When you think about the ingredients that go into making a great pizza, none of them are too forgiving: pizza crust and tomato sauce are no-no no-brainers for low carb dieters, while even mozzarella cheese is often seen as too soft and carby for diet consumption. To be sure, some of the meat toppings are safe, but they factor in very little to the overall nutritional make-up of a pizza.
Considering that the three main ingredients of a pizza are high-carb, it would seem next to impossible to come up with a low carb pizza that would serve as a legitimate alternative to the original.
However, there are now several ingredients in the low carb food industry that make crafting a low carb pizza entirely possible.
We recently highlighted a great new product here on our blog: the CarLO CARBiano Pizza Crust. At just 3 to 4 net grams of carbs for each 7″ pizza crust serving, making a personal sized low carb pizza is totally doable. And the great news is that CarLO CARBiano offers their pizza crusts in a variety of different flavors for adding some zest to all of your pizza creations. They are currently available in plain, chive garlic, garlic basil, Parmesan oregano, and spicy Baja red pepper.
The next problem, of course, is pizza sauce. Most pizza sauces contain sugar — but even the ones that are made without sugar tend to be too high in carbs for the low carb dieter. Dixie Diner Pasta Sauce Mixes, however, offers a great low carb solution for pizza sauce that is extremely tasty and easy to prepare. A service of the sauce is only 2 grams of net carbs per serving, and you prepare it simply by adding water. All reviews of the Dixie Diner Pasta Sauce Mixes suggest that it really passes as real tomato sauce — especially when used in conjunction with pizza crust and cheese.
On the subject of cheese, mozzarella is of course the way to go on a standard pizza, but what about on a low carb pizza? The bottom line is, if you address the carb issues in pizza sauce and crust, you are well positioned to get away with the slightly higher carb count in mozzarella cheese. As a rule, mozzarella has less than 1 gram of carbs per ounce, so it is still quite low.
My advice is to heap on a generous amount of mozzarella and not worry about the few extra carbs it may add. Considering that the above-mentioned low carb food products should only add up to 5 or 6 grams of carbs, you can add heaps of mozzarella and approach 8 grams of net carbs for your personal sized low carb pizza.
Finally, be generous with your toppings as well, but be smart: obviously, avoiding fresh tomato, pineapple, and any other exotic toppings that are a carb no-no. The best is to go with the proteins: pepperoni, bacon bits, sausage, anchovies, and other meat toppings are always welcome. You can also go with “unmeats” as well, such as peppers, mushrooms, black olives, and a slight bit of onion as well.
As you can see, there is now a perfectly low carb solution to enjoying pizza on your low carb diet.
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