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HOWREB Posts: 115
4/10/09 5:51 A

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I just read a spark article about the nutritional analysis of take-out Pizza and it seems Pizza Hut now has a lighter or healthier version, and the article indicated that one piece was quite a bit lower in calories than the thin or hand-toss crust pizzas.

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4/8/09 5:53 P

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I've had mushroom that turned out fine but I haven't tried any other veggies. I didn't like any until recently and usually I get Canadian bacon on a one topping.

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4/8/09 5:36 P

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I've never thought of freezing pizza - I didn't think it would work well. Have you tried it with veggie types, as well? How did they hold up?

That sounds like a great alternative and about what I was looking for, that way he could get his pizza from his favorite places, and I could get something, too. If I froze my leftovers, I'd really only have to get a pizza maybe once every four times or so, so it sounds like it would save on the money, as well. Other times, I could just get pizza for him and heat up some of my leftovers to have with a healthy side. Budget in for maybe two slices on that day, and voila, problem solved!

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4/8/09 3:56 P

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My fiance and I love Pizza Hut. He can eat quite a bit so we usually each get our own pizza and have leftovers. Then most of my pizza gets put into ziploc bags and into the freezer. They stay more crisp in the freezer than in the fridge. Also, if you warm it in the oven, it is as good as when you got it.

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4/8/09 12:30 A

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My hubby makes homemade pizza. We don't go to restaraunts.

I hate "specialty salads" at restaurants. We have a salad bar at work, but i bring my own.
People are always commenting on how mine looks good.

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4/5/09 10:14 P

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I too am a fan of using whole wheat pita bread for myself. I live alone and this makes a perfect serving size for me. I top it with a light pasta sauce, low fat shredded cheese and veggies. Then I will occassionally splurge on ordering pizza if I am home, but I try to look up nutrition facts prior to ordering because pizza is a weakness of mine.

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4/1/09 4:26 P

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Ooh, veggie meat does sound like an interesting pizza topping. I think I'll have to try it, myself. I really like veggie pizzas, too.

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JMORRIS6B Posts: 237
3/31/09 10:24 A

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Have you asked for the dressing on the side or without dressing [bring your own or use a piece of lemon that they put out for the iced tea]? Even if the salad is already made up with dressing they must have salad mix without dressing for when that runs out.

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3/31/09 1:28 A

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Chicken, turkey bacon, shrimp . . . a few healthier meat choices for pizza. I have not tried veggie-meat on a pizza, yet.

I agree with getting half and half if you must order out. Thin crust, extra sauce and light cheese. I have stopped eating the crust rim. I feel guilty about throwing away food so I feed the birds.

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3/31/09 12:40 A

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English muffin is an excellent idea... I think that I would half it and eat BOTH halves!

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3/30/09 11:10 P

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That sounds great, HAWGWILD1. My mother made "little pizzas" when I was growing up, and I still enjoy them now. This recipe starts with an english muffin(I have been told that this would not filling enough). You toast that lightly. Then you add your pizza sauce, toppings, and cheese. It takes about 5 minutes to melt the cheese under the broiler(for 1 serving - the toaster oven). If this is not enough, you can serve it with a salad and maybe a side of ravioli.

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3/30/09 2:33 P

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I'm Italian, and have been making my own pizza for many years.
First, if you don't want to go to the trouble to make your own healthy, whole wheat, THIN crust, then you can either buy a pre-made one, OR, what I find even healthier is to buy whole wheat pita bread (a LOT lower in calories than pizza crust) or, use a whole wheat panini or naan bread.
What I like about the pita bread is that there is portion control built in. Just make one for yourself. My hubbie will eat two, etc.
For toppings, I like pesto and chicken breast, I also sometimes add chopped red peppers, onions and mushrooms, and easy on the cheese. Parmesan is lower in fat than mozzarella.
I also like shrimp on my pizza.
Feta and spinach is also delicious!
If you think about calorie density... what fills you up, takes up room, without adding many calories? Mushrooms, tomatoes, etc. Add LOTS of these types of foods. If you still want pepperoni, then add just a LITTLE. Just enough for flavor.
I won't eat pepperoni anymore (although i do love it) The nitrates and sodium are REALLY bad for you, not to mention the calories for weight loss.
Ham is also full of nitrates and sodium, but has fewer calories...
Anyways, there is no need to give up on pizza. You just have to be willing to try it differently.
In Italy the pizza is made very differently than in North America. Thin crusts, Little or no cheese. Lots of fresh veggies.
Also, about your salad. You can always ask for a salad sans the dressing. Or ask to have the dressing on the side. I'm sure the the staff would have no problem doing that, and I'm sure it's not that uncommon of a request.
Hope this helps!

