Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Best Pizza Picks for Dieters

My dieting experience isn't what I would call vast, but I have tried more than a few: Adkins, Southbeach, some cabbage soup diet in High School that was ghastly. What I've learned is this: life style changes and exercise work best. Part of that success for me is realizing I will go out to eat and abiding by basic rules. I let myself eat fast food once in a while and when I do, I don't feel so bad if I know what my better options are.

Pizza is arguably the most popular fast food. Besides Chinese, pizza is the only food you can have delivered and it includes many of the four food groups.  I can eat anything on my pizza although I don't prefer meat. My favorites are Pizza Hut's thin and crispy with anchovies, Dominos Fiery Hawaiian (includes jalapenos, bacon, and hot sauce), and a plain mushroom pizza from PaPa Johns (and I eat the pepper). Most of my friends think these pizzas are gross. I say it could be worse--some of the more popular toppings in Japan are squid and Mayo Jaga (mayo, potato, and bacon).

These choices would be a splurge, but there are other options that aren't that bad. Woman's Day falsely stated that the thin crust is always the best option--it's not. Dominos pizza's thin has extra butter, making it higher in both calories and fat. There are a few choices that won't make you go home guilty:

1. Two slices of a  medium Pizza Hut Thin and Crispy Ham and Pineapple have 360 calories and 12 grams of fat. The elliptical for half an hour should burn that off.

2. Two slices of a small, hand tossed, Pacific Veggie American Legends Dominos pizza is 460 calories. You can burn that off by playing an hour and a half of bowling.

 (people at Forest Dominos hate making this btw)

3. Two medium slices of PaPa John's Tuscan Six Cheese is 460 calories. You'll have to play an hour of tennis to get that off but it's fun and there are plenty of courts around the city.

What is your favorite pizza and where does it come from?

1 comment:

  1. I like the Sicilian Pan pizza at OIP!! Some of my favorite toppings are sliced tomato, minced garlic & extra cheese or pineapple & extra cheese! Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm!!