Pizza is a staple for so many of us. I do love pizza and so does my husband. However, pizza is so full of calories and fat. It’s sometimes not worth it to indulge in the pizza. However, a lot of times I end up craving it anyways.
I wanted to try some cauliflower crust and see what it could change. I wasn’t sure if it would satisfy the pizza craving or not. I also wanted something easy. My kids aren’t huge fans of pizza (yeah, weird!), so they usually end up with breadsticks or some other meal. I didn’t want to spend all this time on a crust that possibly only I would need (sometimes the hubby too), and also have to make a meal for the kids. I found these Green Giant frozen crusts from Walmart, of all places. They are Amazing!!! They taste normal and have a great texture and they are precooked. So, all I have to do is throw on some sauce, cheese and toppings and toss it in the oven.
What we put on the pizza varies depending on what we want and what we have in our fridge. Although, there are plenty of times that my husband will sauté some bell peppers and onions to put on the pizza. He also really loves mushrooms and will add them every chance he gets.
I, however, am much more inclined to meats on my pizza. I am a little bit of a protein nerd. I love all my proteins, but I really love meat. Which means, if I have some Italian sausage on hand, I’ll grill that up. I usually have some diced ham and pepperoni on hand as well. These are more my kind of toppings.
Here is the best part about the crust. The entire crust, which is probably about two inches larger than a typical personal pan pizza, is only 330 calories! If you add about half a cup of cheese, with a couple tablespoons of sauce you’re adding only about 180 more calories to the entire pizza. I truly cannot finish the entire pizza. I am usually really full eating about 3/4 of the pizza. The only calories I haven’t accounted for in the entire pizza is what toppings go on top. Thing is, unless you’re overloading up your pizza with toppings, it’s not going to add that many more calories.
One of the best parts of the lifestyle change that I’ve made is seeing how far I’ve come. Before I lost the weight, I used to eat 3 slices of pizza and just because of the need to keep eating sometimes have a fourth. With a typical pizza that is roughly 1500-2000 calories! Way overkill! However, one of the big lifestyle changes I have noticed is that I don’t feel the need to keep eating as much. I can have a decent portion of something really good and be satisfied. I can stick to cauliflower crust pizza for the majority of the time. Ordering out pizza is not a common occurrence anymore. When we do order pizza, I have cut the portions to half of what I used to do.
It’s all about making better choices to support a healthier body. Don’t get me wrong, I can make plenty of mistakes and struggle at times. However, that isn’t such a common occurrence as it used to be. Working towards progress. If you are a pizza fiend, then maybe you should start with some cauliflower crust. Let me know if you can tell a huge difference or if it doesn’t hit the spot for you.