and / or Cheddar.
Healthy Toppings for your Pizza
Red peppers – excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A and fiber.
Olives – very high in Vitamin E and powerful antioxidants.
Garlic – helps lower blood pressure, fights inflammation and lowers cholesterol.
Ham – a lean source of protein that supplies all nine essential amino acids needed for growth and repair.
Pineapple – high in Vitamin C, fights bacterial infections and strengthen your bones.
Mushrooms – contains a super-high concentration of two antioxidants, ergothioneine and glutathione. They protect the body from the physiological stress and ageing.
Spinach – good for diabetes management, cancer prevention, asthma prevention, lowering blood pressure and bone health.
Chicken – has a very high protein content, which plays a very important role in sustaining our muscles.
Tomatoes – major source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked the reduced risk of heart disease and cancer.