Get Cooking to Manage Your Weight

If you are like many busy modern women, you probably have the local pizza place on your speed dial. But delivery pizza—or even frozen pizza—is high in fat and sodium and often lacks fibre. You can make a healthier, portion-controlled version quickly and easily. I call it the Pita Pizza. Use a 6-inch whole-grain pita as your crust, add a low-sodium pizza sauce, lightly sprinkle on some low-fat mozzarella, and top it with your favourite veggies. Pop it in the oven or toaster until the cheese melts, and you’re done—in way less time than it takes for a delivery! And you can save even more time by buying pre-cut, washed veggies. You can control the portion by eating only one, and you can control the fat by limiting the amount of cheese and using more veggies.

This is just one example of how you can make healthier versions of your favourite take-out or restaurant choices at home. If you are looking for resources on healthy meal planning, you might consider cookbooks by Lucy Waverman, Bonnie Stern, and Rose Reisman.

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