Pizza on the South Beach Diet? You bet! In fact, if it’s made with the right ingredients, pizza can be one of your healthiest lunch or dinner options on any Phase of the South Beach Diet. Check out these healthy ways to enjoy pizza:
a portobello “crust.”
Meaty, flavorful portobellos make a great base for pizza toppings because they
hold up well during baking. To prepare the mushrooms, gently wipe the outsides,
and then scrape out the gills. Rub the caps on all sides with some
garlic-infused olive oil. Place the caps, cavity up, on a baking sheet. Season
with salt and pepper, and then fill with the cheesy Phase 1 topping suggested
below. Bake at 450°F for about 3 minutes, or until the cheese melts. Just
before serving, season with fresh or dried herbs of your choice, such as basil,
oregano, or parsley.
Phase 1 portobello topping: Top each portobello with a fresh tomato slice or choose a
prepared tomato sauce, then sprinkle each mushroom cap with some shredded or
thinly sliced reduced-fat mozzarella. Be sure to check the Nutrition Facts
panel on the back of all tomato-sauce products and avoid varieties with added
Phase 2 Pizza
Enjoy the Phase 1 pizza, above, plus you may:
white whole-wheat flour
to make your own pizza dough. Most pizzerias use white flour to make the pizza
crust, but with white whole-wheat flour, you get the added health benefits of
fiber, protein, and iron. And unlike regular whole-wheat flour, white
whole-wheat flour makes for a softer, smoother-textured crust.
vegetables rather than fatty meats for a topping. Vegetables are a healthier alternative to the fatty cuts of
meat usually found on pizzas, such as pepperoni and sausage. Moreover,
vegetables are an excellent source of vitamins and disease-fighting
antioxidants. Try topping your pizza with some sliced zucchini, red peppers,
mushrooms, and/or chopped spinach, then sprinkle with some reduced-fat cheese.
Bake, following the directions for your crust, being careful not to burn the
veggies (cover the pizza with foil if the veggies are done before the crust).
mini pizza. For a quick pizza on a rushed night,
use a whole-wheat pita, whole-wheat tortilla, or whole-wheat or whole-grain
English muffin as the crust. Toast first, then top with Canadian bacon, turkey
sausage, grilled chicken or shrimp, or tofu, for example, and return to the
oven to heat through (and melt any cheese you might also want to add).
dessert pizza by
spreading a toasted whole-wheat tortilla with a layer of part-skim ricotta
mixed with a little sugar-free jam and some lemon zest. Scatter some fresh
berries of your choice over the ricotta and sprinkle with a little cinnamon.
Phase 3 Pizza
Enjoy the pizzas on Phase 1 and Phase 2, above, plus:
- Try whole-grain frozen pizza crusts on occasion. These usually contain small amounts of white enriched flour for tenderness but are a great convenience. For a Hawaiian pizza: Make a thin-crust pizza and top with a thin layer of tomato sauce, some Canadian bacon, shredded reduced-fat cheese, and chopped pineapple.