Jennifer Coburn, RD
Do you get those pizza cravings and avoid the pizza places all together because you are trying to eat healthier and don't want to sabotage your progress with pizza?? Well, look no further than your nearest Papa John's to find menu options that are on the light side, and give you the most nutritious bang for your buck! Dive into some of the healthier options they have with no guilt!
Just check out the word "healthy eating" on the internet and you will find more information than you want to know. Your health is important. A major part of becoming healthy and staying that way is by being selective about what you eat. One way to eat healthier and more nutritious foods, is by eating a balanced diet. This means more fruits and vegetables, more lean protein, more fiber and more water. It also means less processed foods, less refined and simple sugars, and less high calorie, low nutrient foods.
So, in a world where now more than ever, people are eating fast food and take-out food from restaurants, how can we strive to eat healthier and more nutritious foods? Many people steer away from these places because they have a reputation of high fat, high sodium, and high calorie. Luckily, fast food restaurants are becoming aware of people trying to eat healthier and they are adding some things to their menus that are lower in calories, fat and sodium.
Papa John’s is definitely keeping up with the healthy eating trend and has quite a few options! They currently have five pizzas that are found under "The Lighter Side" heading on their menu.
These selections include:
Mediterranean Veggie - this pizza has 300 calories or less per slice and has a smaller portion of cheese. It's topped with Roma tomatoes, onions, bananas peppers, mushrooms, black olives and real cheese made from mozzarella.
Chicken and Veggie - this pizza has 300 calories or less per slice and has a smaller portion of cheese It is topped with grilled chicken, onions, Roma tomatoes, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives and real cheese made from mozzarella.
Grilled Chicken and Canadian Bacon - this pizza has 300 calories or less per slice and has a smaller portion of cheese. It is topped with grilled chicken, Canadian bacon, Roma tomatoes and real cheese made from mozzarella.
Tropical Luau - this pizza has 300 calories or less per slice and has a smaller portion of cheese. It is topped with Canadian bacon, sweet pineapple, green peppers and real cheese made from mozzarella.
Papa John’s has also become quite innovative with their gluten-free pizzas. The number of people on gluten-free diets is increasing every day. A regular pizza crust is definitely full of gluten. So, Papa John’s is paving a new way for these gluten-free eaters to still get to eat their pizza! They offer a variety of gluten-free pizzas, from creating your own pizza, to veggie pizza, and even the works pizza with everything on it, and still gluten-free!
So now, you HAVE to go check these out! Have these made you want some pizza? Well, go for it. You can go to Papa John’s, try one of these lighter pizza options and stay on track with your healthy eating and balanced diet. And NEXT time you get that pizza craving, you can happily give in!