Can I Still Enjoy Pizza While on a Low-Carb Diet?

A low-carb or keto diet can get you to your weight loss goals, but at what cost? Do you have to give up pizza to stay on a low-carb diet? The great news is that you can still have pizza on a low-carb diet. Netrition has the low-carb ingredients you need to put together delightful pizzas for regular consumption. Here are some ways to enjoy pizza while on a low-carb diet.

Low-Carb Crust Options

A couple of slices of pizza can set you back 60 grams of carbs, and most of that is due to the crust. Thick crust pizza can have even more carbs, and regular thin crust pizza still has a significant amount of carbs - possibly more than your meal plan will accommodate. 

Luckily, there are all kinds of low-carb crust options. You can make your own low-carb crusts with ingredients such as Low-Carb Almond Flour, Keto Baking Mix, cauliflower, or cheese. Another option is to use a portobello mushroom for your crust.

You can also turn to Netrition for crusts such as the following.

You can also try our Zero-Carb Bread options, especially when making single-serving pizza for yourself. Pizza on Zero-Carb Sliced Bread, Bagels, or English Muffins can all be satisfying and keep you right on track. Low-Carb and High-Protein Wraps and Tortillas work well, too.

Best Low-Carb Sauce for Pizza

It’s hard to think about, but your sauce can be adding carbs, especially from sugar. Many pasta sauces have added sugars to make them taste better, even if you don’t notice the sweetness in the taste of the pizza.

Netrition has a variety of Low-Carb and Sugar-Free sauces that can be perfect for pizza. These are some examples. 

If you’re the type who goes beyond traditional tomato sauce for pizza, you can consider any of the following low-carb alternatives.

  • Olive oil on its own or with basil or garlic
  • Sugar-Free 
  • Low-Carb or Calorie-Free Alfredo Sauce

You can also choose to skip the sauce and instead add sliced tomatoes and basil to your pizza crust.

Low-Carb Cheese

Cheese is a great thing for low-carb diets. It’s a source of protein and calcium, and it’s naturally low in carbs. If you’re on a high-fat keto diet, cheese can also help you hit your fat goals. A delicious, cheesy pizza may be just what you need to stay on your diet!

Most types of cheese are low in carbs. Cottage cheese is a little higher, but you’re not likely to use much of it for pizza. The following cheeses are great options for a keto diet when you are making pizza.

  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Swiss cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Blue cheese or gorgonzola cheese
  • Feta cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Ricotta cheese

Usually, the only limiting factor for cheese is your imagination. You can find all kinds of low-carb cheese at your local supermarket, and the shelf life for cheese, especially hard cheese, can be pretty long as long as you store the unopened package in the refrigerator.

Low-Carb Pizza Toppings

Now, how can you dress up your scrumptious low-carb pizza? The perfect toppings can make your pizza more filling and satisfying, while keeping you within your limits. These are some low-carb toppings that you can put on pizza.

  • Regular pizza vegetables, such as mushrooms, green peppers, 
  • Olives, whether black, kalamata, or green with pimentos
  • Cooked chicken breast or lean ground turkey
  • Processed meats that are keto, such as sausage, bacon, ham, or pepperoni
  • Small amounts of fruit, such as pineapple chunks or apple slices

You can even add eggs to make a breakfast pizza!

Here are some possible pizza combinations that you can enjoy while on a low-carb diet.

  • Keto Pasta Sauce with mozzarella cheese, olives, and 
  • Olive oil with garlic, spinach, and feta cheese
  • Eggs with ham and cheddar cheese
  • Low-Carb Alfredo Sauce with chicken and mushrooms
  • Sugar-Free Barbecue Sauce with swiss cheese and chicken
  • Olive oil and cheddar cheese with thin apple slices
  • Stuffed crust pizza using Low-Carb Pizza Crust Mix, mozzarella cheese, Low-Carb Marinara Sauce, and lean ground turkey

The possibilities are limitless!

What to Eat with Your Pizza

A pizza is good, and a complete pizza meal is even better. You can pair low-carb pizza with low-carb sides, drinks, and even desserts to make a full meal. Here are some ideas for what you can add to complete your meal.

  • Sugar-Free and Low-Carb Mocktails and Cocktail Mixes
  • A side salad with greens, tomatoes, and a Sugar-Free or Low-Carb Dressing, such as Ranch or a Vinaigrette
  • A small caesar salad with romaine lettuce, grated parmesan cheese, and croutons made with toasted Low-Carb Bread or Pita, olive oil or butter, herbs, and garlic, and served with Low-Carb Caesar Dressing
  • Grilled or roasted vegetables, such as green beans, cauliflower, or broccoli, made with olive oil or with a Low-Carb Marinade or Sauce, such as Teriyaki, Italian, or Soy
  • A bowl of berries, served with cream if you are on a high-fat keto diet
  • A Low-Carb or Sugar-Free Dessert, such as Sugar-Free Pudding, Sugar-Free Mini Cookies, or Sugar-Free Protein Mousse. You can also bake your own high-protein or keto-friendly desserts with Baking Mixes for Chocolate Chip or other Cookies, Chocolate Cake or other types of Cake, and Low-Carb Pies with easy Pie Crust Mixes and Sugar-Free Pie Fillings.

Pizza is one of the most stereotypical “junk foods,” dripping with grease sitting on a bed of carbs, but you can turn that around entirely by putting together your own low-carb pizzas. It’s not hard when you use low-carb crust and sauce options from Netrition. Just choose your crust and sauce, pile on the cheese and toppings, and you can have your pizza and eat it, too! Low-carb dieting can be fun!

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