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3/30/09 1:33 P

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I agree with DL on this one. In our house we use whole wheat pita breads for individual diet pizza servings with choice of low calorie toppings during the week. We always have left over tomato sauce from Sunday (yeah, I'm a traditional Italian girl and we always have pasta on Sunday.) For a special treat on the weekend I will either make my own dough or pickup at Trader Joe's for $.99. I'll get a little crazier with the toppings then I would during the week. We usually splurge 1 day a week so I'll put artichoke hearts, etc. on it. We are not big meat people and to tell you the truth I'm not into Pepperoni....I do like broken up meatballs, or Italian sausage meat as a REAL splurge.

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3/30/09 1:20 P

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There is also low fat pepperoni & low fat salami nowadays.
Has anyone tried making mini pizzas with sourdough english muffins? They are so good! And there are the wheat english muffins too. I buy the small jar of pizza sauce. Toppings are according to taste.
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3/30/09 12:25 P

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Pizza is really easy to make and you can make it a lot healthier!
I'm a huge fan of using a whole wheat pita for the crust. That makes one personal size pizza. I usually use my own homemade pasta sauce, add my favorite toppings and cheese and throw it in the oven until everything is hot and the cheese is melted.
A lot of grocery stores have frozen pizza dough or pizza dough in a can.
As for the salads, I haven't run into a single place where you can't order the dressing on the side. Just ask. The worst they can say is no.
If all else fails, most thin crust pizzas are lighter in calories than the regular crust. Not always, but most of the time.

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3/30/09 12:21 P

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I actually started making pizza at home. I buy ready-made dough (not the shells), and one package typically makes 2 medium-sized pizzas. I cover mine with goat cheese and veggies, and my husband gets to do his own thing with his. I wind up with plenty to take to work for lunch the next day (or two). Start to finish, it's maybe 5 minutes of prep and 10 minutes baking--faster than delivery, plus I have more control over what I'm eating.

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3/30/09 12:21 P

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Hi there! I grew up on Long Island (NY) and pizza was it's own food group to me.

I have a suggestion for you...order a smaller size pizza with 1/2 peperoni, 1/2 whatever you like. That way the slices are smaller and if you have a slice or 2 left over, you can just freeze. I'd also encourage your husband to eat the healthy sides you prepare to subsidize the smaller pizza he's eating. It's healthier for him too! emoticon

In my house, pizza in any form is not allowed. If I have to have it, I go out for it and either leave the remainder there or send it home w/ the person I've dined with.

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3/30/09 12:14 P

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One thing I've always tried to be conscientious about in my dieting has been that the others around me have differing tastes and differing needs for their caloric intakes. My hubby does need quite a few more calories than I do, simply to maintain weight. And, unfortunately for me, one of his favorite foods is pizza, of the pepperoni persuasion, no less!

Unfortunately, it seems that these days that pizza is one of those foods that's just been perfectly designed to feed a crowd! A slice or two adds up quickly into a meal. And as we have differing tastes in pizza, in the past, on pizza nights, I've ended up with even more. emoticon

We have three pizza restaurants available with buffets - two of them at lunch only. We usually can't make it for lunch schedules, as my husband is a delivery driver and not always even in the same town at lunch. I can make reasonable choices there, and don't have any problems with a slice or two and a hearty salad. The third is an all-day buffet, but they've recently started offering "signature salads" rather than a salad bar. There are only two choices, one drenched in ranch dressing! The other has a more reasonable vinaigrette and is yummy, but I hate the fact that I have no control over the dressing.

If I bring pizza home and have reasonable sides, my only real option is to deal with the pepperoni (and never have any of the yummy stuff that I crave on pizza, when I do have pizza cravings).

Has anyone found a solution, when feeding just two? Any suggestions for making pizza night a success for everyone?




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