How To Eat Pizza On A Low Carb DietPizza is a dish that many of us hold close to our hearts. It's wholesome, comforting, delicious, and therefore unsurprising, then, that it is one of the nation's favourite takeaways. However, not everyone can enjoy its delights due to the high levels of refined carbs and sugars often found in traditional bases, sugary sauces and carb-heavy toppings. Below you can find some simple tips that will allow you to enjoy this classic dish, without loading up on the carbs.
How low-carb is low-carb?
The definitions of low-carb varies, with some levels of carb intake working best for different people with different diets. For simplicity, 'Low-Carb' can be split into 3 distinct categories: ketogenic, moderate, liberal.
Ketogenic: 20g carbs per day
Moderate: 20-50g carbs per day
Liberal: 50-100g carbs per day
Your pizza base
Regular pizza bases are usually a no-no for those following a ketogenic or moderate low-carb diet. By swapping out a regular, carb-laden base for a Lo-Dough base, you can cut the carbs by more than 90%, reduce calories and simultaneously supplement your diet with the fibre it needs! A win-win!
Make your own tomato sauce (or find a low sugar version)
Shop-bought sauces are often sweetened and contain hidden sugars. There are some tasty low sugar sauces out there; one of our favourites is Nowt Poncy's Pizza L’ Amore. We’d also recommend having this simple, low-sugar pizza sauce recipe in your arsenal.
Know your high carb vegetables
If you are strict low-carb or even ketogenic, then some vegetables will align more with your diet than others. Onions, sweet peppers and pineapple (not a vegetable, and debatable that it belongs on a pizza at all) are some of the more carb-heavy toppings. Alternatives like olives, mushrooms, green peppers, and broccoli are tasty choices that will help keep the overall carbs down.
Avoid Flavoured Meats
Pre-prepared and pre-marinated meats, such as BBQ or sweet chilli chicken, will naturally contain higher amounts of carbs. This is often because the marinades used will be sweetened by or will contain higher amounts of sugars. To keep the carbs to a minimum, either use unflavoured meats for your toppings or use a homemade, low-sugar marinade to add a bit more flavour.
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Try For Yourself
Our Lo-Dough bases are sold in pouches of 2 from just £3.25. Fancy a fakeaway or maybe something a little sweeter? Our brownie mix makes 9 delicious brownies, each just 65 calories and 4.1g carbs, and our Southern Style Coating makes the perfect non-greasy breaded coating for your meat, cheese and veg. To try it for yourself, simply click the shop here button below to discover the full Lo-Dough collection.