Oh man. We get pizza delivered to the Made Man office on a weekly basis, and it is likely taking a decade off our collective lives. But, you don’t have to be like us. You can learn from our greasy, delicious mistakes. When you’re out at your favorite pizza joint, coming home after a bar, or cooking at home, there’s toppings you can choose for your pizza that are actually good for you!
Regrettably, bacon and vodka are not on the list. But, there are plenty of other body-friendly toppings that taste good, too. Check it out.
Salmon: This is like the miracle fish. It’s 367 calories per serving which is pretty high, but that’s because it’s filled to the gills with Omega 6 and 3 fatty acids which inhibit thickening of arteries, reduce the risk of obsesity, and just taste plain good.
Shrimp: These creepy, wet crawlies are extremely low in calories – only 84 per serving. They account for less than 1% of your total daily fat intake, too. They’re relatively low in vitamins and minerals, but add a guilt-free flavor to any pie.
Ham: It’s a little high in sodium, depending on how you cure it. But ham is one of the leanest, most flavorful meats out there, and it’s also low in calories (49 per serving) Mind you, ham is different than bacon, so don’t think you’re doing yourself any favors munching down double Baconators.
Chicken: The first white meat. Grilled chicken breast is just good, clean protein with low fat content, low cholesterol content, and not much else. That’s why it’s the natural protein choice of many professional body builders, and the staple in CPK’s BBQ Chicken Pizza.
Onions: not only are onions flavorful, so you don’t need a lot to add the flavor you’re looking for, but they have numerous health benefits as well. They’ve been shown to lower blood sugar, cholesteraol, blood pressure, and decrease the risk of cancer. They also have in them chromium which curbs your appetite and slows the genesis of fat.
Pineapple: Not only is pineapple low in fat, cholesterol and sodium, but it’s a good, natural source of dietary fiber, thiamin, B6, and (who would’ve thought) copper. In addition to all that, it makes your semen taste good.
Spinach: Low in fat, extremely high in iron and zinc, a healthy proportion of spinache on your pie will make your forearms swell to gargantuan lengths and, when flexed, they will sound like a freighter or steam engine. Science fact.
Mushrooms: White mushrooms – the kind most commonly found on pizza – are high in fiber, low in sodium, low on cholesterol, and very low on calories. The somewhat popular Morel mushrooms are slightly higher in calories, but much more flavorful.
Feta: This is relatively high in fat, but most cheese is. It’s not as bad as the usual cheddar you’re likely used to. It’s also a good source of protein and calcium, plus, it tastes delicious.
Goat Cheese: Goat cheese is less dense calorie-wise and has less saturated fat than some of its cousins. It, too, is a good source of protein, but has less calcium than Feta.
Parmesan: This is relatively high in both phosphorous (which is important for strong bones). It’s also one of the most readily available ingredients on this list.
(extra) Tomato Sauce: More sauce equals more flavor, and adding more tomato sauce to your pie gets you more dietary fiber, more magnesium, more vitamin A, E, and C – and all of that with almost not saturated fat or cholesterol. Pile it on.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is crazy high in calories, so use it lightly. Very, very lightly. But, regular consumption of olive oil lowers your risk of colon cancer and heart disease. It’s high in antioxidents, and full of omega 6 and 3 fatty acids.