Submitted by: Joanne Perez, Real Bite Nutrition
Who doesn’t love pizza? It is the perfect food with protein, veggies, carbohydrates and maybe, even fruit. Plus, it’s a dish that can be personalized and different every time you eat it. But, it is also one of those foods that can quickly turn on you and your body.
So how can you ensure that pizza stays your friend? Be creative! Look for healthier alternatives to the deep dish supreme, which you can still have once in a while (save that for when you are eating a pizza joint). Make your pizza not only taste good by using roasted vegetables and adding spices and herbs, but also look good with bright greens and contrasting cheeses. If it looks good and taste good, you probably won’t even notice what kind of crust it has like the cauliflower one used in the Real Bite Roasted Vegetable Pizza.
Want to know all about cauliflower? Although its name might make you think cauliflower is a flower, it’s not one or even flower buds. But instead is a bunch of tiny stems. It’s a cruciferous vegetable, with a compact head (called a “curd”) that averages a size of six inches in diameter. The flowers are attached to a central stalk. Ribbed, coarse green leaves surround the curd to protect it from sunlight, which helps it maintain its white color. And, it is one of those vegetables that has two peak seasons, May-August and October-November so now is a great time to use it.
If you need more reasons to use this white gem as your pizza crust, just take a look at the nutritional benefits. Cauliflower is a superfood that is an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of vitamins K and B6, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, phosphorus, fiber, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium and manganese. In addition, it’s the jackpot when it comes to antioxidants and phytonutrients. Cauliflower has been proven to provide the following benefits: cancer prevention, boosting brain function, keeping a healthy heart, acting as an anti-inflammatory agent, aiding in detoxification and promoting good digestive health.
Although Real Bite Roasted Vegetable Pizza might look complicated, it’s really easy to make since you can prep all the vegetables ahead of time. The hardest step is making sure you get all of the water out of the cauliflower. So give your pizza a new twist and enjoy a Real Bite!
Nutrition Information For Pizza Per Serving: Calories 280, Protein 20g, Fat 14g, Carbohydrate 20g, Fiber 5g, Sodium 600mg
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