Many of us enjoy a pizza once in a while as they are proven to be one of the world's most popular foods. In the UK every year, consumers spend over £5 billion on pizzas. Over 80% of these are purchased in restaurants and takeaways with over a quarter delivered to consumers, piping hot at their homes.
We have to be careful however, as to how many pizzas we eat as they are proven to increase the amount of weight people gain in their lives. Medical professionals advise that while it's usually alright to eat the occasional slice or two of frozen or fast food pizza, it is often best advised to limit your consumption to eating pizzas a few times a month to help avoid us putting on too much extra weight.
Most countries through out the world celebrate International Pizza Day on February 9th and this gives pizza lovers the chance to mark and celebrate the food they love.
A body building champion may have come up with the solution to help people continue to eat their favourite food with little or no worry as to the amount of weight gain this causes them to have. champion Kaique Santos (KK) is shedding light on the dietary habits of professional athletes in anticipation of International Pizza Day. KK has come up with a number of healthy pizza recipes which help allow fitness enthusiasts to enjoy their favourite Italian delight, all the time with out compromising on their fitness goals.
Many nutritionists may be surprised by the guidance to eat pizza, no matter how healthy it is as they are often considered as a form of junk food which causes rapid weight gain for the person eating it. KK highlights the crucial element of calorie control when advising consumers as to how much pizza they should have. While conventional wisdom dictates standardized daily calorie recommendations, KK challenges this notion by emphasizing the individualized nature of dietary requirements for athletes. Bodybuilders and sports enthusiasts often require high calorie counts to sustain rigorous training regimens and prepare their bodies for peak performance.
As well as being able to eat pizza, people should also ensure that they maintain a balanced diet to ensure that they get the right amounts of important nutrients that will help their body function properly. It will also help keep them fit and healthy whilst being able to lead a normal life.
With International Pizza Day approaching, KK acknowledges the temptation to indulge in a (or two) slices of traditional pizza, but also recognizes the importance of maintaining a balanced diet to sustain optimal athletic performance. As a result, he provides us with two healthy pizza recipes that offer a nutritious and delicious alternative for fitness enthusiasts.
"People often think that as a bodybuilder, I'm limited to a monotonous and restrictive diet, but nothing could be further from the truth," shares KK. "With a little creativity and the right ingredients, it's possible to enjoy a delicious pizza that fits perfectly into a healthy and balanced diet."
KK's healthy pizza recipes are carefully crafted to offer an ideal combination of essential nutrients, including lean proteins, complex carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Each recipe is designed to maximize flavour without compromising individuals' fitness and health goals.
"My healthy pizza recipes are a fun and tasty way to enjoy an indulgent meal without compromising your fitness goals," says KK. "I hope these recipes inspire people to venture into the kitchen and try out healthier pizza options."
The following is an example of one of KK's new recipes for chicken and vegetable pizza.
This delicious pizza features a whole wheat crust, home-made tomato sauce, grilled chicken breast, and an array of fresh vegetables such as peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
-1 whole wheat pizza crust or whole wheat pizza dough (can be store-bought or home-made)
-200g of cooked and shredded chicken breast
-1 cup of home-made tomato sauce or sugar-free tomato sauce
-1 cup of shredded light mozzarella cheese
-Chopped vegetables to taste (for example, bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, zucchini)
-Seasoning to taste (oregano, basil, pepper, etc.)
1.Preheat the oven to 200°C (400°F).
2.Spread the tomato sauce over the whole wheat pizza crust.
3.Distribute the shredded chicken over the tomato sauce.
4.Add the chopped vegetables on top of the chicken.
5.Sprinkle the shredded mozzarella cheese over the vegetables.
6.Season the pizza with your choice of seasoning.
7.Bake in the preheated oven for about 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pizza crust is crispy.
8.Remove from the oven, slice, and serve hot. Enjoy your healthy chicken and vegetable pizza!
By following recipes such as the one above, people should be able to continue to enjoy their favourite foods, whilst not having to worry as to how much weight they gain. This should make the lives of many consumers easier as they won't be checking the nutritional value of different products all the time.