If there is one food weakness that both Molly and Amanda have, it’s pizza! We may be dietitians, but we also love pizza. It is a staple in both of our weekly meal plans (ok, we might not eat it every week, but close!). The disadvantage of this Italian delectable is that it is usually a large source of saturated fat and empty calories. Many traditional toppings (like pepperoni) contribute to the fat and calories in each slice, while the crust, consisting of refined carbohydrates, just does NOT help us to feel full. If only there was an alternative! But wait, there is…
You’ve heard about it and we’ve tried it: cauliflower crust – it’s great! By using cauliflower as a base for your pizza, you will eliminate excess starch and replace it with a vegetable! Therefore, you will consume about ½ the amount of calories in a cauliflower pizza compared to a traditional pizza. Walmart sells this “Caulipower” margarita frozen pizza for less than $7!
Tip: Make your own pizza with a cauliflower crust, which you can purchase at most grocery stores. Top it with a tomato sauce of your choice and 2% mozzarella shredded cheese. Then, you can load it with vegetable toppings for added flavor and fiber. If you want meat, add some shredded chicken or ground turkey, which is a leaner alternative to traditional Italian meats.
“Caulipower” Margherita Pizza (serving: ¼ pizza)
Fat: 10 g
Carbohydrate: 18 g
“DiGiorno” Pepperoni Self-Rising Crust Pizza (serving: ¼ pizza)
Fat: 17 g
Carbohydrate: 54 g
Amanda and Molly are the MUSC Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program Registered Dietitians. With 15+ years experience combined, they facilitate behavior change through nutrition counseling for weight loss and maintenance with children through adults.