- Author: The MenuSano Team
- Published: 3/12/2019 3:21:49 PM
When asked the question, “what is one food you could never live without?” among consumers, an overwhelmingly popular answer is “pizza”.
What’s not to love? Bread. Cheese. The toppings of your choice. Not only is it delicious for customers, but it is cheap and simple to make as a restaurant owner. Not only that, but serving pizza on your menu allows you to be creative with the toppings you decide to put on them.
The negative part of this is that pizza is typically seen as a food that is “bad” for you. Even though bread, cheese and toppings galore are certainly delicious, these things are known for being more indulgent. This is true especially since most pizza-lovers can’t just have one slice. This causes concern for many health-conscious customers who are watching their fat and carbohydrate intake, particularly diabetics, people with high cholesterol, or those who are trying to lose weight in general.
However, we at MenuSano believe that ordering pizza on a Friday night doesn’t have to equate to a “cheat day”. Nor should vegetarians, vegans or customers with diseases such as celiac and diabetes be prevented from ordering it at restaurants. Pizza can be eaten by everyone with any food restriction, because it’s just that good and that easy to customize into a healthy dish.
Healthy pizza? Talk about a marketing win. As leaders in the food industry you have the power to make this possible. Let’s explore how.
Healthy Pizza Ingredient Substitutions
What are the unhealthy components of a pizza? The first thing you would think of is most likely bread or dough. As restaurant owners, you are aware that pizza dough is fairly cheap which is cost effective for your restaurant. That being said, if you want to be “that place that serves healthy pizza” you’ll need to pay a little extra for these delicious dough substitutes:
- Cauliflower crust--low in carbohydrates, lighter in consistency, no fat, celiac-friendly
- Gluten-free crust--lower in carbohydrates than regular dough, celiac-friendly
- Zucchini crust-low in carbohydrates, lighter in consistency, no fat, celiac-friendly
- Quinoa crust-lower in carbohydrates than regular dough, can be celiac-friendly if right brand is used
- Chickpea crust-high in protein, low in carbohydrates
Next up: the grease. Have you ever seen customers blotting their pizza with a napkin to get all of that extra grease off the pizza? Use alternatives that eliminate the greasy look and taste of pizza such as avocado oil. Avocado oil not only will give the pizza delicious taste and moisture, but provides countless health benefits, including:
- Low in cholesterol
- Speeds up digestion and absorption of nutrients
- Improves skin
- Rich in healthy fats
Lastly, the cheese: Many cheeses used on common pizzas are high in fat, especially mozzarella cheese which is highly popular because of its taste and reasonable price. Here are some cheese alternatives that are a bit healthier (because let’s be realistic, cheese is simply not good if you’re serving customers who are on diets).
- Goat cheese--low in lactose, lower in fat
- Ricotta cheese-high in protein, calcium and contains high levels of phosphorus and vitamins A & B
- Swiss cheese--lower in fat and sodium, high in protein
Yes, these ingredients may be more expensive, but the benefits of substituting them for typical pizza ingredients are countless. In doing this, you are providing your customers with the opportunity to enjoy their favorite food without the guilt! Not only that, but this fact may encourage them to order more pizza than they typically would which is great for business.
Not sure where to start? Check out this deliciously healthy, simple pizza recipe to try out on your customers.
- Food processor
- Steamer basket
- 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- Toppings of your choice
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well.
- Let cool.
- In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Spread sauce on pizza 10 minutes into baking (optional).
- Add toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes so the toppings meld into the pizza.
Idea inspired by: The Food Network
Nutrition Labeling Software & Recipe Experimentation
Healthy pizza is a fun, simple and effective way to get creative in your restaurant’s kitchen and show your customers that you are thinking outside the box.
So how can Menusano help you do this?
Menusano is a nutrition analysis software that efficiently allows you you input your own ingredients and print out customized food labels for your dishes. This eliminates the hassle and cost of sending food out for testing at third-party labs to understand the nutritional content of the food you serve.
Want to prove to your customers that your pizza is healthier than the average one? Try getting creative with your labels and creating a “normal” one with the typical ingredients of pizza as well as a customized one with your healthy ingredients. If your customers see the comparison right in front of them side-by-side, they will appreciate the concerted effort that has been made to provide a healthy alternative to their favorite food.
MenuSano nutrition analysis software details the total amount of calories in the serving and the serving size as well as the fat and carbohydrate breakdown in terms of fiber and sugar. It also shows protein, sodium, and vitamins A & C as well as calcium and iron.
By utilizing MenuSano you have the opportunity to provide customers with the nutrition information of your dishes up front. With this knowledge, they can make informed decisions on what they want to order, which will most definitely be your healthy pizza!