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You can still eat pizza on the keto diet plan, but it takes a bit of creativity. When dining out, I order a thin-crust pizza, then take my fork and slide all the toppings off the crust. It helps to order a pizza with lots of toppings. Ordering one topping on a deep dish pizza leaves you with very little left to eat.
As with most food options on keto, the best pizza is the one you make yourself. Try the low-carb pizza crust recipe, then use some of these ideas for toppings:
Mexican pizza – Use either traditional (low-carb) pizza sauce or enchilada sauce and top with taco-seasoned ground beef or chicken. Add a bit of salsa, chopped onions, chopped jalapeno peppers, and some hot sauce (Taco Bell hot sauce is the lowest in carbs). For some added flavor, add chopped cilantro. And top with sliced avocado after baking.
Greek pizza – sauce, feta cheese, red onions, olives, and how about some artichoke hearts?
Buffalo chicken pizza – I was thrilled to discover that Frank’s red-hot buffalo wing sauce is low in carbs. If you like hot, hot, hot, use chopped grilled chicken, some onions, crumbled blue cheese, and the buffalo sauce to make a zesty pizza. Don’t forget to drizzle a little blue cheese dressing over the top.
Indian pizza – There’s a local restaurant nearby that specializes in Indian pizzas, which gave me the idea of making my own. If you choose to make this delicious option, you could use a packaged Indian food seasoning for chicken on top of the low-carb crust and add some veggies. If you want to start from scratch season some chicken with traditional Indian spices, like masala, curry powder, cumin, and any other spicy Indian seasonings you can think of. Add veggies, if desired.
Alfredo pizza – Use a keto diet-friendly Alfredo sauce or just spoon some out of a jar. Top with chicken or shrimp, plus garlic, parsley, Roma tomatoes – and extra parmesan cheese if you’d like.
Of course, you can have all the traditional pizza options:
Meat lovers – Pepperoni, sausage, bacon, pork, whatever you’d like. All these are very low-carb options
Veggie lovers – Mushrooms, onions, tomatoes, all types of peppers, artichoke hearts… you name it, it’ll taste great.
Three (or four, or five) cheese pizza – Try feta cheese, blue cheese, goat cheese, cream cheese or any other tangy cheese, in addition to — or in place — of the traditional shredded mozzarella. (Remember, many low-carb crusts are also made out of cheese. You may want to be careful of overdoing it!)
Once you have a good low-carb crust, the topping ideas are endless. Keto dieters have lots of options. The only limit is your imagination.
The ketogenic diet is a healthy option for anyone who wants to lose weight. Visit the Healthy Keto website, a valuable resource where keto dieters can access meal ideas and keto diet facts.