Pizza is one of the great joys in life. Feeling down? Grab a pizza. Looking to celebrate something? Get some pizzas and party on. Want to impress your new squeeze with your cooking skills? Grab yourself a Dogtown Pizza!
We yet to meet anyone who doesn’t love pizza – literally not one single soul. But there is one problem that we are all aware of; it’s typically not the healthiest food choice around. It is an unfortunate truth, but we value honesty around here.
There’s been a lot of talk from avid pizza lovers that thin crust pizza is a much healthier alternative to thick crust. Let’s take a look.
Thin Crust Pizza is Technically Healthier
Yes, that’s right folks technically speaking, thin-crust pizza is healthier than thick crust! A thinner crust means that there are fewer calories, less salt, less sodium, and less fat. If you want to stop reading now and go pop a pizza in the oven, we would completely understand.
Now, this fact only works when you compare a thin and thick crust pizza with identical toppings, sauce, and cheese.
It Really Depends on the Toppings
The toppings on a pizza are often what tips it over the edge into unhealthy territory. It doesn’t matter how thin your crusts are if your pizza is covered with thick layers of melted cheese, pepperoni slices, sausage, and bacon (all of which are extremely delicious pizza toppings).
In fact, you could have a thin crust pizza with a ton of toppings, and a thick crust one with just a little bit of cheese and some veggies – and the thicker one would be healthier and lower in calories.
If health is your main concern but you still want pizza, the best option you can possibly go for is a thin crust veggie pizza.
Portion Control is Key
Okay, for those of us who have eaten a whole pizza to ourselves that was meant for a family of four – we can speak to this simply because we felt neither physically or emotionally good after and wish we would have only had a slice or two.
The best way to enjoy the pizza you love without sacrificing your health is to practice portion control and enjoy it in moderation.
No matter what type of pizza or pizza toppings you choose, eating 10 slices will push you into unhealthy territory really quick and crust thickness no longer matters.
You can always pair something healthy with your pizza too to help fill you up. Love our Bacon Bacon pizza? Go ahead and have a couple of slices with a fresh, yummy salad.
Is Thin Crust Pizza Healthier?
As with many things in life, it isn’t a simple case of yes or no.
To summarize thus far: if, and this is a big if, we compared pizzas with differing crust thickness, then the thin crust one would be healthier. This is only true if the toppings, sauce, and cheese are all need to be exactly the same.
Want Healthier Pizza? Load it Up with Extra Veggies
Pizza is perfect just the way it is but if you want to make your pizza healthier, why not add some nutrient-packed veggies on top? We have listed a few of our favorites below along with their health benefits but get creative and use what you have!
At this point, we all know that spinach is good for you. Spinach is loaded with fiber, vitamin A, vitamin K1, vitamin E, folic acid, iron, calcium, and multiple B vitamins. It is also has a decent amount of protein for how low calorie it is.
You can, of course, add raw spinach to your pizza if you enjoy the taste. For those of you that aren’t exactly on board with raw spinach, we suggest sauteing it in a little bit of olive oil for about 3 minutes on medium heat and then adding it on top of your pizza!
Spinach has a mild taste so it works well with most other pizza toppings!
Garlic is low in calories and high in vitamin C, vitamin B6, and manganese. Now, just throwing raw or even sauteed garlic on top of your pizza can be a bit overwhelming – so we suggest opting for roasted garlic. If you are a garlic fan and haven’t experienced the magic that is roasted garlic, it is a game-changer.
Roasting gives garlic a milder and almost sweet taste because it causes a chemical reaction that caramelizes the cloves.
So, we will be honest, it takes about 40 minutes to roast garlic which isn’t exactly ideal when you want a fast weeknight meal.
Luckily, you can keep roasted garlic for up to a week in the fridge. Just make sure you cover it with olive oil and seal it in an airtight container. When you want to add it onto your pizza, just grab some cloves and throw them on the last few minutes in the oven to warm them up.
Roasting garlic is super easy and the prep time takes less than 5 minutes. Preheat your oven to 400°F. Using a sharp knife, cut 1/4-1/2 inch off of the top of the bulb and place in a baking pan cut side up. Drizzle each bulb with olive oil and cover individually with aluminum foil. Bake for 35 minutes until the cloves start to brown. Once roasted and cooled, remove the skins and enjoy the experience.
You garlic fans out there will love this on our Tomato Basil Garlic Pizza!
Asparagus on pizza isn’t very common but it is packed with nutrients and delicious. Asparagus is rich in fiber, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K.
We suggest sauteing your asparagus in olive oil with a little bit of garlic. This is super simple and you can do it while your pizza is cooking.
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high and then add your garlic and asparagus. Cover and let it cook for 10 minutes. After your asparagus cools a bit, cut it up into 1 1/2 inch pieces and put it on top of your pizza!
Sauteed asparagus is a great addition to the DTP Veggie Pizza!
Sometimes it almost seems like mushrooms were made for pizza. You can already find them on our Veggie and Deluxe pizzas, but adding some extra fungi can take pizza’s nutrition value to the next level.
All types of edible mushrooms contain certain degrees of protein and fiber. Mushrooms also contain B vitamins and an antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent cell and tissue damage.
White button mushrooms are actually one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D.
You can throw mushrooms on your pizza raw before you bake or sautee them in a little bit of olive oil before throwing them on your pizza!
If you take a thin crust pizza and cover it in unhealthy toppings and compare it to a thick crust pizza loaded up with veggies, then it probably won’t be the healthier option anymore! Healthy pizza consumption really boils down to the toppings you choose and portion control.
How do you practice healthy eating habits? What are your favorite healthy pizza toppings? Let us know in the comments below!