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Make Your Pizza Perfectly Nutritious

By Brandi Goodman

Pizza is a common staple in many households. Those frozen versions aren't that great for you, though. They really shouldn't be part of your menu on any given day. During Pizza Month in October -- and any month thereafter that you want to enjoy the dish -- it's best to make your own so you can create the perfectly nutritious option your body deserves. 

Start With Whole Grain Dough

Regular pizza dough packs too many carbs and often has excess sodium that isn't needed in your diet. You should start with a whole grain dough that makes for a much lighter crust. You'll gain some nutrition from this choice. 

Go Easy on the Sauce

Pizza sauce is one of the worst parts of the dish. Skip the store version and create your own to help cut back on the sodium and sugar content. You should also go easy on the sauce, only using a light amount to give it some moisture. 

Add Lots of Veggies

An all-meat pizza isn't that great for your health. You don't need the extra pepperoni, sausage, or bacon. These meats are among the top of the list for high sodium content. Instead, only add just a few pieces of meat that you like and be sure to fill it with all the veggies instead. Find whatever vegetables you fancy and load up your pizza for healthier toppings that add vitamins and nutrients to your meal.

Serve A Slice With Salad

Too often, people add wings, breadsticks, and other hearty side dishes to a pizza dinner. This brings way too many carbohydrates and calories to the meal. You should serve up a slice of pizza with a side salad instead, lowering your calorie count and keeping the sodium to a minimum. You'll get full faster and won't have to eat more than a slice or two. 

Pack on the Protein

Certain meats may contain too much sodium, but they do bring the protein your body needs to feel full and satisfied. You should include healthy proteins on your pizza that ease your hunger. Grilled chicken is a great option. A barbecue chicken pizza is one tasty choice. You can even try shrimp or grilled steak for a completely unique pizza creation. 

Pizza doesn't have to be a no-no in your diet plan. Create your own from scratch and make some substitutions to help make a more nutritious option that satisfies your cravings. Pizza can be enjoyed in so many different ways. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Midlothian, Va.

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