6 Hacks to Make Your Pizza Healthy

Try out these tips and tricks for mouthwatering, lower-calorie pizza.

6 Hacks to Make Your Pizza Healthy

By Toni Gasparis

Store-bought frozen pizza and pizza from chain restaurants can be filled with preservatives and hidden calories. Making your own pizza can guarantee fresh, authentic ingredients that taste better. But cooking things on your own can be time-consuming, which is why these tips can help you make healthy pizza fast without sacrificing the quality.

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Freeze Pizza (the Right Way)

Aside from being unhealthy, store-bought frozen pizza usually doesn't taste as good because of the way it's frozen. The fluctuation in temperature from cooking it to freezing it to cooking it again makes the crust absorb a ton of water, leaving you with soggy pizza. Make your own frozen pizza by freezing the pizza parts individually and then combining to cook. Bonus tip: Freeze the sauce in ice cube trays so it doesn't get super watery when defrosting, and learn how to reheat your pizza easily.

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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