When you are trying to stick to a low-carb diet, pizza night can be quite the challenge. But you don't have to feel left out while your pals are gobbling down deep-dish crusts smothered in thick layers of cheese-y goodness.
There are healthier options that won't blow your low-carb diet—and that includes the cheese-y goodness. Begin by ordering a thin crust pizza so that you've already minimized the amount of carbs in your meal. Then, check out some of the low-carb toppings below and choose a few to add to your pizza.
Both green and black olives make delicious low carb pizza toppings. The Italians have long known that these zesty little nuggets are as good for you as they are tasty. Olives provide you with healthy monounsaturated fats essential to heart health, which can also help with weight loss.
Dill pickles are a flavorful, if unusual, topping that just might surprise you. Pickles and cheese are a time honored combination, and the tang of dill perfectly offsets the sweetness of tomato sauce. Pickles contain healthy, fiber-rich complex carbs so go ahead and add them to your slice. In addition, pickles and other fermented foods help stave off sugar cravings.
The majority of vegetables are either low carb or contain healthy carbs, so you can load up your pizza to create a nutrient-dense slice.
While not all cheeses have the same amount of carbs, ranging from .4 to .9 grams, cheese in general is considered a low-carb food, so you don't need to worry about which ones you eat. Any food that contains less than 1 gram of carbohydrates is considered very low carb.
Natural chicken, beef, pork, or anchovies area all good choices for low-carb toppings, since most meats are low in carbohydrates. So go ahead and gobble down that meat pizza.
This is just a sample of the almost limitless options in low carb toppings you can add to your pizza. It is always best to do your research on any pizza ingredients before sitting down to a meal you may regret later. You'll be safe if you choose toppings such as mushrooms, onions, or other vegetables, as most veggies are very low in simple carbs and contain healthful nutrients and vitamins.